<![CDATA[Chroma Salon - Blog]]>Wed, 23 Sep 2020 04:50:38 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[why lived-in hair is the way to go this fall...]]>Tue, 22 Sep 2020 19:43:42 GMThttp://chromasalon.ca/blog/why-lived-in-hair-is-the-way-to-go-this-fall
Whether you live in Canada, the United States, or half way across the world, our situation is one and the same. We are coming into a potential second wave of Covid-19. If we learned anything during the lengthy global shutdowns this spring, it was that the beauty appointments we regularly schedule are a privilege, including our hair.

When the world began to reopen customers quickly began to emerge eager as ever to have their colour freshly done. But there was a stark contrast between the way someones hair had grown out with a previous lived-in colour placement (blended highlights) vs. solid colour or tightly weaved highlights. I'm talking a really big contrast.
With shutdowns an ongoing concern, there are a few ways that lived-in colour is the way to go at your next hair appointment!

Super blonde hair, and solid colours are great but without regular appointments every 4-8 weeks they tend to leave the dreaded 'line of demarcation' aka the big root line.  So if this is you, ask your stylist to add face-framing highlights and melt your base. In hairdresser lingo this means to softly blend your natural colour into your old highlights. The results are stunning, giving you that salty beach hair we all love so much.

You may find you pay a bit more for a creatively painted balayage in the salon, but trust me its worth it. For the little extra you pay, your number of maintenance appointments will go down. With many people's budget being stretched a bit more, its always nice knowing you can have amazing hair, without feeling the guilt of over-spending.

You may not realize this, but throwing a solid dark brown colour over your highlights every fall is taxing on your hair. Often, people forget that when they decide they want to go light again in the spring/summer that we are re-bleaching out some of those old blonde highlights. Why is this cause for concern? Because the integrity of your hair can become compromised (...think dry, brittle or breaking. AH!) Instead, add some contrast back into your hair by requesting lowlights, and a toner to deepen the blonde. You would be surprised how amazing your old blonde pieces can look when they're shiny, and freshly coloured.

Sometimes the switch to something new takes some adjustment, but with our "new normal" we will be forced to adjust to the rules as they arise.
Everyone wants to look their best, with or without their hairdresser, and it seems to me that lived-in colour is the way to go in FALL 2020.

<![CDATA[Fall trends for 2019]]>Tue, 05 Nov 2019 14:10:14 GMThttp://chromasalon.ca/blog/fall-trends-for-2019

Fall is always a great time to make a change to your hair. Making a shift can be intimidating, but with the trends we're seeing for the fall of 2019, it's totally easy.
We are slowly sliding back into simplicity, jumping back into several generations of hairstyles. Reviving these looks feels refreshing and most people can rock at least one of these looks and look fantastic.

- The 4 Distinct Trends -

1. {TOP LEFT} The High Contrast Foilyage (say foy-lee-ah-je)  -- We're still focused on blending the roots for a seamless grow out, but now we're starting to get a bit more bold with a more contrasting pop to what's added in. Think positive and negative space from art class in high school.

2. {TOP RIGHT} The Face Frame -- This is a great look when you want to keep your hair as healthy as possible, but still want to have a striking look. The pop around the face looks incredibly stylish, but is super low maintenance and beautiful all in one.

3. {BOTTOM LEFT} The Nineties Bob -- This classic cut popularized in the 1990's has totally resurfaced. Clothing trends have been swinging in that direction this year, so of course the hair follows suit. Let's be real though, this look is not quite as simple to maintain as it looks. This cut needs to be blow dried and styled, as well as trimmed every 6-8 weeks ideally to maintain its blunt look. It is super cute though!

4. {BOTTOM RIGHT} The Shag with a Curtain Bang -- Hello 1970's! This is my personal favourite this fall. The cut is all about combining the textured layers of a shag, with our modern day beachy waves.  The bang is long, textured and face framing. This look requires some commitment to styling (and bang trims), but if you have natural wave you might be able to enhance your own curl with a diffuser and a curling wand.

