Here at, we are lucky enough to have a panel of experts to sound off on hot beauty topics. Today, for example, we asked hair guru Craig Wcislo of LuxeLab Salon in Santa Monica, California to give us the scoop on the common mistakes made with color-treated hair.

Colored Hair

These days, hair color is in the spotlight in a big way. Thanks to the latest innovations and products, we can push the color boundaries further than ever before. That being said, one or two careless mistakes can easily take your hair color from fab to drab. To help you avoid catastrophe and keep the color of your dreams, I’ve made a list of some of the most common hair color mistakes I see as a stylist.

Ignoring the Advice of Your Hair Stylist

Believe me when I say that hairstylists have pretty much seen it all when it comes to color. So if your stylist is advising you against a certain color, there’s probably a good reason behind it. It could be because your hair realistically can’t reach the color or tone you're aiming for. Keep an open mind when speaking to your stylist and make sure you have a good understanding of what will work for your hair.

Transitioning From One Extreme to Another Too Quickly

When your hair is already colored, it limits what can be attained in one or even two appointments. Some color changes can take several sessions before the target shade can actually be achieved. Create a game plan with your stylist to put you on the right path to achieve your hair color goals

Choosing a Hair Color That Matches Your Skin Tone

While you may see some major celebrities getting away with this matchy-matchy look, most of us need a contrast between our hair and skin. Rocking the same pale shade on both your hair and skin can make you look washed out, while a fair hair color or highlights on ebony skin can be breathtaking.

Not Implementing a Home Care Routine

If you dropped a bunch of change on your hair color and spend hours in the salon getting it just right, you probably should be investing equal efforts into your home care products. Using low-quality formulas means your color isn't going to last as long or look as good.

Product Recommendations: Kérastase Réflection Line, Shu Uemura Color Lustre Collection, L'Oréal Professionnel Vitamino Color A-OX Line

Trying Extreme Hair Color Changes At Home

While a color gloss or a one-level change is perfectly doable at home, major changes should be left in the hands of professionals. Don't go down the rabbit hole of trying to do dramatic transitions like removing artificial color or changing more than two color levels. Things can easily spiral out of control, making it harder and more expensive to fix later. 

Getting Blonder & Blonder With Every Salon Visit

First-time highlights make your hair glow and shine in such a way that you get a bit of a hair high. Oftentimes, when it’s time to retouch their locks, clients want to go even brighter to recreate the magic. After a year of going bigger and brighter with every visit, one finds herself with stark, platinum hair that is not quite the natural, sun-kissed effect she started with. This has a lot to do with the eye getting accustomed to the blond in your hair and the constant need to get that “wow” effect every time. Best way to deal? Go lighter a couple of times, then backtrack a bit with lowlights or a slightly deeper tone the third time around. This will give you enough change for the “wow” effect, while keeping you from going overboard with the highlights.

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