We all want to look our best. It is true. When changing the color of our hair there are usually many questions and answers to consider. As a professional hair stylist and hair colorist for many years, I have answered countless important questions from my clients about receiving hair coloring and highlighting services. I will also answer the questions that I submit in this article to give you a head start on the knowledge you need to be familiar with when purchasing a hair color service at your salon. Shall we begin?
Will this hair color make me look younger? Yes, a new hair color can make us look years younger, if the correct one is chosen. Gray hair is basically loss of color pigment in the hair follicle all together. It can make us looked washed out and much older. When we have our gray hair colored it brings depth and color to our skin also. This is accomplished by the hair color reflecting on to our skin tone, eyes, lips and so on. Having the hair colored appropriately with somewhat of a warm color, and then adding highlights, will take years off of our looks. This is because we have enhanced our looks with depth and then brought a bit of light back into the hair in contrast to the depth. It will be up to you and your hair stylist to choose the best color for you and your hair. nongmeow
A professional tip for older women: Black color is most always too harsh looking on older women. Also a very blonde color is usually too light for older women. This is almost always the case.
Will the color look harsh on me? If you choose a hair color that is natural looking, it will not look harsh on you. For example: If you are young, and want to enhance your own hair color. Your stylist will choose a color very similar to what you already have. Younger people can get away with more drastic changes in their hair color because they generally have vibrant skin tones. Although, if a young person chooses a black color for instance, and their hair color is not naturally black, this can sometimes be very harsh looking on them also. Like wise, when young people with very dark hair, try to go all over blonde, it can be a too harsh for the same reasons.
The solution in these circumstances is that it is best to not try drastic changes. If you feel you must make these major changes in your hair color. It is best to accomplish it gradually by adding low lights, (darker placements of color), or highlights, ( lighter placements of color). Will the hair color damage my hair? That is one of the number one questions that people ask most about coloring services. Hair color that is deposit only color, will not harm the hair. This is because the hair is being covered with a color primarily on the outside layer of the hair. This color choice is always one or more shades darker than your existing hair color.
On the other hand, a color chosen one or more shades lighter than your existing color will be more damaging because of the use of a lifting agent involved. You see, when going lighter with your hair color, there is always a lifting process used to make your natural color many shades lighter. Such as your hair stylist determines, to have the proper out come of the final hair color. The color desired is actually being deposited in the last fifteen to thirty five minutes of the process, depending on the color line being used. Thus, the hair can become a bit dryer from the lighter hair coloring process. We have color care shampoos and conditioners to solve the drying affect of the hair color. The result, beautiful hair.
If one has a bleaching or highlighting services done to their hair. The hair will be dryer from the use of bleach, or other lightening products with the addition of developer. Again, there are many remedies on the market today to alleviate the drying affect of coloring services given to the hair. Not to worry.
How often will I need a touch up? A very popular question from today's clients. Usually that is determined by how fast each person's hair grows individually. Yes, because the regrowth is the main reason for touching up hair color. Usually three to four weeks is recommended for all over hair color touch ups. But I have had clients need a color touch up as early as two weeks due to their hair growing more quickly.
I would recommend that you never allow your hair regrowth to grow longer than one inch before you receive your color touch up. There are color enhancing services offered for in between your color touch ups. These color enhancing products do not work well on every hair type due to texture. Coarse hair types will not always accept color.
How much will the service cost? It is expected that the customer ask this question before the color services are rendered. There are many times, that there can be hidden costs in coloring services due to the amount of products needed for proper coverage of the hair. Most salons require the stylist or colorist to give the client an estimated figure of how much the service will cost. Each salon has their individual prices and color lines. A wise consumer will do their homework before hand, by finding out the price of the services at the salon they have chosen.
Is it possible to color or highlight overly curly hair? Yes, it is. Coloring services are available for all hair types. Stylists use individual techniques to color each hair type. This is decided by your individual hair stylist.
Will the color fade? Now this is a very broad question with various answers. Hair color fading is due to many factors. First of which is, the ability of the hair to hold hair color. We call this porosity. If the hair is overly porous it will have a problem holding hair color. There are ways a stylist can usually alleviate this problem. Once in a while the hair is so damaged it absolutely impossible for the hair to hold color. Your stylist should always have the skills to evaluate these situations, and recommend certain conditioning treatments to bring the hair back to a normal porosity. nongmeow
Hair colors come in categories of : Temporary, demi permanent, semi permanent, permanent. Each color line has recommendations on the categories and of uses of their particular types of hair colors. Each line has color enhancers, color glosses and so on. I recommend you have your stylist or colorist educate you on the types she or he will be using on your hair and why. This will help you when choosing shampoos and conditions that will help maintain your hair color between coloring services.
The most challenging question and statement a stylist or colorist can receive is: Can you correct this hair color I applied at home? It looks terrible! I personally love doing corrective hair coloring. A lot of hair stylist do not like this area of our field. Be sure your stylist has plenty of experience in this area of hair coloring if you need this service rendered. I really won't go too in depth here about corrective hair coloring, accept that, usually a botched at home color can be corrected with the following: Time at the salon for the correction. Money, as this service can be expensive. Cooperation with, and trust in, the hair stylist's or hair colorist's judgment.