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!
REASON #1 : NO LINES
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.
REASON #2: ITS EASIER ON THE WALLET
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.
REASON #3: HEALTHIER HAIR
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.
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Christine White is a stylist, educator and the owner of Chroma Salon in Sarnia, ON.