I had a family filled weekend and it was really great...
But I'm feeling some guilt and I need to share it with you!On Sunday evening I was seriously craving some
CREAMY MILK CHOCOLATE...
I just happen to live VERY close to a Shoppers so I threw on one of my BF's massive sweatshirts over a pair of leggings and pulled my pink little rain boots on and ventured over...
As I stood in the Candy aisle I could hear 2 young girls in the "Home Hair Dye" aisle, discussing which colour they should "do."
As a Professional Hair Stylist, I could tell by over hearing their convo that their home hair dying idea was going to be a major disaster!
I felt like it was my duty to try and help them to prevent their hair from going GREEN, or even worse a causing a CHEMICAL HAIR CUT! *a chemical cut is NEVER pretty!
Only problem is, I didn't want to come across as a creeper... I'm also kinda shy in these situations!
By the time I built up the courage to walk up to them to give some guidance, they had already decided on what they were going to purchase and were at the till... I figured - Perfect timing, I need to cash out too, I will get in line behind them and make small talk about it.
So there I am in line and the cashier says to the 2 girls, "Optimum Card?" they handed it over and continued their excited conversation... I tried to get their attention by giving them a smile and wave but they just looked at me like I was insane... I felt SO stupid!
They ran out out of the store SO quickly in excitement, before I got a chance to really get there attention and help them out!
I FEEL SOOOOO GUILTY!
I can only imagine what has happened to their hair...
So here is my way of rectifying my lack of persistence in helping these 2 young girls... I hope they held off on colouring that night and somehow stumble upon this post!
Okay, as a salon owner this post is TOTALLY bad for business but it needs to be done!
I have a few issues with home hair dye kits but I understand that for some, the price and ease of using something at home is more appealing than going to a salon.
A few guide lines for doing your own colour!
Colouring Virgin Hair:
- I suggest using a temporary colour. Using a temp will make it easier to change your colour when you get bored.
- Temp colours, NO MATTER WHAT THE BOX SAYS, are only temp if it is a DARKER colour than your natural!
- Any time you lighten your hair, it is permanent! You are REMOVING pigment from your hair rather than ADDING pigment to your hair.
- If you have VERY dark hair naturally and are trying to lighten your hair be VERY careful with what you choose to use. Naturally dark hair has a high concentration of red undertones whether you see them or not! If you lighten the hair with a product that is "warm" in colour than you are adding even more red, orange, yellow tonality as you lift the darkness out! This can result in a brassy colour.
Colouring Non-Virgin Hair:
- Colour CAN NOT remove colour! This means, if you are trying to lighten your previously coloured hair, you can NOT do it with a lighter colour of hair dye. You will have to use a LIGHTENING system. *When you come to the hair salon, we lighten your hair and then TONE it with a TONER. (A blue toner to remove yellow and orange tones leaving the hair neautral, a honey or warm toner to even out the lightened hair leaving it warm and sandy, or a COLOURED toner to cover any inconsistencies in the hair shaft with a lighter but still not BLONDE colour.) You can do this at home by purchasing the lightening system and ALSO a box of dye in your DESIRED colour. This way, if you lighten your hair and it isn't even, you can use the box of DESIRED colour to dye it to that colour.
- Going Darker is hard to mess up!
There is a LOT more to the science of colouring, but this post is getting LONG. I am always here to help, so feel free to ask questions!
If you really love your hair, see a hair stylist - they generally know how to colour your hair the best way with the least amount of damage!
Hope this helps!Xo