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    Funky Hair Color?

    Funky Hair Color

    Help! I’ve got a Funky Hair Highlights, my hair is black with yellow highlights.

    Sarah asks:

    After dying my hair black for the last 2 years I wanted my hair color to be a more chocolate-brown. I went to the hairdressers and they put a whole head of hair highlights through it and then a brown hair color toner on it. After leaving it a week I can’t even look at it . . . its black with yellow highlights in it and completely not what I asked for. I now want to put a whole head dye over it in chocolate-brown to get rid of the awful funky hair color any suggestions?


    Your hairdresser had the right idea. The process they went through in doing a heavy highlighting hair color process throughout your head and then toning back to a brown hair color was a good one. What wasn’t good . . . was the formula they used to tone back as the hair color didn’t hold for even a week.

    Was the hair color satisfactory to you when you left the hair salon? My guess is that it was or you would have told them you wanted it fixed immediately. If that’s the case, the level they used to color the highlighted hair areas was good but the developer wasn’t right.

    Learn how to communicate with your hairdresser. A hair stylist cutting a clients hair.

    My suggestion is to call your hairdresser and tell them what happened. At this point, they can adjust the formula and color back the hair with less damage and better coverage than what you might end up with in trying to do it yourself. They should be anxious to get it right for you. Don’t wait any longer to contact them.

    As long as they had your hair color satisfactory to you when you left the hair salon, and they didn’t let you leave with yellow highlights on black hair, I would trust them to be able to get it right. You don’t have to put up with funky hair colors! I wrote an article that could help you plan your conversation with the hair salon: Salon Hair Coloring Mistakes Should be Corrected, check it out.

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    Must Have Long Hair Styles

    Long Hair Styles

    Punch up Your Long Hair Styles

    It is the time to wear hair long hair styles primped to its finest. Amy Winehouse showed us that a long hairstyle can be worn to the extreme, but this year the extreme is done with grace. Just because the hairstyle is long doesn’t mean you have to let it dangle in that goody two shoe manner, it is high time to infuse those long hairstyles with some attitude.


    Long Hair Styles That Make You Appear Thinner


    A long hairstyle that is worn one length can come across a tad boring and dull, but with the right highlights you can really change things around. A two toned effect will add depth and dimension. Highlights are always a good idea, but changing it up will make things more interesting. Keep the stripes smaller and more blending to the base hair color, and add a few colors to the mix. This will add transition and reflect light-giving-depth to the hair. For more inspiration on highlights check out my article Hair Highlights for All Hair Colors.


    Long Hair Styles


    This is a great haircut if you are working with long curly or wavy hair. One of the biggest problems with curly long hair is that the cut lies too flat at the top and explodes through the bottom; before you know it you resemble a Christmas tree. The layers will transform the curls, cascading the hair and making it look fuller from start to finish.


    Long Hair Styles

    Multiple Layers

    When your hair is straight and very thick the multi-layered look can also be a great haircut to use. It removes the excess weight from your hair making it easier to style. However, be careful not to cut the layers too short, all that extra weight removed will allow the hair to bounce up leaving you with a bowl shape at the crown.


    Long Hair Styles

    Face Framing Layers

    Ladies, if you are one of the many who defines yourself as being “hairstyling impaired,” or not blessed with the hands or talent to do your own hair, then look no further. This long haircut keeps all the length through the back blunt, but allows for flattering layers to frame the face. This is a classic haircut that has been revised over the years to bring more attitude to the table. It is important your hairdresser works this long hair style to accentuate your best features. Cut the layers around the face to high light your cheekbones or your lips. And, if you have killer eyes that you want to be noticed chop in an eye grazing fringe to seal the deal. And if your looking for more ideas on utilizing face framing layers as a strategy check out my article Layered Haircuts Are Hot!


    Long Layered Hair Style with Bangs

     Whatever long hairstyle you luscious lasses choose to wear, remember to have fun with the overall picture. Long hair is like a blank canvas, there is so much to do with it . . . play around, have some fun and don’t be afraid to try new things.


    Long Hair Styles

    For more great longer looks check out my Pinterest Long Hairstyles Board.

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    The Lowdown on Using Lemon Juice to Lighten Hair

    Using Lemon Juice to Lighten Hair

    Yes, Lemon Juice will Lighten Some Hair . . . But

    A recent question from a student in my online class Finding the Right Hairstyle for You, asks:

    I’ve been told that lemon juice can bring out high lights in hair, and I have tried this. In the summer I always naturally get lighter high lights in my hair as I spend time outdoors. In the winter I lose them. This winter I did try lemon juice once. It looked very dim and nondescript the first day, but then seemed to give me some nice high lights for a few weeks. Is lemon juice damaging to hair? Can it bring out lighter high lights in some hair colors?


    Lemon juice as a hair lightener will work for some hair types but, it’s not the best choice.

    Lemon juice has a low pH level and is acidic. Using this too often on healthy hair will make it brittle. It’s not controllable on chemically treated hair.

    Hair care products these days are formulated to have a balanced pH level which leaves the hair in better condition. Straight lemon juice on the hair will dry it out. Here is what I know about using lemon juice as a hair lightener:

    • Lemon juice, plus oxygen and UV rays, equals a bleaching product.

    • Lemon juice as a hair lightener is only effective on hair that is dishwater blonde or lighter in color. Its bleaching quality is only effective when used in the sun and will not lighten brunettes or red heads.

    • Using lemon juice on chemically treated hair can turn it an orange or brassy color.

    • It can also dry out the hair with its acidic quality and make the hair extremely brittle.

    If you still decide you want to use lemon juice in your hair, don’t use it straight without diluting it. Dilute one tablespoon of lemon juice in a gallon of water and use it daily as a rinse. Use it this way when you know you will get sun exposure and it will lighten your hair, but be aware of how it is affecting your hairs condition.

    Lemon juice high lights used sparingly may be fine in healthy, non chemically treated hair. Also think about this, if you use it too often, you will have bleached hair with roots growing in, now what do you do?

    Need I say . . . my first recommendation is to have high lighting done by a professional if you want it done right. It may save you lot’s of hair and headaches to come.

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