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Hair Shadows – the secret to fun colors without the commitment

Hair Shadows

Hair Shadows the “It” Trend This Season

There you are, waiting for your appointment at the Salon, sipping your coffee and flipping through the latest fashion magazine and you see it. Pastel pink highlights. Oh, how you have always wanted to have pastel pink highlights, but you are afraid once you commit to the color process of lifting your hair color lighter to deposit the pink, your lovely tresses may be dried out or damaged. Your biggest fear – you won’t like the pink and now you are committed to the color and you are out $100.00. Well my beauties, fear no more. I have a solution that you, your stylist and your pocket book are going to love.

Hair Shadow and Hair Mascara

A perfect way to add some fun, funky colors without the commitment. Hair shadows and hair mascaras are a temporary version of hair color, that wash out with shampoo within 1-2 washes. (depending on your hair’s porosity level – if your hair tends to be on the dry side, it may take 3 – 4 washes to remove the color). There are a few techniques and applications for applying hair shadow and hair mascara. The following are products that I have used personally and are products that have been used on our clients in our Salon, and are big sellers for my retail customers.

ColorMe by Giuliano – a Hair Mascara. It comes in a tube with a brush, just like regular mascara. Every color of the rainbow is available, as well as the newly introduced metallics.  It is to be applied to dry hair, then followed up with blow drying the color to set it. It is not recommended to use a flat iron or curling iron after the color has been applied, for risk of staining your hair.  Be sure to have finished curling/flat ironing your hair before applying the color.

ColorBug by Kevin Murphy – a Hair Shadow. The packaging is a little round puck that fits easily into your hand. A great color selection as well. It is recommended to be applied to dry hair, and to place a towel around your shoulders to catch any of the powder residue that may fall from the ColorBug. It is recommended to use gloves for working the color into the hair, less risk of staining your newly polished manicure. It is not recommended to use a flatiron/curling iron after applying the ColorBug.

Pigment Pencil by Joico Structure – the newest addition to the hair shadow trend. It is a pencil, it looks like a wide eyeshadow pencil. Available in pink, blue or purple. The less product applied = pastel, the more product applied = vibrant. It is to be applied to dry hair, again, after flat ironing or curling, to prevent staining. It is recommended to cover your shoulders with a towel to catch any powder residue that may fall.  *Featuring Blue Cheer on yours truly.

Hair Shadow

So now you can go and try that pastel pink highlight without the fear or the commitment…or the blue, or the red, or the purple.

Hair Shadow and Hair Mascara are an AWESOME alternative for young children who want funky colored hair – let them try a few colors to see if they even like their hair a different color. No chemicals being applied to their hair and no tears or tantrums for Mom and Dad when junior realizes that he/she hates blue hair.

Contributing author Sara Stancu is “That girl in the red coat”. Sara is also the manager of a salon and retail shop with over 20 years of customer service and sales experience. Her tell it like it is approach is aimed at educating and enlightening clients, stylists and salon owners. She has also been the woman locked in the bathroom hating her hair. You can follow Sara on her website That Girl in the red coat and Twitter.

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Hair Color Ideas; A New Temporary Hair Color Gloss

Hair Color Ideas for Temporary Hair Color Gloss by Sebastian Professional

A new temporary hair color has just been released again into the market and it’s befittingly called, Cellophane’s, by Sebastian Professionals.

That’s good news for those of you who have permed or chemically relaxed hair . . . this is the hair color suited for you. Sebastian claims it is made from “all pure and natural color pigments”

The word from my local Aerial Beauty Supply, is that salon owners are saying this temporary hair color gloss is better, softer on the hair and longer lasting than the original Cellophane’s from the 70’s.

Cellophane Highlights Famed hairdresser Nick Arrojo, of “What not to wear” held a media launch at his Arrojo Studios in February to reintroduce the newly reinvented Cellophane’s. Top fashion magazine editors tried out the new colors and were all gushy about how much they loved the results.

