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Spring Hair Color Dos and Don'ts

Spring Hair Color Dos and Don'ts

It's a new season, so why not consider changing your hair color? Whether you head to a salon or pick out a box color to use at home, a new hue might be just the thing to lighten your mood. Robert James, a San Francisco-based colorist who's worked with stars such as Alyssa Milano, Carmen Electra, and Gwen Stefani, offers these tips for having beautiful and healthy hair for spring.

Don't overdo it.
Instead of all-over highlights, add a few well-positioned lighter pieces. "People are going for a more beachy look," James says. "Think of Sarah Jessica Parker. She's doing mostly brown with a few lighter pieces around her face and her ends."

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Do put down the bottle.
"Don't shampoo every day," James advises. "But do condition as often as possible, because the sun depletes moisture."

Do keep your costs under control.
Partial highlights can still brighten your face while keeping your budget in check. "Only highlight around your hairline, or highlight only down the parting as opposed to having a full set," says James.

Don't think that dye is the only option.
"Glazes are good for in between services," James explains. "Shine treatments condition hair, and they're far less expensive."

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