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Fall Flavors: The Ultimate Fall Colors and Haircuts

Fall Flavors: The Ultimate Fall Colors and Haircuts

New Season, New Reason

As the seasons change and we have to say goodbye to summer, we welcome new beginnings. Fall has always been the season of starting over as the leaves wither, die and fall to the ground for a fresh start. Try giving your hair fresh start too. Beating the heat has always called for less hair on our head. But let us not limit our haircuts to spring and summer because I promise, you can achieve some popping haircuts all year round. Fall has always been the season to bring out the deep reds, chocolate browns, burnt oranges, and Ombre hair colors but have you tried these hair colors in a cut. Pixie cuts, bobs and so many cuts you can never get bored. Now is the time for the real fashionistas, hair is the key to maximize fashion at its highest level. Although haircuts in 1, 1b and 2 are undeniably pretty, go out of the ordinary and make the season pop with your choice of color. How can you not talk about fall and not discuss color?

Embracing Change with Fall Colors

Deep Red Rebel

Raging rebel red has always been a color that turns head. Can we be honest here? How many times have you noticed a red car and can’t take your eyes off of it? Exactly, I feel the same way about red hair. We have seen some of the most recognizable faces with red hair. Rihanna had many women consider red as a hair color at one point. The color red has associated with fierce. Don’t get it confused; red has many tones from fire engine to maroon. I believe the deep blood reds and maroons cater to the season. To accomplish the cover, I will provide you with a few pointers when coloring.

Tips:

Be sure to use a developer that lifts. For example, if you are bleaching your hair first to lift it, decide which developer would be best. The higher the developer, the blonder it will get. A 20 will lift it, a 30 will lift it higher, and a 40 will lift it the highest blond possible. Playing in color, I always advise you play in tracks especially if you are not a professional. Don’t experiment in your hair if you have never tried it before. The same tips apply to people if you plan on coloring your natural hair. Please skip the lifting process if your hair is already blonde. The hair color or rinse you chose will come out exactly how seen on the box if the hair is lifted to its lightest state. If you want a subtle red, make sure the hair is a dirty blonde instead of a platinum blonde before adding the color.

Hershey Chocolate Brown

Who doesn’t love chocolate right? Natural brunettes have always been in style. Often, our brown and black women have black hair, but have they ever tried to go brown? When I think of the color brown, I think of chocolate, coffee, and hazelnuts. Browns have a broad spectrum of range just like red. Brown can be deep chocolate all the way to light brown before reaching what we consider dirty blonde. I associate brown with durable, soft and sensual. The same tips apply when coloring.

Tips:

Be sure to use a developer that lifts. For example, if you are bleaching your hair first to lift it, decide which developer would be best. The higher the developer, the blonder it will get. A 20 will lift it, a 30 will lift it higher, and a 40 will lift it the highest blond possible. Playing in color, I always advise you play in tracks especially if you are not a professional. Don’t experiment in your hair if you have never tried it before. The same tips apply to people if you plan on coloring your natural hair. Please skip the lifting process if your hair is already blonde. The hair color or rinse you chose will come out exactly how seen on the box if the hair is lifted to its lightest state. If you want a subtle brown instead of a bright brown, make sure the hair is a dirty blonde instead of a platinum blonde before adding the color.

Bad Burnt Orange

The burnt orange hair color has become very popular over the last few years. The most I ever see the color is in the fall. It compliments many skin tones, but it sets the beauty standard for darker skin tones. It caters to the mahogany, cinnamon, honey, and warm brown tones. The vibrant dark ginger color has been known to turn heads considering it is so bold yet calm. The perfect fall color if you want your hair to match the leaves on the trees. Most of the same tips apply when coloring.

Tips:

Be sure to use a developer that lifts. For example, if you are bleaching your hair first to lift it, decide which developer would be best. The higher the developer, the blonder it will get. A 20 will lift it, a 30 will lift it higher, and a 40 will lift it the highest blond possible. Playing in color, I always advise you play in tracks especially if you are not a professional. Don’t experiment in your hair if you have never tried it before. The same tips apply to people if you plan on coloring your natural hair. Please skip the lifting process if your hair is already blonde. The hair color or rinse you chose will come out exactly how seen on the box if the hair is lifted to its lightest state. When coloring your hair burnt orange, I suggest you use the highest possible developer. The colors you will need will be two bottles of orange, a bottle of red, and a bottle of brown. You want to use the full bottles of orange and a little brown and red. Test the color when mixed on a piece of paper towel to see if that is the color you would like to use.

Ultra-Ombre

Ombre has been all the rage for quite some time now. Ombre is transitioning one color into the next color repeatedly. The versions of Ombre you can accomplish are limitless. I have done simple Ombre’s. For example, I want to go blonde but not full blonde. I chose to color everything blonde an inch down from my roots, so they remain jet black or 1b. You also have Ombre styles you can do try that are even more daring. Starting your roots off dark brown 3 inches, following a light brown another 3 inches then ending in blonde tips. Your options are truly limitless when it comes to Ombre. Most of the same tips apply when coloring.

Tips:

Be sure to use a developer that lifts. For example, if you are bleaching your hair first to raise it, decide which developer would be best. The higher the developer, the blonder it will get. A 20 will raise it, a 30 will lift it higher, and a 40 will lift it the highest blond possible. Playing in color, I always advise you play in tracks especially if you are not a professional. Don’t experiment in your own hair if you have never tried it before. The same tips apply to people if you plan on coloring your natural hair. Please skip the lifting process if your hair is already blonde. The hair color or rinse you chose will come out exactly how seen on the box if the hair is lifted to its lightest state. After you have lifted your hair, chose 2-3 colors you would like to Ombre. We are talking about fall so maybe try some fall colors we have discussed already. It’s as simple as taking your color brush and applying your 1st chosen color from the roots 2-3 inches down, then your 2nd chosen color another 2-3 inches down and your final color for the tips. Even the inches are up to you when it comes to coloring!

Favorite Fall Cuts

Now that we have tackled fall colors head on, we can talk about our favorite fashionable haircuts during the upcoming fall season. Haircuts are always beautiful, and most of the time we tend to get haircuts or shorter styles in the summertime because it carries less heat on our head and is much cooler. Haircuts are lovely all-season round and fall is no exception. For the remainder of this blog, I am going to give you some ideas on haircuts you can try this fall season. Be sure to add some of the flirty colors we spoke about as well!

The Bomb Bobs

Bobs seem to be the way of life these days. They have always been in style, but within the last several years they are groundbreaking. I mean I have friends that wear bobs and don’t choose to wear their hair any other way. Bobs have a broad spectrum for the specific bob style you want. Blunt cut bobs, asymmetrical bobs, A-line bobs and banged bobs. Straight, curly wavy bobs and the list goes on.

Blunt Cut Bobs:

A blunt cut bob is when a stylist cuts straight across with the scissors to give the hair definition and distinction. The bob is straight all the way across around. The style helps shape the face of pretty much anyone.

A Lob or Long Bob:

Picture a regular blunt cut bob and add length, that is what a long bob is. It can be wavy, curly or straight, if the bob hits your shoulders, it is considered a Lob or a long bob. Great for women who prefer longer hair but enjoy a nice neat cut every once and a while.

Asymmetrical Bobs:

An Asymmetrical bob is a bob where one side is long that the other. The bob begins from the back like any other bob where you would cut it straight across. One side you would continue to cut straight across while the other side you would angle to cut downward. You cut the side with more hair downward. Asymmetrical bobs give me life because they can be as dramatic as you want them to be.

Be A Pixie Princess

Pixie styles are short styles where hair is layered and even tapered to create a light feathered effect. Pixie cuts became more popular in the 70s and 80s as women started wearing shorter hair and feeling more confident. Pixie cuts have variety, and ill briefly explain a few.

Basic Pixie Cut:

A basic pixie cut includes a side part and starts longer and the top and grows shorter at the bottom. Layers are created to give it an airy texture and feel and most of the time the shape all depends on the face shape. Pixie cuts can be described in different ways and fit the person whose head it is on.

Pixie Bob:

The Pixie-bob came into play in the 1950s and had remained relevant since. The cut is as mentioned a Pixie Bob. The cut is super short on the back and side of the head while long in the front and layered. It generally looks like side bangs.

Fall Colors & Flavors

Fall is in the air as the breeze drifts in and our hair looks for an average slay are at stake! No more being bland and lacking flavor. Embrace the season and embrace the change. Have fun with the fall colors and make them your own. Also, don’t be afraid to cut those bundles and grow some courage. Maybe these colors aren’t your everyday go to look but don’t be scared to encompass something you’re not used too when it comes to your hair. It’s now time to rake the leaves, carve pumpkins and start a new season with new fall colors and cuts!
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What You Didn't Know About Hair Color Throughout American History

What You Didn't Know About Hair Color Throughout American History

Colorful Hair Don't Care!

Have you ever been curious as to how hair coloring came to be in the modern world? I’m talking from ancient times, and up until now. What products were we using before now? Did they work as effectively? How did this change come about for further research? In fact, who were the first people to dye their hair? Has it always been a practice? From Ancient Egypt to modern-day America, hair color has been a consistent beauty trend. Our methods and options have changed dramatically through history, but the interest in the potential of hair color remains unchanged. Hair coloring is one of the main things people do at least once in their lives (No, I do not have the statistics on this, but I did observe). Think about how many people you know with a hair color that is not theirs.

