Have you ever wanted bright, out of this world hair? From magazines to social media, colorful hair is filling the world around us. And why not? It’s fun, exciting and out of the box. What does it take to get it? Sadly, when it comes to fantasy colors, it’s not a once and done ordeal. It takes time, money and sacrifice to achieve your dream, but that’s not a reason to shy away from working towards your goal. Here’s an explanatory guide to a whole different world of hair color and what it takes to take your hair to the next level.
Fantasy colors are no joke and most of them take several trips to the salon before you’re ready to finally dye your hair the color you’re looking for. The reason for this is that hair is unique and what’s on the surface is not what’s underneath. For example, when you start to lighten black or dark brown hair, you’re going to see red right away. Eventually, red will become red-orange, and then yellow all the way until your hair is a pale yellow. With all of this lightening, your hair is going to take some beating. This is important to keep in mind when thinking about dying your hair an unnatural shade. How long it will take depends on numerous of factors including: if you’ve dyed your hair before, how dark your hair is and the integrity of your hair. The only way to know for sure what to expect is to book a consultation with your XEX Stylist so they can evaluate your hair and map out the steps to take to get you to where you want to be.
With all the time you’ll be spending in the salon, expect to put some money towards it. Like every good investment, bright hair isn’t cheap. Think of it this way: an average highlight appointment can take anywhere from 2 ½ to 3 hours. That’s a long time to sit in the chair, but it’s what it takes to get a beautiful result. As mentioned earlier, don’t expect to get there in a day. For example, it’s normal for someone who is working their way to pastel hair to be in and out of the salon a few times, spending a couple of hours there each time. Depending on how long your stylist thinks it will take, the price can be a little more than you anticipated. Luckily, these appointments are spaced out to allow your hair ample time to rejuvenate before the next lightening. During your consultation, your stylist should be able to give you a ballpark of the price, but keep in mind that hair is unpredictable, so the price may fluctuate.
One of the main concerns when taking the plunge is that you’re going to leave the salon with brassy hair. This isn’t necessarily the case. First of all, yes, you will be orange before you’re a pale yellow and that’s okay! The darker the hair, the more pigment there is that has to be lifted underneath the surface. The good thing is, you don’t have to leave orange. Your stylist is there to make you feel beautiful every time you’re sitting in their chair. Talk to them about what your options are for in between appointments. Most of the time, a stylist will be able to help make sure that your color is beautiful when you leave the salon. Now, it may not be what you originally were looking for (you’ll get to hot pink soon enough!), but it will be something that looks good and won’t have you wearing hats until your next service. So, yes, you will be orange before you’re pale yellow, but, no, you won’t have to walk around like that if you don’t want to. Keep in mind, asking your stylist to make sure your hair isn’t an unsightly, brassy tone does require more time and more products which will cost you more. Make sure to bring any concern you have to your consultation so your stylist knows what you’re expecting.
No, your hair won’t fall out if you know how to take care of it. This is where your stylist’s knowledge of products and treatments comes into play. The more you lighten your hair, the more likely your ends will have some sort of damage. This is inevitable. However, if you take care of your hair and allow your stylist to trim the ends after every- or every other- appointment, then you should be fine. When you’re in the lightening process, get a good, sulfate free shampoo. Keratin Complex’s Blondeshell shampoo and conditioner is perfect for this! Not only is it moisturizing and sulfate free, but this shampoo is designed to help remove and tone down yellow tones in blonde hair. If you’re starting with dark hair, Aveda’s Blue Malva shampoo and conditioner will help with brassy tones. As for deep conditioning treatments, MoroccanOil carries a reconstructive treatment mask, designed to help moisturize and strengthen damaged ends. Everyone’s hair is unique and your stylist is the perfect person to discuss which products would give you the best results and help maintain strong hair.