Slower is better
Your bound to need various appointments before being able to achieve your dream hair. Virgin hair may seem like an easy canvas to work on, yet virgin hair can be resistant to lifting to lighter shades and trying to bump it up too fast might only create damage. If it’s not virgin, a new lighter color on you is more of a corrective color and keeping the integrity of your hair is crucial throughout the entire process. Make sure your colorist adds bonder treatments to your chemicals, an advanced technology treatment that allows the bond of the hair to remain strong and repair during lightening services.
Patience and gloss
It is crucial that you understand the following: Like make-up, demi-permanent haircolors that are applied at the end of your highlighting visit as a “gloss”, are only that: demi-permanent. Glosses are intended to cover-up unwanted tones and to achieve your desired look. Among the most popular shades are toffee, caramel, honey, almond, vanilla, and platinum ice. Glosses have a duration of approximately 8 weeks, they fade out through hair washing and sun exposure. All haircolors above a medium brown will develop unwanted tones over time, even the lightest shades. Make sure to have realistic expectations and book your gloss services ahead of time, so you don’t forget and end up without the right “coverage”.
The best way to keep your ends healthy and prevent breakage is to prevent old and dry ends from splitting in the first place. Just like when you cut a thread and the ends of it start unraveling, yet the entire thread is in good condition, same applies to our hair. The ends of our hair are the most fragile part of our hair and they require the most attention. Aside from routine oil application, trimming your hair every 2-3 months is the best idea for your ends to stay healthy. It is proven, from experience, that hair actually grows out faster when this is put into practice. In conclusion, book a trim together with your glossing service. Make sure you’re seeing your colorist and stylist frequently in order to keep things in check!
More is More
Unlike fashion and makeup, where we’re taught that less is more, with haircare MORE IS MORE! Love your hair and it will love you back. The more intricate your at-home care regimen, the more likely your hair will be kept in beautiful condition. Finding your personal at-home care regimen is easy, just ask your colorist for their advice and let them help you create a step-by-step for you. Just like you visit a retail store to purchase make-up and have them “color-match” you, your colorist and stylist can create your customized hair-lovin’ regimen. You should be using at least 5 of the following: shampoo, conditioner, mask, leave-in conditioner, heat-protector, uv-protector, oil, dry shampoo, dry conditioner.
Professional Deep Conditioning Treatments
Adding cuticle-sealing professional-grade deep conditioning treatments, as part of your lightening budget is the way to go. Be prepared to get a professional-grade deep conditioning treatment to give your hair the most nourishment and to be able to say good-bye to your daily use of heat tools. Some of our favorites are the Hair Plastic Surgery, Hair Botox, and Keratine Treatment. Ask your stylist which one they recommend for you based on your needs and preferences. WARNING: These are professional-grade treatments, they’re meant to be performed by trained licensed professionals. If these treatments are not performed correctly, the heat tools utilized in the process can cause permanent damage to the cuticle and cortex of the hair, and it’s not possible to fix without giving your hair a big chop!