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Whether it’s a whole head of cotton candy pink or a subtle stripe of blue, since my teenage years, I’ve almost always rocked at least a touch of unnatural color in my hair. And, as anyone who’s ever tried to maintain a bold, bright shade knows, it ain’t easy being green. (Or blue, or orange, or magenta.) So, if you’re ready to take a quirky new color for a spin, check out these 7 helpful tips for maintaining an unnatural hair color that Kaylah from The Dainty Squid shared on BUST!

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As a gal with dark, almost-black hair, I definitely have to agree with Kaylah’s emphasis on exercising patience to keep your hair healthy. I can personally confirm that it is possible to bleach your hair until it breaks off—there was a reason I had that cute pixie cut in my late teens—and I don’t recommend it! Turns out, awesome color just doesn’t look that awesome on hair with the texture of straw.

All set to embrace the joys of quirky color? Click here to give your hair an eye-catching makeover, then make it last and last.