Everyone would love to have hair that gleams as though it were recently colored in a salon. The following tips will help you correct common problems and achieve that healthy salon-perfect appearance with a minimum of effort.
Hair should be completely dry prior to beginning the coloring process because water may dilute the color as it is applied. When coloring the entire head, it is important to begin either at the hairline, either at the nape of the neck or at the crown.
The natural color of the hair is more prevalent in these areas and will require the greatest concentration of color. Since the end of each hair is porous, it cannot hold color for long.
Sometimes it is necessary to use a color that is one shade darker on the ends, to keep the color even as it fades. This can be enhanced by not using the developer on the hair ends.
While the final color must always be left to personal preference, the following few tips will increase the chance of satisfaction with the results. It is often necessary to use a darker shade for gray hair than is used on other hair, because of the changing composition of gray hair.
To go to a lighter shade, color removers are helpful to destroy the previous color first. They will not change natural hair color.
Time spent in the sun or swimming may cause your hair color to disappear faster than usual. Regular conditioning will help to hold the color longer.
Additionally, a clarifying shampoo should be used to remove chemicals found in swimming pools, as they can give blonde hair a greenish tint. After shampooing, warm tints like red or gold can be used.
These same accents make attractive highlights when added to most light reddish blonde hair.
Ash gray or violet accents will help to neutralize warm highlights, without giving a greenish tint to naturally golden hair as blue based colors may.