Monday, July 29, 2019

Color Me Beautiful

Color Me Beautiful! 

Professional Hair Color, Toners, Color Gloss and Glaze Treatments, and Color Locks/Seals:
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

There are several reasons people color their hair. For some, it is to cover the gray. Especially in mature women, gray hair is often associated with aging -- aging in a world where youthfulness and beauty is celebrated. So washing that gray right out of your hair can make women and men feel and even look younger, thus improving their self-image. Others color their hair for creative reasons. Hair color treatments are great ways to change your hair and personal style according to your mood and personality. (Do blondes really have more fun? Are redheads really more fiery?)    

So, there’s no arguing the psychological effects that come from changing your hair color. But did you know that there are physiological benefits from coloring your hair, too? Yes, you can improve the health and appearance of your hair with professional hair color. 

Benefits from Coloring Your Hair:

Added thickness

Coloring plumps the hair shaft and can make hair temporarily thicker and with more body than before. Hair color adds a coating to your hair that improves and thickens the texture of your hair. So, if you have fine hair, color can be a great way to add volume.

Stronger Hair

Every time you add color to your hair, you add strength to it. Color processing adds a coating to your hair’s strands, which helps make your hair stronger and more resistant to breakage and damage.

Smooth Hair

Salon color can help tame frizzy hair by conditioning it and adding more weight to your hair. And who doesn’t like hair that’s smoother and more manageable?


Color on the hair can create varied hues that pick up and reflect light differently, which gives the appearance of shine. Multidimensional color can make the hair seem more vibrant and really appealing.

Hair Protection

Hair color protects your hair from environmental effects like pollution, wind, or excessive heat from the sun, as well as cold temperatures in the winter.

What Is a Hair Toner?

A toner
can be the most important part of your hair color service. It is a salon application that helps correct and/or personalize your hair color. It is used after a professional color treatment to add natural or more visible hues, enabling your hairstylist to make sure you get an even hair color result from root to tip. Toners are most commonly used for shades of blonde hair, but it can be beneficial for brunettes and redheads, too. In order for toner to work, hair has to be bleached or dyed first.

A hair toner is a demi-permanent hair color that can alter the state of the hair’s color and pH level. Toners can be applied in between color treatments, not only immediately right after one, so that your color lasts and looks fresh longer. (Click here to read about the difference between demi-permanent and semi-permanent hair color.)

Correcting Color: Your hairdresser can personalize your hair color with a toner by making it warmer or cooler in tone, and correcting shades. Most commonly, it is used to counteract brassiness (unwanted yellow or orange tones on bleached hair), which is a crucial step in going from a dark base to a light one. It can also come in the form of purple or blue shampoo for consistent use.

Fashion Colors: Growing in popularity for all ages, toners can add a bright pop of fashion color, without actually lifting the shade.

What is a Hair Gloss Treatment?

If you want the impact of a dye job without the commitment, a hair gloss is a good option. A gloss is a type of toner and is a temporary treatment that can help with both the health of your hair and its shade. Glosses typically gives your hair shine and evens out its tones. A gloss provides translucent color and intense conditioning. Semi-permanent hair gloss is typically a professional product of pigment mixed with developer. Direct dyes have just pure pigment and basically stain the hair. You don't have to change your natural hair color to get the benefits of a gloss. There's such thing as a clear gloss, which is an ultra-conditioning treatment for your strands. It will lower the pH level of your hair while giving it conditioning and shine.

What is a Hair Glaze Treatment?

Glaze is basically a gloss with one major difference: It has no ammonia or peroxide and can help to tame flyaway and frizzy hair. It’s basically a deep conditioning treatment that also helps to slightly boost color.  Glaze rests on top of the hair shaft and doesn’t bind as well as a gloss does. Therefore, it’s easier to wash out and you’ll only get about one week of added shine, as opposed to the 4-6 weeks a gloss gives you.

What is a Keratin Color Seal/Lock Treatment?

Color Lock & Smooth Keratin Treatment Spray is a professional salons treatment that is all the craze. This 2-in-1 formula is used after color or highlighting services to lock color in and prevent fading, while also serving as an express keratin treatment, providing frizz and curl control simply and quickly, and lasts 4-6 weeks. (Click HERE to read more about keratin treatments.) My salon recommends Keratherapy Color Lock & Smooth Keratin Treatment Spray, which replenishes natural keratin and collagen proteins that are lost over time; reduces frizz and blocks humidity; locks in color, extends vibrancy and protects from fading; adds shine and softness; and deeply penetrates the hair while smoothing and sealing the cuticle.

Go Ahead … Color Me Beautiful

Choosing the right hair color shade and color processing techniques can take your hair from dull and drab to gorgeous and unique. Don’t be afraid to try new hair colors, and new looks. Just be sure you find the right hair professional who can achieve the look you want without damaging your hair.

Read this transformation story HERE.


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