What is your favourite look for fall 2019? Let me know in the comments below!
<![CDATA[How to Remove The Static From Your Hair During Winter]]>Sat, 02 Feb 2019 18:56:24 GMThttp://chromasalon.ca/blog/how-to-remove-the-static-from-your-hair-during-winter
.Static in your hair is incredibly annoying. Getting rid of static electricity can be just as annoying. Preventing static from building up in your hair is the first step, but sometimes (especially in winter), it just can't be helped. Here are a few static-busting strategies and products to try.

More Moisture
Preventing static in the first place is the best way to banish static problems. The big rule with static is that more moisture equals less static. If you're not using conditioner, it's time to start. A salon quality conditioning masque like L'Oreal Professionel's Absolut Repair works wonders when it comes to replenishing to moisture in your hair.

Dryer Sheets
  • Keep a package of unscented dryer sheets in your bathroom. Wipe down combs, brushes, and hair clips.
  • Line your brush drawer with a couple of dryer sheets.
  • Smooth your hair down with a dryer sheet when flyaways get out of control.
  • Safety -pin a dryer sheet inside your winter hat to keep it from charging your hair with electricity.
  • Likewise, slip a dryer sheet inside your pillowcase to prevent it from making your hair crazy.

Hairspray—even a light-hold formula—not only helps reduce static charge but also can keep your hair from floating in the sky. Try spraying a little on your brushes before you use them.

A word to the wise about hairspray and static control: Easy does it. Too much hairspray actually can make the static problem worse. Most hairsprays include some alcohol, which can dry your hair out.
Remember dry= static. For a kinder, gentler spray, try L'Oreal Pro's Fix Anti-Frizz

Hair Oil
Oil is used for so many different hair- and skin-related issues, and static control is at the top of the list. Use it on your ends before you blow-dry to keep them moisturized. Rub a few drops through your fingers and finger-comb your hair after it's dried. 

A little goes a long way here; make sure you keep the oil concentrated on your ends to prevent a greasy scalp.

Check out two favorite hair oils: 
Mythic Oil by L'Oreal Pro
Moroccan Oil

A Better Blow Dryer
People tend to keep blow dryers far past their prime. If it's been a while since you've replaced yours, consider upgrading to an ionic model. This type not only helps reduce static but also reduces your blow-dry time significantly. That, in turn, prevents the lack of moisture that aggravates static.

Less Shampooing
Daily shampooing dries your hair, which in turn promotes static—so skip a day or two (or more). When you do need to shampoo, choose a moisturizing formula to add that all-important moisture.  Check out my favourite light-weight moisturizing shampoo Nutrifier.

Swap Out Combs and Brushes
If you're using plastic combs, you're asking for static to rule your world. Switch out your plastic combs for metal or ceramic—or purchase a comb or brush that's specifically created to prevent static buildup.

If you're sticking to the regular type, bear in mind that combs with wider-spaced teeth produce less static than their closely spaced counterparts. As for brushes, choose natural bristles instead of plastic. They cost more, but you'll notice a significant change in the amount of static you're fighting.

<![CDATA[Why Trimming Your Hair Is So Important]]>Fri, 11 Jan 2019 21:33:57 GMThttp://chromasalon.ca/blog/why-trimming-your-hair-is-important

Having healthy and attractive hair involves a certain amount of time spent in the salon. If you colour or chemically treat your hair in any way, you will need frequent appointments in order to maintain your style. What you do to your hair also dictates how frequently you may need a haircut. Cutting your hair is an important part of hair maintenance and should not be put off or forgotten. How frequently you cut your hair depends on a number of different factors.
Let’s explore a few examples.

Chemically Treated Hair
You will notice that once you start treating your hair with colour or any desired look that requires chemical treatment, you will need to up your frequency of haircuts. Although your stylist is the most qualified person to treat your hair, that doesn’t mean that chemicals are the healthiest choice for your hair. Chemicals damage your hair which can lead to more frequent trims to maintain health and minimize breakage. Since many hairstyles cannot be achieved without some use of chemicals it has become very regular practice in the hair world. Just be sure to treat your hair properly once the treatment is complete.

