How do you make hair color last longer?
As time goes on hair color may fade away due to environmental factors such as sunlight or chlorine. If you spend a lot of time outside, cover your hair as best you can with a hat or use a leave-in product that has UV protection. For swimmers, wash your hair immediately after you get out of the pool. Be sure to use a color safe sulfate-free shampoo. Over washing your hair will cause color to fade more quickly. A balanced scalp should be washed every other day or every third day. Dry hair may go every four to five days. If an oily scalp causes you to wash your hair every day, invest in a dry shampoo, washing every other day and using dry shampoo when you don’t wash. If you don’t feel “clean” experiment with thoroughly rinsing your hair without shampooing, then blow dry as usual. Take caution around your hair line. Facial cleansers or acne medication may contain sulfates or peroxide which can fade or lighten hair color.
Recommended products: AG Colour Savour Sulfate-free Shampoo and Conditioner; Label.m Blow Out Spray; Label.M Shine Spray; Label.M Dry Shampoo
How do you make gray new growth look not so obvious?
When hair is styled flat on the scalp, new growth is more obvious to the eye. Try styling with more volume (such as backcombing or adding a zigzag part). The color you choose can also make new growth not as harsh looking. Adding a few fine highlights where you part your hair will soften the line where a solid color starts, especially if you are coloring to a medium to dark brown.
Recommended products: Aquage Uplifting Foam, Label.M Volume Foam
What hair color trends are appropriate for the work environment?
For highlighting hair, ombre is a hot trend that does not have to be so dramatic. The look is a gradual change in the color going from darker at the scalp, to lighter on the ends. Block coloring is also very popular right now. This would be taking a section of the hair and making it different than the base or overall color that you have. The key to making it appropriate for a professional setting is low contrast. Whether your base color is brown, blonde or even red choose an accent color that is slightly lighter or darker than that color.
How do you get better gray coverage?
There are many hair products on the market that create a build up or leave a residue on the hair. Asking your hair stylist for a clarifying treatment before your color service will allow the color to penetrate easily and will have your hair feeling like hair again! Some color lines now have a higher concentration of pigment, such as Scruples True Integrity that we use at Salon Oggi. This will allow for better coverage for even the most suborn gray and prevent color from fading as quickly in between salon visits.
How can you make salon color affordable?
If frequency of salon visits is keeping you from coloring your hair, consider something with a lot of dimension. If you have gray, an alternative is using a demi-permanent color. It may not cover the gray 100%, but it will blend the gray you have and will slowly fade away, avoiding a line of demarcation (when you can see the definite line of where the color stops and your own starts). The ombre style of color is low maintenance on someone with no gray. The color can be applied to the mid-shaft and ends while keeping it natural near the scalp.)
How do you prevent “brassy” hair color?
Seeing a brass or golden tone most often happens when someone with naturally dark hair is trying to go a few levels lighter than their natural. Other causes are well water, choosing to use a color that has gold undertones, or not allowing color or highlights process long enough. To counteract the gold, request a glaze with a violet base or a color that is cooler instead of warm. For an at home trick, use a shampoo and conditioner that have a violet toner in it, and is safe for color treated hair.
Recommended products: AG Sterling Silver Shampoo and Conditioner
Is there low maintenance hair color for gray hair?
As an alternative to permanent hair color, a semi or demi permanent color can allow you to go more time in between appointments. Although it may not cover gray completely, it will blend by depositing some pigment onto the hair. This will also give a look of dimensional color as opposed to a solid color. Adding subtle highlights or lowlights is also a good way to add depth or blend gray to the hair without the commitment of permanent color.
How can red hair color stay vibrant in between salon visits?
Red hair color had a tendency to fade more quickly than others, the reason being the molecules are larger and can don’t stay in the hair as well. The key to keeping the red vibrant is to come in more often and possibly adding a glaze of semi or demi permanent color on the mid-shaft and ends. For at home care there are shampoos and conditioners that have color built in to keep it fresh looking. For example Salon Oggi carries AG Sterling Silver Shampoo and Conditioner which has a purple tone in it. This is ideal for reds with a cool or violet base.
Are all colorists created equal?
As a cosmetologist, it is part of our job to consistently keep up on our education. Not only is this necessary to learn new techniques and trends, but we learn about new products. This is the key to achieving the best hair possible for you, and the safest way to get you there. There are many seasoned cosmetologists who tend to stick with the same, and not evolve their skills or products. We should never stop learning!
How often do you color your hair?
On average, hair grows about ½ – ¾” per month, which is enough for most to notice it’s time to color. When using a permanent hair color, the general rule is touching up the new growth every 4-5 weeks. If there is a big contrast between your natural and what your colored hair is, it may need to be done every 2-3 weeks. Highlights, lowlights, or a non permanent color may require less maintenance allowing 6-8 weeks in between visits because it is more dimensional and easier on the eye.