COLORING LONG HAIR

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Recently I got a call from a young actress looking to color her hair.  I love this kind of work since it’s what I do best.  As a hair color specialist, I take my job very seriously! When your hair color could mean the difference between landing or losing the role, it becomes an even more challenging experience and super fun for me.  When coloring long hair, one must be very careful not to do too much.

Virginia is a versatile young actress whose work includes a lead in the film Wicked Mom’s Club (Lifetime) and a supporting role in the sports movie Last Champion (In-House Media Film Partners). She also recently played various TV roles in the series Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS), Miss 2059 (New Form Digital), General Hospital (ABC), and Code Black (CBS).

Virginia came in asking for something different but wasn’t completely sure of what to do. She was ready for some good hair coloring advice. She and her team were ready to take her career to a new place. Not being sure where to go, Virginia was ready to get some good long hair coloring advice, …  that’s where I stepped in.  Stepping up her career meant bringing some life back to her hair. Making sure not be too obvious with her color and pigeonholing her was the difference between detracting from her face and limiting her options for future roles as an actress. It’s a balancing act. I knew the work I had to do could be the difference between landing her the role and not.

When coloring long hair, I always advise not to do too much that you become a slave to your roots and a victim to the reason why you may not be getting the role.

I used a technique I developed called, “the crolayage“.

Coloring long hair requires precise control, foresight, and a lot of experience.

With Virginia, I first crocheted some highlights into her hair in a face frame manner. I used three different shades on her long strands. A shadow color close to her roots, the real color on the mid shaft, and a more gentle color on her ends.This is to make sure it looks seamless from the roots, colorful on the shaft, and blend and preserve the integrity of the hair at the ends. (The ends on long hair are always more vulnerable to color since they’ve been with you for a longer time… they require special care).

Coloring long hair truly requires a lot of experience. Not something to be taken lightly. It could be with you for a long time,  and fixing it could take forever.

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This is where Oway grows, picks, and distills over 12 medicinal plants without the uses of chemicals, machinery or animal cruelty. After the purest organic ingredients are hand picked, Oway’s Green Chemistry Team selects the highest quality formulations to achieve professional salon products without common toxins.

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Biodynamic farming is what puts Oway above the rest. This method focuses not only on potent and pure organic ingredients, but also on unity and ethical growing standards for plants and animals.

Oway does not rely on Earth’s resources, but rather contributes to them. They create harmony and respect between land, animals, and people. Free range donkeys roam OrtOfficina during the warm months, where they graze on farmland that hasn’t seen a drop of chemicals in over 100 years.

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STRAWBERRY BLONDE

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Diane is suited best as a strawberry blonde with some featherlike balayage highlights. She has very frizzy coarse hair, and quite a bit of gray.

I began by giving Diane an Uberliss formaldehyde free keratin treatment to pull the frizz and smooth out her hair.

After Diane’s keratin treatment, I used a level seven gold copper by OWAY for her base. OWAY is an ammonia free, resorcinol free, PPD free organic color system.

Diane has flawless Irish skin and copper base on her skin is perfect to brighten her up with a strawberry blonde glow.

After changing Diane’s base, I threw in some blonde highlights making sure to graduate them heaver closer to her face for that natural effect. This helps break up the color and make her new strawberry blonde haircoloring look like her own.

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HAIR COLORING PULP RIOT

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Pulp Riot. The dare to be yourself hair coloring.  Have you ever wanted to try something avant garde?

I got a call from a young lady who knew exactly what she was looking for. She wanted to try some hair coloring that would set her apart from all others. Velvet by Pulp Riot.

This young lady was very special, sweet, self assured and as daringly positive. That’s all I needed to know to get to work.

First I sectioned her hair in two sections. The bottom half and the top half. Based on how she was going to wear her hair, I made sure when she wore it up, she would still see some of the purple highlights she was ready to show off. And when she wanted to wear it down, it would be all a glow. She also wanted to hide the lights and show the lights depending on her mood. That would require me to strategically place them for the mood.

Rather than throwing the color all over her beautiful hair and compromising the integrity of the soft  beautiful curl she had, I made sure to be selective about how much to pre lighten. While lightening, I used the  keratin bonder, Ultim8. An important step of pulling the color out of her hair not to blow the cuticle apart. Once I reached the desired color blonde to serve as the canvas, I then put the desired shade of Velvet by Pulp Riot.

Both she and I were very excited and pleased to see her new school fashionable princess color.

Be your own princess and treat yourself to YOU and Pulp Riot.

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KERATIN TREATMENTS AND BLEACHED HAIR

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Hair that is bleached loses a substantial amount of keratin. As a result, a great fix is a keratin treatment.  Keratin treatments bring back the life and condition by injecting keratin back into the hair where there’s a loss. Keratin treatments and bleach work very well together.

Recently Maureen came in requesting a keratin treatment since her hair was stripped, dry and damaged from over-processing.

I was impressed with the idea that Maureen knew that a keratin treatment would help and not further hurt or damage her hair.

