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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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    Hairstyle Trends Year End Review

    Hairstyle Trends

    Best and Worst Hairstyle Trends of the Year

    This was the year of hairstyle trends. From short bobs to crazy colored hair, there were vast amounts of new and unusual looks. I wanted to take a look back at some of the best and worst hairstyle trends of the year and see what’s to come for next year.

    Best Hairstyle Trends of the Year

    Hairstyle Trends

    Short Bob Hairstyles

    Many women tried a version of the short bob hairstyle this year. From a-line bobs to short cropped bobs, these short bob hairstyle trends were seen on just about everyone. My favorite short bob hairstyle of the year was the a-line bob, which is shorter in the back and longer in the front. Celebrities like Jenny McCarthy were seen sporting this style, as was I. For more short bobs check out my article 10 Short Bob Hairstyles to Die For.


    Hairstyle Trends

    Braided Hair

    I saw braided hair everywhere this past year. What a hairstyle trend this was! Celebrities were rocking this look on the red carpet while you and I wore this look on the beach. Small braids, big braids and everything in between encompassed the braided hairstyle trends look. I predict that we will see more of this look in the upcoming year. For more great braid ideas and DIY how to tips check out my article Braids, Braids, Braids!!

    Hairstyle Trends


    Long Hair

    Although the short bob hairstyles were quite popular this year, long hair was also in. I saw a trend towards more relaxed long hair that looked undone on celebs like Demi Moore, Jennifer Aniston and Gisele Bündchen among others. Strong wave patterns in long hair that we saw relaxed this past year for a more laid back look. For more hot looks check out my article Long Hair Styles Trending for 2014.


    Worst Hairstyle Trends

    Hairstyle Trends

    Crazy Colored Hair

    Between Drew Barrymore’s dipped ends look and bad color jobs all over, the year seemed to have many crazy colored hairstyle trends. Although experimentation is sometimes good . . . these looks were very, very bad. I think we all learned our lesson and crazy colored hair will not be back. Thank God!

    Hairstyle Trends


    So many celebrities went with an unnatural blonde look this year. Katharine McPhee, Rihanna and Lily Allen come to mind. If you, too, went with an unnatural blonde look this year, I urge you to return back to a more natural looking color. Platinum blonde isn’t widely flattering and these hairstyle trends will go away next year. 80’s Hairstyles Twilight star Kristen Stewart was one of the first ones to get an 80’s hairstyle trends look. She channeled Joan Jett for her look, but others followed suit. Let’s leave 80’s hair in the 80’s.


    What’s to Come

    Hairstyle Trends

    More Bobs

    Hairstyle trends like the bob are so popular that I think they will stick around in the New Year. I expect we’ll be seeing longer bobs that are shoulder length as the shorter bob styles are grown out. For more medium and long bob ideas check out my article Layered Bob Hairstyles Big New Trend!

    hairstyle trends

    Relaxed Hairstyles

    Hairstyles will continue to be more relaxed and laid back looking. There is a time and place for formal hair, but I don’t believe this next year will be that time. Hairstyles like Blake Lively’s in Gossip Girl are gaining popularity so I see hairstyle trends heading this way.

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    Hair Shadows – the secret to fun colors without the commitment

    Hair Shadows

    Hair Shadows the “It” Trend This Season

    There you are, waiting for your appointment at the Salon, sipping your coffee and flipping through the latest fashion magazine and you see it. Pastel pink highlights. Oh, how you have always wanted to have pastel pink highlights, but you are afraid once you commit to the color process of lifting your hair color lighter to deposit the pink, your lovely tresses may be dried out or damaged. Your biggest fear – you won’t like the pink and now you are committed to the color and you are out $100.00. Well my beauties, fear no more. I have a solution that you, your stylist and your pocket book are going to love.

    Hair Shadow and Hair Mascara

    A perfect way to add some fun, funky colors without the commitment. Hair shadows and hair mascaras are a temporary version of hair color, that wash out with shampoo within 1-2 washes. (depending on your hair’s porosity level – if your hair tends to be on the dry side, it may take 3 – 4 washes to remove the color). There are a few techniques and applications for applying hair shadow and hair mascara. The following are products that I have used personally and are products that have been used on our clients in our Salon, and are big sellers for my retail customers.

    ColorMe by Giuliano – a Hair Mascara. It comes in a tube with a brush, just like regular mascara. Every color of the rainbow is available, as well as the newly introduced metallics.  It is to be applied to dry hair, then followed up with blow drying the color to set it. It is not recommended to use a flat iron or curling iron after the color has been applied, for risk of staining your hair.  Be sure to have finished curling/flat ironing your hair before applying the color.

    ColorBug by Kevin Murphy – a Hair Shadow. The packaging is a little round puck that fits easily into your hand. A great color selection as well. It is recommended to be applied to dry hair, and to place a towel around your shoulders to catch any of the powder residue that may fall from the ColorBug. It is recommended to use gloves for working the color into the hair, less risk of staining your newly polished manicure. It is not recommended to use a flatiron/curling iron after applying the ColorBug.

    Pigment Pencil by Joico Structure – the newest addition to the hair shadow trend. It is a pencil, it looks like a wide eyeshadow pencil. Available in pink, blue or purple. The less product applied = pastel, the more product applied = vibrant. It is to be applied to dry hair, again, after flat ironing or curling, to prevent staining. It is recommended to cover your shoulders with a towel to catch any powder residue that may fall.  *Featuring Blue Cheer on yours truly.

    Hair Shadow

    So now you can go and try that pastel pink highlight without the fear or the commitment…or the blue, or the red, or the purple.

    Hair Shadow and Hair Mascara are an AWESOME alternative for young children who want funky colored hair – let them try a few colors to see if they even like their hair a different color. No chemicals being applied to their hair and no tears or tantrums for Mom and Dad when junior realizes that he/she hates blue hair.

    Contributing author Sara Stancu is “That girl in the red coat”. Sara is also the manager of a salon and retail shop with over 20 years of customer service and sales experience. Her tell it like it is approach is aimed at educating and enlightening clients, stylists and salon owners. She has also been the woman locked in the bathroom hating her hair. You can follow Sara on her website That Girl in the red coat and Twitter.

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