Have you ever gone to the salon excited about getting your hair colored only to leave feeling ok about it? Then you go out that night and not one single person notices your “new look”. Don’t get me wrong I think it can be a good thing when color looks so natural and seamless that it’s virtually unnoticeable. However, most days when we are spending 100+ we want to see a small change at the very least. Here are a few ways you can take control of your hair color experience and get the results you are looking for.
ONE: Do your research. Find a salon that values education and is passionate about the services they are performing. Here are a few I recommend
St.louis- Matthew Robert color + design
Tampa- Shear Art Salon and Spa
Spring Hill, FL- Loft 352
Allentown, PA- Revive
Bethlehem PA- Patrick McIvor color studio
Philadelphia- Hush salon
Toronto- The Alcorn
TWO: Arrive on time! A professional colorist has a tight schedule. Being even 15 minutes late can completely ruin their schedule and it leaves less time to perfect your look. Be considerate.
THREE: Coloring “dirty” hair does not result in good hair color. Product build up and natural oils can stand in the way of your new color. It is best to arrive with clean dry hair. If your salon offers a clarifying service be sure to book this before your next appointment for optimal results.
FOUR: Bring pictures and be specific. At Matthew Robert we have an entire wall of up to date inspiration pictures. This allows us to point out overall looks or tones/ colors that our guest love or hate. If your salon doesn’t have an inspiration wall be sure to bring your own pictures. It’s always great to have a visual of what the guest really wants. What is red to you may be gold to me.
FIVE: Protect your color after you leave the salon. Always use what your stylist recommends, they have a close relationship with your hair and see things you don’t. Trust your professional as you would your doctor! You can also ask for a color protecting conditioning treatment like Redken’s Chemistry Shot. This treatment can last up to four weeks protecting and conditioning the hair. It also balances the ph after a chemical service closing the cuticle down locking in the color molecules.
SIX: Last but not least PREBOOK your appointments!! Nothing is worse than long overdue color. We can cover your gray but we can’t stop it from growing.