You never met a hair color you didn’t love. You’ve done balayage, burgundy, rose gold and unicorn hair color. But what you don’t love is after investing time and money, your hair color doesn’t seem to last. There’s no denying that hair color does fade over time. But it’s also possible to stretch out the life of your hair color with certain strategies. Here are 10 ways to make your hair color last longer.
1. Tone it With Color Balancing Shampoos and Conditioners
Fading is one problem we face with our hair color. Yellowing or brassiness can be another. Now you can adjust the tone of your hair periodically at home. Use a purple shampoo to eliminate yellowing if your hair is blonde or silver. Use a blue-violet shampoo to deposit pigments that will banish brassiness in your dark blonde and light brown highlights. Your pristine hair color will look better, longer.
2. Use a Shampoo For Colored Hair
Shampooing your color treated hair is unavoidable, but it’s also the number one thing that causes your hair color to fade. The solution? Pick a gentle shampoo that’s made for color-treated hair. Look for formulas that are free of sulfates and salts—both of which can strip away hair color before its time. It should also be low pH, paraben-free, and moisturizing shampoo. Using a color protecting or color safe shampoo will help your hair color go the distance.
3. Shampoo Less Often
See above. Since shampooing leads to premature color fading, it makes sense that shampooing less frequently prolongs the life of your hair color. Fortunately, you have a few options aside from sporting dirty hair. You can stretch the period between shampoos with a dry shampoo, which will absorb oil and debris and freshen up your hair overall. Or, you could switch out your regular shampoo with a cleansing conditioner that’s low in detergents and free of sulfates, silicones and parabens. It will cleanse your hair and hair color gently.
4. Moisturize Hair More
Dry hair is the enemy of hair color. If your hair is dry, it’s probably damaged. If your hair is damaged, it means the hair structure is out of alignment, which prevents the hair color from remaining within the hair shaft. Instead, the disrupted outer layer allows the hair dye molecules to slip away more easily every time you shampoo your hair. So moisturize your hair like crazy. Use a rich conditioner designed for color treated hair every time you shampoo. Indulge your thirsty hair with a big drink by using deep-conditioning hair masks for color-treated hair once or twice a week. You can even create a nighttime moisturizing hair treatment by working a hair treatment oil through your hair and securing it in a high topknot before bed.
5. Hair Glaze It
A semi-permanent or demi-permanent hair glaze will help seal in your hair color, and at the same time, produce amazing hair shine. You can opt for a color glaze that will amplify or tone your hair color, or a clear hair glaze that will simply protect your hair. Hair glazes wash out after six or eight shampoos, so you should re-glaze every time you’re in the salon for a hair color touchup.
6. Turn Down the Heat on Hair
Thermal styling tools like blow dryers and hair styling irons open up the cuticle of your hair shaft, and when they do, bye-bye hair color. The hotter the hair tool, the faster your hair color may fade. If you have fine hair, your thermal tools should be set at a lower temperature regardless of whether you color your hair, and if you do color your hair, it’s a must. Thicker hair requires more heat from a hot tool, but try to keep the temperature as low as you can to achieve your blowout, curling or smoothing hair goals.
7, Try Heatless Hairstyles
To really give your hair color a break, skip the hair dryers and hair irons altogether. Your hair color will thank you, and so will the planet. Luckily, heatless hairstyles are all the rage right now. Simply apply a heatless hair styling cream to your damp hair, wind it into a bun, or into a few buns if your hair is thick, let it dry and bam! Beautiful, soft beach waves without heat.
8. Stay Out of the Pool
Chlorine and other pool chemicals are also major buzzkills for hair color. It only takes one dip that turns your hair green for a blonde to stay out of the water forever! If you are committed to the benefits of regular laps (we know, it’s great cardio) take preventive measures. Before you dive in, first saturate your hair with water. This will prevent hair strands from soaking up the chlorine-laden pool water. Next, coat your hair with a thick hair serum, hair treatment oil or conditioning hair mask. Then cover it with a latex or silicone swim cap. Finally, when you’re done swimming, head directly to the shower and shampoo and condition your hair to remove any chlorine that may have attached itself to your hair.
