The 5 Rules for Coloring Your Hair

A fresh hair color doesn’t only elevate your look, but also boosts your mood, confidence, and, hell, even the ferocity of your head toss. And then there’s the lackluster dye job, which can make you feel like crawling under the covers and never emerging. (“But it’s not just hair!” you wail as you curse Pinterest for not reminding you that strawberry-red only works on a select few—and by a select few, we mean Emma Stone).

Because no one wants to leave the hair salon filled with regret or, worse yet, horror, we’ve put together a little guide to help ensure that your color appointments always go according to plan. And who better to consult than Lorri Goddard of Loft 647 salon, whose clients include Reese Witherspoon, Kim Kardashian West, and Jennifer Lawrence. Keep scrolling to read the five rules of getting your hair colored. You'll never regret a coloring appointment again.