Friday, April 17, 2015

Why You Should Consult Your Stylist Before Correcting Your Hair Color

Color correction usually implies that the current color that you are stuck with needs to be fixed. Maybe you need a complete makeover that changes your entire look all together. This is why you should consult your stylist before correcting or changing your hair color.

There are two mistakes that people often make when coloring their own hair: 1) not consulting with a color specialist and 2) attempting to fix the problem themselves. Lets say, for example your color came out too blonde. It may seem like an easy fix to apply a light brown or medium blonde over the whole head; however porosity of the hair plays a big role in how the hair absorbs color.

As an example, when the underlying tone of the color you are using is not known, covering it with a new color could change your roots to orange leaving your ends transparent or white. When hair has been colored too dark, trying to lift a dark brown or black out to reach a natural looking color is nearly impossible to do on your own. The color needs to be gently removed first. Then, the porosity of the hair has to be taken into account so that when applying new color the ends match the roots.

There are seven levels of orange and reds that the hair has to go through before achieving a natural result. These are just a couple mishaps that can happen when attempting your own color correction. If in doubt, schedule a consultation with your favorite color specialist for suggestions on what would be the most beneficial process for your hair type.

After correcting your color, you will also need reconstruction treatments to replace moisture to your hair. Anytime hair molecules are switched around there is always damage done. The real damage comes into play when you are lifting dark color out, as mentioned before, there are many levels to get through before you are out of the lovely range of orange. You can buy reconstructing treatments over the counter, but it is better to consult with a stylist. This is because some treatments are protein based which may dry out already dry hair.

Making sure you are receiving the best conditioner that is balanced with moisture and proteins will help your hair heal in no time. Before making a decision to go through with a color correction, make sure you both agree on the cost because it can get very expensive. That way you know what to expect and your stylist can work with you on price and the best color decision for your hair.

After the color correction is achieved and everyone is very happy with the result, maintenance is a must. What I mean is you need to baby your hair for a while. Use high-end products on your hair; something that is color safe and has UV protection. When using a blow dryer or other styling tools, apply a leave-in conditioner before styling. In addition, if your hair is fine, a volumizing cream or gel will provide some protection from excessive heat.

If you have chosen a red color, know that reds fade fast especially if hair is damaged. When rinsing hair, be sure to rinse with very cool water this will help the cuticle lay flat holding in color and keeping the hair shiny. Finally, in order to leave hair looking healthy, add in a light dry oil or anti-frizz serum.

For a telephone consultation, you can contact me by email or phone. Visit my homepage for contact information. Priscilla Williams is a hair stylist and color specialist in the Portand, Oregon metro area. For more information on color and hair tips, click here [].
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