9. Use a Color Protector Hair SprayAnother way to prevent color-treated hair from losing its luster is to apply a leave-in, shine-enhancing spray to damp hair before styling. It willpolish and illuminate your hair color. If your hair texture is thick or coarse, add more hair spray once you’ve styled your hair.
This week I’ve chosen a beautiful creative color to talk about called magenta ombre. This is an amazing color. Leaving your roots natural (a medium to dark brown) and blended a magenta red into the ends. The magenta lightens the hair at the same time as coloring it so that means there is no need for bleach! Perfect for keeping your hair in great condition, or on hair that is a little more fragile and you don’t want to bleach it. As you can see it turns out pretty vibrant even on quite dark hair. It is also fairly well lasting. Being an ombre (where the color is only on the mid lengths and ends), this look suits almost everybody!
NO ROOTS! Yay! However, being a vibrant color, it does fade on the ends after a couple of weeks. You can either come in for a toner and brighten it back up or a better and cheaper option is using Evo Fabuloso in Red, used once a week it will brighten it back up again.
You will need a salon shampoo & conditioner so the color isn’t stripped out in the wash (reds always fade faster anyway so you don’t need to help this along with a supermarket shampoo). Also a heat protection like Davines All In One Milk will be amazing. It does everything (hence the name) but most importantly protects from heated tools and UV rays…the number one hair colour stripper!
Who will it suit?
This color is pretty versatile as the majority is mostly away from your face with the bright bits being down the end of the hair. Being a pink based color it might not be great for someone who has very flushed cheeks but those with just rosy cheeks can get away with it. It also looks great if you have pale skin. It is perfect if you have GREEN or BLUE eyes as it really makes them ‘pop’ (brings out the color).
What to wear?
This probably wouldn’t be the best color or you if you wear a lot of reds or oranges as the color will clash, and not in a good way! Having said that, if you really love this color because the color is down the ends, you can always get around it by wearing your hair up in a cute bun so your hair isn’t near your clothing. As with eye color, this color looks great on blue or green or any darker colored clothing.
I'm so sad at tonight's events. My heartfelt prayers and thoughts are with the victims and their families.
TRANSITIONING TO GRAY HAIR AFTER YEARS OF TINTING
When a client says these magic words: “I’m Done!” – as in, “I’m done coloring my hair every two to six weeks (and never really liking the results anyway!)” -I know she is ready to transition. More and more women these days are deciding to go natural and embrace, and even enhance, their gray hair. I see women in their early thirties with very few gray hairs to older women with completely white hair, and every combination in between, come in and say, “I’m Done!”
After making the decision, however, many find it frustrating and challenging to wait up to two years, depending on the length of the hair, for the gray to completely grow in. I get it; the in-between stage of half-gray and half-tinted is not a flattering look. But cutting the hair short does not have to be an option!
Transitioning to gray hair does not have to be a long, drawn-out process with ugly or unwanted color. I can transition you in one to three visits depending on the lightness or darkness of your existing color. Each time you leave my studio, your hair will be beautiful and more natural-looking with platinum, silver, or white strands. And if it does take two to three visits for the transition, the visits are months apart, allowing your hair to grow and blend before I may need to adjust it further.
All I need is one month of growth to start the transition (longer is great but not necessary), enough to see your natural gray pattern. After determining the amount of white verses dark hair, and where it is on the head, I will follow that pattern by applying an appropriate amount of white strands to the length of the hair, creating a balance of light and dark so the hair will grow in without a line of demarcation. If you’ve been coloring your hair light brown or dark blonde the transition can be accomplished in just one visit!
Whatever time it takes for your hair to grow in fully, your journey will be pleasurable and easy, and you will love every stage. Every client I have helped transition has been amazed and thrilled with the results!
