First and foremost - This blue beauty was an adventure. We got to this great mix of blues and purples in session #2. Session #1 was all about starting a color correction process.
I tell you this because, oftentimes, people think that hair magic happens in one appointment and in less than 2 hours. Not always so. When it comes to correcting color or condition of the hair, it can often be a journey - but that's okay. Why? Because the journey means that I'm caring about your hair, itself, and not just trying to rush to a result. I loathe chemical haircuts (when the hair is burned or melted off by poor chemical execution) so I like to keep your hair's integrity in the top of my mind.
Sometimes I have a correction to do that isn't color or chemical related. Sometimes it's because of a mistake in the cutting.
When I heard from a friend that her friend's daughter endured a hatchet job at a discount cuttery, my heart sank. I hated the idea of this sweet 8 year old girl going back to school with the equivalent of a toddler child getting a hold of some scissors.
Now - please understand me. The stylist who tried to make this haircut happen (the 45 degree "a line bob" can be a tough haircut to do) is not a bad person and they're not an incompetent stylist. They're just needing some more education and practice on this cutting technique.
Why? Because they provide instant gratification to my clients. They leave feeling amazing (Weave N' Leave!) and they get to go back to their life feeling beautiful and not having to worry about their hair. These ladies often live their lives in ponytails and they wish they could just have their hair down. This lovely had long hair but it was fine and thinning. Now? It's so much longer and filled out in one appointment. I use Babe tape-in extensions for great results with minimal damage and ease of wear. My clients love how they don't have to "feel" them and that they're back out of the salon in just a couple of hours.
How fun is this cherry bomb?
What's a cherry bomb? It's short for "Cherry Bombre" - the red "ombre", if you will. Her natural, dark brown hair transitions into a vibrant red that she just loves. She wanted this one pretty bright so we glossed up higher. I've also done other cherry bombs where they're lower in placement. It all depends on the desired result as far as that goes. I love this look. Reds and brunettes are good pals in the hair color world. It's a good thing to consider if you're a dark brunette wanting a change but not wanting as drastic as super blonde or silver. Also, this look is much easier to achieve with less damage on a brunette than going super light will.
I custom-mixed up 8 color choices using Joico's Color Intensity and we had a field day.
Kelly is already a blonde so we only had to lift (aka: Bleach) a smidge higher before applying the result.
Whenever we are using fashion colors (these kinds of color) we have to lift the hair. If you're naturally dark or have previous color on your hair, anticipate a journey of multiple lightening appointments to get you light enough to put the fashion color on.
Yes, this color is high maintenance. With proper care, though, this color can last quite a good amount of time. What was once the industry standard for these types of colors (4 - 6 shampoos) has been continually reformulated by color companies like Joico and Pravana so I've seen them go 15+ shampoos.
As you can see, here, though... if you're willing to put in the time and use the right products to keep it up, then you can have a great time with the options out there. It truly is an endless color palette!
It makes me a bit sad more companies don't let their employees do fun colors like this. Someone needs to let them know that this doesn't equal unprofessional.
I know - easy for me to say.
So, How do you take care of these colors?
As you see, I love my magenta -
It's all about the right at home products and establishing a new routine. I love the Pravana NEVO at home care regime. They're sulfate free, gluten free, naturally based and wonderful on the hair. I love how they care for my hair and don't feel like I'm being weighed down or coated. So many of those drug store and inexpensive care products are so stripping and drying to the hair - and this kind of color.
Don't invest good money and time for a great color job only to go home and do more damage and ruin the result.
Happy Hair Days to you all!