Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Dirty Hair Myth

"My hair is nice and dirty for you."

"I didn't wash my hair because I knew I was getting it colored."

"It's better if my hair is dirty, right?"

These are comments that I hear all the time from behind the chair, and I want to explain the "hair must be dirty to color it" myth.  It is not better for your hair color, and your hair color will not turn out better if your hair is dirty - if anything - it's the opposite. 

Significant oil (natural sebum) and product buildup - especially if you use waxy pomades - can inhibit hair colors ability to penetrate the hair shaft. All of that residue packs into the cuticle of the hair and acts as a barrier. This idea of "dirty hair" came from the idea of not washing your hair right before color - BUT - not washing is not the same as dirty. Stimulating the scalp by washing can bring more blood to the surface of the skin, and therefore you might experience some irritation if color is being directly applied to your scalp. 

However, it doesn't take long for that sensitivity to go away. So feel free to wash your hair the day before you are scheduled for color. You will get a faster, more even deposit, help ensure grey coverage, and lessen the probability of fading. And this does not just apply to on-the-scalp color. While progressive lighteners (bleach) can eat through oil and product fairly easily, more gentle highlighting methods like high-lift permanent color can struggle to work through that buildup and lighten you to your desired level. 

So whether your lightening or darkening your hair - give it a wash 24 to 48 hrs before hand and you will help to ensure better results!

Side Note: If you google "greasy hair," Robert Pattinson seems to come up a lot =)

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Is the ombre look over? What do you see for fall?

So the last couple of months have been insane - between being busy with work, traveling, and taking care of the two 50lbs puppies I adopted, my blog has been neglected for sure. I just realized today that someone posed a question to me back in March asking "is the ombre look over?"

While some hairdressers may disagree with me, I definitely have to say no.  It's the number one technique that I get requests for from new clients.  Some times it takes a while to take the plunge and go for a "trendy look." Most people start off subtle and then come back in deciding that they want to make the look more drastic - which is great - better safe than sorry.

But just because we might see more of our friends with ends fading out to blonde, doesn't mean that is what we're going to be seeing in fall collections or on our favorite celebs. I'm sure we'll definitely be seeing some changes over the next few months. What I can tell you is this: you can still maintain your ombre look and change it up a bit. I've had two clients - who have had a fairly drastic ombre look through the summer - mix it up this past week. With one girl we pulled big pieces of super shiny dark golden blonde through her light blonde ends. It made her color look richer, glossy, and healthier. During the summer we all may want that "been at the beach for three months" look, but when we start spending more time indoors it's nice to have some golden sunshine in your hair. - So transition from white blonde to lush golden hair.

With the other client we did a little bit more of a drastic change. We took some of the blond pieces on the ends to a rich burgundy and made the rest of it a shiny, chocolate brown. If you're ends are blonde there are so many options for changing it up.

What I'd like to see this fall is a return to HEALTHY hair. Whatever your fall preference is - make it silky and beautiful. Get conditioning treatments. If you love ombre because you don't have to get your color done but 2 to 3 times a year, at least go in for a gloss and a trim. Your ends will thank you for it, your color will last longer, and your hair will look and feel better! Pixie short or hippie long, a woman's hair is one of her greatest accessories. Flaunt it!

Tell me what you think the fall trends will be or what you would like to see!


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Before and After Ombre Hair

Hey everyone! So this is my friend Ashley.  Ashley, who is a natural brunette, had been getting partial blonde highlights for quite a while. The blonde had been fun, but it was starting  to become a lot of maintenance for her because her natural color was so dark. Also, as you can see in the before pictures, because she was only getting a partial highlight her ends were looking a lot darker than the rest of her hair because the underneath wasn't getting colored. So ultimately we wanted to be able to give Ashley some blonde highlights like she wanted, but we wanted to create a more natural looking result that would be easier for her to grow out. We decided to go with a soft ombre look. Essentially we "flipped" the look she had by taking her darker on top and heavily highlighting the underneath. As you can see the darker color near her face helps to warm her skin up, but she still has some bright blonde highlights, but with a lot more dimension. This look will be something she can expect to maintain every 3 months vs. every 6 weeks.