“Cellophane’s” is a brilliant name for a temporary hair color that is formulated to give a shiny, glossy, transparent hues to the hair, don’t you think? Transparent means that it will stain the hair and your underlying color will stay and contribute to the overall temporary hair color you see.

The original Cellophane’s first came into the salons back in 1976 and was the first temporary hair color of its type introduced to salons. “It’s been off the market for some years now before re-launching its newer, more luxurious version” says Sue from Aerial Beauty Supply Store. It’s sold to salon’s exclusively and is marketed to you for less than permanent hair color services, probably somewhere between the $20.00 and $50.00 range.

Being a temporary hair color means it is formulated to fade out of the hair between 6 to 8 weeks. (Be a bit leery about that claim however and ask your hair colorist what to expect.) Usually temporary hair colors will remain on the hair longer than what they claim. The porosity of your hair will play a factor in how long the color will remain.

Cellophane’s are a great way to try temporary hair color. This is especially true for those of you new to coloring your hair, or those who are a bit skittish about committing to a hair color change. Keep in mind though, these colors won’t lighten your hair, but will stain the hair instead eventually fading out.

Cellophane’s are more gentle on the hair than permanent or demi-permanent hair colors because there is no ammonia, peroxide or alcohol in their formulation and therefore won’t penetrate the hair shaft. There are 9 hair colors to choose from or simply a clear gloss to add shine. The colorist can also mix colors for different results.

Brunettes can choose from . . . Golden Brunette, Red Brunette, Deep Brunette or Clear Gloss. These can be used if your natural hair color is a light brunette or a natural blonde. Blonde’s will go darker with honey brown high lights apparently when using “golden brunette.”

Blonde’s can choose from . . . Pearl Blonde, Honey Blonde, Golden Blonde or Clear Gloss. Pearl Blonde overlays and reduces yellow undertones.

Red Heads can choose from . . . Gold Red, Red Red, Hot Red and Clear Gloss. Gold red gives hot honey hues and adds red to the gold tones and is good on dark blonde’s and existing red heads. A light medium blonde can go golden red. A dark blonde can turn medium copper-red. A light brown can go to copper shades.

Everyone’s hair is different and will take to these colors a bit differently. Your underlying colors remember, will decide to your end results. Ask your colorist who will be able to give you the best ‘hands on’ knowledge of what you can expect from these new temporary hair colors.

This may be your safest and most economical way to introduce color to your hair. And it’s Springtime ladies, a great time to add a bit of . . . bling . . . to your locks and for more highlight ideas check out our Pinterest Hairstyles with Highlights Board.

 

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What Type of Hair Color Should I be Using?

Attractive woman with long straight copper colored hair

The choice can be baffling when it comes to choosing the right hair color!

Trying to navigate the world of hair color can be as daunting as learning auto mechanics. One mistake and you’re at the mercy of an industry insider, hoping your credit card can cover the bill. Learning the basic science of hair color however, can maximize your chance for success both at the salon and at home.

Four main types of hair dyes used today (temporary, semi-permanent, demi-permanent, and permanent) are available to professionals and do-it-yourselfer. Each type has a specific chemistry, giving it certain capabilities and limitations of providing the color you want.

Attractive woman with multiple tones of cool hair colors throughout her hair Temporary Hair Dyes

Temporary hair dyes can only penetrate into the hair’s cuticle, or outer layer. The dyes are water-soluble, which means they rinse out with the first shampoo. They are applied to clean damp hair as a leave-in treatment.

Temporary hair dyes can be used daily or on special occasions and are best used for refining hair tones. For example, if your blonde hair color is too golden, you can use a light violet-based rinse to create a more neutral or platinum effect. Temporary hair dyes do not cover grey hair; however they can often be used in-between permanent color applications to blend new growth.