When, What, Where How and Why: The First Hair Color Ever Used

When you associate the many significant technological advances with the early Egyptians, it is rare that you will find many people mentioning hair color. Ancient Egyptians were some of the first known people to use hair dye. They used henna to cover gray hair, and many of us still use this technique today, but not for the only purpose of covering gray hair. Natural hair color was also used years later in Ancient Greece and Rome, where people pulled different plant extracts to change the color of their hair. Here is a fun fact: The first permanent hair color was jet black for those who do not know, and you can also trace these roots back (no pun intended, but that was a good one) to Ancient Rome. It took a few hundred years for Greeks and Romans to introduce more color choices beyond black, but hey what are you going to do? During that time, they had other things to worry about in their world. When the Roman Empire was in power, prostitutes were required to have blonde hair. Many would have instead worn wigs to save time, but some used a plant-based mixture to lighten their natural hair color. Outside of these ancient empires, other civilizations used hair color on the battlefield as a means to show their rank and frighten the enemy. Hair color, back then, had purposes other than for pleasure and entertainment.

The History of Hair Color from the Beginning

Did you know that hair color was an accident? Like many great modern inventions, hair color as we now know it today was by accident. An English professor named William Henry Perkin was attempting to come up with a cure for malaria. While working on an experiment, he instead discovered the first synthesized dye. Chemistry professor August Wilhelm von Hoffman enhanced Perkin’s discovery, creating para-phenylenediamine (PPD), which is still the base for many permanent hair colors today. Later down the road, people were making more discoveries on the wonders of hair color. In 1907, French chemist Eugene Schueller took the PPD and created the first hair color for commercial purposes. The new product was named Aureole, but later became known as L’Oréal, as was the company that Schueller founded. History is so fun when you can relate it to something you love! Throughout the early and mid-1900s, hair color formulas advanced, and that included at-home hair color that had longer staying power and hydrogen peroxide-free lightening hair color. Hair color was not always a treat for everyone though. The advertisements were usually advertising for the women who wanted to be discrete about it, and this happened for much of the 1950s. Later on, the 1970s signaled a change of openness about beauty, prompting ownership of coloring your hair that paved the way for the bolder hair colors and highlight styles of the 1980s and 1990s. We all know that was a fun time to be bright and alive. So, it was the perfect time to introduce a new medley of hair coloring that all women can openly enjoy!

The Hair Color History Break Down

Who does not love a good history breakdown on how your favorite subject came to be? Well, this is my favorite subject, but you know what I mean. If you were ever curious as to how the history is broken down, then keep reading! The history and making of hair color techniques are not as simple as you might think. When it comes to hair color, the process leading to present day 2018 is scientific, accidental and colorful.

Quick Facts: The Redhead

Red hair is a historical genetic mutation and most people know this, but where did we find the first redhead? Red hair first appeared as the result of a genetic mutation in the times of the Dark Ages. The first documented case of a natural-born redhead occurred in Scotland, which is not surprising seeing hair most people there today have naturally red hair. For many years, people with natural red hair were subjected to suspicions of witchcraft, because it was so rare and different. It wasn’t until Queen Elizabeth I took her reign that red hair becomes more acceptable amongst the average person.

The 1800s

Let’s get into a little more detail. A lot of things did not change until the 1800s. But, when English chemist William Henry Perkin made an accidental discovery, it changed hair dye and the textile industry forever. In an attempt to generate a cure for malaria as I stated before, Perkins created the first synthesized dye out of coal tar in the year 1863. The color was mauve, so they named the color Mauveine. Soon after, his chemistry professor August Hoffman derived a color-changing molecule from Mauveine (called para-phenylenediamine, or PPD), and it remains the foundation for most permanent hair dyes today.

1907

Now, we are getting into Eugene again! You may not be familiar with the name "Aureole," but we're pretty sure you know "L'Oréal." In 1907, Eugene Schueller created the first chemical dye for commercial purposes. He called it Aureole, at first, but later it was renamed to L’Oréal, which was also the company he founded. You may not be familiar with the name "Aureole," but we're pretty sure you know "L'Oréal." From that point on, it was a beauty conglomerate in the making.

1931

Ever wonder where the term platinum blond comes from and how it gets here? Well, let’s look back in history. You can thank Howard Hughes (and Jean Harlow) for this classic name for hair color. In 1931, in what might be the most successful public relations strategy ever (I do a lot of public relations work, so the campaign was exciting for me), Hughes released a film called Platinum Blonde. This tactic was titled this way to promote and capitalize on the hair color of the young star, Jean Harlow. After that, many fans were dying to get their hair color like Jean Harlow. Hughes’s team even organized a chain of Platinum Blonde clubs across the country, with a $10,000 prize that would go to any hairdresser who could copy Harlow’s shade. The funny part of this story is the fact that Jean Harlow never admitted to dyeing her hair.

1932

As time went on, formulas advanced. In the states, a chemist named Lawrence Gelb, under the brand Clairol, produced a dye that would access the hair shaft, creating a longer-lasting effect. Thank you, Gelb! We did not have another hair coloring breakthrough until around the 1950s.

1950

Before 1950, being a person with blonde hair involved bleach and a lot of damage. That became even truer after the hair color became so popular during the last few years. Lawrence Gelb advanced formulas in the 1930s, but the genuinely revolutionary discovery came in 1950. That year, Clairol, the company Gelb founded with his wife Jane Clair, introduced the first one-step hair dye product that lightened hair without bleaching it. The whole world could not wait to try this one out. The Miss Clairol Hair Color Bath allowed women to color their hair at home, discreetly. This was important, as women preferred not to publicize the fact that they dyed their own at this time.

The 1960s–1970s

By the late 1960s, coloring your hair was the norm for mostly everyone, and 1968 was the last year that Americans were asked to state their hair color on passports. There was no point in reporting that useless information if everyone had the opportunity to change their hair color at will. And by the 1970s, public sentiments toward dyeing your hair began to change. Slogans like L’Oréal’s “Because you’re worth it” encouraged acceptance of openly using hair color products. The shift in viewpoint was a lasting one because we see many of these viewpoints today and proudly from many women all over the country.

The 1980s

The decade of celebrity endorsements began close to the 80s. You can’t turn on the television without seeing some gorgeous celebrity trying to sell you hair color, and it continues to be an effective tactic. During the beauty industry boom of the ‘80s, many brands locked in Hollywood's biggest names to endorse their products. Which was smart because of celebrities, like Cybil Shepherd, provided hair inspiration for many in mainstream America.

The 1990s

The 90s were a time of bold simplicity, where the actual clothes and looks would be simple. Yet accompanied by a series of bright and bold colors that seem to compliment well with each other. If you did not see it in the ‘90s, then you are either blind or too young to know. With punk and rock influences (where unicorn hair first originated, which is my absolute favorite hair color) mixing in with the popular coloring trend of highlights. During this time is when you would see bold colors and highlights take the stage.

2014

During the 2000s (even up until just a few years ago, 2014) most of the population was embracing other more natural-looking hair color techniques. Kylie Jenner took the opposite approach and made her first significant hair color transformation, by popping out with the bluish-teal hair color that many YouTubers attempted again and again. The youngest Jenner sister set herself apart with the now-iconic teal blue tips. Little did we know this would be the first of many vibrant hair colors for Jenner, how ironic.

Present

From natural-looking color and soft balayage to vibrant rainbow tresses, it’s clear that hair color has become a staple in today’s beauty industry. Today, an “estimated 70 percent of women in the U.S. use hair-coloring products," according to The Atlantic. But while styles and products have changed dramatically since ancient days, much of the actual chemical composition of hair color has remained unchanged. Since the people introduced it as a commercial product over one hundred years ago. From Katy Perry to SZA, who love to surprise us with their drastic hue changes, it seems like experimenting with hair color will surely be an ongoing trend.

The Future of Hair Color

In decades past, hair coloring was a lot subtler and more taboo. But, nowadays we have embraced openness, beauty and doing whatever you want! Women (and men!) are prouder than ever to try out new colors and talk about the process of getting them. I have discussions with people all the time about how they achieve their color. After all, it seems like every time a star dyes their locks we have another news story. Sure, it's fascinating to see who will step out of their comfort zone, but, more importantly, it provides us with plenty of inspiration for our next look. What types of colors do you like for your hair? Are you going to try anything new for the fall? What color do you have now and are you satisfied with it? Hair color is one of my most favorite topics to discuss, so let me know how you all feel by commenting in the comments section below! I would love to see what you all think about the wonders of hair color.
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New Fall Hair Color Trend: Flannel Hair

New Fall Hair Color Trend: Flannel Hair

We Are Approaching the Fall Season

It is almost the fall season, and we are all excited! Do you know that meme topic on Twitter where they say, “I can’t wait until it gets warm so I can start dressing,”? Well, that is how I am feeling right about now. In the fall, we get to stay warm, layer up and dress the way we primarily want to. Some of us can’t wait to bring out the boots, flannels, jackets, beanies and fall-inspired makeup and hair. So, once again, we’ve hit that time of the year. Fall, but let’s talk about a new trend that we are starting to see on and off the red carpet and close to a home near you. If you remember me talking about flannels, then great job! No, I’m not about to discuss the material of shirts. We are talking about hair color right now. Are you confused? Hold on for a minute. When you hear the word flannel, what comes to mind? A soft, cozy, and thick fabric made from cotton or wool that is usually worn in the fall to keep warm. Am I right? That is correct; a flannel is meant to be worn in the fall and also contains warm colors.

