The Simple Trick to Tell If Your Hair Should Be Dyed

Lindsey Metrus

If you're a hair chameleon like Kylie Jenner, your locks may take a serious toll each time you switch up your look. Or perhaps your hair is overprocessed from keratin treatments or dry from the sulfates in your shampoos. In any event, certain types of hair just aren't good candidates for hair dye unless you truly take care of your strands. Not sure if your hair is in good condition to be dyed? Before you reach for the box dye or head off to the salon, try a trick we recently learned from InStyle.

Elizabeth Maloy, stylist and color specialist at Paul Labrecque Salon in NYC, says to conduct a quick test to determine your hair's state of health: “Pull a section of hair smooth and very taut between your fingers. Add a drop of water onto the surface of the section, counting how long it takes to disappear. If the water is absorbed by the hair in less than ten seconds, the cuticle is compromised and strands are too damaged to be dyed properly." 

Sounds easy enough, and definitely worth the quick test to avoid damaging our locks even further. For that period in between coloring when we need to rejuvenate our hair, we like Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask ($26).

How often do you dye your own hair? Tell us below!

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