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Hair Coloring

Hair Coloring

Great hair coloring techniques are the most sought after beauty information today. Having trained stylists around the world, I can tell you personally that great hair color is not an accident but a system. Here we will share some of the things you should be familiar with as a client, in order to make sure that your stylist is completely taking care of your hair coloring needs. If you are searching for a new colorist, and looking to make sure that your hair coloring has the best chance of looking amazing, then reading these few pages will help you learn about what your hair colorist should already know. The art of hair coloring has exploded in the last 25 years. In the 1970's with the emergence of the new unisex salon concept, a new role started to emerge, the hair colorist. This was a person in the salon that specialized in one thing, hair coloring.

Amazing hair color

Where you need to start is the beginning. Before you determine what you are looking for in your hair coloring, you must determine where you are in your hair coloring. This will require you to look at your current color in a completely unbiased way, or make sure that your hair colorist looks at your hair coloring in a completely unbiased way.

Stage ONE: Determining your natural color level

Your hair coloring starts with your natural hair color level. Most salons are using the 10-stage European hair coloring level system. Once you determine your hair color level, you are ready for stage two.

Stage TWO: Determining your hair type and texture

Getting this wrong can lead to complete disaster. You need to know the importance of your hair type and texture, so you can be sure that your hair colorist knows what type and texture of hair that you have. Many hair color disasters could easily be avoided if the hair colorist took the time to really examine the type of hair they were working with. If you have fine hair around your hairline, let your colorist know. Those little "baby" hairs that surround the hairline do not color the same as regular hair, so they need to be looked at differently. The color should be applied differently as well, and you might even need a shift in your hair color formula.

Stage THREE: Determining the percentage of grey in your natural hair color

Grey hair is going to take in hair coloring differently than normal hair. There are two types of pigments that exist in natural hair color, Eumelanin and Pheomelanin. Eumelanin contains black and brown, while pheomelanin contains yellow and red.These two types of melanin control all natural hair color. Hair color is not based on three primary pigments and this is why hair coloring is an art and a science.  Your colorist should be aware of this and the order in which they come out in the hair coloring process. Eumelanin comes out first thus exposing the pheomelanin. Obviously, the darker your hair the greater the concentration of both melanins. The challenge will always arise when you try to go only a shade or two lighter with no warm undertones. This is a nightmare for the hair colorist that is working on your hair coloring. It will never happen unless many things are controlled in and out of the salon.

Stage FOUR: What color would you like to be?

Now determine what hair color you want to be. It is easier because at this point you know where you are. You have explored your skin tone, your lifestyle and how you would like to feel at the end of the process. You know the procedure and what your hair can really do and what may be a bit more challenging when it comes to your personal hair color.

Stage FIVE: How to get your hair color there!

Now that you understand a bit of the science of hair coloring, it is time for your hair colorist to get into the art of the color. Here you cannot help them. What you need to do is trust your hair color to your hair colorist. They are professionals. The ability to mix hair color is amazing, not only do you need a solid foundation of learning but you also need a natural instinct and love of hair coloring and people. As with all chemicals, reactions vary depending upon a person's personal skin type, water type used in the area, chemicals used in their personal products, etc. Trust is truly the only word I can give you here. If you spent the correct amount of time and dedication choosing a professional hair colorist, made sure they understood the important basics, and are clear about what you want, you have the best chance of getting incredible hair color.