Creative Hair Colors
Creative hair colors have come a long way in the last year or two. There has been an influx of new companies making fun new colors in categories like pastels, neons and metallics.
If you are considering showing some creativity in your style by adding some color to your hair here are some things to first consider.
- What type of work do you do? Consider asking your boss if it is okay or checking with your workers manual.
- Is your skin tone conducive to the color you are considering? If you have a lot of red in your skin, you probably should not go bright orange.
- These colors require prelighting so consider the current condition of your hair. If it is damaged, you may need to wait.
- Consider the upkeep. These colors fade out fast. Make sure that either your stylist is willing to sell you some product to touch up your hair color at home or that you can afford to get touched up every couple of weeks at the salon.
- Consider if you are going to do one or several colors, balayage technique, foil, or all over color and the effect and upkeep that will have on the overall creative hair color.
If you have natural hair (no previous hair colors) on your hair, the process is straight forward. Your hair is lightened on the parts you want colored and then the creative hair colors are applied over the top of the pre lightened hair. However, if you have previous hair colors on your hair, your stylists will have to use a color remover to lift the color out prior to lightening your hair. This will help keep your hair healthy because it removes a lot of the color without harsh chemicals.
The next step is to use a lightener, with the bond multiplier, Olaplex; https://olaplex.com/. This will finish the lightening process without damage to the hair.
After your hair has been lightened, color can be added to dry hair. With so many colors to choose from, make sure that all of the above considerations are followed. Here are some colors in a link to view; https://www.pulpriothair.com/#direct-dyes , although as mentioned before, there are a lot of other companies too.
By the way, Deanna, at Studio 229 specializes in these type of hair colors: http://www.studio229.net/deanna/ and will be happy to give you a free consultation.
The results will depend on the hair colors used and the technique used to color your hair. For example, this rose peach creative color was done by Deanna with first doing an all over bleach.
This creative hair color was done by Ashley. It is a balayage technique.
This hair color technique is also a balayage but done with neon creative colors:
The next technique is foiling the hair. This one is done with neon green hair color The one below here is another foil technique with creative fun hair colors
Sometimes matching haircuts with color is fun too:
Here are a couple more just for fun
All of this hair was done at Studio 229 on Broadway. If you have any questions feel free to contact any one of the stylist here. Thanks for checking out our blog!
Summer Blonde Hair
Who doesn’t want Summer blonde hair. Going a little lighter for summer is always a good idea. The question is how much lighter? This would depend on how fare or ash your skin tone is. Also, take into consideration your natural hair color. One would also want to think about the look you are trying to achieve. For example, are you trying to achieve a natural sun in look or are you going for a more bleached out, hair color statement. One should also consider the upkeep. An all over bleach could easily break the bank, as touch-ups should be done every 5 weeks. Balayages, on the other hand, can sometimes go 3+ months between touch-ups.
Before your Appointment
It is important to have a good idea of what you want. Go to Google and type in words like “blonde highlights” or “blonde balayage” or “summer blonde.”This way when you come into the salon you have saved pictures of hair colors that you like. A stylist may have an idea of what looks good on you. But it is what he or she likes. This way, a stylist can guide you based off of the above considerations. Please pick a salon that specializes in hair color. In the end it will be worth it.
During your Appointment
Plan on spending at least 2+ hours at the salon. It is also best to get your ends trimmed after you get your hair colored. Always visit salons that use Olaplex when lightening. Even though this product is a little expensive it keeps your hair healthy! Once you have found a stylist that does a great job on your hair, stick with that person. There are several reasons why. But that is for another blog post. A good stylist will consult with you about your hair lightening and explain why you should do what they want you to do. It may be a process that takes several appointments. Or it may be achieved in that appointment.
Summer Blondes from Studio 229
After your appointment
It is important to use color safe shampoo and conditioner on your new summer blonde hair. Also, don’t forget your Olaplex #3. The most important thing is to enjoy your lightened, beautiful blonde hair!
