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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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