“Are You Done?”
White, silver, and platinum used to be considered hair color tones worn only by grandmothers. Not anymore! Today these tones are very much in style, and work great on all age groups. White, silver, platinum, and pewter – or “cool” tones – are all rich, modern, high fashion tones that complement almost every color wardrobe. Silver and platinum jewelry looks young, bright and fresh on nearly everyone, so why not hair color? In fact, as our hair starts to gray, our skin tones change as well, allowing these shades to complement the complexion rather than contrast with it. However, graying hair is not limited to people over forty or fifty, it’s also experienced by young adults in their teens and twenties, and, with the right treatment, can look gorgeous on anyone.
Cooler tones work best when blended with or used to enhance existing gray. To achieve this, I can do anything from adding just a few strands of platinum or silver to enhance your existing gray or silver all the way to giving you a full head of platinum, or any combination in between. Embracing your gray does not have to be boring or aging, but fun, liberating and exciting! If you’ve been covering up those pesky grays and not liking the results, it’s time to rethink your hair color. I can help you transition from flat one-dimensional color to vibrant, cool tones of silver, platinum, white, and pewter, which will ultimately work better for you and your lifestyle.
After I complete your transition, I can help keep your color looking fantastic by giving the hair whatever it needs – a color glaze to eliminate yellow tones and add shine, or adding platinum or silver strands to brighten certain key areas, especially around the face. I can also add dark strands to areas such as the nape and back to create a more dramatic contrast. Whatever it takes to make the hair look beautiful! Everyone I have helped transition has absolutely loved the results!
Are you ready to be “cool”?
The American Wave System, created by Master Stylist Nick Arrojo, is a new and exclusive wave and texture enhancing system that creates a range of customized hair textures and lengths, from cascading beauty waves to full-blown curls.
“The American Wave was born to create soft, natural-looking waves and curl patterns for today’s style-conscious consumer,” explains Nick. "Clients with all hair types are eligible for the American Wave. The formula lasts for three months and works with many permanent and demi-permanent hair colors.
American Wave is THIO and AMMONIA FREE, positively charged (so it attracts to the hair shaft, rather than repel it), and uses modern ionic technology. It means the product gently seeps into the hair shaft without causing dryness, damage or unpleasant odors while creating a mélange of textures. The system uses a combination of ‘soft tools’ to reduce the stress on the hair, as well as a specialized lotion that reconditions the hair for a smoother cuticle and natural wave movement.
Clients with all hair type are eligible for American Wave. The treatment is not suitable for hair highlighted beyond 25 percent. Accordingly, a consultation is recommended for anyone with lightened hair.
The American Wave can be customized for a range of hair textures and lengths including:
The Beach Wave: Arrojo stylists like myself, use a vertical drag soft tool technique to marry straight and wavy textures to create beach waves.
Style Support: For clients with fine and/or straight hair, Style Support uses a new spin on soft tool wrapping techniques. It adds volume and texture to hair that lacks life and vitality by creating a resilient consistent wave.
Expanded Curls: For those with curly hair, Texture Specialists use a round soft tool wrapping technique to create buoyant and resilient waves and curls.
Melting is a technique that blends the highlights with the base color of the hair so you don’t have any harsh lines. it's usually done with 3 or more colors, melting them together very gradually. It doesn’t necessarily have to go only from dark to light, but can be any combination of colors melting together.
Unlike the bold transitional color that ombre brings, and the strategically placed highlights balayage creates, color melting is all about a smoother process that creates a more gradual and natural blending effect. So gradual, in fact, you can't even tell where one color begins and another ends from roots to end.
The difference between this and regular highlights is that you use multiple shades to create the ‘melted’ effect. Instead of creating that ombré look with normal highlights, melting uses an assortment of hues close in tone to create a blurring (or melting) effect. This makes any hair color appear as if it grew naturally out of your scalp. I'm getting many referrals this year using this technique. It's becoming very popular in Las Vegas.
