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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.


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    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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    Tips to Give Extra Life to Ombre Hair

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    Keep Your Ombre Hair in Tip Top Condition

    Ombre hair has been a hot hairstyle trend in the past year. But while the hype may have simmered down a bit, it continues to be a top favorite for women who want to update their look without cutting their hair. Ombre hair is definitely a stunner and a look that captures attention. However, any form of bleaching or double processing will take its toll on strands in the long run. Therefore it’s of utmost importance to give hair proper maintenance and care to ensure that you not only make the colors last, but also keep hair looking healthy and vibrant.

    Three Essential Rules

    In general, there are three rules you need to observe when it comes to caring for ombre hair:

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    Rule #1: Invest in products designed for color-treated hair. Make your life easy. Most importantly, opt for a shampoo and conditioner formulated for color treated hair. In addition, avoid products that contain sulfate as an ingredient as it is the surest way to leave your ombre color looking dry and flat.  It can also make your hair brittle with continued use. Hence, you need to opt for a color nourishing formula to keep your ombre looking good as new.

    Rule #2: Undergo regular deep conditioning. Weekly deep conditioning is your ombre hairs BFF.  This will give those treated locks some much needed moisture. Deep conditioning is the best way to add moisture back to the hair that was lost during the color process. Deep conditioning protects the color and keeps hair looking shiny and soft.

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    Rule #3: Always use heat protection when heat styling. Thjs is a preventative step that should be included in everyone’s styling routine,  ombre hair or not.  Continued use of blow-dryers, flat-irons, curling irons and hot rollers take a toll on hair, especially chemically treated hair.  A heat protection spray will serve as your line of defense against damaging heat.

    More Expert Hair Care Tips

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    Here are tips from industry experts to make the most of your ombre hair, as well as best practices to care for it:

    • The key to achieving a natural, fresh ombre look is to opt for soft tones that are closer to your hair’s base color. It makes the color seem all the more natural due to the illusion of a seamless transition. Ombre hair is not the same as dip-dyed hair. Focus on achieving a more natural looking color.

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    • A great trick for achieving a modern vibe to your ombre look is to avoid lightening the ends of your hair. Instead,  work on certain pieces of hair to achieve a multi-dimensional effect. Add extra life by varying the tone and intensity of the color as you go from the roots to the ends.

    • Do not over lighten the ends of your hair. The ends are old and more fragile than the rest of your hair and they are susceptible to breakage. Find a fortifying hair product to protect your hair from possible damage. A good nourishing product will keep your hair looking soft and shiny.

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    • Undergo a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week. It does not mean that only a certain portion of your hair is treated that it does not make it prone to dryness. It is important to maintain moisture to keep breakage at bay.

    What is your best hair care tip for ombre hair?

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    Contributing author Abby Pringles is a writer who likes to write about topics relating to beauty, hair, and fashion. You can check her personal blog, Life in the Fash Lane, to read more of her works. Aside from fashion and beauty, Abby is also a hardcore basketball and tennis fan. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.


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    Hair Lowlights – What is it? Can I do it at home?

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    Hair Color Lowlights Hair Should be Done by a Professional

    Hair color lowlighting and high lighting are techniques best left to a professional hairdresser. What may look like a savings when you buy an over-the-counter hair color lowlights kit can end up costing you easily $100.00 or more to remedy at a hair salon. Not to even mention the embarrassment of a bad hair color lowlighting job. Corrective hair coloring lowlights is not cheap.

    It’s not that I’m against home hair color lowlighting. This type of hair coloring takes a special technique that is undeniably best left to a professional hairdresser. Even for the hairdresser it is a skill that is built on and perfected after lots of experience. It takes an artistic eye as well as a skilled hand and a know-how of hair coloring to achieve stunning results. The difference between stunning and tiger stripes lowlights is huge!

    Hair color lowlights hair may best be explained as the same technique as high lighting but with the introduction of darker hair color tones instead of lighter hair color tones. This can especially add depth to hair that has been over-lightened. The hair colorist may weave sometimes up to three different hair colors into your hair.

    If a dramatic, chunky look is the goal, heavier chunks of hair will be colored. If a subtler look is what you are after, the finest of sections are taken to add lowlights to.

    The size of the sections as well as where the hair color that is applied makes all the difference in the end result . . . not to mention the hair color formulation! Normally, this is done with foil in order to keep the hair color off the rest of the hair and the scalp.

    Can you see now why hair color lowlights is best left to those who have much experience at it?

    TIP : Your best way to find a great hair colorist is to ask around. Start noticing hair color, and stop the woman whose color you really like and ask who she goes to!

    Barb Quinn on Google+  


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