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    Unlock the Keys to Absolutely Irresistible Gray Hair

    Gray Hair Styles

    Rules for a Successful Transformation to Gorgeous Gray Hair

    The going with naturally gray hair question has come up often enough in my classes Finding the Right Hairstyle for You! to know that it is on a lot of your minds.

    Just picture yourself down the road a few more years or decades, whatever the case may be. You’ve been coloring whites since you can’t remember, and now you are tired of the hassle and expense of touching up gray roots every 4 to 6 weeks. How do you go about going “au naturel” with a beautiful gray hair style?

    Most of you know you shouldn’t just let your grays grow out – way to scary! If you see someone using this strategy, please help them out with what you learn here. (The easiest solution you can give them is to go on a mission to find a great hair colorist.)

    Some women have been left without answers to this question and therefore think they have no alternative but to look hideous in the process, or they just keep coloring their hair when they really don’t want to.

    So, first of all, if your hairdresser “hems and haws” think twice, and engage a good hair colorist. You want a hair colorist who is confident in the strategy they are going to use. If your hairdresser seems shaky, there is a good reason. They are not sure what to do with coloring gray hair! If a hair dresser takes you on with this attitude, they are surely getting experience at your expense. Follow your instincts carefully on this one. If it just does not feel right, be assertive.


    Short Layered Grey Hairstyle

    Natural Gray Hair Strategy Suggestions:

    • If your hair has been permanently colored or bleached, a short haircut will be the quickest and simplest to your goal. Then you can use a semi-permanent hair color or hair color rinse in your natural shade to blend till your hair grows out.
    • You can have a hair colorist blend your new growth with “lowlights”. Lowlighting is just the opposite of highlighting. Depositing streaks of hair color using a semi-permanent hair color to blend gray hair until the old hair color has been fully cut out. Your natural hair color will start to come in naturally, but without a line of demarcation.
    • The darker your hair color is, the trickier the process of going gray natrually becomes. The process of lowlighting hair may take a bit longer, but it is worth the effort. This is why going with a short haircut would be a good idea. It will make the process much smoother, quicker certainly less expensive.

    Next time you place an order at Amazon take a peak at “Going Gray, Looking Great! By Diana Lewis Jewell,” she’s the guru on the topic. And for more ideas on going gray naturally check out my article How to Grow Out Gray Hair.

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    Hair Color Too Dark?

    The disaster of coloring hair too dark . . . happens often. But what you choose to do next . . . is what is most important!

    If your hair coloring project resulted in a hair color too dark, you’re not alone it is a very common outcome. Hair dyes are chemicals and it doesn’t take much of a misstep for some unanticipated results to occur. Here is a question from a reader who posted a comment on one of my articles this week:

    I used a permanent “Dark Warm Brown” 5 days ago. It is too dark. Can I put a “Light Warm Brown” on now to take it lighter? If yes, how soon can I re-dye it? Thank you! Comment by Katie


    Call 1-800

    My first advice is to call the manufacturers 800 number on the back of the box. They employ professionals who can determine the best route for you to take. They will need to know some history on what chemicals are on your hair now, what your natural color is etc. Be clear and accurate on your answers, swallow your pride and fess up no matter how badly you messed up. Keep in mind your answers are all they have to go on and if you are going to color at home again, you need their recommendation to be an accurate one. They will also advise if they feel you need to see a professional in order to get it right.

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    Clarify or Highlight

    You may be able to lighten your hair to some degree by using a clarifying shampoo. The color will naturally lighten some each time you shampoo. If that isn’t enough, you can lighten it by adding highlights. Although there are at-home highlighting kits, using a professional can make a big difference in the artful application of highlights and your end results.


    Color Remover

    Another, more complicated route to take would be to go with a formulated color remover. One color remover that get’s top reviews is “Colorfix”. If you are going to use a color remover, be meticulous in following directions when fixing hair color too dark. Be sure to read the reviews at Amazon or Folica, they are always insightful.

    Hair Colorist fixing hair color too dark

    When You Need a Hair Color Fix . . . Who do You Call?

