Hair Color FAQs: What You’ve Always Wanted To Ask Your Stylist

Dyeing one’s hair is actually an ancient practice, but it’s still a popular one. With 673,700 barbers, hair stylists, and cosmetologists currently working in the United States, there are a lot of Americans who are sporting hair colors that don’t reflect the hues they were born with. If you’re captivated by the idea of dyeing your hair a new color but aren’t exactly sure where to start — or have a million questions that are holding you back from booking an appointment at one of the hair salons in your area — you might want to check out some of the FAQs below. We know you’re just “dyeing” to know the answers!

Once I start coloring my hair, what will the upkeep be like?

The answer to this question depends on several factors, including the color you’ve chosen, the type of dye, the texture of your hair, the products you use on a regular basis, and how quickly your hair grows. Typically, a darker brown or medium blonde dye will last longer than a silver-gray or a red, as these tones fade faster. However, using color-safe, sulfate-free hair products will extend the life of your hair color and keep it looking fresh for a lot longer. If upkeep is a concern for you, be sure to ask your hair stylist about the particulars of the color and dye you’ve chosen before they start your service.

What’s the difference between semi-permanent, demi-permanent, and permanent color?

As their names suggest, these designations indicate how long a color will last. More specifically, semi-permanent dye will typically last for six to 12 washings. These dyes don’t contain peroxide, so they will fade rather than growing out. Demi-permanent dyes contain small amounts of peroxide and can last anywhere from three months to seven months. Permanent hair color lasts until the hair actually grows out and can produce more drastic results (i.e., significantly lightening naturally dark hair) than the other types of dyes mentioned here.

I’ve always wanted a certain hair color, but how do I know if it would look good on me?

Skin tone plays a key role here, as almost anyone can look good with a new hair color as long as the shade is a complementary one. If you want to go darker, wash your hair and see how your wet (read: darker) hair looks against your skin. You can also try out some wigs to see whether you might look good as a blonde or as a redhead. Your hair stylist is your best resource here, though. They’ll be able to ensure that the tone looks great on you from the get-go and that your hair stays healthy throughout this process.

If I’ve dyed my hair black, can I bleach it?

Your hair stylist will likely not recommend using bleach on hair that’s been permanently dyed black. Doing so can cause a lot of damage and breakage (or even hair loss in some cases). This may not be the case 100% of the time, but it’s definitely something you need to consult a professional about. More than likely, you’ll need to grow out the black dye before embracing a lighter hue. Your hair stylist may be able to use a gloss to restore shine or another semi-permanent dye to create some highlights that won’t cause damage but can bring some other tones back into your hair.

Can I dye my hair if I’m pregnant?

Yes, as long as your hair stylist knows not to use any potentially harmful chemicals and to keep the hair color away from your scalp. Highlights are typically recommended in lieu of a full coloring. Be sure to talk with your salon beforehand to ensure everyone’s on the same page before booking your appointment.

We hope this FAQ post has cleared up any lingering questions you may have had about hair dye. Always be sure to enlist the help of a professional stylist for any and all hair coloring. This is one time to skip the DIY and go straight to the experts! We’d love to help you achieve your ideal ‘do. Contact us today for more.

Keeping Your Curls Happy: Tips to Follow Between Salon Visits

salonsRoughly 54% of women agree that they’re their own worst critics when it comes to their personal appearance. Some might even believe that they can never recreate the magic that happens in their hair salons, particularly if they’ve struggled with unruly curls for their entire lives. But your curly hair is unique and beautiful — just like you. You just might need a crash course in how to keep your curls happy and healthy between appointments with your stylist. Here are a few tips you’ll want to keep in mind for your tresses.

    • Put down the brush
      Curl care rule number one: never use a brush. You’ll never see one used at hair salons for curly-haired clients. Brushes are fine for those with stick-straight locks, but a brush is not a curly-haired gal’s friend. Using a brush will lead to breakage and disruption of your natural curl pattern. If you need to detangle your hair in the shower when you apply your conditioner, stick to your fingers or a wide-tooth comb. And don’t comb through it at all once you rinse. You’ll find your hair will be a lot easier to control (read: less frizzy and wild) if you say “see ya” to your brush.
    • Stay sulfate-free
      You might have heard from hair stylists or even TV advertisements about how shampoos with sulfates can harm your hair. This is especially true for those with naturally curly hair, as sulfates will strip the natural oils from your hair and make it dry. Sulfate-free shampoos, on the other hand, will lock moisture in and restore shine.

 

    • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
      Speaking of moisture, curly hair needs a lot of it. It’s the essential component to keep your curls feeling and looking healthy and gorgeous. Limit your use of heating products, hydrate your curls with one of our amazing Kevin Murphy products, and perk up your curls throughout the day using Kevin Murpy UN.TANGLED. And never use a terrycloth towel to dry your hair! Whenever possible, air dry your curls or use a microfiber towel instead.

 

  • Sleep on satin
    Our stylists will have recommended high-quality shampoos, conditioners, and styling products to you in the past. They will have also shared with you how your choice in pillow case can make a difference for your curls. A satin pillowcase is much better for curls and will ensure you don’t wake up with bedhead. It’ll also protect your hair from breakage and other damage (plus, your skin will look amazing!)

Another great way to keep your curls in prime shape? Head to hair salons on the regular to get a trim — and make sure your stylist is well-versed in cutting curly hair. To find out more about how our salon team can help spring your curls into action and improve your self-confidence in the process, contact us today.

Introducing: Bedroom Hair

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We are so excited about this new product from Kevin Murphy!! The lived-in look is very current, and this ultra light texturizing hairspray will create post-nap, sexy hair with just the right amount of volume and texture without feeling heavy. BEDROOM.HAIR created that perfectly messy, “I woke up like this” hair — think messy, sexy, groomed hair with texture and movement.

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Perfect for all hair textures and types, BEDROOM.HAIR contains lightweight ingredients to provide pliable hold for your natural wave and curl in the lightest way possible. Containing a trio of hero ingredients including Camellia Leaf Extract, Sunflower Seed Extract, and Ginger Root Extract to condition, protect and strengthen your hair without weighing it down, BEDROOM.HAIR offers a soft, shiny finish to help you maintain a perfectly imperfect, disheveled texture.

 

 

How to Avoid Halloween Beauty Blunders

We recently were asked by the Today Show how to avoid Halloween hair hijinks!

You can read the full article here, and below is an excerpt:

“If you get glitter stuck to your scalp, try using a clarifying shampoo such as Kevin Murphy Maxi Wash. This often does the trick for my clients. Gently massage the scalp with the shampoo to break up any glitter that has affixed to your scalp,” said Jonathan Elkhouri, master stylist and owner of Salon Khouri in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. If you are attempting any hair looks that defy gravity using wire (like Pippi Longstocking or Dr. Seuss’ Whoville characters), be sure to use a coated wire such as a pipe cleaner or wired-ribbon. If your hair gets stuck in one of the wires, apply a generous amount of conditioner onto the knot and gently work out the tangle, Elkhouri suggests. The conditioner will make the hair slippery enough to detangle the wire from the hair.