More expert advice from Anne Veck….
Being creative with your hair colour can quickly become a disaster if you constantly change it and use harsh hair dye (containing more ammonia and bleach). Try to stay as close to your natural hair hue as possible. And if you want to go for something more unusual and edgy, stick to a professional hairstylist as he/she will know how to do it appropriately without damaging your hair. The little extra you pay for makes the whole difference!
HOW the experts will persuade you not to do your own colour…this is what our stylists will tell you and its true.
When home colour does come up, acknowledge that the ingredients are similar, but home colour is created with no idea who is going to use it. So, to work adequately for a wide variety of women with various hair colors and types, it’s harsher, with a higher developer volume than you would use. This way, a woman with light brown and dark
brown hair can use the same product. But they won’t get the same results, no one will get what’s shown on the box and if a woman already has colour, there’s no predicting what will happen. Also mention:
1. The model in the photo on the box did not do her own colour!
2. Home colour can’t account for hair texture or condition. Porosity, curl and more can greatly effect colour results and hair health. Ask: “Would you use harsh detergents and hot water on every fabric you own?”
3. Application is extremely important. Even a “simple” root retouch can be messy to do yourself, and if you overlap the colour, you can get dry ends and colour build-up. Then, you’ll have dark ends and grey that still shows at the roots.
4. Ammonia-free doesn’t mean chemical free, and home colour could use a large percentage of an ammonia substitute.
5. Ask your client if she understands the “base” of a colour product, underlying pigment, and how to avoid getting orange when “just making brown hair lighter.” Explain, this really is chemistry that you studied during your training.
6. You can’t really get a dimensional look from box colour. The grey coverage client is most likely to use home colour, so explain your choices and the potential pitfalls, and offer easy, affordable options.
For more about hair colouring at Anne Veck salons visit http://www.anneveckhair.com/colouring.html