Temporary hair dyes are a good option for intensifying hair color and experimenting with different looks. Fire up red hair, add rich chocolate tones to brunette hair, or intensify black hair with a dark blue dye. You can even try temporary highlights with newer products that come in a mouse application

Infogarphic showing underlying hair color pigments and the color wheel Semi-Permanent Hair Dyes

Semi-permanent hair dyes penetrate into the hair’s cortex or inner structure and therefore stay on your hair longer. These dyes are typically made for shampoo-in applications with a processing time of 20-40 minutes.

Semi-permanent hair color has no ammonia or peroxide, so it does not alter natural hair pigment (no lightening). The tiny color molecules eventually wash out in about 4-12 shampoos. Because the dye is applied to the entire length of the hair, distribution of the dyes can be unpredictable. For example, resistant grey hair may only receive up to 50% coverage where as porous, over-processed hair may receive 100% coverage and then fade more rapidly.

Semi-permanent hair color is a good option for blending old highlights, achieving a darker shade, and blending grey.

Hairstyle with three toned hair color Demi-Permanent Hair Dyes

Demi-permanent hair dyes work differently than temporary or semi-permanent dyes in that the color molecules start out small so they can penetrate into the cortex. With the help of peroxide, the small molecules bind together to form large color molecules that are trapped inside the cortex. The color lasts around 6-8 weeks depending on frequency of shampoos. Like semi-permanent color, the absence of an alkalizing agent (typically ammonia) means that the natural pigments of the hair will not be disrupted and your hair will not lighten.

Demi-permanent hair dyes are a good option for achieving a darker shade. It’s also great for coloring over-processed/damaged hair or growing out old color. For instance, if hair has been colored or highlighted and the person wants to return to their natural color, demi-permanent color can be used to cover the lighter hair without altering the new-growth.

Dimensional Hair Color

Permanent hair dyes

Permanent hair dyes works similarly to demi-permanent dye, except for the presence of an alkalizing agent. The alkalizing agent opens the cuticle and swells the cortex, leaving the hair’s natural pigment vulnerable to the peroxide. The color molecules can then bind to the natural pigment, creating a permanent change.

One misconception about permanent color is that it won’t fade. Any color deposited into the hair will eventually fade. The permanent change can then be seen as the hair is left lighter than before the color was applied. For this reason, a refresher is required every so often to keep your hair color looking its best.

Permanent hair dyes are a good option for covering grey hair or lightening hair. To create the best results, there are two important rules to keep in mind about permanent hair color: 1) it can only color natural pigment and will not work on color-treated hair and 2) it can only lighten up to four shades. This commonly creates a problem for women who have been dying their hair blonde for years. Over time, they notice that the same color doesn’t seem to make them blonde anymore. This is likely due to darkening of their natural color over time and four levels of lift are no longer enough.

Four things to keep in mind

1) If hair has been pre-lightened; semi-permanent color may act as demi-permanent or permanent color causing the pigment to stay in the hair longer.

2) Many shampoos have a high pH which acts like an alkalizing agent in the hair, thus allowing dye to bind with natural pigments. When the pigments fade, the hair will be left lighter than before color application.

3) Read home color kits carefully because the words “semi” and “demi” are often used interchangeably in marketing. Check ingredients for hydrogen peroxide (also called dioxidane and dihydrogen dioxide). Peroxide will indicate that its demi-permanent color.

4) Ammonia is just one of many alkalizing agents, so it can still be a permanent hair color if it says “ammonia-free”. Alkalizers are more difficult to identify since there are so many, but the most common are: mono-ethanolamine (MEA) and ammonium hydroxide. Also look for compatible ammonia derivatives such as alkylamine, ethylamine, triethylamine, alkanolamine, monoethanolamine, triethanolamine, or aminomethylpropanol as well as alkali metal carbonates such as sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide.

For more great hair color ideas check out our Pinterest Hair Coloring Ideas Board.

Barb Quinn on Google+  

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