Hair Color Named After Fabric

The term ‘flannel’ evolved into a term that describes the hair color that mimics those same warm and cozy autumn colors. This new trend can do that for you and make you look good while it is at it. Think about the soft reddish-brown and orangish colors of the leaves you see falling piled up on the sidewalk or street. These colors provide a brand-new edge to your look for the season but can also help elevate your overall appearance. Imagine someone looking at your hair, looking at you and then instantly feeling safe and warm? Fiery colors and visuals have always been a way to change one’s appearance drastically. But the flannel hair color does this in a powerful, yet, subtle fashion. Let’s begin this fantastic discussion.

Where Did This “Flannel” Hair Color Originate?

This flannel hair trend has been around for quite some time now, and it is difficult to trace flannel hair back to its roots. One thing is clear, though, that the culture has grown tremendously and continued to do so. The trend may feel sudden to a lot of people, but many stylists around the country are finally happy to see this trend hit the masses. If you want to achieve this look, it is best to go to a professional who knows what this trend is, what you want and how to make it in the best way.

How Does This Color Trend Look?

The flannel hair trend involves a combination of deep red and rich brown tones like burnt copper, Auburn, and cocoa. If you need visuals, check out celebrities like SZA, Keke Palmer and Bella Thorne who are known for rocking this look time and time again. When SZA first made her debut as an artist, her fiery red tones were only one part of her daring, yet sweet personality. The same goes for Bella Thorne when we reminisce on her time on the television show “Shake it Up” where she would sport her natural reddish orange locks every episode. The best part is that these warm, rich tones look good on everyone, so you can make it as subtle as you want or give it some flavor by adding more color to it. You’ll be seeing hundreds of victims of the What I asked for vs. What I Got this season. Accept it, learn from it, and don’t let it be you. Let us prevent our aspiring flannel hair sisters from losing stride this last quarter of 2018. As stated before, it will be difficult to find a stylist who can effectively provide you with this look. Having a picture on hand of one of these stars or doing a quick Pinterest search will help you accurately describe the style you want.

What Makes It So Special?

There are a few things about this hair color that make it stand out from other hair color trends. One of the things about this color that makes it so unique is the fact that it looks good on everyone, as I already stated. Everyone's favorite fall fashion also inspires the color trend, so it's perfect for the cooler weather right around the corner. Do you know how good you would look with it being in the middle of fall and you are cozy on the weekends with cute sweaters, hot chocolate, warm cider, and some auburn colored locks? If none of you try it, somebody else will! This color may be sometimes hard to achieve, but it is so great for the people who want to do something different with their hair but keep it natural and easily changeable. There is usually a spike in this trend around August because people are so tired of being over bleached from summer. Around this time, people want to add rich and deeper hues into their look. Every year, the hair color trends go through cycles, and they usually mirror the season. Have you ever got a specific nail color or wore a particular outfit because of the seasons? Well, people tend to do the same things with their hair! We are moving away from golden summer locks and replacing them with a unique bronze color. The best part of it all, because I have to keep reiterating this, is that red hair is flattering on pretty much all skin tones, thanks to its many variations. Most stylists believe that golden skin tones look better with coppers, oranges, and golds because it does not wash them out. Darker and olive skin tones usually compliment cooler blue-reds. Some of these colors include colors like merlot, burgundy, and Auburn. To get a simple, yet daring and bold look it would be cute to weave in multiple hues in the flannel tones. It makes the look current and modern.

How Do You Maintain the Color Throughout the Fall Season?

Keeping up with this flannel hair color all season is not as hard as you might think. But there are a few things you can do to keep the color as bright and beautiful as the day you got it. It takes minimal effort but is worth it in the end when you realize the color barely faded in the last two months. So, are you wondering how to maintain your new shade? You can use a sulfate-free shampoo, cleanse less than three times per week (depending on your hair type, this can range), and use a UV protectant spray for your hair to help shield from sun exposure. It is also best to switch up your wardrobe and makeup to accommodate your new shade. Certain colors and patterns you used to wear might not look as good anymore, but that is the risk we take on when getting a new hair color. Specific heavy eye makeup or lip colors you’re used to wearing might no longer be as flattering, so be open to exploring different shades and products. You never know what you might find that looks good on you.

Other Trending Hair Colors of The Season

Did you think that the whole world would be red? The great thing about everyone is how different we all are, which means we have other interests including hair color. Other hair color trends are taking the world by storm, and we are here for it! Let’s check out some of the other hair color trends that we will see all season. Some of these may even give you a few ideas on what you think you should try next!

Cold Brew Hair

This trend is relatively new, but according to stylists in Hollywood, we are going to see much more of it this upcoming fall. We can’t accurately pinpoint where it originated, but it has a similar backstory to flannel hair. The name is a little bit deceiving because the name is not talking about plain coffee, but rather a play on varying degrees of the cream that's added. The technique is about swirling of neutral and golden tones down the hair. Just like when you pour cream in coffee or milk in hot chocolate, which is both perfect drinks for the winter time!

Shadow Roots

You all know what I am talking about, whenever you get your hair colored. The process of it growing out and getting it retouched can be outrageous and costly. Dark roots are a painful part of the natural growing out process, so why not embrace them? Shadow roots have taken over our social feeds lately, and with good reason. A shadow root makes hair color appear more natural, while also allowing the color to grow out seamlessly. You can try these with any colors you see fit, but the hard part is getting the roots to blend seamlessly into the hair color itself.

Sombré Hair

There are so many ombré hair color techniques that sometimes it can be hard to keep up with it all. In the past, ombré hairstyles have been anything but subtle. However, there has been a sudden rise in popularity for animal prints, and it will likely have people looking for hairstyles that best complement their walk in the animal kingdom, which includes their hair colors. This style encompasses both medium and dark color hues, and in the right setting, it will make your outfit and other features shine.

Rose Gold

There is something about rose gold that we all have an obsession over. Think about it: We have phone cases, computer laptop cases, nail colors and makeup that the colors inspires, so why not add a cute hair color into the equation for the fall? Stylists are bringing a new twist to this hair color, and it is by adding some soft copper undertones so that the rose gold can shine and stand out in the light. It will also make the hair color look a little more natural than past rose gold trends where the undertones were hues of pink and magenta. If you want to go for the bolder look, then go right ahead!

Gem Lights

This trend might be my favorite, just because I love gray and pastel colors with a few rainbow hues to compliment them. This look is perfect for blondes who have grown tired of their usual balayage. The brand-new hair coloring technique involves dying hair with shades inspired by gemstones and crystals. Those like the rose quartz (subtle pink), amethyst (lavender), Angelite (sky blue) and green aventurine. The trick to nailing it is to die just a pinch of hair strands at a time, to lend lengths a more blended, seamless effect, and to avoid any chunks of color.

Pops of Gold

This look is for the ladies who want to keep it simple but want to look bold when they feel like it. Keep your fall months warm by adding gold tones to your hair, a method that's ideal for those with darker complexions. You can add the gold towards the bottom lengths of your hair, or you can do it throughout the hair strands. The point is to keep the actual distribution of the color subtle but making the color itself bright. However, according to local Hollywood stylists, it is best to be sure to stay away from too much warmth or red tones, so you don’t wash out the skin’s natural glow.

Flannel Hair: Try it Out!

This new hair color trend, flannel hair, is the best of all worlds because it nicely contradicts itself most elegantly and uniquely. Now that we understand what it takes to rock flannel hair, do you think you would want to try it out? Have you thought about switching up your hair for the fall? What other hair color trends are you interested in for your fall look? I want to hear what you have to say, so leave your comments below!
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Mistakes Blondes Make With Their Hair Products

Mistakes Blondes Make With Their Hair Products

Blondes Have More Fun, Right?

Colorists hear all the myths and see all the mistakes women make when going over to the light side. I think at some point most of us thought about going blonde, even if it was for a little while. But, taking care of blonde hair is a challenge in itself. The first time I tried going blonde, I ended up damaging most of my hair. Why did this happen? I did not know how to take care of it! I had the products and the time to do my hair, but It was as if my hair kept getting drier and more brittle. Then I soon realized that the problem was lying in the products I was using at the time. Many blondes make this mistake all the time and do not understand how damaging the results can be. It’s important to know what not to do first, to ensure your color looks natural and hair stays healthy. Dying your hair blonde comes with its challenges. It can start to fade and lose shininess as soon as a week after dyeing it.

Get the Blonde Look

Before we get into what not to do with blonde hair when it comes to hair products, let’s start talking about how to achieve the perfect hue for you! All blondes know that finding that ideal blonde shade takes time, money, and a commitment to keeping the color as fresh as when you left the salon. While it's up to your professional stylist to provide a blonde toning service at the salon, you should still be committing to maintaining your hair color at home.

