7 Ways To Change Your Hair Color!

We’ve all been at that point with our hair where we want a new color but are not sure what we want. “Do I want to go lighter?” “Do I want to go darker?” “Do I want red?” I’ve put together some helpful suggestions for those aggravating times of uncertainty. I hope you find them helpful!

  1. Highlights: Highlights aren’t necessary bleach blonde.  They are any color lighter than your current base color.  For my clients that do not have highlights but are wanting to try them I recommend putting a few under the part line. That way you do not have to touch up as often & it gives you an overall lighter look without seeing the “streaks”.  Adding highlights just around the face is a great way to brighten you up, without feeling all over lighter (and without paying for a full highlight).  You can also do balayage highlights as well!
  2. Lowlights: Lowlights are any color darker than your base color.  If you are predominantly  blonde, lowlights can be 1 shade darker than your blonde.  Adding lowlights to blondes gives dimension & makes the lighter blonde strands pop! If you do not have color & never have, lowlights with a demi are a great way to color introduction!
  3. Pops of Color: Adding just a few pieces of a more bold color here and there is also a wonderful to spice up your color while still looking professional! The bold colors do not have to be hot pink or green.  They can be a chocolate brown, deep red, beautiful copper, or anything you desire! I love adding a few little pieces of copper under the part line to my blondes in the fall! They love it because they are still blonde but they have a nice pop of fall color! If you are a medium to light brunette adding a few little pops of blonde can spice you up! Of course you can always add a pop of purple, green, pink, or blue!
  4. Just Do It: The first 3 tips are to help you gradually get into a new color or just add a little something to your current color.  Tip #4 is just do it.  Just find some pictures of blondes, red heads, brunettes–whatever it is you are wanting to do, take it to your stylist and just do it! Dive right in! You think you want to try being a red head, just do it! Never been a blonde? Do it! Sometimes it’s best to just jump in!
  5. Give Your Stylist Freedom: If you have a general idea of what you want, inform your stylist then tell him/her to do what they feel best with that information.  If you don’t have any idea, but you know pink & blue is not acceptable at the job then inform your stylist of that & let the stylist be creative and give you a new look! I usually ask my clients “Are there any colors you do not want to see in your hair?” That way I don’t put copper in a client’s hair when the client HATES copper.  So if you don’t know what you want but you know what you do not want, let your stylist know! Often times, knowing what the client does not want is better than knowing what they do want!
  6. Clip In Extensions: I have clients who can’t commit to pink strands all the time. But they desire to have some pink strands.  Clip in extensions are a great way to add those funky colors without getting wrote up at work & the commitment! You don’t have to buy the funky colors, you can buy some brown clip ins if your blonde & want to try some lowlights or to just add some depth every once in a while.  If you are a brunette buy some blonde clip ins for damage free highlights that you can pop in & out whenever you want!
  7. Let Your S.O. Choose: A coworker of mine recently sent me an article about women letting their significant others choosing their hair styles.  The s.o. would talk with the stylist about what he/she thought would look best on their partner & why! Your significant other may secretly want you to be a brunette, but may not vocalize it because he/she knows you love your blonde hair.  If you can’t decide on what to do, ask your partner in crime!

I hope you found these helpful as usual!

Have you made a drastic color change? Comment below & let me know how you went about it? Did you just do it? Did you like it or hate it?  What’s your advice to others struggling with color change? As you know I love hearing back from everyone & gaining new insights!

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4 Summer Hair Care Tips!

Summer fun can take a toll on your hair. From the chlorine in the pools, to minerals in lakes, the salt in the ocean, & of course the sun.  They build up, dry out, & in general damage your hair.  So here are 4 tips to help keep your hair from being beaten up by summer!

  1. Clarify: After being in the pool, lake, or ocean you should shampoo your hair with a gentle clarifying shampoo or a shampoo that is specifically for after swimming. The sun & water can take a real toll on your hair. It leaves it dry, rough, & often very unmanageable. I recommend PhytoPlage Hair & Body Rehydrating Shampoo. It gently removes chlorine, sand, salt, & sunscreen residue from your hair and body while hydrating your hair and body!
  2. Hydrating Conditioner or Mask: The sun, pool, lakes, & ocean dry your hair out! Use a hydrating conditioner or mask (if a conditioner is not enough) to replenish what your hair is lacking after all the fun in the sun! I recommend PhytoPlage After Sun Recovery Mask. It hydrates, nourishes, & repairs even the most sun damaged hair! If you use the PhytoPlage Shampoo & have fine hair, you may find no conditioner or mask is needed.
  3. Hair Sunscreen: If you are constantly at the beach or in the pool, then PhytoPlage Protective Sun Oil is your new best friend! It is a water-resistant oil to protect hair & safeguard your color from sun, chlorine, & salt water! It also moisturizes, softens, & gives you a sexy “wet look” while nourishing your hair!
  4. In Salon Treatment: If you get your color done professionally & at the beach, pool, or lake often you should do a detox/clarifying treatment done before your color. You should be doing this type of treatment before every color, but especially in the summer.  These types of treatments not only give your stylist a clean slate, but help remove minerals that can cause a chemical reaction with the color.  Talk with your stylist about doing this type of treatment.  I typically will use my color company’s pre-chemical shampoo to remove heavy build up before chemical services.  I recommend at the end of the summer to do a detox & hydrate treatment. For this service I use a gentle clarifying shampoo. I let it work its magic for a good 20-30 minutes, rinse it, & follow it with a hydrating mask appropriate for my client’s hair type.  This removes all product & water mineral build up & hydrates my client’s hair.  It’s comparable to wiping a chalk board down with a wet towel instead of a used chalk board eraser.  I do this service as a stand alone, before a cut, or before a color service.  Now if your stylist does a treatment similar to this but it takes a shorter or longer amount of time, don’t worry. Your stylist is probably using a different product that requires a different protocol. Some of my clients only need the treatment to work it’s magic for 10-15 minutes because they have less build up. Every client is different & every treatment protocol is different.

These recommendations are recommendations I give to my clients in the salon.  There are a lot of products out on the market.  The products I recommend are products that I work with & carry for clients at the salon.  That does not mean they are the only products that give the above specific results. There are lots of clarifiers, water/chlorine treatments/shampoos, hydrating masks, etc.  Above all, I HIGHLY recommend you talk with your stylist about what treatments & products are best for your hair & life style!

Have some products that help keep your hair in good condition during the summer? Comment below and tell me! Let’s share ideas!