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Getting past the bouncer's velvet ropes may not be your biggest challenge when going out for an evening of clubbing. While you may have the perfect slinky dress, to-die-for stilettos and sensationally shimmering lip gloss, your hairstyle may be the biggest feat. With a little imagination and a little inspiration, you can sport a winning look that will give you hours of flair for your night on the town. Visit me from 5 to 9 pm on Friday or Saturday early evening for my signature blowout! (average blowout 30 mins)
Get ready to be Blown Away!
I will start out with a luxurious shampoo and conditioning (throw in a scalp massage while you’re at it!). Then I sit down with you for a mini-consult, to understand the look you desire. Then we go to work…using blow dryers (hence the name), brushes, straighteners, and curling irons to shape your hair to perfection.
Why should I get a blowout?
When you’re on the go and don’t have a lot of time or ability to achieve perfectly polished and smooth hair, there is nothing like the convenience of my professional blowout.
Come in between 5- 9 pm Friday or Saturday night
This is also a great opportunity to meet me and discuss your hair. A blowout can be an integral part of getting to know you, your wants and most importantly your expectations on future cuts, style and color.
The new season is here, and everyone is ready for a change. It’s time for some new clothes, new colors and a new spring hairstyle. But just how much “change” does spring call for? Something subtle or something more drastic? This could depend on the shape of a person’s face.
The four main face shapes are round, long, oval and square, each with their own distinct features. Which face shape looks the best with this year’s styles and trends? Keep reading to find out. This article will highlight some of the trendiest haircuts for 2017 that will go perfect with any face shape. For a new, trendy haircut this season, think messy, think long and think blowouts. Here’s a look forward for the season’s hottest hairstyles this spring.
Round Faces: Flaunt the Forehead
The features of a round face are a rounded chin, slightly outward face curve and wide cheekbones. For women with a round face, consider long layers that help to elongate the face. The forehead is the one of the best facial features on a woman with a round face, so it’s recommended to part the hair down the middle to show it off. Otherwise, go with a shaggy pixie haircut to show off other features, like gorgeous eyes. All it takes is the right haircut and the right volumizing products. Emma Stone, Adele and Jennifer Lawrence all have round faces that can help inspire this year’s look.
Long Faces: The Face of a Queen
This spring think long, like Rapunzel long, or at least Kim Kardashian waist-length long with hair extensions or wigs. A long face is regal, has high cheekbones and is longer than it is wide. Besides super long hair this spring, women with long faces look great with textured bangs and trendy full-fringe haircuts at any length past the chin. Other celebrities with long faces include Victoria Beckham, Meryl Streep and Courtney Cox.
Oval Faces: Anything Goes
The oval face is versatile and can try out haircuts like most people try on clothes. The features of an oval face shape include a slighter wider forehead than the chin, which is typically soft and curved. Think Oprah Winfrey, Tina Fey and Salma Hayek. For an oval face, the best 2017 haircut is a textured bob that starts at the chin or a longer, messy bob for a more trendy, modern look.
Square Faces: Fit for a Princess
The best 2017 spring hairstyle for a square face is a feminine cut with loads of volume that is just past the shoulders. Think Princess Kate, Lady Gaga and Natalie Portman. What women with square faces have in common is a face that is as long as it is wide, a minimal curve to the jaw line and the sides of the face are straight. Getting a blowout will make a haircut softer and fuller, while helping to draw attention away from the chin.
Let’s face it. The hardest part about finding a new hairdresser is finding someone who just gets it. They understand your frustrations about how your hair has to be cut a certain way or else it won’t lay perfectly. The way your cowlick always seems to render your bangs unbearable. The texture and how it always seems to frizz up, flyaway or fall down after two minutes. That gift of really understanding your hair’s tendencies and abilities is priceless when it comes to finding a good hairdresser… and it’s often the difference between whether you leave loving your hair or whether you need a good cry after an appointment.
