Jan 19, 2010

Hair & Hair Color Challenges

HCC Email/Question #6

Dear Hair Color Corner
About two week ago I changed my hair color from medium blonde (highlights) to a chocolate brown, I had been thinking about doing that for some time, I found that my highlights were starting to dry my hair so I thought it would be a good time to change. Well I hate it and I feel its way to dark, so I went back to my stylist and asked if he could do something, anything, he said NO because in order to change it back he would have to bleach my hair and that it would break off. I do understand what he is trying to tell me and it was my decision to go dark but the color I got does not seem to be a chocolate brown but rather a dull flat brown. Is there something that can be done? I would be ok with it if it wasn’t so dull and lifeless looking.
Jennifer

This is a classic case of perhaps 1/ the stylist did not first fill your hair which means in order to change already lightened hair we need to put back a gold/orange tone so the new color does not go flat, 2/ there was a miscommunication between both of you in the consultation process. The truth is I might be speculating because I cannot see your hair however your stylist might also be right with the breakage aspect, 80% of the time when there is a situation like yours the hair does dry up when you re-do highlights so if it was dry to begin with chances are he is right. This was done only 2 weeks ago I suggest you give it another couple of weeks and more than likely you will see it starting to get lighter (fade) which in your case is a good thing. Once you have giving your hair some time you and your stylist can re-evaluate and go from there, my suggestion for a short time is to stay away from re-highlighting and get a gloss or a toner with some warmth in it, this will not cause any damage to your hair. And in the meantime invest in color shampoos and conditioners; AVEDA has excellent products for such needs as yours.

16 comments:

  1. sounds more like the stylist is scarred, it is the first thing we do when coloring over hilites FILL.

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  2. the hair needs a bit of time , keep washing but i think your stylist should of at least given options here.

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  3. good advice as always

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  4. great post, super informative

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  5. change hairdressers, sounds lazy or doesnt know what they are doing

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  6. get a new hairstylist

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  7. I look forward to your email-questions posts, I learn alot
    ty

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  8. going from blonde to darker hair I feel the person has to really really want it and know it's very hard to go back widamag , let alone with some to begin with , I'd wait it out and condition my hair and go with a new haircut.

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  9. a hairdresser who automatically says NO without options needs to stop doing hair

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  10. i agree a gloss semi-permanent is the best solution and a haircut.

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  11. I love when you post these, I either know I am doing something right or wrong, in any case I learn

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  12. the hairstylist here was lay or does not know what there doing, when i have a client who wants a change like this my consulation is like 20 minutes long, making sure they really understand going from blonde to brown is a huge step and one that is not so easy to go back too.

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  13. great advice hcc i love these posts!

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  14. I say find an aveda salon near you and see how healthy your hair will be -]

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    its stylish and very educational, and I am a big fan of reading blogs
    your is great!

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