Nov 30, 2009
For Fall/Winter 2009, it’s a gothic ingredient that describes this season’s wardrobe and makeup looks, and if you’re someone who appreciates all the blackened looks but wants to stay classic yet with a dark edge and in the trendy now then the hottest color for you is the new black ‘Gray’.
We are seeing a variety of gray’s from designers, makeup company’s nails, and even men’s wear, and the keyword here is sultry rather than scary. No matter what eye color, hair color, or even skin color there is a gray shade that can suite everyone. Try combing grays with purples, tans, white, navy, and of course black. And wearing dark gray, charcoal, heather gray’s this winters new black is sure to bring less gloom from old man winter.
Nov 27, 2009
And when this beautiful color is described as a smooth blonde remember that the tone is ever so slightly darker (still blonde), and it’s a great season to start adding or using this shade, and for all those blondes who want this it’s the right time as matte, neutral blonde is the perfect complement to some of this seasons makeup and fashion color trends
Nov 25, 2009
Nov 23, 2009
I have probably 70% grey and have always had almost black hair. My stylist kept the color pretty well and then my hair went bluish black and flat. I went to a colorist who told me it was too dark for me (I am 55). She stripped my hair and put a medium brown on which has a lot of red and it fades after a week. I hate it and do not think that I look good. Any suggestions?
When grey hair is present between 50% and higher the darker the color you go the faster you get a demarcation line, roots (not pretty). It is true that as we age our hair colors should be softer , remembering that hair color can in fact bring attention to favourable features as well as unfavourable ones, so I steer my clients away from black tints because it is that one color that not only brings attention but it is the hardest to change. Cleansing out (stripping) has a process to go through color stages, as the black lifts it goes into a red, and when we put a brown on it the color becomes a brown/red hair color. With this situation there should be blue or violet or better both blue/violet in the formula, and it is more than likely a 10 volume developer was used. This might be a perfect scenario when combing through the hair color, mid-ends, with what volume developer do you use 10 or 20, I would use 20. . I have blogged about my theory on developers and how I use them and after removing hair color from hair that new tone needs still a lifting and deposit of tone at the same time, 20 volume developers does just that.
So I suggest to tell the hairdresser you want more blue, violet in your formula, and to comb through the hair color to your ends with 20 volume developer, I am most certain this will help in the fading issue. It is also vitally important that you maintain proper homecare for your hair, invest in color treated shampoo’s and products that protect color treated hair. Embrace warmer colors; add different colors to both your face and wardrobe, if we change our hair color we have to do the same for makeup and clothes, this often can change our idea of how we look with a newer hair color (trust me).
My Product Suggestions
Aveda Clove Shampoo and Clove Color Conditioner
Aveda Color Conserve Shampoo and Conditioner
Find an Aveda salon near you; www.aveda.com
Nov 20, 2009
makes sense,, cause if you put same formula on it will dull down, but 20 volume will clean and deposit, leveling it out with a bit of darker level ,, learnt that from the best ;=)
@ kitty absolutely ,, 20 vol is the way to go if you do go with adding a lower level , 10 vol can work as well but you have to know there are more possibilities that it might fade, were i found going with a slight lower level, and 20 worked neutralized and lasted longer, remember when you paint a wall no matter lighter or darker you primer, to me 20 volume is just that , cleans and deposits =)
Nov 18, 2009
From amethyst to violet plums this hue of color is making wave’s not only in makeup and nail colors but it’s popping up in hair color. It is a bit different then the past violet shades we have been doing, this year purples and plums are more vibrant, intense and not for the shy, however having said that I always believe a variation of the colors can work on anyone, whether soft or bold it’s become popular and not just for Goth and Punk as it has shown up on the runways.
Nov 16, 2009
Aveda Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade
This satin pomade not only repels moisture from your hair and helping in the frizzy department but it also provides a few more aids to hair color. I use this product for a few reasons in my work as a hair colorist, my #1 reason, to prevent staining (color) around hairline, ears and neck when coloring hair.
My trick and for best results; to always apply the hair color(tint) first, making sure that even those stubborn hairline grey’s you hardly can see are covered then apply the pomade, even if you slightly overlap it’s safe. Another reason I love this product is that I can use and apply it on areas of the hair that might have or taken darker creating bands (uneven color), this we see mostly around front hairlines, or root area due to mainly overlapping of color. For this trick I take a small tint brush a quart size depending on head size and situation of pomade into a tint bowl, apply lightly pomade onto the hair that has banding then apply the color. The Brilliant Anti-Humectant is a fantastic styling ad but it as just as such merrit for use in hair color, if a product repels moisture then logic tells me it can repel color, it works and it is a tool I keep beside me.
Nov 13, 2009
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Nov 6, 2009
Are there any tricks to preventing foil bleeding when I am hi-liting hair? No matter what I do I always seem to bleed some color onto the natural, don’t know what I am doing wrong HELP...
The dreaded bleeding;
I do have a few simple suggestions and insight that I can share and hopefully help you or any hairdresser that faces this very daunting challenge. In my experience I feel that bleeding is caused by application and runny products, and possibly digging to deep with the weaving, but mostly applying way to much product on the brush then onto the hair. I have seen this over and over again and every time I am amazed at this and what I feel is a bad habit that has been developed. Coloring small sections of hair is like painting details on a canvas and should be approached that way, having the correct width sized brushes not tinting brushes which cover more space, as well dabbing the brush into the color bowl picking up just enough color for the small sections you are coloring , after all we are coloring hair not painting a wall.
When we mix the colors you make sure that it is a bit thicker (pudding) texture this way the color will stick onto the hair and foil better which means no slipping. Always apply the color in the middle of the foil working up forwards the root, then back down towards the ends (remember it is much easier to go back into the bowl and get more color then getting rid of some after it is already on the hair and foil this is an overlap). I truly cannot give a measurement to as how far away from the root you stay when you are doing highlights because this depends of the natural texture, density of each individual, but what I can say is practise and keep practising and the real key is simply how much color you apply on the root area, be more mindful and don’t rush approach highlighting hair as an artist.
Nov 4, 2009
And depending on the cut of the hair which for me as a hair colorist is key in mastering the art of hair color is to look at the shape and find and accentuate the details in the haircut i.e. longer bites, around the face, on top of head etc. etc, this should apply to all haircuts and color. Layering browns on brunettes is beautiful, classic and mysterious, as a brunette should be, with tones such as cinnamons, nutmegs, acorns, bark wood, dark whiskey and antique brass to play with either as highlights, lowlights, melting, slicing whatever technique is used it is sure to bring brunettes a little more spice to their fall/winter this year.