    Add this link to your bookmarks American Board of Certified Hair Colorists. You don’t want to lose any time in a hair color emergency. This resource might come in handy. The advice that I give in my class Finding the Right Hairstyle for You! still trumps. Calling a good hair salon in your neighborhood should yield the name and number of a good professional hair colorist.

    Remember, don’t skimp at this moment. . . re-mortgage the house if necessary when you have a hair color dye emergency. Pay whatever it takes to get the very best hair colorist, you’ll not regret it. The site also has some interesting technical information in the study portfolio, for those of you that need to know how hair color chemical reactions occur.

    And for all you hairdressers out there, this site is a must to keep your how to fix hair color skills at the top of your game.

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    What to do When Your Stylist Screws Up on Hair Color Job

    Has this hair color issue happened to you?

    Alyssa writes:
    “I advised her to increase the amount of brown (chocolate truffle) throughout my hair, and to change the shade of blonde from a yellowish over to more of a wheat blonde. She asked me if I wanted to darken the faded streaks around my face and I advised yes. After the color process was over, she was washing my hair and applying a toner, and out of nowhere she stopped and said, “I have to go get something, I will be right back.” She completed my hair and I was somewhat satisfied, however, this was nothing new, I react this way every time she has done my hair. When I got home, I pulled my hair up and noticed why she stopped during the toning of my hair. She completely missed a triangle of hair around my face, and the section she did get, the highlighter was taken out too early and is a strawberry blonde color. In addition to this, when I advised her to increase the amount of dark hair, she changed the color to a darker brown, that totally looks horrible with my color of blonde. Due to she is the daughter of a close friend, and I don’t want to get her in trouble, I called her a week later and left a message to return my call three times. She has not returned my call, so apparently she is very aware of why I am calling. I am not touching my hair due to I don’t know a thing about hair color. I have had the damaged job for two weeks and I am furious I paid $170 for this. Is it too early to go to a salon for correction? And should I notify the owner of the studio this has happened?”

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    Alyssa is not alone

    Hair color correction can be a tricky business. In Alyssa’s case the trouble becomes twofold as her hairdresser/colorist is the daughter of a close friend. I’m well aware that Alyssa is not alone with her hair color job gone bad dilemma. But things could get more difficult to correct if she doesn’t take action fast.

    You have done the right thing in trying to reach your hairdresser. I’m afraid, as you probably have suspected, that your hair stylist doesn’t know what to do.  The fact that she hasn’t called you back speaks volumes about her level of color correction experience. No doubt she is stressed out, as she wanted to please you and hasn’t got the confidence that she can now fix the problem.

    First of all, you need to go back sooner, rather than later to get the color fixed. The problem will only get more complicated if left long enough for roots to begin to appear. My suggestion is that you force the issue with your hair stylist or the salon. You could do this a couple of different ways. First, you could simply walk in and have your hairdresser look at your hair color. Tell her you aren’t happy with the color and ask her directly if she is able to get it closer to what you had in mind. Use your women’s intuition here, I’m suspicious that she is afraid of her capabilities of handling a hair color correction and might be relieved to be let off the hook . . . as you should be too if she isn’t positive of what steps to take.

    Hair Color Job Consultation

    Seeking a Higher Authority

    Another option is talking with the salon owner, who I’m sure would want to know about the problem. She wants to have a chance to fix it and keep you as a salon customer. Most hair salons have stylists who are at different levels of experience. They should be able to fix it for you and for what you paid, it should be at no cost to you.

    If your gal hasn’t the experience or know-how of correcting this problem, this will be a big learning moment for her. This can be a win-win situation at this point for everyone if handled correctly.  You can come out with the hair color you were after, the hair salon keeps you as a client, and your friend’s daughter will increase her knowledge of not only color correction, but how to face-up and work through problems that can  and do arise when coloring the hair.

    But at some point you might just have to bite the bullet and find a new hair colorist. If you get to that point, here are some tips How to Find a Hair Colorist and this video:

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