Pastel, metallic, neon, rosé. Whatever suits your fancy, your hair can now be adorned with splashes, melts, peekaboo strands, and all over saturation of beautiful non-conforming hues. Unnatural tones in hair is now one of the most asked for color services in salons. Here are a few things you need to know before taking the plunge.
Plan to be in the chair for a minimum of 3 hours for your first appointment. Have color in your hair already? To get pure pigments in their brightest, clearest, truest form, all of that color needs to be taken out. Your hair will need to be cleared and lightened to the appropriate level. Pastels and platinums on your brain? Your hair will need to be lightened to a very pale yellow (basically white). You’re on a journey, your hair may not be to 100% of your desired color in the first visit. It will get better each time.
It may take a couple appointments and a lot of reconstructor if you have lots of color in your hair, if your hair is dark or if your hair is fragile. No self respecting stylist will attempt these colors on hair that won’t make it. This may require gradual lightening to keep your hair intact. What good is a beautiful color if its on crunchy, broken, frizzy spaghetti hair?
Make no mistake, this process can be drying and damaging to your hair because of this process. Never had a chemical service done to your hair before? Your hair will feel different than it did when it was in its natural state. However, don’t worry, a great stylist will take into account the proper precautions and additional treatments needed to maintain the integrity of your hair.
Bring your wallet!
Achieving that beautiful pastel blush is time consuming and a detailed intricate process and takes a lot of time and good quality color and products, assuming you want it professional and well done. The time it takes will reflect the cost of the services.
Protect your investment!
Buy the shampoo your stylist tells you to buy. You just spent hundreds of dollars attaining your dream shade. A salon won’t guarantee the color and won’t do redo’s on a color that you say fell out when you used Pantene or a drugstore-bought professional shampoo (read: black-marketed, expired, tainted). Telling you to use a professional shampoo and conditioner (especially ones for specified colors and tinted ones) isn’t a stylist trying to make a sale. It’s to guarantee that all the work and hours she just put into your hair doesn’t go straight down the drain.