The most reliable way to make your hair-colour wishes clear to us (your hairdresser) is to bring in a picture of what you're envisioning.
But understand that's just a jumping-off point—your colourist will (and should) tailor the colour to your complexion. And don't try to use 'hairdresser talk'. Instead, describe what you want as if you were telling a friend ("natural-looking highlights that aren't too stripey," for example).
And another tip: always let them know what you don't want!
EVEN THOUGH YOU'VE BEEN SHAMPOOING YOUR HAIR MOST OF YOUR LIFE...
you may not be doing it correctly.
Here are the top tips for the most efficient shampooing job resulting in the squeakiest clean and healthiest of hair!
Find the right shampoo for you. Always consult with your stylist about this before buying shampoo. You might need shampoo for colour treated hair, you might need it for volume, dry hair, flaky scalp or for just plain normal everyday cleaning. The first step is to be using the right product and your stylist will help you figure out what your shampooing needs are.
Don't shampoo too often. If you are in the habit of shampooing every day, it's likely that your scalp is working over time to produce the natural oils that are being stripped away when you wash your hair. This is one reason why you might feel like your hair is dirty the next day. Try to skip a day and once your hair is used to that, you can start shampooing ever two days or more. If you hate oily looking hair, you can use dry shampoo on your roots and it will look good as new! Another trick is to just shampoo your fringe (if you have one) and put the rest of that dirty hair up in a cute topknot or pony.
Focus on your scalp. Shampoo can really dry out your hair, so instead of scrubbing roots to ends, scrub roots only and let the shampoo do its job cleaning the rest when it's being rinsed out.
Repeat if necessary. It's not really necessary to use handfuls of shampoo to get it clean. Do a good scrub with just a coin size amount of shampoo for round one. You wont get a good lather, but you'll loosen up all the dirt, oil and product that's building up. After rinsing, repeat with another coin size and it should lather right up! This foamy, soapy-ness is how you know your hair is clean.