The Importance of Clarifying the Hair Before Applying Hair Color

By Lauren Salapatek | 06/06/2013 1:47:00 PM


click image to zoomGetty ImagesYoung woman washing hair in salon It’s a crucial and simple step that ever colorist should do before applying hair color to their client’s hair: Clarification.

Tony Difria, National Education Director of All-Nutrient Hair Color spent part of his class at Premiere Orlando 2013 talking about the importance of clarifying your client’s hair before any hair color treatment.

“If you put color on dirty hair, are you going to get the full lift of the hair? No. It’s simple, the more pigment you can get into your client’s hair, the better the color is going to last.”

If the reason why you are not clarifying your client’s hair is because you think it “takes too long,” think again says Difria. “You AND your clients are going to see the difference in their hair color after a proper clarification process. Lots of people say this step takes too much time, but that shouldn’t be a factor. If you are trying to be the best colorist you can be, it’s just part of the process you need to do. It will set you apart from colorists that don’t do that process before, and you client’s will come back to you for it.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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