What you should know before heading into the salon!
Considering a major shade shift? The decision to drastically change your hair color is right up there with chopping it all off—requiring months of contemplation.
Simply going to a salon instead of attempting to change your color with an at-home kit is your first defense against disaster. But, for those unaware of the commitment required by drastic hair color changes, even big improvements can yield big surprises several weeks down the line!
To help make sure that you’re ready for a dramatic change in color, we asked Shades stylists what they wished every client new before sitting in their chair. Here is our list of tips to help make choosing a new hair color much easier:
Tip #1: Big Changes Happen In Little Steps
Going lighter? Get ready to spend some serious time in the salon, especially during your first visit.
Lifting color out of the hair is achieved by literally emptying out pigment. The more pigment you lift, the more the structure of each strand can be compromised. If you try to go too far, too fast, hair can easily wind up fragile, broken mush!
That’s why going dramatically lighter needs to be done in stages. And multiple stages often means multiple appointments before you arrive at your desired color.
So, if you’ve never been platinum before, it may not happen during your first appointment. Instead, you may have to arrive at a sweet shade of “champagne” or a “winter wheat” that’s almost platinum (but not quite) on round one.
Tip #2: Vibrant Shades Fade Fast
Sure, Rihanna’s vivid reds look amazing every time she steps out on the red carpet. But, it’s simply not realistic to expect that level of color intensity for six to eight weeks.
Preparing for the inevitable fade is especially important if you’re depositing darker colors on previously lightened hair—the strands are too porous to hold onto color for weeks on end.
However, there are a few steps you can take to help stop your new color from falling flat long before your next appointment: Protect your hair from the sun, take regular breaks from your curling iron, and always double check with your stylist for any additional tips for proper color care.
Tip #3: Pastel Colors Take Time & Can Get Expensive
Candy-colored peaches and greens may be partly inspired by punk rock styles, but they involve so much more than a bottle of Manic Panic or dipping your locks in Kool-Aid. Not only do playful pastels require a lot of time, work, and skill to appear soft and elegant, today’s unicorn shades are achieved with what’s called “direct dyes.”
Unlike permanent or semi-permanent dyes that use ammonia to lift the cuticle and deposit color underneath, direct dyes act more like a stain. The lack of ammonia means that color is deposited only on the surface of each hair strand and are prone to fading more quickly than traditional dye formulas.
Consequently—money-wise, time-wise, and upkeep-wise—keeping a peacock of pastel colors looking fresh is a serious investment.
Tip #4: Adjust Your Budget Expectations To Include Products & Upkeep
You might be able to dig deep for your first salon visit but keep in mind that dramatic shades require maintenance and products to keep your hair in tip-top health. Your stylist may want you to use specific shampoos and conditioners in combination with extra hydrating or protecting products.
So, whether you’re going from black to blonde or experimenting with pasted-dipped ends, be sure to leave room in your budget for additional services and at-home care.
Tip #5: Consider How Dramatic Color Changes Your Style
If you’re going for a major hair color overhaul, chances are that you’re going to need to stock up on some new makeup colors as well. A general rule of thumb? The lighter the hair color, the lighter the makeup; the darker the hair color, the darker and more dramatic the makeup—lip color, in particular.
Many other factors go into finding the perfect makeup and clothing colors to compliment your hair transformation, including your skin’s natural undertones. For example, if you have a paler skin tones and are considering an ashy blonde or brunette, your foundation shade might even require a shift.
Just as you wouldn’t want your makeup to clash with your newly colored coif, you also want to keep your wardrobe in mind. If you’ve recently added jewel-toned violet accent pieces around your face, avoid wearing a violet top that could make your new violet strands look dull in comparison.
It helps to break out a color wheel to glance at complimentary and contrasting tones before dramatically changing your hair color. Doing so will give you a good idea of how much of your current makeup and wardrobe might require some shifting to compliment your new coloring.
Confident That You’re Ready For a Dramatic Color Change?
If you’ve done your homework on your desired new ‘do and feel confident you’ve got the time and budget required to enjoy it long into the future, then it’s time to go forth and color!
Call Shades today to schedule your hair color shift, and get ready for a glorious transformation.