A consultation is required before any hair color service. My color appointments are not a la cart, the prices quoted means everything is included. Color, toner, Olaplex (if needed) Shampoo, condition and style.
We talk about hair care as well as aftercare. Often times color may not last because of practices at home. I will advise you at consultation what to begin doing to prepare for your upcoming appointment as well as the shampoos, conditioners, and stylers to get after the appointment that will help with the longevity of your new hues.
You will be educated in-depth of the hair color you plan to get. Semi-permanent, demipermanent, permenant, lift—-what do they all mean? Highlights, bayalage, double process, single process—what does this mean? I’ll break all of this down in the consultation and I will show you hair swatches, and color placements that will help us reach your desired look.
As cosmetologist we gain our license by learning basic technique but mostly sanitation. As a color specialist, I have chosen to specialize in learning about color, color composition, and the chemistry of color. This means I have spent additional money outside of normal school hours to learn about hair color. As a curl specialist, I have spent money outside of regular cosmetology school to learn curls, products, and cutting curls in the dimension they live. I know firsthand how to style your hair as it is without doing Braids, Twists, or rod sets. With these two combinations, I am able to serve a community of women who are searching for a color and curl specialist.
Temporary hair color is like nail polish. It washes off over time and only shows up on bright canvases. Semi permanent hair color is the same thing as saying temporary hair color. Demi permanent hair color does not change the actual color of the hair. It’s stains the hair with color that lasts longer than a temporary aka semi permanent hair color. A permanent hair color changes your natural hair color. It does not wash out, it grows out. Lightener lifts your natural hair color for a brighter hair color to be applied. You would use lightener for bright copper, bright red, blues, purples, greens, etc.
The only time porosity matters is when dealing with hair color. If you have low porosity hair, it will be harder for your hair color to change. If you have high porosity, your hair color hues may not last as long or they will get dull quickly. The best part of a consultation and strand test is to identify the porosity of the clients hair in order to make a plan of action for hair color services.
You do not want to have creams or oils present in your hair upon your coloring service. These products are too heavy and will interfere with how the color molecules land in your hair shaft. It is advised at your consultation what you should do before your appointment. You also should not not work out within three hours of your hair coloring appointment. Working out opens your pores and makes your scalp more sensitive during the coloring process. Your hair must be stretched for the coloring service. A blow dryer is not necessary, but a chunky twist out will do.
All over hair color is for single application permanent color. This typically does not go beyond a medium copper, dark red or light brown. A lightener and color is for high coppers, bright reds, and blondes. Highlights and balayage take the same amount of time. Highlights are “streaky” and balayage is a “lived in” look. We can combine to two! A color melt is when your roots are melted into your transitioning color. (Black-brown-to blonde). All of these terms and techniques will be discussed in depth during your consultation.
Your hair color touch-ups will depend on how you want your hair to look like as the color grows out. If you are looking for blonde, silvers, or bright hair colors, it is best to re-color your hair every 6 to 8 weeks to avoid banding (dark lines in the hair). I do advise all of my clients to use Olaplaex as part of their at home care as well as pigmented shampoos to tone or add to their current hair color.