In my experience, the benefits of a keratin treatment for colored  hair exceed the expectations of the client almost every single time. It brings back the sheen, the luster, and the elasticity it had before the bleached hair.

Keratin treatments and bleached hair are synergistically the best combination because they both work together to bring back the condition at the nano level. 

The fact that colored or bleached hair is more porous is precisely the reason why a keratin treatment can help more effectively.

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ONE PROCESS IN HAIR COLORING

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Recently I got a call from a long time client and now friend requesting for her hair to be colored and  styled.  She was attending a work holiday party with an old Hollywood theme. One process in hair coloring was very high fashion in old Hollywood. Marylyn Monroe, Jean Harlow, Jeanne Carmen, Grace Kelly and many more. All were one process color girls.

One process color in hair coloring is the best way to cover gray and change your over all color and look.  

Although my client Paula doesn’t have gray hair, the dark blonde shade she naturally has could use a little zing. Paula’s natural hair color is about a level 7.

To breathe some life into her hair, I decided to go a little warmer than her natural color. This well help  brighten up her skin and add a little pizzaz to her look with a one process color.

Using OWAY, the PPD free, Resorcinol free and ammonia organic color, I colored Paula’s hair with a formula using two different shades of blonde.

One process color can be very striking when done right.

After coloring Paula, I curled and set her. I then used a finger wave technique with clamps and cutout boards to create the old Hollywood crescent shaped waves. What a blast!

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HAIR COLORING CROLAYAGE

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Recently I came up with a new technique in hair coloring I call  CROLAYAGE.

Crolayage – Crocheting hight-lights into the hair to achieve the balayage and ombre effect by using one color at the root, one in the middle and one on the ends.

With Samantha, I colored her hair first with a gold concentrate to fill in the missing pigment from the previous color job. At that point I use the final color to achieve the base.

After the right base was achieved, I then used my new CROLAYAGE technique to face frame her hair crocheting  some blonde lights into middle to lower parts of her hair for an ombre effect.

Samantha and I were very pleased with the final product. She was now ready for her boss and  big power meet.

Hair coloring crolayage is my new friend. 

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HAIR COLORING AND HIGHLIGHTING DARK HAIR

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Highlighting dark hair can be  tricky in the hair coloring world. But if it’s done right, it can be a really cool effect.

With Elaine,  she came in with severely damaged hair after being colored time and again to try and get it right. No luck with her last colorist.

Sometimes when your dealing with dark fine hair, you don’t want to highlight to much of the hair.

Hair coloring and highlighting dark hair should be done very conservatively. I took Elaine to a level 6 double ask and then add a few panels of highlights in the front of her hair without doing to much.

Elaine may need a few more visits to get all her hair to the right place. Cautioning on more damage, Elaine will come in a few more times till we get it perfect.

Highlighting dark hair should be done very conservatively. Hair coloring is an art of not only coloring but sometimes letting hair sit for a while for the healing.

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HAIR COLORING BASE AND HIGHLIGHTS

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At times when highlighting hair at the salon, I like to highlight parts of the hair  on a person’s head. The reason why is I might want my client to look as though she’s been overexposed with overhead sunlight which is the most way hair get’s highlighted by nature. On Michel I covered her base with a level seven ash. Most blondes have an ash base to begin with by birth. Michel came into the salon and with mostly gray hair.

Coloring her hair with an ash base will help help her color graduate from the deeper base to the natural shades of a lighter blonde.  With fewer golden tones and more shades of winter wheat we can ad some sterling  light highlights.   With a base of 7.0, Michel at the hair salon will notice a backdrop to her beautiful rosy skin .

Coloring Michel’s base will help break it a few shades so that she doesn’t have too dark a base that stands out next to her gorgeous new highlights.  Both taking away from each other.

So remember, when you’re in the hair salon and your hair is in need of some good coloring,  but you don’t know what. Coloring your base and highlights can brighten up your look immediately and make you feel like a million bucks! Try it and see.

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KERATIN TREATMENT COLOR CORRECTION

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Recently I got a call from a young lady in a panic that a hair colorist had botched up her color. I asked her to come in and let me look at it. Well, she was right. She must have had about 5 different colors running through her hair. I recommended a change in color with the plan to end with a  keratin treatment.

The first plan of action was to get her back to a base color we could start from and not to do more until we see how her hair washed out in the coming weeks.

That entailed not using more permanent color, but a superficial color system that would not subject her to any more of the same chemicals that fryed her hair to begin with. I used Redken Shades EQ,  a demipermanent color system that would normalize all the awkward shades running through her hair and create a new beautiful base with few shades that confuse.

Of course to make sure her hair was in the best condition afterwards, I used the Uberliss formaldehyde free Keratin Treatment. The treatment reinforced  the new base color by locking the color in and smoothing the hair down to a silly finish.

A Smooth and Silky formaldehyde free keratin treatment is a real treat for those with dry brittle colored hair.

Once all was said and done, her color correction and keratin treatment was a true success. Take a look at the the new color with the keratin treatment finish of Uberliss.

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