Long Hair
If you have long hair, or medium-length hair and wish it to be long, your stylist will recommend that you visit them every 8-12 weeks for a trim. This process is important to maintaining the health of your long locks. Long hair is susceptible to split ends which if left untreated will damage your hair and possibly cause you to lose valuable length. If you have excessive breakage or split ends your stylist may recommend a slight trim every 8-12 weeks in order to stay on top of the problem.

Medium-Length Hair
If you have a length that you love and want to maintain, it’s important to have frequent haircuts. Hair can grow about half an inch in a four-week time frame so if your style is perfect the way it is, schedule appointments every 6-8 weeks to maintain your existing look.

Your End Goal
If you want to grow out your hair and ultimately end up with long hair, it may not be intuitive to go for frequent hair trims. However this is the time when it’s especially important to get frequent trims! In order for hair to grow long and healthy, the dead and split ends need to be removed. Advise your stylist of your hair growth goals and they will tell you what the frequency of your visits should be in order to achieve your goals.

No matter what way you look at it, haircuts are important for overall hair health. Don’t delay in scheduling your next appointment with your stylist and cause your hair to suffer for it!

<![CDATA[Achieving The Perfect Blowout]]>Fri, 07 Dec 2018 14:38:31 GMThttp://chromasalon.ca/blog/achieving-the-perfect-blowout
Think a fabulous blow dry can only be achieved at the salon?
With the right tools and products, you can definitely style your hair to perfection at home!

Today I'm sharing my step-by-step guide to doing it for yourself:

Step 1: Choose The Right Blow Dryer

The blow dryers you buy in drugstores aren’t the best quality. You don’t need to fork out for a fancy Dyson but you’ll want to spend at least $100 to get something decent. Look for one that has powerful airflow and adjustable heat settings. Also, make sure the dryer you choose isn’t too heavy and comes with a concentrator nozzle or diffuser attachment!

Take Care Of Your Blow Dryer!

1) Don’t shake it while you’re using it! You wouldn’t shake your toaster, would you?

2) When storing, wrap the cord loosely around itself, not the dryer.

3) To avoid your blowdryer over heating, make sure you are cleaning out the filter located on the back to remove hair and debris that has collected over time.

Step 2: Towel Dry
After washing, absorb the excess moisture by gently squeezing your hair with a towel. Don’t rub because it can create knots, and cause frizz and breakage!

Step 3: Add A Heat Protecting Product
No matter what kind of hair type you have, you’ll need to use a heat protector before you start drying to keep strands smooth. I like L'Oreals 10-1 Leave-in Spray or Mythic Oil. If you have average hair, follow this up with a normal volumizing mousse like L'Oreals Full Volume.  Whatever product you choose, don’t use too much or it will weigh the hair down. About a quarter-sized dollop is usually enough.

Step 4: Rough Dry
Set your blow dryer to medium heat and blast your hair all over until it’s about 80% dry. Flip your head upside down to get some volume (don’t do this if your hair is curly – you have enough volume!). If your hair is tangled, comb it after the rough dry.

Step 5: Section Hair Into Pieces
Sectioning your hair is the key to a great blowout. It helps dry hair properly and you’ll get a smoother more professional finish. You can buy section clips at beauty supply stores.
Here’s how to section: Start by clipping up the hair above your temples. Add another section from just above your ears. Start your style with the remaining hair that is left unclipped.

Step 6: Dry Each Section Using A Round Brush

If you want to totally smooth blow dry you’ll need to dry using a medium sized round brush. I like the ceramic-coated brushes because hair doesn’t tangle and get stuck. Make sure your concentrator is attached to your hair dryer! Using medium heat start by drying the back section at the nape of your neck first. When drying, you always want to start at the roots and midsection of the hair. The ends will dry on their own.
Each section has to set, so don’t take out the brush too fast before drying hair again! If you over-dry you can damage the hair. Aim for about one minute per section. If you have two brushes that are the same size, leave one in the hair and move on to the next section.
After blow drying the nape section, move center section. Do the same as above then move on to the top most section. The crown is where you want the most height so I usually pull the sections straight up while drying them. This can be hard to do on your own but practice makes perfect!