The Lightest Shades are Fairest on Pale Skin Tones

Blonde shades on the lighter end of the spectrum, flatter the undertones in fair skin. But keep in mind that they also demand more maintenance, including regular deep conditioning treatments and frequent root touch-ups. When you blend darker shades with light or natural, such as honey highlights, or sandy, beige tones, this can also look amazing!

Every Blonde is a Match for Medium Skin Tones

Every nuance of blonde looks excellent against the medium-toned skin, whether it's a single all-over color or a blend of highlights.

Warm Tones are the Gold Standard for Dark Skin Tones

Blonde hair, with a warm base like honey, caramel, or beige, flatter dark skin with a golden glow. Cooler tones are also an option, but the closer to platinum and ash, the higher the chance for the skin to appear dull.

Mistakes Blondes Make With Their Hair Products

When you go to a salon to make the significant change, make sure your colorist knows everything about your hair history. And when we say everything, we mean everything. When people dye their hair darker, they don’t realize that months and months later the color is still in their hair. So say in September, someone went brown and in May she wants to go blonde. Since you were darker in the fall, you are going to be battling tons of orange and red tones from the original hair dye. If you’ve already dyed your hair before, we need to know that, because coloring virgin strands are different. At home care is different, but it is essential to have some method that can help you care for your blonde strands. Let’s look at some of the things you probably never even thought about until now!

You're not deepening the roots

If you’re not going for pure platinum, you want to make sure the roots of your hair are darker than your ends, so the color looks natural and grows out nicely. Most stylists do double the amount of painting towards the bottom of the hair than at the roots. The ends of your hair should be a little lighter than the root area. Otherwise, the color can look not like your natural hair color.

You're buying the wrong box color

If you’re daring enough to tackle the challenge of dying your hair blonde at your house, then choose the box color you want to go with very carefully. Keep in mind that what you see isn’t always what you get! If you wanted a buttery blonde, sometimes you might have to buy the ashiest box in the store, which is the opposite of buttery. That’s why stylists in the salon consider everything, like how much gray you have, how dark your hair is and if you have ever color treated it before. It is best to go to a professional in a salon if you plan on going from super dark hair.

Putting too much heat to your hair too often

There is a point where you need to stop the constant manipulation that you do to your hair. Therefore, after you make a color change, give your hair a break! It does not matter the color, because the point is your hair is now more sensitive to any manipulation. You must realize that hair that has gone lighter contain a little bit of bleach. Bleach plus heat with a blow dryer, flat iron or curling iron causes breakage. Do not end up like me!

You're not using a purple shampoo

Purple shampoo is an absolute necessity for blondes to use between hair coloring sessions as it quickly helps keeps your blonde beautiful. It may look scary to slather a purple product all over your strands, but trust us, it works. Purple shampoo is a bottle of shampoo with purple pigments that help to keep undertones at bay. Think of it as your at-home toner that helps to beat brass. Because it is known to help neutralize yellow-orange brassy tones that can occur from washing your hair, environmental stressors and naturally if you started as a brunette with reddish undertones. Use a purple shampoo at least once a week to help alleviate that problem. It is possible for your hair to turn slightly purple for a few days, but it is only temporary. On really light, white blonde hair and you’re trying to push the envelope, you could end up lilac, but generally, it does not last for a long time.

Hair dye dry’s your hair out

This fact is how I ended up damaging my hair a few years back when I decided to go blonde. No matter what color you choose to dye your hair, after the process, the ends will inevitably end up dryer than before, but this is especially the case for blondes. We tend to underestimate how summertime activities, such as swimming in the pool, can dry out your hair. Use a deep conditioner or mask in place of their usual conditioner. It does not have to be heavy, and you don’t have to take 20 minutes out of your day to do it. Just put in the deep conditioner instead of regular conditioner, even if it’s just for one or two minutes.

Let’s Get Technical

Now that we know the basics of taking care of your blonde strands let's discuss something equally important. Color can be difficult to mess with, especially if you decide to do it by yourself at home. Depending on your current hair color and the color you are trying to achieve, the color can take a few times to look exactly the way you want it. So, let’s get into some of the more common mistakes we see when attempting to go blonde by yourself.

The blonde hair looks yellowish

A common concern for all the blondies out there is that blonde hair can quickly become yellow and Barbie-like. If that is the look you are going for, then congratulations. But, for most people that is not the case, especially if you're using the wrong products. Here is something I just learned: Purple sits opposite yellow on the color wheel. So that’s the shade you need to choose if you want to neutralize the warm tones as soon as possible. Again, this is why it is a good idea to invest in a purple shampoo. Go for a lightweight purple-toning shampoo and conditioner to restore some of the natural hair hues. However, a long-term solution would be the next time you visit the salon have them take care of your mistakes. Once a week, use a toning mask to keep any warm tones from returning and ruining the blondes you want.

The hair turned our orange

If an orange look is what you are going for, then maybe you do not need to worry about it. But unfortunately, brassiness can happen to the best of us, and orange tones can be particularly stubborn and challenging to deal with a lot of the time. Lucky for you, it is not an impossible task. There are a ton of purple toning treatments out there, but dark-blue/indigo purples work best for canceling out orange undertones. A long-term solution is to let your colorist know that you have been struggling with the brassier or orange tones in your current hair color. Make it very clear what you want and even bring in some pictures if you would like. If you prefer an ashier shade, they need to know. Sometimes your stylist will need to lighten your hair (Check out this article on how to lighten hair without bleach) to a blonder color to lift out the orange tones, but then they will drop it back down to the desired color. Do you see why it is vital to keep heat and manipulation out of the picture? For example, if your hair is naturally dark, but you want an ashy blonde you will need to lighten the hair more and then tone it darker, adding the ash into it.

If your blonde looks too ashy

Ashy blonde can be cute with the right hue and skin color to compliment it. But in your case, you wanted an ashy blonde, but it’s gone way too ashy; think, grey-meets-green. It almost looks like a nasty accident, even though it was. To fix this issue, consider if it's a toner that's gone too ashy, then use a clarifying shampoo for the next few washes, it'll help to strip out the color quicker. If that doesn't work, use warm, at-home hair color. Mix it with a bit of conditioner and leave on for 5-10mins, then wash out. You’ll notice hair is instantly warmer and those ashy undertones will be toned down. If you need another solution, then ask your stylist for golds, coppers, and peaches, because these are all warmer tones. You should take a picture of the shade you want. But if you’re not sure, a good colorist should be able to advise you on which hair colors will suit and which won't.

The hair color looks patchy

Sometimes a patchy look can be tasteful depending on the color and the look you are going for at the time, but other times it seems like a rushed job. You wanted one color all over, but the dye has taken to some spots better than others, now it appears patchy and uneven. The easiest way to hide patchy hair is a little styling. Wear your lengths in one or two French or Dutch braids, and it’ll help to disguise the mess. This tip is only for a temporary solution, though. If you want more long-term results, then you must realize that when it comes to patchy hair color, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all fix. That is also why giving your stylist pictures as a reference is so important. A good colorist will know what to do when they see your patchy hair, and the color you’re trying to achieve. Also, I know you are probably tempted to do this, but do not try to color it blonde again. It will only make everything worse. If your hair is too light, then apply a darker shade of color to your hair, keeping it on for half the recommended time. Make sure you are using the same brand too! Do not mix brands. Check the color every five minutes until you feel that it’s dark enough. Then, you can rinse. A hair color remover is also an option.

Are You Legally Blonde?

Blonde hair can be difficult to achieve, especially if you are going for a specific tone or hue. Your best bet is to visit your local hair salon and find a professional hair colorist to do it for you. If you must do it yourself at your home, then follow these tips and make sure to do plenty of extensive research, so you do not end up with long-term mistakes. Keep your hair manipulation to a minimum, buy some purple shampoo, deep condition and mind your business. What type of blonde look are you going for this time? Did you make a mistake when dying your hair before? How did you recover? I would love to read your responses! Leave a comment or question below!
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Hot New Color Trend: Shadow Hair Highlights

Hot New Color Trend: Shadow Hair Highlights

Embrace your Roots, Don't Cover Them Up

Summer is winding down, and maybe you’re thinking about what is your next hairstyle. Well, there is a new highlight trend that is taking over and will be perfect for the fall! Usually, women color their hair to cover up dull and sometimes even grey roots. Shadow hair highlights do the exact opposite, they bring out the best in your roots and add dimension to your overall hair color.

What Exactly are Shadow Hair Highlights

Shadow hair highlights take the existing color of your roots and either make them darker or lighter. These hair highlights allow you to embrace your dark roots, unlike traditional highlights. Not only is this new trend taking over the hair dying experience but it revamps a previous trend. Shadow hair highlights mimic the ombre effect that many still love but adds so much more. With this technique, you will have the ombre appearance but with levels of dimension added, which brings out the richness of your natural hair color. These highlights blend in with your hairline which adds to your overall look. Instead of dying your entire head lighter or darker, you can achieve natural looking shadow tones that give your hair the appearance of multiple colors.

