I'm insanely in love with my color-happy clients that are willing to try and explore new territory! However, there are a few things my clients need to know before lighting up!
EVERYONE'S PATH IS DIFFERENT: So many factors go into how long it will take you to reach your end result of being a blonde, or if you even can! Different factors will also affect the price. Beneath I've listed a few things to consider if you want to be blonde, platinum, or fashion colored, as they all require the same steps. I do a consultation at the beginning of every appointment, but this should cover a lot of questions!
- - HENNA, if you have any trace of henna hair color in your hair, blonde is not an option. Henna color is a natural dye that never leaves the hair and reacts with chemicals. The only way to get rid of henna is to grow it out/cut it off. When lightener is applied to henna colored hair, the hair will generally turn a green/blue color, and shred. Why do I bring this up when most clients have never even heard of henna hair color? Because henna is unknowingly easily accessible! Today, it's trendy to buy anything "organic" or "all-natural," that's why henna has found it's way into your favorite stores! There's a higher demand than ever for natural alternatives! Henna is sold at 'LUSH COSMETICS' located in most local shopping malls. I found this out the hard way by landing a henna client right in my chair. The workers at the store are not stylists, and can easily feed you the wrong information. What they don't tell you is once you've used henna, you're married to it. So if you've colored your hair with anything from 'LUSH' or any organics shop/online boutique go find out what you exactly put on your head before setting up an appointment.
- -TEXTURE/DENSITY: Naturally, is your hair thick like a guitar string, or baby fine? Maybe you fall somewhere in between? The thickness of your individual strands have a lot to do with how much power is needed to lift your hair. Power, meaning the aggressiveness of your lightener, and/or the amount of times it takes to lift your hair. The thicker the hair, the more amount of POWER that is needed to lift your hair to blonde. ALSO, The more POWER that is needed, the more easily damage can ensue. And, how much hair do you have per square inch? The more hair you have, the longer amount of time it will take to properly get the lightener all over your head. The more time you spend in the salon, the higher the cost. If you have a high density of thick hair, chances are you will spend a large amount of time in the chair just getting your lightener applied. You will also most likely go through more bowls of lightener since you have more hair. AANNNDDDD if you truly have stubborn hair, thick, or deeply dense colored hair, your monthly maintenance retouches will look a lot more like a correction, and not a touch-up. Texture and density can help give you a better idea of what your path to blonde will look like.
-LEVEL/TONE: How dark or light is your hair? Is it more naturally warm or ashy? The darker your hair, the more levels you need to break through to reach blonde. If you are naturally a low level blonde, you can usually reach a brighter blonde with easier success. However, if you begin with black/brown hair you're going to have to go through more of a journey when trying to reach high levels of blonde. Each part of your blonde journey will involve your stylist counteracting the underlying pigments. This is why you see people who go blonde have red, orange, and yellow tones throughout their hair during the process. Therefore, when you say you want to avoid the "brass stage" that's virtually impossible sometimes, but a good stylist will tone the best they can to make the transition manageable. If your hair is naturally warm, even blondes can pull deep shocking yellows because of the lightener simply uncovering the natural underlying tone/pigment. So if your hair is dark and warm...BUCKLE UP!
-PREVIOUSLY COLORED HAIR: oooooooooooooooo. -__- If you are already my client, you know how much I try to avoid pigmenting hair permanently with darker color. Anytime you deposit something into your hair "permanently" you've added another layer/obstacle to fight when trying to alter your hair from that point. Removing past pigment creates more of that brass and warmth most people don't like to see when going blonde. It also requires more energy to remove, which takes more time, can cause more damage, and make your hair more unpredictable. It's hard to put a time stamp on how long it will take to go blonde when you need to remove previous pigment. "At-home dyes" (BOX COLOR) tend to be the trickiest to remove, so think twice before you want to try something by yourself! It might cost your more money later.
AT HOME CARE: If you choose to go blonde, your wallet needs to be ready. You're not only committed to salon costs, but the at-home care that is REQUIRED to be blonde, especially if you've identified yourself as someone who might require more time/POWER to go blonde. "Violet Shampoo" will help kick brass out in between appointments. If you are transitioning to blonde, have a violet toned shampoo lined up and ready to use! The more times you use it in a row, the more it will build up in the hair and ash it out. Also, you NEED treatments and conditioners! You HAVE to use salon certified treatments and conditioners. I don't care what some "beauty blogger" bought as apart of their 'top drug store buys.' As a stylist and professional, I am telling you there is a major difference! Those drug store products can often leave residue and strip your hair of natural moisture/oils while depositing synthetic artificial build-up. If you're already putting your hair through stress, layering those products on top will only make it worse. My favorite products for at home care currently are rebonding treatments such as "Olaplex #3" and "Uberliss Amplifier." JUST PUTTING IT ON THE RECORD, AT HOME CARE IS REQUIRED!
- TIMING/MONEY: If you're committed to being blonde, you better be ready to spend some time and cash. Most people will not be blonde in a 2-2 1/2 hour appointment. If you are transitioning your hair color, it is considered a "color correction." If I pick up every piece of hair on your head it is considered a "color correction." If your hair requires me to sift through every layer just to pick out the dark pieces it is considered a "color correction." Balayage/Ombre appointments add dimension, you still retain a large amount of natural/base during those appointments. Not all of the hair receives lightener. "Balayage/ombre" appointments only take 2-2 1/2 hours. That is what sets them apart from a "color correction." The more hair being covered or sifted through requires more bowls of lightener. If you include uberliss or olaplex rebonders in your lightener, then each bowl you've accumulated in the process has also added more money to the base price. If you require more than one toner, you've upped that price again. Its important to keep in mind it will probably take more than one appointment for most to achieve the desired tone. On average, one color correction appointment costs between $330-$600, not including tip. And that price is actually quite forgiving as they usually average about 4 hours long. This is NOT a guaranteed price, I'm often asked this question by potential clients so I'm doing my best to give you all a ball park idea. BUT BASICALLY, MORE TIME + MORE PRODUCT USAGE = MORE MONEY.
**READ THIS THROUGH BEFORE COMMITTING TO BLONDE! AS YOUR STYLIST I WILL DO THE BEST I CAN TO MINIMIZE THE TIME AND COST OF EACH APPOINTMENT, BUT NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF YOUR HAIR.**
**IF YOU NEED A "ROOT RETOUCH" AFTER ACHIEVING BLONDE, HEAVIER DARKER TEXTURES CAN REQUIRE MORE THAN 2 HOURS FOR MAINTENANCE FILLS, AS THEY ARE DONE WITH A MORE INVOLVED TECHNIQUE.**
**GRAY TONED HAIR REQUIRES THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF BLONDE**
**FOR MAJOR COLOR CHANGES: HAIRCUTS ARE USUALLY REQUIRED TO OFFSET/AVOID DAMAGE**