Coloring your hair can give a 3-D effect that makes your hair look fuller, playing with the depth of the tone and the contrast. Here are tips for getting great hair color from Best in Beauty: An Ultimate Guide to Make Up and Skincare Techniques, Tools, and Products by Riku Campo.
How important is the collaboration between the hairstylist and the colorist?
The chemistry and vision of the two must be complementary for the best effect. The cut creates shape and movement; color provides dimension.
What is the difference between semipermanent color and permanent color?
The difference is the size of the color molecule and how it enters the hair shaft. Semipermanent color molecules are larger in size than permanent and usually need heat to open the hair in order to allow the molecule to enter because there is no ammonia release from a developer.
How do I know which hair color will suit me?
Hair color is picked for many different reasons. The number one reason is to cover gray hair. There is actually no such thing as gray hair. Individual hairs are white, not gray; it’s the background that makes them appear gray.
Colorists call this the client’s base color. The base color is picked to suit the skin color and age of the client. For dimension on a base color, colorists do lowlights and highlights, usually in the same tonal family as the base color, for natural highs and lows that will give dimension to the color.
Why is it so important to use color shampoo and conditioner instead of regular ones?
Some shampoos and conditioners are specifically made for color-treated hair. They are formulated with gentler detergents that are more moisturizing, and they usually contain a sunscreen. Some shampoos and conditioners for color-treated hair include small amounts of color. This helps maintain the color for longer periods of time, especially for people who spend a lot of time in the sun.
How often should I see my colorist?
I recommend every four to six weeks for a touch-up. That’s about how long it takes the original color to show through. Roots that have grown out for four to six weeks are usually around 1/2 inch long. Highlight and lowlight touch-ups, if done right, can last as long as three or four months.
Can salt water and sun damage highlighted hair?
Highlights are usually put in by a discoloration process using either bleach or a high lift color, and we also carefully place tone into the highlights to balance the highlights with the base color. Without sunscreen protection, the sun will further bleach the hair and lift out the tone the colorist created. Salt water has a drying effect over time if the hair is not well washed and conditioned. Dry hair makes your color look faded and old.
Why doesn’t red color stay in hair well?
Red is the hardest color to lift out of the hair, and the hardest color to keep. The reason is the weight of the color molecule: the darker the color, the heavier the weight of the color molecule. Dark brown fades as well, but the weight of the color molecule is heavier, and thus it fades more slowly. Reds are lighter and thus fade quickly; blonde is the lightest and fades just as fast, but it doesn’t have the same intensity as red so it’s not as noticeable. When red is freshly done, it’s the most intense color. Reds are my personal favorites and the colors I enjoy doing the most.
The way to keep your red color longer is to get frequent touch-ups and use a shampoo and conditioner for color-treated hair. Stay out of direct sun, and every once in a while get a color glaze. Color glazes are translucent colors that help seal color in and condition the hair. I love the shine and depth of color they bring to the hair.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Riku Campo, author of Best in Beauty: An Ultimate Guide to Make Up and Skincare Techniques, Tools, and Products, lives in Los Angeles, where he has established himself as the makeup go-to guy for some of today’s most celebrated models and entertainers. For more information visit www.rikucampo.com.
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