If you are looking to lighten your hair for summer, check out Studio 229. Here is a link to our top colorist http://www.studio229.net/deanna/ You can also read about our hair color services here http://www.studio229.net/seattle-hair-color/
We also have online booking! http://www.studio229.net/request/
Studio 229 Uses Olaplex
Olaplex at Studio 229 has became a staple. When lightening one’s hair, Olaplex has become the most important ingredient of all time and is truly revolutionary to prevent breakage and maintain the integrity of the hair, that Studio 229 recommends that ALL clients use Olaplex. Since the product has now been on the market for about two years we have found some creative ways to use Olaplex that work better than even we could have ever imagined. If you are new to the product, let me give you a quick run down to the amazing product first, then I will introduce you to some of the benefits of why Olaplex is so important when lightening your hair, and then I will tell you some of the creative ways in which I, Deanna have found it to work even better than how the directions recommend if you are battling dry or extremely chemically treated hair.
Olaplex is a three part treatment that multiples the bonds of your hair. The first part of the treatment is added to the lightener to begin to rebuild the bonds while they are being broke down.
Step 2 is basically a deep conditioner that is applied at the salon after the lightener is rinsed out. Like step #3, it must be shampooed out to prevent limp hair. Usually at the salon it is left on about ten minutes and then shampooed out. I have found that if this step is skipped the hair cuticle is open at this point, so the conditioner can really soak up the bond multiplier. I made the mistake of skipping this step on my own hair and really noticed the difference.
Step 3 is a take home product and can be purchased at Studio 229 for $28.00. I recommend using Olaplex step 3 once a week according to the direction but will also tell you some creative ways to use it. Since Olaplex is a bond multiplier, and split ends are a problem especially on fine and chemically treated hair, I recommend putting a very small amount onto your ends and leaving it there. I have found that doing so bonds those split ends together and really makes your hair feel and look healthy. This can be done twice a week and blown dry right into the hair. I have had great results doing this on even the finest of hair without weighing the hair down.
Although Olaplex #3 seems like a small bottle it really last a long time. There is no need to use a large amount. A little goes a long way. Although my hair is rather fine one of these small bottles last me about 4 months. Remember I am only using the product once a week and then using about a pea size on my ends twice a week. Sometimes if I’m not going anywhere on the weekend I will leave the once a week treatment in all day and night and just shampoo the next morning for an added extra treatment. Here are some pictures of people who’s hair Studio 229 has lightened using Olaplex:
Studio 229 Uses Olaplex
Studio 229 Uses Olaplex
Studio 229 Uses Olaplex
You get the point. As you can see most of these clients have naturally very dark hair. I pulled these photos from our facebook page:
Studio 229 Hair Design and Spa and there are several more on there of people who have gotten their hair lightened here using Olaplex and are also using it at home to keep their hair healthy.
So whether you choose to let me, Deanna lighten your locs, or go somewhere else, please use Olaplex!
Olaplex Hair lightening
Once upon a time at your local upscale salon there was a girl who would dream of shiney golden blonde tresses that would glimmer in the sun. However her natural locs were thin and fine. Furthermore they were dark and bleaching them caused breakage, frizzes so eventually her dreams and hair were both broken. One sunny afternoon there was a white Box that came with a strange name who introduced itself: It was Olaplex Hair Lightening treatment.
“Hello my dear, I’m Olaplex”, said the subject. Reluctantly the dreamy girl who had been charmed many times before realized that there was something different about this. For example, Olaplex stood tall, with two accomplices by his side. One to be used during the lightening process and one to be used after like a deep conditioner. However, the dreamy girl would not be subject to looks alone.
The best way to see if this dreamy product produces what it claims is to use it.
