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Advice on coloring by the consumer

Conseil sur la coloration par le consommateur

Fancy a change of head, dying your hair? Tired of your same old natural color but dream of a light golden beige, a warm auburn or red copper? Some important points are to consider before taking any action:

First, be sure of your decision: :
Dying ones hair is to take the risk of transforming the personality and “look” … And end up not loving this new head and this new transformation!

Coloring with temporary or permanent hair products?
If you are unsure of your decision, lean toward a temporary coloration that will fade after 6 to 8 shampoos… They do not often contain ammonia. They partially cover white hair.

The permanent color on the other hand, does not fade away. you must therefore wait until your hair grows out to get your natural color back! Permanent coloration covers white hair with ease. These products are the only ones to have a high lifting power. The color palette is also more complete and offer a greater varity of shades and colors.

An important recommendation :
First check that you are not allergic to certain products. An application of the product in the palm of your elbow, covered by a bandage for 48 hours without redness or irritation, gives you the go ahead green light.

Tips to share to fine-tune your retouching techniques..

Prepare your mix at the last moment to prevent it from drying out..

1 – Begin your sections by taking a profile line from the center forehead to the center nape.

2 – Then, take a radial section from ear to ear, across the top of the head shape.

3 – Apply color protector (so not to stain your skin) around the entire hairline.

4 – When applying the color, always start in the most resistant area, usually in the front for non-pigmented or white hair and in the back when lightening.

5 – Take quarter-inch diagonal subsections and apply the color to the roots, being careful not to overlap, and continue this pattern through each of the four sections.

6- Make sure that the sizes of your subsections are even and that you are applying enough color for even coverage. When you’ve finished applying the color, cross-check by sectioning in the opposite direction.

7 – Always remember that fine hair accepts color easily.

8 – For clients with gray hair, first, determine into which of four categories you fall: 0 to 25 percent gray, 25 to 50 percent gray, 50 to 75 percent gray or 75 to 100 percent gray. Then, for every two ounces of formula, the color of choice is mixed with a natural gray-covering tone in varying percentages that corresponds with the amount of gray. For example, if a client is 25 percent gray, the formula would be one-half ounce (25 percent) of the natural gray-covering tone mixed with 1-1/2-ounces (75 percent) of the selected color.

9 – When reapplying highlights, pick up the same strands so that the hair doesn’t become too light.

Application is so important, and a common problem is overlapping. When you overlap, you get bands in the hair. It’s highly recommended to avoid overlapping along the hairline, where strands are finer and more porous.

One more tip:
Coloring products, even the ones with no ammonia, dries out the hair and affects its porosity, so, it is important to well prepare and condition your hair before and after dyeing!