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My Black Hair Color is a Mistake!

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Black hair color looks like “shoe polish.” Help!!

Annette writes:
“I have used black hair color on my hair at age 54. What was I thinking? It seems risky to high light hair that has been colored black. I would like to high light this black hair color to break it up and get rid of this ‘shoe polish look’ and I am currently using a harsh shampoo to fade it slowly. What do you suggest, since my gray re-growth will be coming in soon making it look worse? Help!”

Kristle  answers;
Annette, let me first say that you are not alone with this black hair color dilemma. Black hair color looks harsh on many people and good on a few, but many people continue to make the mistake of coloring their hair black at home. There are a couple of ways to fix this solution:

  • Black Hair Color Solution 1:Have a professional hairdresser heavily high light hair with a lightened like bleach and then tone the lightened strands to a very dark brown, giving the hair an overall lighter appearance. Unless your hair is already quite damaged from previous chemical treatments, this process shouldn’t ravage your hair. Just be sure to fully explain to the hairdresser what you have done to your hair and what you are trying to achieve as an  end result.
  • Black Hair Color Solution 2:If you want your black hair color gone and replaced with a lighter hair color, another suggestion might be to try a hair color remover. A hair color remover is best done by a professional hairdresser, although you can pick up a DIY version from your local beauty supply store. The hair color remover works to break up the hair color molecules and lightens hair. You then need to recolor hair to a desired hair color. For DIY readers out there, I would suggest using a shade of hair color that is one shade lighter than what you want to achieve in the end.

The reason I first suggest getting this process done by a professional is that hair color remover can be unpredictable in the outcome. It needs to be applied evenly and watched closely as to when it should be taken off the hair. You need to lift out the right amount of color from your hair and deposit a color that works with your new strand hair color.  A professional has experience with this type of color correction and can control the hair color more so than if you were to do it at home.

Annette, as far as your gray hair re-growth is concerned, I would first suggest choosing either solution above for a temporary fix for your black hair color. Then, as your gray grows in, use a demi-permanent hair color, like Redken Shade, to color the re-growth. This will blend in grays as they appear, while allowing the rest of the color to grow out.

Black Hair Color

Keep in mind that whenever you are doing several chemical processes like this within a short span of time, it is a good idea to also do a deep conditioner or protein conditioning treatment for your hair to maintain the integrity of the hair. Try one like Joico’s K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor, which leaves the hair feeling soft and revitalized.

Barb has an black hair color article that might help as well.

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Bad Hair Day? What Were They Thinking?

Bad Hair

Bad Hair Dosen’t Win Any Awards

“There is No Excuse for Celebrity Bad Hair” Heroes’ actress Hayden Panettiere attended the 2009 Emmy Awards in a stunning red gown and a stunningly bad hair style. Usually this young actress has beautiful age-appropriate hair styles, but this one ages her beyond her young years.

This bad hair style is much too stiff and lacquered down for my taste. Plus the strange curl pattern reminds me of Ursula from the movie The Little Mermaid. I’m not sure what this actress or her hairdresser was thinking, but this is definitely not Emmy Award material. I think in this case, less would be more!

Can you see the bad hair resemblance between this character and Hayden Panettiere at the 2009 Emmy Awards?

My suggestion for turning this bad hair into Emmy Award hair is to soften the look up a bit. There were many celebrities who wore a similar hairstyle that was swept up and off the face, like Hayden’s at this years Emmys. The difference was Hayden’s hairstyle was way too stiff and over-done.  Something like the hair style she wore for the Golden Globes this year would be a better choice. Her Golden Globe hairstyle was age-appropriate, red-carpet ready, soft looking and absolutely gorgeous!

Bad Hair
Hayden Panettiere Hair ‘Do!

Bad Hair- What was she thinking? This poor woman has been through the wringer lately, but bad hair never has an excuse. Kate Gosselin was recently a guest host on The View. It seems that the show hairdressers, in an effort to conceal her bad hair, gave it some body. However, body can’t help this bad hair cut.Kate needs to grow out this chopped up mess into a sleek bob like I had mentioned in a previous article. I think she needs a fresh new hairstyle to compliment her new lifestyle! A short and sleek bob would be perfect for her. It would still be simple enough for her to style, with her busy schedule and it would add a chic element to her overall look.

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Hair Extensions

Hair Extensions

The Three Most Popular Types of Hair Extensions

Clip-In Hair Extensions

Clip-in hair extensions just keep becoming more and more popular because of their ease and versatility. With clip-in hair extensions you can add hair just for one night or add in a strand or two of a contrasting color just for fun. Clip-in hair extensions offer length and thickness those other types of hair extensions offer but without the commitment of both money and time. Ken Paves installs clip in hair extensions on Jessica Simpson You can expect to pay around $100 for full clip-in hair extensions like Jessica Simpson and Ken Paves line called, HairDo. If you simply want to add in a strand or two of color, expect to pay about $10-$30 per colored strand. Also, keep in mind that these prices are for synthetic hair extensions, which cannot be styled with heated styling tools. For clip-in human hair extensions, expect to pay twice as much, if not more. I recommend clip-in hair extensions to my clients who want longer, thicker hair for just one night or for occasional use. We get lots of requests for clip-in hair extensions at the shop just before prom. Clip-in hair extensions are ideal for creating new do’s for prom or anytime. They are affordable, easy to work with and can be used over and over again . . . that’s why they are my favorite!

Weave-In Hair Extensions

Weave-in hair extensions are most popular in the African-American community Weave-in hair extensions have been around for such a long time. This hair extension application method is popular in the black hair community. The way hair extensions are weaved in is that a portion or all of your natural hair is braided up and then a hair net is placed over the braided hair. Human hair is then weaved into or sewn into the braids or the hair net. This gives someone who doesn’t have ideal hair naturally the opportunity to have the illusion of long, thick, silky hair. Weave-in hair extensions vary so greatly in prices depending on the cost of the hair, how much hair you are using and the cost that the hairdresser charges you for the service. They can run from the high hundreds to even a few thousand dollars!

Fusion Hair Extensions

This video helps to explain the fusion hair extension technique. This is a natural looking style using human hair extensions. Bonded to your natural hair, these human hair extensions are bonded with a wax based bond. The benefits of these extensions are that they are virtually undetectable. You can’t see where they are attached and they blend well with your own hair. Fusion hair extensions are quite costly and can cost upwards of $650. However, these extensions last about 3-4 months, so the cost might be well worth it for some. There is some interesting information regarding hair extensions in the new Chris Rock movie, Good Hair due to come out this month. It should be a great movie for all . . . hair buffs or not!   

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