First up, a bit of basic hair chemistry. I’ve posted about hair chemistry before in my explanation of how hair straightening and perming work, but here’s a quick recap:
Hair contains lots of keratin proteins, which has the amino acid cysteine. Cysteine is special because it contains a sulfur (S) atom. Normally, two sulfurs will join together to form a disulfide bond (S-S), creating a link between two proteins:
All these proteins holding hands is partially responsible for your hair’s overall shape and strength. When hair is permed or straightened, these bonds are deliberately broken into two SH (“free thiol”) groups, and then reformed after the hair is pulled into its new shape. Reforming these bonds typically takes a few days (hence not washing your hair for a few days after perming, since it warps the shape).
However, that’s not the only thing that can break disulfide bonds – lye, repeated heat, sunlight, hair styling and chemical treatments like hair colouring will also break disulfide bonds and lead to weakened, damaged hair. The peroxide used in bleaching can help repair disulfide bonds… but can also paradoxically stop them from forming, by capping the SH with a sulfate group, hence the extra damage:
I was initially sceptical of the claims, since so many other hair products claim to do similar things and…don’t. But the patent holders are academic chemists with extremely impressive reputations –Craig Hawker is on the Editorial Board of a lot of high impact factor chemistry journals, and has 17 Angew. Chem. papers on his resume, which is a pretty BFD in the chemistry world. So I wanted to vet this product thoroughly!
The patent has a surprising amount of detail into the mechanism of how it’s supposed to work. The short story is, the two ends of bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate form bonds with the sulfurs, making an artificial, extended disulfide bridge. More specifically, the “dimaleate” part of bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate are what’s known as Michael acceptors. These react with an SH group each in aMichael reaction to form covalent bonds like so:
And so a new disulfide link is formed between the two sulfurs, making the hair stronger. This happens pretty quickly – unlike with hair straightening and perming, these reactions will happen faster than the peroxide capping reaction, meaning hair damage during colouring is drastically reduced. Pretty cool, huh?
It’s neat that there’s a scientifically legit explanation for how Olaplex could work, but does it really happen this way in the real world? There are no published independent scientific trials yet, apart from thousands of rave reviews and before-and-after photos, which are pretty dramatic. There’s also a cool side-by-side comparison in the American Board of Certified Haircolorists Newsletter: they repeatedly shampooed hair after treatment with Olaplex, mineral oil, b3 Brazilian Bond Builder or colorpHlex. Olaplex comes out on top by far, even though the other two proprietary treatments make similar claims (strengthens hair from the inside out, repairs bonds).
I’m looking forward to seeing more comparisons in the coming months, especially with regard to how long the effects of Olaplex last – having coarse black Asian hair, chalkable pastel mermaid hair has always been an unachievable dream, and I’m optimistic that perhaps Olaplex can get me there without any frying!
So now with the use of this product for the last year on many clients with patience and a couple of services it is working well.
Olaplex Hair Lightening
Olaplex Hair Lightening
Olaplex Hair Lightening
Balayage hair color is a great way to color your hair and get results that will last longer than regular foils or all over hair color. The reason for this is that the hair color is darker at the roots and then melts into a lighter hair color towards the ends. This means that you still get a dimensional look. However, you don’t have to color your hair as often. If you have gray in your hair you can come into the salon for periodic root touch ups in between the full balayage hair color appointments which will save you money and keep you looking at the top of your game. However, if you have no gray hair it is not necessary to change your base hair color. Here are a few images of what balayage hair color looks like:
The balayage hair color in the first image has just began the process and is still a little dark on the ends. The balayage hair color in the second image has much lighter hair color on the ends and many hand painted highlights on top as well.
The amount of dark or light hair color is optional depending on your desires and certainly not limited to blonde. Here are some examples of different hair colors:
Whatever you choose for your personal hair color just know that there are options. Studio 229 offers free consultations so feel free to book an appointment online or call the salon anytime during business hours at 206-322-6325 and one of our color experts will be happy to assist you with deciding in what is best suited for you lifestyle, skin tone and even face shape. We look forward to seeing you and recommending something perfect just for you! My personal favorite colorist is DeAnna who has 25 years experience.