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How to Achieve Perfect Hair Color Every Time

How to AchIEve Perfect Hair Color Every time

If you are among the 70% of American women who routinely use hair color then you will want to read more.  Whether you are loving your current color or just down right frustrated we have some simple tips to help make your experience beautiful. 

Achieving the BEST hair color is a relative term in many ways so let's break it down.  BEST can be defined in two ways.  One you must be in love with how you feel with your end result and your hair is either healthy or moving in a direction of health.

There are several methods that can be used to achieve the best hair color.

Effective communication through a hair consultation with your professional stylist is key.  A true consultation goes past just stating what you want and showing a picture or two; it's a methodical process.   
Your stylist will begin with lifestyle questions.

What is your personal style...  Sophisticated, boho, chic, trend conscious? 
What is your level of commitment to maintaining salon visits?  Are you able to see your stylist every 6-8 weeks or are you more realistically the quarterly client?

What do you currently like and dislike about your hair color?  You may ask yourself does it offer you enough flexibility or do you feel too 'defined' with it?  Do you like the number of colors/shades used?  Are there obvious gaps with certain parting techniques? Are you happy when you put your hair up or in back styles? How often do you style your hair?  If your work or lifestyle schedule puts you in front of the public you may be someone that strives for hair perfection each day.  Perhaps you work from home and feel a more relaxed approach best describes your hair routine.  All of these are important considerations.

Next... physical hair analysis and history will cover the current condition of your hair, its natural texture and any previous chemical treatments. 
Now is the time to come clean about your hair history including 'cheating' on your stylist with someone else and the at-home color ventures.  Revealing the 411 to your stylist will help them create an accurate formula.
Color history is super important information and don't feel ashamed about divulging your innermost hair secrets… if you want great color- CONFESS!

If you are visiting a new colorist bring a history of the more recent formulas used by your previous colorists.  There is nothing wrong with asking for these formulas from your colorist and keeping track of your own hair history. Remember to include glaze, demi- permanent, tints, straightening and hair extensions.  One common myth is that these type of treatments 'wash out' which simply isn't entirely accurate.  Most will remain in your hair and you are not truly free of the color until your hair grows out.  Until then, it should be considered as a factor when applying new color.

The health of your hair is the foremost concern of colorists.  Your colorist will determine the texture, amount and wave/growth pattern of your hair.  The less trauma to the hair the better.  If you intend to 'lift or bleach' your hair several shades the long term maintenance of the look should be weighed against the current health of your hair strands.  As well, other factors such as recent hair thinning due to pregnancy, over use of hair extensions, health and medical treatments will all be considered.   Don't be frustrated if your colorist steers you away from a drastic change as they are truly concerned about your hair's health.  A 'hair plan' which maps out your long term color results may just be the trick.  This gives your hair time to gradually get to where you ultimately want it to be. 

Most importantly; you as the consumer must ask yourself before entering the salon "How do I want to feel"?  Peter Wynn; founder of Let's Talk About Your Hair teaches this very concept to hair stylists and colorists worldwide.  "It's an imperative question in the consultation process.  How do you want to feel when your cut or color is finished?  The more in touch you get with this portion of yourself the more fun and the more thrilled you will be with your hair and your salon experience. Remember we pay not just for results but for the "feeling" we associate with those results. Take away the feeling and the results are just not the same". 

Define how you want to feel and then break it down… When was the last time you felt this way?  For example, let's say you want to feel sexy once your hair is done.  Great!  You've now defined 'how' you want to 'feel'.  Next, think back to the last time you felt truly 'sexy'.  Perhaps it was the last wedding you attended in that gorgeous black dress.  How did your hair look?  That's right, it was shoulder length, beautiful shade of auburn with the smallest blonde highlights.  Bingo!  You are on your way.  Now remember the details such as length, the way it may have framed your face, how it complimented your skin tones etc.   Be specific but also be careful about using descriptive words that can have dual meanings such as shades of color, color level and length terms.  Don't be afraid to articulate but we caution you to not tell your stylist how to cut or color your hair but rather  a predetermined outcome, not how and where to cut your hair.  We love hair color cards which are held close to the client's face in either warm or cool tones which are a tremendous visual aid for many clients showing them which color tones work best with their natural skin tones.

There are many hair color lines to choose from and each has their own culture whether it's Redken Chromatics, Color Me Kenra or Wella Glossing Service the choices are endless.  We recommend going a step further and doing a little research to determine which hair color culture you feel best represents your lifestyle.  Most offer annual collections which can be seen on their websites or at Lets talk about your hair.  We invite you to explore the world of hair color beyond the salon chair.