Step 7: Apply A Finishing Product

Using your fingers, carefully place where you want hair to be, then apply a finishing spray. My favourite is Savage Panache by L'Oreal because it gives hold, volume and texture. A lot of people don’t like hair spray but it will really help smooth out the cuticle and creates the pieces you want to accentuate, like keeping curtain bangs in place so they won’t fall into the rest of your hair. Finally, to really set the look, I like taking tiny pea size amount of Mythic Oil and running it through the ends of the hair. I also use a mist of L'Oreal's Fix Anti-Frizz Hairspray to tame any fly-aways.
Voila! A beautiful, salon-quality blow out that you did yourself.

Final Words Of Advice:
A professional quality blow dry takes 30 to 40 minutes to achieve, depending on the length of your hair and it should last 2 to 3 days. To extend that, apply a dry shampoo to help block oils. You can also re-blow dry the front pieces everyday to help maintain the look.

Don’t give up on blow drying your hair! There’s no magic secret, it just takes practice! You CAN do it yourself!

If you feel you need a hands on styling lesson in the salon, feel free to contact me by email at christine.stylist@gmail.com
<![CDATA[4 Reasons to Consider Balayage]]>Wed, 31 Oct 2018 01:10:10 GMThttp://chromasalon.ca/blog/4-reasons-to-consider-balayage
The word “balayage” is a french word meaning “to sweep” or “to paint.” It is a technique for highlighting in which the lightener is hand painted onto the hair to give it a natural, gradual transition. Overall it gives a really blended natural look with no harsh or obvious regrowth lines.
Basically, it leaves a sunkissed, natural glow to your hair by using various tones of light and dark to create multiple dimensions of colour. The lightener is painted directly onto the surface of the hair and is not saturated right through until the tips of your hair. This is what creates the natural progression of the dye, leaving a beautiful natural look.

Depending on how light you want to go, the process uses a clay-based lightener, which is much less damaging than typical lightener used to highlight hair. Its consistency is much more thick, which is why it's used for open-air highlights. With this method there is no need for foils. Once the clay based bleach dries, it stops working, which avoids the worry of over-processing and damaging your hair.

Here are some reasons to consider balayage at your next visit...

1) You're looking for a change
If you are looking for a bit of a hair change-up the season, balayage may be the answer to your hair prayers. Fall/winter is the perfect time to add a natural glow to your hair moving into the cooler months. Since a balayage grows out beautifully, it leaves you free to change up your hair again for the spring if you wish. 

2) Added Colour Dimension
Balayage adds beautiful dimension to your hair in the most natural way. If you are apprehensive about colouring your hair or nervous about a dramatic change, balayage is the perfect way to meet in the middle. You know the way the sun catches the light and dark tones in your hair that you didn't even know your hair had? Balayage does the same thing but, well, permanently. 

3) It’s Low Maintenance
Typically, people avoid colouring their hair because of the maintenance that follows to keep their hair strong and healthy and to keep the colour looking fresh. Because of the way balayage is hand-painted onto the hair the colour grows out seamlessly and there are no harsh growth lines. This means less trips to the salon and less need to continuously re-colour your hair! If you invest in some quality hair products, you will be all set.

4) It's Suitable for all Hair Types
What I love about balayage is that it works great on all hair types. Whether your hair colour is dark or light, or your hair type is wavy, straight, curly, short or long, balayage will most likely suit your hair, as long as you have the right hair colourist. If you have a great colourist, they will know exactly which shades will be realistic and work best for your hair colour, creating a placement  unique to just your hair.

So, You're Ready To Explore The World Of Balayage?

Here's What To Ask Your Hairstylist
Consulting with your hairstylist before making the commitment to colour your hair is extremely important.  It gives them a chance to advise you on which shades to go with, as well as for you to get a feel for them. Most hair salons offer free consultations, so don't be afraid to ask for one.