What is So Great about Shadow Hair Highlights

These type of highlights are perfect for anyone who doesn't like to be in the salon that often. Also great for someone who wants a pop of color but not too sure about getting their entire head dyed. Shadow highlights are great for anyone who wants to dye their hair but keep it subtle and natural looking. Shadow hair highlights allow your hair color to appear more natural while allowing it to grow out to perfection. You won't have to worry about any chunky streaks of color. Once the shadow roots begin to grow out you’ll love the highlights even more because of how lived in color will become. Try this highlighting technique since it's a great summer style but even better transitional style for the fall.

Maintenance

With traditional highlights, you will need to visit the salon every four to six months for upkeep. Shadow hair highlights last four months up to six months without any retouching. You won't need to touch up your shadow hair highlights that often, which saves time and money. We all look for low maintenance hairstyles every day that keeps us current with trends as well as helps us with day to day functionality. Not only does this highlighting technique last longer than the traditional highlight, but it is also healthier for your hair. There should never be hair dye used on your directly on the hairline. The less hair dye you can put on your hair is better, no need to overdye your hair. Hair dye placed directly onto your scalp can irritate your skin not to mention it can affect your natural hair/curl pattern. Although the name of this technique is shadow, these highlights make your hair appear to be brighter because of the root to highlight ratio.

Can Anyone Achieve this Look?

This technique isn't only for women who want to go blonde; this technique is for anyone using any color. Think outside of the box and get rid of any traditional color patterns you may have seen. With shadow highlights you can dye the roots any color to make your natural hair pop or stand out; red, purple, green and even yellow. Customize your shadow hair highlights with warm blondes, sultry browns, and even pastels hues. Traditionally blondes are the ones who seem to get highlights the most, and with shadow highlights, brunettes and redheads can join in on the fun too. For brunettes, adding some caramel or ashy blonde-brown to their roots will bring out the richness in their hair color. While for redheads, anything color in the copper family will bring out the brightness in their red roots. Anyone can get shadow hair highlights, and that is what makes them so impressive!

How Is it Done

Achieving shadow highlights is such a tricky technique, and it can be time-consuming. Although the steps to highlight someone’s hair can be simple, certain things that can set apart shadow hair highlights. The overall goal of shadowing highlights is to create a real depth; which means that its best to go with colors that compliment your natural hair color. Typically it’s best to go two or three shades lighter or darker than your hair to keep the naturalness. Because the roots are the focal point of this coloring technique, it is essential that your stylist keeps the roots moving during the process. Whether you go to a salon or attempt this at home, make sure that the roots combed while applying the color. This crucial step ensures even coverage and no chunkiness. To give the roots a more in-depth and more dynamic look, make sure a to use a cool neutralizer so there won't be any brassy roots. Another critical thing to know is that the hairline is essential and cannot be neglected as well when doing shadow hair highlights. The hairline should always be lightly colored so the stylist can have control over how dark or light the roots will be painted. Shadow hair lights don't require much dye, do not overdo it! An inch of dye per highlight is all that is needed to achieve this bomb look. Not so hard huh?

Loving your Roots Has Become The New Thing

There is never a dull moment in the beauty industry! Every day it seems there is a new way to enhance our looks and shadow hair highlights is that new best thing. Sometimes highlights can be bulky and stand out against your natural hair color. Trying this new technique, you will not only have definition in your color but seamless highlights from root to end. Even though the maintenance is low, this technique will not be a cheap one, but it’s so worth it!
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Best Advice on How to Safely Use Hair Color on Natural Hair

Best Advice on How to Safely Use Hair Color on Natural Hair

Color Your Life

Coloring your hair is more than a cosmetic process. Changing your hair color can often change the way you feel about yourself or even give you the confidence to face a tough situation in your life. While many women desire to color their hair, it can often be an intimidating process for someone who has never experimented with hair color. Many of us have a strong attachment to our natural hair. After all, we chopped it, nourished it, protected it, and maintained the utmost patience as our textures flourished. It's safe to say that coloring your hair is a significant change. If you do it wrong, it could cause a major set back to your natural hair journey and worse - permanent damage. That's why it's important to gather as much information as possible before attempting to color your hair to ensure that your results are successful.

Start Healthy

Starting out with healthy hair might sound like a no-brainer. But many serious issues are avoidable by making sure that your hair is healthy before you add color to it. Some colors make your hair look healthier but can be an illusion. The truth is that hair dye is a chemical, and any chemical process is damaging to your hair. You want to make sure that your hair is prepared to withstand the process of coloring. The last thing you need is for your hair to break off or thin out due to not being prepared. There are a few great ways that you can test the health of your hair at home.

Choose Wisely

Choosing your new color is not as easy as taking a screenshot and copying the hairstyle of your favorite influencer. There are many factors to consider before you dye your hair. Even though hair color is easily accessible, it is not a one-size-fits-all process. Many factors can interfere with the outcome of your dye job.

Semi-Permanent Hair Color

Semi-permanent colors are self-explanatory. They do not penetrate the hair shaft because they do not have peroxide in them. The color is on the outside layer of your hair, so the color rinses out easily. You can expect this shampoo to last for around two months. Semi-Permanent colors are an excellent option for someone who is unsure about a long-term change as well as anyone who wants to practice applying hair dye.

Demi-Permanent Hair Color

Demi-Permanent colors are the love child between a summer fling and your true love. It's not going anywhere right away, but it won't last forever either. These colors last longer than semi-permanent colors because they contain low amounts of peroxide. It deposits between the cuticle and the cortex instead of just the outer layer of hair. Demi-permanent colors last anywhere from four to six months. Demi-Permanent hair color is great for someone with slow hair growth or who is only interested in coloring their hair for a season or special occasion.

Permanent Hair Color

It's just that: permanent. Permanent hair color works because it deposits color into the cortex which changes the hue of your hair long term. It is only recommended to use a permanent color to lighten your hair no more than four shades at a time. Permanent hair color will remain in your hair until you either grow or cut it out. Permanent color is excellent for anyone who is trying to cover up gray hair or is interested in wearing a different hair color long-term.

Bleach, Color, and Dye, Oh My!

Yes, you read that right. We use the words "bleach," "dye," and "color" interchangeably but in the cosmetology world, they are not the same, and all serve a different function. Bleach lifts the color that is already in your hair to allow for color to deposit. If you desire to go lighter with your hair, then you will more than likely need to use a bleaching product. Once you've bleached your hair, then you can deposit the color or the hair dye to your hair. However, this is only true if your hair is dark. If your hair is already light, then you may be able to get away with coloring your hair without bleach. Skipping your bleach job will depend on how light your hair is the color you're trying to deposit. If you have light hair and desire to go dark then in many cases you can skip the bleach and apply the hair dye. However, there are cases where you will need to use a bleaching product for darker hair. If you are unsure which process is best, consult your colorist for your specific procedure to ensure that you do not damage your hair.

First Base

Before you set your heart on the color you saw online; you need to consider the persons base color as well as your base color. The current color of your hair directly affects the outcome of the dye that you wish to apply. If you're looking at someone else's hair color for inspiration, don't expect to get those same results. Factors such as base color, texture, cut, skin tone, and style all play a role in how the color looks to the human eye. You could apply the same color to your hair a get a completely different result. Talk to your colorist about the shade that you are trying to achieve to get advice on how to arrive closer to your objective.

Porosity Test

Do a porosity test to see how well your hair will absorb and maintain the color you deposit. Your hairs porosity is the resting position of the cuticles on your hair shaft. If your cuticles are open, then you have high porosity hair. That means that color and moisture can deposit into your hair shaft easily, but they will also come out easily since your cuticles are open. Closed cuticles are mean you have low porosity hair. Low porosity hair takes longer to process color and absorb moisture but, low porosity hair holds on to moisture and color longer than high porosity hair. You can also have medium or normal porosity. Normal porosity hair has cuticles that are slightly opened, meaning that your hair accepts and releases moisture and color at an average rate. To learn more about how to do a porosity test read, is it Too Late to Improve Your Hair Elasticity? Doing a porosity test before dyeing your hair is crucial because it helps you understand the current status of your hair health. It's also important because it prevents you from over or under processing your hair.

How to Properly Process Your Hair

Over-processing your hair means that you have left the product on your hair for too long and your hair shaft has suffered permanent damage as a result. Under processing your hair says that you did not allow the product to sit on your hair long therefore enough it was not able to fully deposit the color into your hair shaft. Understanding your porosity is a huge component to safely and successfully coloring your hair. Much of the results you'll get from coloring your hair will come from how well you can work your hairs' porosity. By understanding how your hair tolerates chemical processing, you can adequately approach your color treatment and get the results you want.

Safety First

The most critical step in dyeing your hair is to make sure that you're doing it safely. Coloring your hair is a chemical process and not doing your research and taking the proper precautions can lead to severe damage to your hair, skin, and your scalp. Once you decide what color you want, it's vital that you schedule a consultation with a licensed colorist. Your colorist is trained to look at your scalp and identify if any issues could interfere with dye process. Your colorist will also be able to give you insight on the condition of your hair and tips for doing your color.