My hair is fine and thin, so you could say I specialize in that hair type. I know what it’s like first thing in the morning, how it responds to all different types of products and I know exactly what it will do in any climate. I know my hair type inside and out and there are no surprises when it come to taming, teasing and tailoring it on anyone. I want every woman to know what works best for her strands so that she can embrace her style with confidence and ease and unfortunately, there hasn’t been a whole lot of help for myself and my fine-haired friends.
So here’s the first part of two meant to help you better understand your hair. Fine-haired girls, this is for you!
It’s Sunday morning and I’m working? Yup. I have a new client coming in soon …Color correction… Ouch! She used a supermarket hair color. Good for me I guess.
I came in early to set up and I have some spare time. So here are some random thoughts about my life as a stylist, mother and I am proud to say ….. I recently became a grandmother!
I may work a Sunday or two but Mondays I babysit my grandson all day. His name is Chance and at six months of life he is so adorable. I look forward to my Monday's with him so much. I treasure the time knowing he won’t be so small for very long.
My husband says to me that “we” should “retire” to Mexico and set up a “nice little salon next to the beach”…..Excuse me? Let me get this straight, He gets to retire next to the beach and I keep working?
My son is graduating high school this week and wants to join the Navy. I’m happy but sad at the same time. How the time has flown…
I’m reading my website data from Google. Yes, this is a homemade website. It's not a professional layout but I am getting better. Google analytics claims 68% of the people that hit my site are mobile users. WOW…I don’t know what the national average is but that sure seems high.
Many that visit my studio that come from the website ask about Bitcoin because they notice the Bitcoin icon on the bottom of each page. I’m one of the few in this industry that accept Bitcoin as payment. I’m not really into the cryptocurrency thing but it is fascinating to me to participate in its growth. Most clients that pay me in Bitcoin are tourists visiting Vegas. They come in and they talk about it.... I listen lol….I really should learn more about it. I understand the basics, the blockchain (the digital assets network that host bitcoin) and I’m getting to be a pro at currency exchange. I also keep some just to monitor the wild volatility swings. Like the internet itself, It is definitely a disruptive technology. Is it the future of money? I don’t know but it is cool that there are no transaction fees, none, zero. only a small 1% conversion rate. Much less expensive than credit card and banking fees and I don't have to wait 3-4 days unlike conventional digital currency transactions.
Back to work. My client is here and I gotta run. Work work work..... I'll pretend I'm working on a beach in Mexico lol
Using a razor helps to enable more swing and movement in hair styles; a modern, jagged, disheveled line; the ability to redefine the texture of the hair; thinning out thicker textures; short, messy, and undone hair styles; and beautiful soft-shaped layers. When curly hair is cut short, the cuts should be made with the natural curl rather than against it.
.For me, razor cuts versus scissor cuts means different cutting techniques. The hair is held differently and cut using different motions. These techniques require practice to master. The razor can be used for the entire cut, or simply to soften and texturize the hair once it has been initially cut using scissors.
For you, the results are the biggest difference between the two cutting methods. The hairstyles achieved with razor cuts tend to be smoother and softer looking. In many ways the look is more organic, without clearly defined layering or weight lines.
This technique of cutting gives diverse shapes as well as off balance to your haircut. It is growing to become one of the most asked for looks for 2016 so far. Don’t miss out on this trend that will give your cut that little bit of edge to set you apart from the rest.
Having a consultation is a very important step when visiting any salon, especially when it’s for a DRASTIC cut or complete color change! Here, I list the reasons why I suggest you have a consultation and what you can expect.....
1. It is important for me to look at your hair in its natural state. This will help me see the texture of your hair, if it is dry, oily, fine etc.
2. Speak up! When I ask you about your lifestyle, make sure you speak up and provide me with as much information as possible. It is important that you explain any medication you are taking, if you have any illnesses that affect your hair and if you are allergic to any hair treatments or products.
