Lately, we've been getting a lot of requests for drastic color changes. Often times, guests will sit down in a stylists' chair and show them a picture of Khloe Kardashian's platinum blonde hair or a picture of mermaid rainbow hair. Yes, those pictures we see on Pinterest and Instagram are beautiful, but they can be misleading. What clients don't understand is the process of getting their hair to that outcome. Most of the time, the model in the photo is wearing extensions or the photo has been highly edited.
Our first recommendation for drastic hair color, is to come in for a free consultation with one of our stylists. During the consultation, the stylist will evaluate your hair and determine the proper steps in order to achieve the look you desire, while maintaining the integrity of your hair. Like a bank statement, you hair keeps a history of all the chemical services you've had done from box color to highlights. The stylist can determine the history of your hair by doing a test strand which will also tell them how high your hair can be lifted. In other words, the test strand will tell the stylist how light it can get with one application of bleach. If your hair doesn't lift as high as you would like to achieve, your stylists will recommend breaking your services into sessions. That way, you will eventually get to where you want to be while still having healthy, beautiful hair.
Going blonde or having bright fashion colors is a time consuming and expensive process. This is something guests should consider when booking appointments and requesting prices for these services. Not to mention, those toners/fashion colors are temporary and will often fade after two or three washes. Which leads to regular in-salon visits in order to maintain the color.
Another factor in contributing to color maintenance, is the kind of shampoo and conditioner you have at home. Most of the shampoo and conditioners you find on grocery store shelves are either A) Not of good quality and filled with harsh chemicals that may strip out the color/toner or B) "name brand" that have been bought in bulk and have expired shelf lives. So, we do recommend buying in-salon products to protect your investment and to also lengthen the life of your hair color.
Don't get us wrong, we don't want to scare you into NOT doing what you want! We love doing crazy fun things to our guests hair, but it does come with a lot of time and money...and also, upkeep! We just wanted to inform our guests that if they have the patience, the look they want can be achieved and we will be happy to help! -Salon Divine