Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Weekly Hair Segment a little late!

Well I was away this weekend, which is why the hair segment is late. I had a great time, we went to visit my sister in law and brother and the kids, and as usual when we get together we had a blast! Anyway, enough about that, I'll post more about it tomorrow. On to the hair segment!
Last week I said we would talk about salon color as opposed to home. I realize that many of you may not be able to afford the salon service on a regular basis, so hopefully this will help. One of the things you pay for at the salon is the expertise of the person doing the color. When you pay for a service, it's not just the actual color you're paying for, it's also the knowledge behind it. That said, I know there are a lot of stylist out there that don't make the grade! When you do color at home there are a few things to take into consideration.

The health of your hair, no hair color should be done if your hair is fried, that's just common sense!
Read, and I do mean READ, all the instructions carefully before doing a color service and follow the instructions.
Choose a color that is no more than two shades lighter or darker than your own. This way there is less of a chance of hair coming out some hideous color.
Have someone help you apply, it makes it so much easier to do the back of your hair.
If the color comes with a guide that shows you pictures like, if your hair is black, then you can expect your hair to come out this shade, look at them carefully. Just because the box says natural blonde does NOT mean that your particular hair will come out exactly as the photo on the front.
If you insist on doing color that is more radical, go back to the part where it says read the instructions carefully!
If you try to do home hilights, again read the instructions carefully, and if you have a friend that is artistic, try to get them to help you. If not, at least have SOMEONE help you.
Keep the box if something goes wrong, because there is usually a trouble shooting number on the box if you get into trouble.
Also, keep the number of a good salon on hand if things truly get out of hand.
If you want a more neutral shade, choose something with a little ash in it.
Oh and most important, do not overlap when applying, only run through the ends however long that particular color tells you to. This is why it is better to have someone help you. To lessen the strength of the color for the ends, mix whatever is left with a little water and conditioner.

For those of you who want to do color in a salon, here are some tips for you.
If you haven't had it done in a salon before, look for a person whose hair you admire (color wise) and ask them where they got their hair done.
Call the salon and ask them if they go to classes regularly to keep up with the knowledge.
Ask them if they have a color specialist, then book a consultation with them. Even if someone else in the salon ends up doing the color, at least the specialist can guide the other person.
Bring in a picture of either yourself with a color you like, or a picture from a magazine of color you like. Then tell the person what you like and don't like about it.
Be realistic with your expectations, if you have really dark hair chances are you will not be able to be a light blonde easily, if at all without a lot of damage.
If the person makes you nervous or you seem to not communicate well with each other, thank them for their time and go elsewhere. Never make an appointment with someone you don't have a rapport with! It never works out well.
It may take up to three times for you and your colorist to get to know each other well and know what the hair can do, but after the first time you should be able to see where the hair is going, or you should outright like it. If you don't go elsewhere!

Finally, after spending either the time to do it yourself or spend the money to have a professional do it, take care of your hair afterward. Always use color safe shampoo and some sort of color safe conditioner.

Hope this has been helpful, if you have any questions, feel free to leave them in comments or email me with them!

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