3. During your consultation, I may suggest a patch test. A patch test is only necessary for color treatments. A patch test is important to ensure your skin does not react with the brand of color I may use on you. A patch test needs to be carried out at least 24-48hrs before your color appointment.
4. Bring along pictures of hairstyles and colors that you like and dislike, this will give me an idea of the type of look you desire.
5. If I have concerns about the condition of your hair or recommend products that will improve your hair…take my advice! My main concern is the health of your hair! Cuts and or color look much better with healthy hair.
A proper consultation is an integral part of getting to know you, your wants and most importantly, your expectations. Call me during the day or text me anytime to set up a free one-on-one consultation.
Your hair matters to me, schedule today.
When you look and feel like number one,
Then my job is fun....
1) Box Color = Unpredictable Results
Let’s face it.
9 times out of 10 your hair color will not look like what you see on the box.
C’mon, did you really think Eva Longoria slapped on some $8 box dye and called it day? No, she went to her stylist before L’Oreal paid her for that photoshoot.
Additionally, most box color users did not attend cosmetology school, and lack what we in the business call the “laws of color.” You probably can’t differentiate between color levels, read a color wheel or even select the right developer.
And guess what?
We don’t expect you to! There are many reasons why you must attend cosmetology school and be licensed to work with hair, and the aforementioned topics are just the tip of the iceberg. Not only does a lack of knowledge make at-home box color unpredictable, it’s the quality of the product itself (more on that later). For now, repeat after us:
Box color is more like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.
2) One Size Does Not Fit All
So, let’s think about this logically.
Box color is formulated so everyone and anyone can use it.
However, not everyone’s hair type, condition or color are even remotely the same. In fact, most box dyes are formulated with maximum amounts of pigment and ammonia, so it’s able to work on most people. This unnecessary overload of ingredients wreak havoc on hair health and increase your likelihood of allergic reactions.
And no, an ammonia-free box color doesn’t mean healthier hair – the best ammonia-free hair color is found in salons.
Trust us, a hair color formula meant to cover grey is wildly different than someone who wants to “go blonde.” You both should not be using the same product.
Customization is key to achieving your healthiest, happiest color.
3) Dimension? Forget it
Box color contains just one formula.
And applying it to your whole head will give you just that – one boring, flat color. Unless your have some pre-existing color or highlights, then you may end up with orange roots, red mids and pink highlights! But that’s not the type of color dimension you were looking for, right?
Most Hair Stylists will use multiple blends of colors and formulas along with strategic placements to achieve your look. Also, different formulations will call for different developer strengths and processing times.
Is your head spinning, yet?
If so, hopefully it’s in the direction of your nearest hair salon and not the box color aisle at Wal-Mart.
4) Ombre in a box? Pastel hair color in a box? Don’t you do it!
We already had our little talk about dimension, which leads us right into lightening services.
As if normal box hair color wasn’t bad enough, now companies are encouraging you to think you can achieve pastel hair color in “one application!” The reality is you’ll likely need to pre-lighten multiple times before achieving fashion tones like lavender and pink. We’re talking bleach for days and damage for years, so please don’t do lightening services at home!
Lightening at home is by far the most damaging, risky thing you could do to your hair.
And no, a highlighting cap will not save you from cheetah spots or hair that is breaking off by the time you wash it.
The reality of these color trends is they must be done by a licensed professional. Even most ombres use a blend of techniques from hand painting to micro highlighting. This type of application can simply not be done without experience.
If you bring one of these fun fashion tones to your stylist not only will the be able to lighten your hair in the least damaging way possible, but also give you tools to make it last!
5) That $10 Box Color Won’t Feel That Affordable After a $300 Color Correction
So, you decided not to listen to the other 4 reasons because you still think you know best.
Well, orange you the hair expert?
We say orange, because that’s often the color your hair will turn when attempting to color (especially lighten) with box color. Don’t spend $10 on box color, then $300 on a color correction.