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Hair Color Tips from Wella Professionals

Posted Jun 28 2010 7:13pm

This past Saturday I was given the opportunity to go to the Wella Color Discovery Tour in Philadelphia. Despite the crazy humidity and 92 degree weather, there was a great turn out. But better yet I was able to get hair color tips direct from the Wella Professional stylists who were there to bring them straight to you.

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But first, pictured here is Rose from Philadelphia. She came out to the Wella Color Discovery Tour because she’s never been to a salon for professional hair color before. She’s only used home coloring kits that were vegetable-based. Cait from Salon L’Etoile gave her some great recommendations.  

salon-l'etoile Cait Kinslow, Salon L’Etoile

Question: How long will my color last?
Answer: I always tell my clients to come in for a touch up when it starts to bother them. For some, they come in within two weeks while others will wait up until 2 months. Koleston Perfect, which is Wella Professionals’ permanent hair color, can last anywhere from 4-6 weeks and Color Touch, which is demi-permanent hair color, will last up to 24 washes.

Question: How do I know which hair color is right for my skin tone?
Answer: There is a simple trick you can do to figure this out; look at the veins in your wrists. If your veins are green then you would look good with warm tones (like chestnut and reds.) If your veins are blue, then you would look best with cool tones (like ash or pearl blonde.)

Michael Antinore, East End Salon 101_0303

Question: How can I make my hair color last longer?
Answer: Don’t shampoo everyday! You need the oils and dirt in your hair for it to stay healthy. Always stick with color-safe shampoo, otherwise you will be stripping the color from your hair. In the summer, a UV protectant spray is also beneficial as it will seal the cuticle to help you retain your color.

Question: Why choose a salon versus doing it yourself? Isn’t home hair color more affordable?
Answer: The directions on DIY box hair color are very easy to mess up. For example, if it is your first time coloring your hair, then your 1st application should always be root to tip. However, for future applications, you only need to color your roots–not your whole head! Many people will just disregard this because it’s easier to just apply it to your entire head. However, what happens is that only the roots give you the color you see on the box, but the rest of your hair will be a different color. For Grey hair, which is more pourous, this will be the most noticeable. When you choose home hair coloring kits, essentially you are spending less to spend more (to have a professional fix it.)

richard-nicholas-hair-studio Rebecca Haig, Richard Nicholas Hair Studio

Question: Can you make my hair color like (insert name of celebrity here)?
Answer: People bring in pictures of celebrities all of the time asking me to duplicate their hair color. However, they are basing their choice on the celebrity, not the actual hair color. I always tell them to cover the face on the picture, then look at it again to see if they truly want the color. Most times the answer is no.

Question: Is blonde the easiest color to change your hair to?
Answer: It may be the most popular, but it is not a color you want to try to do on your own. Home hair coloring kits tends to produce more brassy colored and over processed blondes. Also, depending on the color your hair is currently, it may be something you want to fade into gradually. A salon professional can color your hair blonde in a way that leaves it looking more natural, in better condition and with results that will last longer.

Liz Wright, Panyc Salon panyc-salon

Liz offered some fantastic tips to help you alter your daily routine in order to achieve a longer and healthier shelf life to your hair color.

  • Like Michael said, don’t shampoo everyday. The more you shampoo you make your sebaceous glands go into overdrive producing more oil. Simply, wet your hair, but rub your fingers along your scalp as if you are shampooing. This will help disperse the oils in your hair more evenly.
  • On the days you don’t shampoo, it’s OK to use conditioner only. However, apply from your tips at the bottom up midshaft, don’t apply conditioner to the top of your head.
  • Detangle hair in the shower with your fingers. Hair is most fragile when it’s wet. You know that squeaky clean sound when you brush your hair when it’s wet? That’s the sound of your hair breaking.
  • Water temperature makes a big difference in the health of your hair. My advice, even in the winter, is to turn down the water temperature when shampooing or conditioning. Wash your hair in a temperature you would wash a baby in.

I honestly learned so much from attending this event by Wella. “Like” their fan page to get updates on when their Color Discovery Tour is coming to a city near you!

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