Do a Patch Test

Don't just take a deep dive into coloring your hair. It's important to do a patch test before applying the chemical to your hair. Even if you've dyed your hair before, allergies and irritations can change over the years, so it's vital that you take the time to perform a patch test to make sure that the process will go smoothly. Here's how to conduct a color patch test:

Step 1:

Follow the instructions for preparing the hair dye

Step 2:

Use a cotton swab to apply a small amount behind your ear or along the nape of your neck

Step 3:

Wait 24-48 hours to check for a reaction such as redness, itchiness, and irritation If you made it through the patch test without any irritation, then it is likely to be safe for you to proceed with coloring your hair. If you have experienced some irritation or are unsure about the results of your patch test, then I suggest that you get reevaluated by your colorist and ask more questions until you are comfortable proceeding with your color.

Go for Gel or Liquid

There are many different color formulas on the market today. But the best choice for a novice colorist is to use a gel or liquid formula over foam color. Foam colors do not penetrate the hair shaft as well. And because your vantage point is limited seeing your head, it is best that you use a formula that more easily spreads evenly and will penetrate your hair shaft better.

Straighten your Hair

While it's not completely necessary to straighten your hair before coloring it, it is a best practice for those who are not professional colorists. Since the natural hair shaft is full of curls and coils, it can be difficult to coat your hair with the product thoroughly. By straightening your hair, you're able to cover all the hair that needs the color. It's vital to remember not to color your hair on the day that you straightened it. Color and heat are both challenging to the integrity of your hair and doing both on the same day can put too much stress on your hair.

Start with Dirty Hair

It seems as though better styles start with slightly dirty hair and the same is valid for hair color. Dyeing your hair is a drying process, and the oils in your hair will work as a barrier between your scalp and the product. Play it safe and wait at least two to three days after washing your hair to apply hair dye.

Bottoms Up

If you want to apply your hair dye like a professional, then you'll need to know when and where to apply your color. The moment that the hair color hits your head, your hair will start processing the color. Even if your hair is natural, your ends are more porous than the roots of your hair because they are older and have likely endured a little more damage than your virgin roots. In contrast, while your roots are more virgin than the rest of your hair shaft, you could become a victim of "hot roots." Hot roots are when the color on the roots of your hair is warmer than the rest of your color. The reason for hot roots is because the heat that comes off your scalp heats up the dye faster which forces the hair to process the color more quickly. If you want to avoid hot roots, then you need to apply the color mid-shaft and down to your ends first. Once you've applied the color to those sections of your hair, then you can go back over the roots of your hair. You don't need to add any processing time since you've applied the color to your roots last. Your roots will catch up to the rest of your hair. If you've followed the instructions on the box, then your color will come out even all over your head.

Re-touch Like a Pro

If you are only retouching your color instead of coloring all over your head, then you want to make sure that you avoid getting a hair band. Escaping the band isn't the name of a new P. Diddy TV show, escaping the band is a technique that helps to blend your old color with your new color. Since you are only refreshing your color, then you don't need to apply color to the entire hair shaft. You'll need to put the mixture onto your roots. If you don't feather the color down to the old color, then you'll notice a dark band around the crown of your hair where the two colors have not blended. To prevent this from happening, you'll need to apply the color to your roots then take a comb and gently comb a small amount of the color down just below the old color. Your results should yield a well-blended touch-up.

Take Care of Your Hard Work

It's important that you're using hair care products that are compatible with hair color. All of your shampoos and conditioners need to be color safe to ensure that you don't lose out on all your hard work. Color safe shampoos and conditioners contain temporary colors that attach to the outer layer of your hair aiding in color retention. Make sure to invest in the techniques on how to care for colored hair.

Express Yourself

Changing your hair color can be an exciting process. If this is your first time, the task can seem intimidating. Educating yourself and having fun is the best way to learn through the process. Social media platforms such as YouTube and Instagram TV have made it possible to learn how to care for your hair at home. Make sure that you check back for more hair care tips and trick on the Private Label Extensions Blog. Leave a comment and share your favorite tips for coloring your hair and don't forget to follow us on Instagram @privatelabelextensions.com.
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How to Prep for Some New Hair Color

How to Prep for Some New Hair Color

New Color, New You, Better Hair!

Summer is coming to a close, and the fall season is slowly pushing through. When seasons change, what is one thing a lot of us look forward to doing? We are ready to switch up our hair color! You may want to go from your natural hair color to a new, bold hue that will turn heads. You may even consider going from bright hair color to more of a subtle look. No matter what color(s) you choose, it’s imperative that you take the proper steps to prep your hair for this change.

Why It’s Important to Prep Before Coloring Your Hair

Although hair color can be trendy and stunning, the application process can be a harsh due to chemical changes we put our hair through. It’s not as simple as placing a shampoo-like substance, and your hair is automatically the color that you’re looking to achieve. The actual dye must transfer through several layers of the strands which can cause severe damage if you do not prep your hair correctly. The dye must break through to the cuticle, which protects our hair, to get to the hair shaft. This area is lifted by ammonia by elevating the hair’s pH. Since this is an unnatural process and the cuticle is only meant to remain intact, damage occurs. Peroxide then enters to break the natural hair pigment down to dye the hair. In other words, there’s more of an opportunity for damage! Your hair becomes the predetermined color during this step. It is important to remember that the cuticle remains lifted until the dye is rinsed out. The longer it is up, the weaker it becomes. This process can also cause your hair to become extremely dry if it already lacks moisture or if you do not take proper care of it after it is colored. Once again, there’s more damage! Although this process sounds a bit scary when considering the effect it can have your hair, do not let this stop you from rocking a new color. Your hair needs to be good shape before committing to the process, and I’m here to help you with that!

Tips for Prepping Your Hair for New Color

As described above, any chemical that you place in your hair can alter it and cause it to become unhealthy. It is critical that you do what it takes to protect your precious tresses from losing their life. After all, our hair is our baby! I have a few tips that you should consider to help you prevent having severe damage after coloring your hair.

Tip #1

Choose a professional stylist who specializes in hair color for your type of hair (relaxed or natural). I know we love our DIY projects, but when it comes to adding chemicals to your hair, I would suggest seeking help. (Of course, if you have experience in this area then do your thing!) You can set up a consultation with your stylist to discuss your hair type in detail, and they’ll be able to recommend a few color options that are healthier for you. If you’re natural and need a little help with choosing the right stylist, check out these helpful tips.

Tip #2

Get it squeaky clean. During your wash days leading up to the big day, you should make sure that your hair is thoroughly cleansed with a clarifying shampoo to ensure that you are free from product build-up.

Tip #3

Don’t be lazy! Make sure that you are using all the right products in your hair when washing it 1-2 weeks before your appointment. I know we have those days when we throw anything in our hair to save time and energy, but hair color is not something you want to take lightly. Also, feel free to inquire about the products that your stylist is planning to use during your consultation or before they begin the process.

Tip #4

Hydrate your hair strands by doing a hot oil treatment at least two-three days before. The last thing you want to do is place chemicals in dry, brittle hair. Even if you decide not to do a full treatment, apply your favorite type of oil to your hair regularly to restore and strengthen your strands before adding color.

Tip #5

Deep condition your hair a few days before. This type of treatment is also a great way to add moisture to your hair. When deep conditioning your hair, you should try adding vitamin E to your hair to nourish your strands, especially if the hair color requires your hair to be bleached.

Tip #6

Treat your hair to some good ol’ protein! There is nothing like doing a “hard reset” on your hair with a protein treatment. If your hair is suffering from damage or dehydration, add this to your wash day routine regularly for a few weeks.

Tip #7

Take a break from using heated tools. Heat is already damaging to our hair, so continually applying it will increase your chances of experiencing breakage and thinning. If you cannot avoid it altogether, be sure only to use tools on a low setting and apply a coat of heat protectant.

Tip #8

Trim any hair that is damaged. If your ends are struggling, let them go! Removing this dead hair will improve the look and feel of your hair, even after it is colored. You do not want to cause more stress to the strands that are already on their last leg!

All Prepped and Ready to Pop with New Color!

Once you’re all done with the prepping stage, get ready for the significant change. Having a new hair color is like becoming a different version of yourself – how exciting! As long you follow the tips above, you should be all set to get switch up your hair and experience a new color. So, let’s chat about it. If you plan to dye your hair, let us know what color you decided on in the comments! Have you already dyed your hair recently? What color is it, and how do you like it?
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Strandlights: The New Hair Rave You Need to Try!

Strandlights: The New Hair Rave You Need to Try!

Out With The Old, In With The New

This new highlighting technique, called strandlights, has made its debut on Instagram and, is taking over pushing the old highlighting techniques out the way. The name gives away what exactly it is; strands of your hair are being highlighted. This technique may be the most natural looking highlights you will ever have. After researching this highlighting technique myself, I might get strandlights.

What Are Strandlights?

You know how chunky some highlights can be, strandlights are the exact opposite. This coloring technique takes individual strands of your hair, spaces them out and color them. The main difference between strandlights and highlights is the size of the hair strands that are colored and the placement. By coloring each strand and placing it in foil, this creates multicolored strands that lighten your entire head. Thin slices of hair used in the foil; these colored pieces blend in creating an all over lightened look. More intricate than the typical highlights, strandlights are like a freehand painting that ends up beautiful yet subtle. They help to achieve a color you’ve always wanted without damaging a significant portion of your hair, like chunky highlights.