If you'd like to consult about trying a balayage on your hair, feel free to email me directly at christine.stylist@gmail.com

<![CDATA[Hairbrush Guide 101: Which Hairbrush To Use and When]]>Wed, 03 Oct 2018 14:47:47 GMThttp://chromasalon.ca/blog/hairbrush-guide-101-which-hairbrush-to-use-and-when

When it comes to makeup, our looks are only as good as the brushes we use. Hence why you’ve convinced yourself to splurge on that $60 contour brush. Well, the same rule applies when it comes to hair. The only difference is, when was the last time you actually thought about your hairbrush? While we constantly give praise to our more beloved straighteners and curling wands, the powers of a good old hairbrush (aka the unsung heroes of hair styling and hair care) are typically overlooked. If this sounds relatable, you’re probably in need of the right hair brush.

Choosing the right hair brush and using it correctly can make all the difference in achieving your perfect hair look. There are so many different kinds of brushes on the market... but do you know which one to use for what? Are you using the brush that is right for you?

Here's a quick guide on the most popular and widely used hairbrushes:

# 1 Paddle Brush
Hair type: all

Best for: detangling hair

Owned by many, the paddle brush is known for its ability to quickly detangle hair with ease and comfort. Not only does its flat, wide, rectangular surface allow the brush to move with your control but it also provides exceptionally smooth results without breaking the natural pattern of wavy and curly hair.  For a pin straight look use the paddle brush to prep the hair and follow with the flat iron.

Pro Tip: Paddle brushes are made with different types of bristles. For thick hair, choose a brush with sturdier bristles like nylon and synthetic, which can run smoothly through textured hair.

#2 Round Brush
Hair type: medium to thick
Best for: blowouts

With the proper round brush and a lot of practice (and lots of upper body strength), you can nail salon fresh blowdry at home. Typically, round brushes are made with a metal or iconic barrel which heat up when used with a blow dryer (it works pretty much like a curling wand). The round brush helps tame frizz and delivers the desired amount of bounce to your hair.
Not only are there tons of bristle options when it comes to round brushes, but they also come in a variety of sizes. There are two things to consider when choosing the size of your round brush: the length of your hair and the size of the curl/wave you want to create. Round brushes are ideal for creating that volume and body in your hair. Small size brushes create a nice bend in the ends, while brushes with larger barrels are known to straighten hair and give body.

#3 Detangling Wet Brush
 Hair type: All
Best for: detangling hair wet and dry fine hair

Hair is at its more delicate state while it's wet. So to prevent breakage, you’re going to want a brush that is specifically designed to release tangles. Wet brushes are typically made with wide-tooth plastic bristles that can easily undo stubborn knots painlessly and easily. Because the bristles are super flexible, they work through the knots instead of breaking the hair.

#4 Rat Tail Comb
Hair type: all
Best for: parting hair into sections

Sometimes the best brush isn’t a brush at all. The rat tail comb gets its name from its long and skinny end, which is used to part the hair in precise, clean sections. Next time you want to wear your hair in dutch braids, part your hair into two equal sections with this hair comb. Believe us, it makes everything so much easier. This comb can also be used for gently backcombing your hair.

#5 Natural Boar Bristle Brush
Hair type: fine-medium hair
Best for: styling dry hair

For high-shine Hollywood waves, you’re going to want to try the boar bristle brush. Although they might not look the most delicate on the scalp, the boar bristles are designed to gently glide through the hair (like the paddle brush) without snagging or pulling on roots, making it the go-to brush for women who have fine hair. Because of its ability to evenly distribute natural oils from the scalp through the hair, we recommend using the boar bristle brush after heat styling. You can also brush your hair right before bed to condition dry ends.

Remember, finding products that are right for your hair type can make a world of difference. Try these different kinds of hair brushes out and see how you can transform your hair!
<![CDATA[How To Make Your Curls Last Longer]]>Tue, 18 Sep 2018 01:04:44 GMThttp://chromasalon.ca/blog/how-to-make-your-curls-last-longer Picture
Oh how we love those beautiful, flawless, bouncy curls. But you know what's even better? Beautiful, flawless, curly hair that lasts all day.
Today I'm sharing my favourite tips and tricks on how to curl your hair to make it last all day!

