As the summer fades into fall, you may want to consider transitioning your hair color. Deciding on which direction to take with the color can be as simple as having a consultation with your stylist. Whether you are going blonde to brunette, adding lowlights or going all over color, a carefully thought out plan is
As the summer fades into fall, you may want to consider transitioning your hair color. Deciding on which direction to take with the color can be as simple as having a consultation with your stylist. Whether you are going blonde to brunette, adding lowlights or going all over color, a carefully thought out plan is essential to keeping your hair healthy and shiny. Here’s a few tips to consider to help you decide which direction to take with the hue.
For blondes wanting to tone down to a warmer shade for the fall, you may consider lowlights. Lowlights, in contrast to highlights, incorporates multiple darker shades for a deeper, more dimensional look. Your stylist can recommend the unique shade and how many levels of darkening is needed to get you the right color that is comfortable for you. Your stylist may recommend using a semi-permanent color (deposit only), leaving the natural pigments alone. Most semi-permanent colors will last just as long as permanent colors, the difference being that it doesn’t contain ammonia. Going with this option will also keep your hair extremely healthy and shiny.
Thinking about going from brunette to red this fall? Your tresses will need to be lightened with bleach or with a permanent color in order for the red to really pop. Once the dark artificial color is removed, your red color will need to process longer followed by a gloss to enhance the shine and dimensions. Glosses are semi-permanent color that packs alot of shine in the process. Ask your stylist about the right shade of red for your skin tone. Be sure to use color swatches placed on your arm or face to see how it compliments you. Going red requires careful formulation and correcting reds can be difficult.
Finally if you are wanting to go lighter this fall, remember that the best way to go lighter is to do it gradually. Your stylist should be able to tell you if the results can be done in one day or with multiple visits. Going a lot lighter can take its toll on your hair, so conditioning between appointments is a great way to add moisture back to your hair and build strength. Lightening your hair in stages is also a great way to experiment with different looks. You can have caramel highlights or honey tones during the in between stages. Going lighter can take up to six months so be patient and keep your hair healthy.
As with any color change, consider what is maintainable and suitable for your lifestyle. Will going darker or red require less upkeep? Will going blonde or pastel require too many toners and treatments? A consultation with your stylist should yield some answers that will help you decide which direction to go. Whether it be adding subtle dimensions to your current color or experimenting with a whole new look altogether, taking the time to understand the process required to achieve the desired look will help ensure your hair is healthy and vibrant throughout the year.
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