Why Strandlights?

We all owe thanks to a Texas-based hair stylist by the name of Liz Haven. Thanks to her, this hair color technique has been trending. This highlighting technique came to a reality when a client wanted a low maintenance color that would transition from summer to fall. This client wanted the color to be similar to their natural hair color. With this in mind, Liz decided to highlight around the face by strategically placing highlights. This strategy was the birth of this technique. The goal is to add depth to your natural hair color without heavy chemicals and coloring.

The Advantages of Strandlights

Less processing

With every new hair trend, we always try it because of the popularity and benefits it will have on our overall looks right? I love getting highlights. Highlights give you the desired lightening without all of the chemical processing. Strandlights cut that same chemical processing in half by coloring fine and thin pieces of your hair, not large chunks. Because of how minimal this process is, you are less likely to experience any significant damage; even when bleaching. This hair coloring technique works hand in hand with the natural sunlight. If the surface of each section has strandlights, then the sun will naturally appear to have lightened up the rest of your hair. Cool right?

Placement creates a more natural look

Strandlights achieve such a natural bright color by focusing on the hairline. No more streaks of color starting in the middle of the hair shaft, which creates the chunky, dense look we once liked. With these highlights being so close to the hairline, they give the allusion that your hair is naturally becoming lighter. No more horizontal growth ladies! This placement makes the typical highlights look less natural, and that is because of their placement. Because of how dense the hair sections are with standard highlights, they do not appear at the hairline. If they were, it wouldn't be as attractive but not to worry; we now have strandlights. The little amounts of hair that are colored will ensure that you won't end up with the thick stripes once the color grows out. I wish this technique was around when I thought it would be a great idea to get thick streaks of blonde.

Low maintenance

Strandlights gives you the effect that the sun naturally gives your hair on a bright summer day. That is why so many people have taken heed of this new hair phenomena. With less density than other highlighting techniques, the placement of strandlights provides the perfect brightness every time. This highlighting technique is also low maintenance, and you only need to get these touched up every four months; especially if you are going lighter. With these, you will not need to get them often retouched, which saves you time and money.

When to Use Strandlights

Besides just wanting to have lighter hair; to achieve a perfect ombre throughout, strandlights are perfect. If your highlights need to brighten up, strandlights are great. If you want to get rid of those grey hairs, give strandlights a go. Strandlights are ideal for anyone who wants to use their natural pigment to achieve a bright or lightened hair color. Spring and summer time are great times to get strandlights of any color since the sun is out more during these seasons. These highlights look great on any length of hair, however long and mid-length hair will best achieve the desired look. For people who have shorter hair, strandlights aren't for you. On shorter hair they tend to make your hair look denser; which makes it appear unnatural. Strandlights are not to be used for coloring hair a darker color, as its name suggests. However, you can add lighter strandlights to dark hair to give it a certain shine once light or sunlight hits your hair. Blonde isn't the only shade that you can go with these highlights. Red is another excellent summer color that will look awesome with complimenting strandlights. This coloring technique tricks the eye into believing that you have a two-toned or even tri-tone hair color naturally. Best results on light brown or blonde hair; for obvious reasons. The lighter strands blend perfectly into your natural hair which allows your natural color to peek through. This result creates the mentioned multi-toned hair color.

Strandlights Are The Future

Whether you are blonde or a brunette, these lights will amplify your natural hair color. I suggest this technique because who doesn’t want a sun-kissed finished to our hair? Although strandlights are a relatively new concept, I think they will be here to stay for a while. These highlights look great on any hair texture and for any features. These fantastic highlights make any natural hair appear to be lighter. Also making your facial features stand out more. They are a coloring process that is best achieved at a hair salon or by a professional hair stylist. It’s the beginning of summer, so there is still time to achieve this look ladies!
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Does Hair Color Change Your Hair Texture?

Does Hair Color Change Your Hair Texture?

A Cautious Yet Fun Way to Switch Up Your Look

With so many ways to switch up our looks, I think hair dye is one of the most exciting. You can change up your hair color and look like a new person. In the summertime, we go bright, and in the fall and winter, we dye it dark. I have always loved dying my hair and trying out new hair colors, whether its just highlights, partial coverage or full color. However, as you know with any chemical, it can alter your hair. Even the hair color that you choose also plays a part in the alteration of your hair texture. Keep reading to see how this remarkable transformation can alter your hair, good and bad.

Yes, Hair Dye Is Altering

Any chemical process that you put your hair through will affect your hair. Some hair dye can dry out your hair, and some dye isn’t that damaging. The results that your hair experiences all depends on the technique and type of hair dye used. It is always best to see a professional hairdresser for hair coloring. Sometimes when we do our hair, we can over process our hair and not even know it. Over processed hair can become damaged and will eventually break off. Hair dye directly hits the hair cuticle which causes it to open and accept the color. When this coloring process happens, it can make the hair shaft lose its vitality. Once the hair loses its life, it can take on a different texture once the strands become stripped. That is why it’s so important that your hair dye is applied correctly. If your hair texture dramatically changes you then know that its damaged. When you are dying your hair, your curls or coils should remain intact. Hair types and how they react to hair color determines whether or not the texture will change. No one hair texture is more prone to damage over the other, but different textures can be affected more than others; whether good or bad. I bet you didn't know that your hair texture can sometimes cause or even prevent specific effects usually caused by hair dye.

Coarse Hair

Coarser hair textures usually do not have a smooth cuticle which can make them more privy to becoming rough once dyed. The hair becoming rough and dry will not happen to every person with this hair type, but it is a possibility to consider when you decide to dye your hair. They say that the more you color coarse hair, the frizzier your hair becomes. Frizzy hair is an indication of dryness. Some may even dye their hair in attempts to texturize their texture. That means that they want to add more smoothness and less kink, dying your hair can do this. If you over process your hair, the curls can become tighter and if not, the coils will loosen. When you have coarse hair, you want to make sure that your stylist is using cream based hair dye, this is less harmful to your hair texture.

Curls and Coils

I have curly/coily hair, and my hair takes well to hair color, it does not take much for me to achieve the desired color. Curly and coily hair textures also can have a rough cuticle but are even more porous which aids the strands in accepting the hair color. Having porous hair means that your hair can absorb moisture better. I have noticed that before being entirely natural, my hair texture seemed to become more smooth and less frizzy. Once I became entirely natural, I continued to dye my hair and saw that it made my curls more defined and still less frizzy. So as a person who has thicker hair, I can say that dying my hair has never damaged my hair beyond repair. So go for it! Live a little!

Fine and Straight Hair

People with fine and straight hair ideally are the best candidates for hair coloring because of how quickly their hair will accept the color. When you have fine hair, it is thinner and less dense than other textures which can be a good and bad thing. It is a good thing for coloring your hair because you can achieve color better using fewer chemicals than the latter. It can be a bad thing because thin hair is also prone to shedding more, so if processed excessively it can lead to damage.

Blondes Have More Fun But Pay For It

Blonde hair has always been the rave for women for decades. I personally love blonde hair, every shade is so pretty and adds a different type of flair to your look. No one can go blonde without bleaching their hair, and this is where the issue comes into play. When people dye their hair blonde, it is more than likely that you will have to lift your hair before applying the actual color. Lifting your hair to achieve a lighter color is when hair coloring can become damaging and have the most effect on your hair texture. Lifting is the process of making the hair lighter; it is similar to bleaching. Those with thicker textures will need to get their hair lifted more than likely because of how dense their texture is. Also if you have naturally darker hair, the same applies. If you are not naturally blonde, transitioning to blonde can be harsh on your hair especially depending on the shade of blonde you get. Going platinum is the lightest that you can go and this will lessen your curl pattern. If you have thick hair, it will not get rid of your curl pattern, but you will notice how loose your curls become. For those with coarser hair, they may experience that their coils are growing tighter yet less moisturized. It all depends on the person, the hair care regimen, and hair texture. I loved having blonde hair! I have had three-toned blonde highlights, half of my head honey blonde and even dying my entire head blonde. Each time that I have dyed my hair, the stylist had to do a double process to achieve the hue I wanted. Lifting your natural hair color before dying your hair makes the coloring process a dual process opposed to single. Doing the single color processing has less effect because it is fewer chemicals as opposed to double processing.

Single Processing vs. Double Processing

Singling processing means that you are coloring the hair a new color in just one easy step. Coloring hair with a single process is more popular of the two and causes less damage, but you can still see changes in your hair texture years later. Single processing is great for covering gray hair, streaks and perfect for the DIY hair stylists at home. On the other hand, double processing takes longer, and because of its chemicals, it will alter your hair texture one way or another. Dying your hair using the double processing is more famous for highlights or lowlights and full coverage with a tint. Typically when a person wants to lighten up their hair color, double color processing will be necessary. This dual coloring process is not a good idea for the DIY crowd; go to a professional, please.

Permanent Damage or Is It Reversible?