One of the most effective tricks on how to get your curls to stay is to let the curl cool down and set before letting it go. Take each fresh curl (still keeping the curl shape) and secure it with a clip or a bobby pin. How does this work? Well, as you wrap your hair around the curling iron, heat is transferred onto the hair strands, which is what makes them change their shape. So once your pinned curl is cooled down, it will allow the cuticle to close and set in place, making the curl last for a much longer period of time. When unclipping your curls, be sure to let them cool down for a couple of minutes prior to brushing them out. If you break the curls too quickly, they will loose their form in a shorter amount of time. 

Hint: If you don't have time to wait 10-15 minutes for the curls to set, pin them all to your scalp and use your blow drier to blow cold air on them from a distance. Ever wondered what that 'cool' button was there for?

Help your curls! Apply styling products to your hair, which will help hold the curls in longer. Depending what works with your hair, apply mousse prior to drying your hair, or simply spray hairspray before, during and after curling. This will give your hair a more rougher texture which will help prolong the lifespan of your curls. All this is after applying heat protectant, of course - always remember the heat protectant first! 

Hint: Don't hold the hairspray too close to your hair as this will make your curls crunchy and heavy. You want to spray mist onto it, and wait a few moments for it to dry prior to applying heat.

For years, you may think that your hair is 'stick straight' and that 'your curls will fall apart in 20 minutes anyway.' You will think that as long as you use cheap, drugstore brand curling irons or curling wands. Only when you switch to better quality, higher-end hot tools, will you realize that the problem isn't in your hair - it's in the curling iron! Yes, they may be more expensive, however, they damage your hair less, they heat up better (so you will apply heat for a shorter period of time), and good quality curling irons will last you a very long time. We recommend to set your tools at a heat temperature of 300-350 F to achieve the optimal curl. If you are curling extensions, be sure to use a lower heat setting of 250 F. 

Barrel size is actually pretty important. It's easy to think that a bigger barrel curling wand or curling iron is what will give you those sexy Victoria Secret curls. I find, however, that most of the time, a smaller barrel will do the magic. Depending on your hair, of course, try using a 1" or 1.5" barrel, and see what difference it can make! Not only will the curls look better, but they will also last longer. Sometimes, using a larger barrel just leads to the curly hair loosening up faster and falling out. Also, it is important to differentiate between a curling wand and a curling iron, which will give you different types of curls.

Well, my beautiful friend, this is a sign that your hair is screaming SOS. Overly damaged hair (including split ends) doesn't curl well. Period. It's time to give your hair some love and get a trim!

If you're doing all of the above things right, but just aren't sure of the techniques available on how to curl your hair - don't worry! It just takes some practice.

<![CDATA[The shadow hair trend is the lastest way to create dimension]]>Mon, 20 Aug 2018 01:57:17 GMThttp://chromasalon.ca/blog/the-shadow-hair-trend-is-the-lastest-way-to-create-dimension
What is a shadow root?
When you think of getting highlights, you probably imagine adding lighter, brighter pieces to give your hue more oomph. But a new trend growing in popularity on Instagram proves that achieving incredible dimension isn't just about the lighter strands. Creating natural-looking shadows in the hair with a technique called shadow toning is a stunning way to give your color depth while making the transition from your natural shade much more seamless.

Shadow hair is a new hair colour trend that helps mimic the ombré of virgin hair. This works really well for someone who likes the idea of highlighted hair but hates the idea of being in the salon every four to six weeks. You can go as long as four months without retouching your roots with this trend.

So, how does it work? 
I use shadow toning along with babylights and balayage to give a soft, organic root. At the shampoo bowl, a customized formula of demi- permanent colour is applied at the root area, leaving out the hairline to maintain brightness. I let this develop for 5 to 10 minutes and apply a toner to the mid-lengths and ends, which has been formulated to meet the client's blonde needs.
We generally to choose a toner that's the same shade as your natural hair or, my personal favorite is to go a half-shade deeper than the natural hair colour. That's left to process until the desired color is achieved and then it's rinsed out. This gives a grown-out, more natural vibe to the highlights.

