Are you thinking of trying hair color for the first time? Or, perhaps you’re ready for a change?
The hair stylists at Namaste Aveda hair salons in Denver know that any decision about hair color can be both exciting AND nerve-wrecking. This is especially true if you’re visiting a brand-new hair salon. Because there are so many options and you want to make certain that you get ideal results, this is not a decision to be made lightly.
The key is interaction with your hair stylist/colorist. It could seem “silly” but exploring your lifestyle (such as your profession, whether or not your have children, are you a homebody or frequent tourist, are you a “back to nature” type or “celeb wanna be” …), along with an honest discussion about how much maintenance will be called for and what it will cost is important! Explain, or show your colorist an image, of the look you’re after so he or she can describe the best solution(s).
It’s our job to make your choice of hair color and your appointment as stress-free as possible. We’ve created this post to respond to some of the concerns you may have prior to coming in for services.
Temporary color, which includes no ammonia and just a small percentage of peroxide, can only be used to darken hair. Over time, the shade fades to a translucent stain, but the roots have to be maintained to avoid a mismatched appearance. Temporary color is the least-damaging hair color procedure.
This type of color is excellent for covering grey; it can only darken hair, not lighten it. Again, the roots need to be maintained every 4 to 6 weeks. The formula consists of peroxide, but no ammonia.
Permanent hair color, which contains both peroxide and ammonia, can make hair darker or a couple of shades lighter, and offers superb coverage for gray. The color lasts until roots grow out, which then need to be retouched every 4 to 6 weeks.
This procedure includes using a semi-permanent shade on the hair for a brief time frame to darken hair a little or to change its tonality (as an example, transforming an ash blonde to a golden brownish shade). Clear glossing/glazing is also offered to add luster and shine to hair without changing the color. Glossing or glaze should be reapplied every couple of weeks.
Highlights, which involve the use of bleach or permanent color to lighten hair, are great for blending grays. The roots need to be touched up every three months.
Permanent or demi-permanent color is used to darken parts of lighter hair. Lowlights may additionally be used to mix or blend grays. Roots must be retouched on an as-needed basis – normally at least every three months.
A lightener (powder bleach) is hand-painted onto sections of hair to emphasize the lines and layers of a hairstyle. The color will grow out, and roots aren’t noticeable because the color isn’t applied as close to the roots as it is with other hair color processes.
Keeping Your Color
When your hair color begins to fade, it’s late to return it to its initial shade with color-enhancing shampoos and conditioners. That’s why we advise at-home maintenance from the start. The Aveda Color Conserve products are great – remember to take home some Color Conserve Daily Color Protect!
Be sure to protect your hair color by staying away from salt water, chlorine, and sunlight as much as possible. You may also want to wash your hair less frequently to help prolong the brilliance of your freshly-colored hair.