How much one colors their hair can determine whether or not it is permanently damaged. Typically when you do not color your hair as much or as bright, the damage can be reversed. The changes to your hair can be unpredictable but with proper hair care can be manageable. One thing that they do not tell you about hair color; during the process once the hair’s protein bond is rearranged, it can cause a perm effect. This perm effect could be why thicker can loosen up and why it takes so well to straighter hair. To repair this, use a protein reconstructor; it'll help bring your curls back to life. If you do not keep up with conditioning your hair regularly, you can cause damage that will be hard to repair. Because of how hair coloring can dry out hair, you want to make sure that you are feeding it back the moisture it has lost. Another damage related issue is that once over-processed, the hair will lose its elasticity. The elasticity helps you be able to do simple hairstyles like a ponytail. We love our hair, so no one wants stiff and dry hair. Dye with caution but make sure you keep your hair healthy and moisturized.

Add Moisture During The Process: Hair Color Gloss

Aside from using cream based hair dyes, hair glosses help restore moisture after hair coloring. A glossing treatment aka color glaze gives vitality back your hair while smoothing the hair. I suggest using this if you are going to dye your hair yourself. After you dye your hair, try a hair gloss then condition your hair. The gloss will maintain your color, especially if you have a brighter color. You can also use this product if you are not using a cream based hair dye, it will help. When you are going from dark to blonde, a finishing hair gloss is perfect for you! If you are planning to go platinum, go to a stylist; stylists know how vital healthy hair, so they usually will use a hair gloss during the process. For the winter time, when our hair can be its dullest; use a hair color gloss that will keep it shiny and vibrant.

Light vs. Dark

Going lighter takes more processing and chemicals than the other. Typically when you want darker hair, it’s a single process and requires no bleaching or lifting. In essence, going darker is more healthy, while going lighten is riskier. Using bleach to lighten up your hair will weaken your hair bonds which will cause your hair (if curly) to become less curly. Again looser curls aren’t always a bad thing, but you know what they say: the more shrinkage healthier the hair. If you want to dye your hair and not experience any texture change; try temporary color. Temporary color will fade and eventually wash out with no super harsh chemicals that will break the hair cuticle. Because of how brief it is, it does not penetrate the hair follicle which makes it the safest option. With any other type of hair dye or bleaching, do so at your own risk but don't be afraid.

Healthy Hair Can Survive Hair Coloring

I know this is a lot of information and some of it may be alarming, but your hair can survive the hair coloring process trust me. The chemicals that help you achieve a new look can also strip your hair of its essential nutrients, but it is not the “end all be all.” Your hair can survive hair coloring. Regardless of the hair color and how it is applied, the upkeep makes the difference. Keeping your hair healthy is the key, it is not smart to consistently dye your hair if it’s not healthy. When your hair is not healthy you are at more risk of alteration and sometimes unhealthy hair cannot be revived once fried by color. While some people see changes in their texture immediately after coloring their hair but some people don't see any changes until years down the line. Everything does not affect everyone the same and its all about the health of your hair and how knowledgeable your stylist is. Just make sure to keep your hair moisturized and nourished to ensure that the hair dying process does not negatively affect your hair. With everything hair related, it is mostly trial and error so do not take this information and think you cannot dye your hair; you can. Considering the professional route is the safest bet to ensure that your hair color is the bomb and your hair stays beautiful. Be bold, brave and vibrant but always make sure your hair is healthy!
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Best Hair Color You Can Rock This Summer

Best Hair Color You Can Rock This Summer

Summer, Summer, Summer Time!

Yes, we have been waiting all year for this, summer is here, and we can sit back, relax, and soak up some sun. I mean what other time of the year can you eat ice cream for dinner, stay out all night, and never have to worry about having to bring a sweater. This time of year is all about finding the perfect mixture of adventure and relaxation and what better way to do that then chilling poolside with some cool friends, and popping hair color! When it comes down to finding a summertime hair color, we typically try to go for something on the warmer side, but we want to show you that pastel colors can work just as well too. It is 2018, the year to try new things and to put yourself out there and if you haven't done so yet, maybe changing up your hair color is just the added hint of adventure your life needs. You can't just choose any shade though; you want to make sure you pick the perfect colors that compliment your skin and the season that we are experiencing. This list you are about to read is excellent for those of you who love to go for a cute yet subtle look, and I even have a few things for my ladies who like to take a walk on the wild side. Let's kick off the season right by trying something new and fresh. So, if you are looking for statement colors or natural looks go ahead and check out this impressive list of the best hair colors to rock this summer.

Rose Gold

Rose Gold hair is such a bomb color to try out this season. This trend made a splash in our lives around the beginning of 2017; I think now that time is going by the color has perfected itself, and you can indeed rock this style with ease. The light pink tinted hue looks fantastic on brown-haired people, blond-haired people, or even as a wig. Private Label Extensions offers platinum blonde weave that you dye perfectly to this rosy pink. What's so great about this color is that you can wear it in so many different styles that it will work for my shy subtle ladies and if you're feeling bold and daring. If you want a statement piece to opt for a full color all over rose gold, don't hold back and take it from the roots all the way down to the ends. If you are not so sure if the full shade is for you try getting highlights or even better a subtle ombre effect that is just at the tips of your hair. Transition will work well if you already have an ombre shade in, and I promise that you will have everyone turning heads left, right, and center. Radiate this summer and give great glow by trying out this shimmery rose gold color.

Platinum Blonde

Platinum Blonde hair is surely a conversation starter, and I think possibly this cutest and edgiest colors that anyone can pull off for the summer. If you want to, I see that some people are modernizing this look by making it look icier white or grey and less of the yellow tint. Anyone of those two shades would work honestly depending on how you wear your hair this style could be a real show stopper. If you are one of my ladies who love having their hair short, then you should know that dying it platinum blonde with the yellow shade will look flawless. I mean we see celebrities like Amber Rose and Zoe Kravitz pull this style off easily. But if you are looking to be like our new popping female rapper "Saweetie," then that icy color will look amazing on some long inches. Try purchasing some of our Brazilian straight bundles they are the perfect extensions for dying and adding some extra inches to your hair. Unfortunately to attain this style you must bleach it. So, if you plan to try this hair color out on your natural locks, we suggest trying out different moisturizers that will seal in the nutrients your hair needs to prevent breakage. Trust me; if you take the added time to invest in maintaining this color to the best of your abilities, it will be worth it in the end. So, if you are feeling extra daring please, by all means, give this platinum color a go.

Dip Dye Ombre Color

Dip Dye hair colors are probably the most fun to try when you are making the tough decision on what shade you want to decide on this summer. This technique is like that of the ombre style because it looks like someone dipped your hair in dye and the results were terrific. This shade is easy to maintain and upkeep. But what's even better is that is has a way of creating an illusion that your hair is fuller and more voluminous than it is. You can try this color out on all styles of hair, but I think the most creative is when people wear this shade on a blunt cut bob. Luckily, some wigs already come with the ombre effect, which will save you a lot of time and money overall. This best part about getting this hair color is that you don't have to worry about the awkward grow out stage you would typically have to go through when you dye your whole head. If you are a fan of shorter blunt cut styles, then you will fall in love with ombre colors for the summer. And if you don't want to take on the full commitment of dying your actual tips, then please invest in a sew-in or wig that will give you the same look with a temporary feel.

Strawberry Blonde

Strawberry blonde is another color that is great for the summertime and looks beautiful on anyone's skin tone. Some may mistake this color for burnt orange, but that's a shade that will suit you better during the fall. If you plan to get a sew-in or a wig, It will be more accessible to dye if it is blonde. So, make sure to check out Private Label Extensions platinum colors make your next attempt to add some spice to your locks. Celebrities like going for this quirky hue as well, like Rihanna and Blake Lively. But we know one recent Indie artist who loves switching her from black curly tresses to the occasional strawberry shade throughout the individual seasons of the year, and that artist is no other than SZA. So, who better person to show you how well you can pull this style off, you can wear it curly, bone straight, even in a bob. Like I keep saying this shade of hair color complements more skin tones because it is not as harsh as the colors auburn, chestnut, or burnt orange. Please put this hair color on your summer checklist, because you are sure to make a splash everywhere you go with this one.

Teal/ Green

Blue, Aquamarine, turquoise, seafoam, however, you want to name the color the only way to describe it is stunning. Teal is the fantastic combination of green and blue that has a significant effect on capturing the attention of any man or woman along the way. They say the reason why we are so attracted to the color green is that we see it every day in nature, so it is something that is appealing to us. What is also great about this hair color for the summertime is that you will be matching the hues of the ocean, so you got to make sure you're hitting the beach with this cute shade. Also, if you are someone who wants to dye their natural hair this color, it's a smooth transition even on dark tresses you can dye it without causing too much damage. This feminine chic color is one for the masses try styling it in beach waves, curls, or bone straight for an edgier look!

What Hair Color Will You Be Rocking This Summer?

There you have it, a fantastic list of some of the best hair colors to rock this summer. Remember that there are so much more shades out there under the sun, and we want to shed light on some of the popular ones we see people wearing this year. If you're not a fan of color, you can always experiment with wigs or extensions because it is less fearful, temporary, and can give you the same look. But if you like taking risks with your natural hair, be sure to keep conditioning it, and adding moisture so that way there is no permanent damage on your tresses. So, please let us know what hair color you will try out this summer, make sure to leave a comment down below.
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