The #shadowroot hashtag brings up mostly shades of blonde, however, the shadow-hair look can work on any color. It's a really good way of lifting a darker base lighter and keeping it looking natural. The babylights in foil create maximum lift on darker hair, and the shadow tone ensures it looks natural and can be formulated to complement all skin tones. Shadow tone teamed with some face-framing babylights is my go-to technique for a natural beach-blonde look. You can still have the lightness that everyone wants higher up but without the maintenance that faces you with a traditional highlight. Its exciting how low-maintenance shadow hair can be. The regrowth is natural and ultra soft with no harsh lines.

<![CDATA[Things To Know About Going Blonde]]>Mon, 11 Jun 2018 00:46:37 GMThttp://chromasalon.ca/blog/the-road-to-blonde
Have you ever thought about going blonde? Sometimes going lighter requires a lot more effort than Pinterest and Instagram lead you to think.  Even the most subtle change, such as going from dark brown to light brown means the better part of a day in the salon. A change in colour sometimes feels exciting, or necessary, but consider the steps needed to get there before making your final decision.
Bold Hair Goals
So your a natural brunette with an inner Blonde just aching to emerge in her fair-haired glory? You’ve seen your fave celebs go from raven black to platinum blonde over night and back again…twice…and you feel ready to embrace your lighter side? Well the reality is that the journey to becoming a blonde is not one for the faint of heart!
Everyday we help make hair dreams come true by transitioning dark haired beauties to show stopping blondes and so we know how important it is to be fully informed with all the important things you need to know to make an informed decision and know what is involved in becoming a blonde…and what is involved in staying a blonde…because it isn’t just a hair colour…its a way of life!

Going Blonde is a Journey
The truth is going from brown to blonde may require 2-3 or even 4 sessions of lightening to gradually take you lighter without causing excessive damage to your lengths.  Each round of lightening will remove more of your hair's underlying pigments, which are primarily warm tones such as red, orange and yellow.  Most brunettes request the coveted ash blonde shades, but the truth is you have to be comfortable living with warm shades for quite a while before achieving the goal. In most cases your hair will decide how light you can go. Once the hair looses elasticity, going lighter may mean your hair ends up on the floor.  A good stylist will know when to say no.

The Importance of Your Hair History
Respect the stylists opinion. They are the expert and they've all seen the worst case scenario.  As stylists we want to ensure that clients who walk around town claiming to come to our salon have beautiful, healthy hair. If a stylist tells you not to go ahead with a lightening service its generally in your (hair's) best interest. Believe them.
Prepare to Spend $$
If you get the go ahead to start going lighter, consider the overall investment.
In most cases, global lightening and glossing requires many hours of work and loads of lightener and colour.  Your stylist will forgo taking on other clients to focus on your hair for a good part of their day. This means you'll most likely be charged an hourly rate to make up for the time.  Maintenance appointments every 4-8 weeks are also to be considered unless you are okay with ghastly regrowth. Going blonde can be beautiful and flattering, but the upkeep and maintenance can be surprising for many people.

Treat Your Hair Right
An important part of maintaining your beautiful blonde is to make sure the toner/gloss lasts as long as possible. The toner is a translucent demi-permanent colour that is put on at the basin after your hair has been lightened. It creates the unifying tone of your hair. Think of it like a ‘filter’ you would use on a photo to change the overall tone of the colours.  Toner is continuously washed out of the hair each time you shampoo and generally lasts 10-12 washes (or a lot less if you are a beach or pool lover!) A purple shampoo or conditioner is recommended to use at home to continuously combat potential brassiness by adding a bit of cool tone with each use. A bottle of dry shampoo, like L'Oreal's 'Day After Hair' can also go a long way to stretch time in between shampoos.

You can always schedule a toner top up between full colour services. Ideally these quick sessions can be combined with a professional strength treatment such as  Olaplex or L'Oreal Powerdose to give your hair a strengthening boost and keep it going that extra mile.