Hair Color 101: Master Tips From A Master Colorist
Happy mid-Summer! So much news has happened in the past few months that I’m thrilled to share! After 35 years, I have decided to make a big change from my salon in Beverly Hills on Santa Monica Blvd. I made the short, yet big move to Lukaro Salon at 323. N. Beverly Drive and am so excited to be a part of their talented team! I can’t wait for you all to come visit me and see my great new hair quarters!
In the meantime, let’s get back to Hair Tip business! As you know, I am a master colorist. For years, I have married the study of molecular structure (trichology) with the artistry of hair color. The molecular structure is where the molecules are situated in the hair shaft. When you change your hair color, and many of us do these days; it is very important to understand the process and make sure that your hair stylist has your hair’s health in their best interest.
Let’s say you wanted amazing Platinum Blonde hair color, but I look at your hair under a microscope and I see that your cortex is irregular or there is something that we need to improve on. That’s where my work comes in. I can prep the hair and customize it for you before completing the desired result. Everything that we do effects the hair, so I focus on external and internal hair health.
Just for you, I have combined the most frequently asked questions by my clients. I care about your hair and you should too!
1) Are there natural ways to prep your hair for color change?
Yes! I prefer natural fruit preparations to up the moisture levels prior to a color change, for instance: my customized Banana Banana conditioner and Orange Creamsicle conditioner.
2) What should you ask your stylist before? What type of dye ingredients?
You should ask your stylist what volume of peroxide and product they intend to use. Desired results can be achieved without damaging the hair shaft. The higher the volume, the more harsh.
3) If I have dark hair and I want to go blonde, should it be a gradual color change or can I go straight to platinum?
That all depends on the existing hair’s cortex (color pigment), and moisture tissues. It truly is different for every client. Knowing what nutrients to inject is very crucial and beneficial.
4) What are the top 5 ways to maintain my hair health when I am having color done every few weeks?
Condition before and after shampooing. Make sure to use a shampoo between 5 & 6 PH (7 is neutral). Anything over that is alkaline and stripping.
Always do a finish rinse with ice cold water or preferably ice cube combing to force hairs cuticles closed.
Until next time,