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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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    Paul Mitchell Schools Are a Hot Franchise

    Paul Mitchell Schools

    Paul Mitchell School makes Franchise Times hottest franchise list is reporting that that the Paul Mitchell beauty school franchise is on the “Fast 55” a list of the fastest-growing young franchises according to Franchise Times Magazine.

    This comes as no surprise to me as the Paul Mitchell organization is not only a top Brand in the hair care product business, but they are one of the best managed companies in the cosmetology industry. They continually win awards and accolades for their cutting edge styles and technology from my hair stylist friends in the industry, and we are a tough bunch to please. The Paul Mitchell partner schools are known for their community involvement and philanthropic endeavors, having raised in excess of $3 million for various causes and charities.

    Paul Mitchell has more 100 hundred schools across the country. The Paul Mitchell schools franchise was named #1 in the Top 50 Franchises-Midsize category by Franchise Business Review in 2010 and is #1 in the Category of Health and Beauty. They have received two 2011 Franchise Satisfaction Awards from Franchise Business Review.

    Paul Mitchell Beauty Schools

    The Paul Mitchell School prepares students in the art of hair design, hair cutting, hair color, texture and makeup. Students pay about $17,000 for the program which typically takes about 1,600 hours and with many schools running a capacity of 200 or more students per year the economics are attractive.

    The booming beauty school business is bringing out the big guns. Brands like Paul Mitchell, Aveda and Regis have a decided advantage in that they can attract students who otherwise wouldn’t have considered cosmetology as a career. Students who are trained in these brand name schools are in demand and are being actively recruited in the high end salons where fees are the most lucrative.

    A beauty school is one of the steadiest businesses I can think of, no such thing as a recession our business and there has always been a shortage of hair stylists as long as I have been in the industry.

    My hubby Gary has spent many years in the franchise business and knows franchising, when I showed him this article while I was writing it, he instantly said “that is an out-of-the-park home run” in fact, he suggested I look into it as a new business venture (as if I needed one more thing on my plate).

    For more information check out the Paul Mitchell Partner Schools website.

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    Why Home Hair Color can be Such a Disaster

    Home Hair Color

    Home Hair Color is Fraught With Dangers

    “Girl, you see that Heather Locklear on TV? She colors her own hair, and all I have to do is go get that home hair color in a box and I’ll save myself a lot of money. I want my hair to look like hers!”

    Ok ladies, first of all, Heather Locklear probably has a hair designer that lives under her bed, and I doubt with the millions of dollars in her bank account, that she is coloring her own hair. All those TV commercials that show you the before and after of going from bad hair to great luscious and shiny hair, are using a very talented hair professional to bring it to a finish and be camera ready, that’s the truth . . . trust me!

    Knowing the information between the, “This is my hair color, and this is what I want to be”, is at the end of every perfect beautiful finish. What most people don’t know is what gets them into trouble in the first place. Let’s have a quick lesson here.

    Most hair color products available in your local drugstore today can be applied very easily. Some on dry hair applied with a brush or a applicator bottle, and some on wet hair which you can work them in like a shampoo and create a lather, there are also coloring products that resemble a mousse, which are applied with ease and you can color from roots to ends.

    What most people don’t realize is that the chemicals in these products can be very harmful to your hair and if used improperly, they can do some serious damage. You need to know the right product for the right job, especially for those of you with chemically relaxed or permed hair. Depending on what you use, we are dealing with either non-ammonia or ammonia hair colors that are mixed with and an activator, you call it peroxide. Let me break down for you in simple terms the three major hair coloring products.

    Semi-Permanent Hair Color

    Works almost like a stain, it adds color without interacting with your natural pigment. Uses no developer and leaves the hair after several shampoos. Will cover up to 50% gray. This product does not contain ammonia and will not lighten your own natural hair color. At best can last up to 12 shampoos. (These numbers are not accurate, as everyone’s porosity is different.)

    Demi-Permanent Hair Color

    Similar to semi, but will last much longer. Some can last up to 24 shampoos. It is mixed with a developer therefore when entering the cortex it will have longer lasting effect. It blends and covers gray. However, on permed or relaxed hair it can almost act like permanent hair color.

    Permanent Hair Color

    This is the real enchilada! It’s what you need to become like Heather . . . well not quite, but we’re on the right path. It uses both ammonia and peroxide. Hair color molecules enter the cortex, they expand to a much larger size and get trapped in the cortex. Not so easy though, you need to realize that there is a process that happens here, this product will lighten your natural pigment and than adds the new pigment, and the peroxide permeates the color.

    This product will generally last from 4 to 6 weeks and note that the same color will look different on you or your friend depending on the hair type, and natural tone. That is why when looking at the beautiful girl on the box, I personally would want to know what she was before the product was applied . . . doesn’t sound so easy anymore, does it?

    In the end, the real pros use activators that start at strengths from 10, 20, 30 and 40 volume. What is this, you ask? This is real color technology, you won’t find it in the home hair color box at the local supermarket or drugstore, trust me!

    Of course, it doesn’t end here. There’s double processing, bleaching and toning, highlighting, low-lighting, and so much more mastery and technology regarding hair color. But this is where we professionals draw the line. You can try this at home, and when the usual kitchen disasters occur, most people wind up either coloring it back to a natural color, which in itself can be another devastating experience, and this is where you find yourself going (FINALLY!) back to see the real pros.

    I just gave you a small synopsis on the three major hair color products. The hair coloring bible is much more elaborate and in the end if you are a beautiful brunette and think that the blonde on Heather or on the box was achieved on a level 4 brunette by a single application, think again! What’s a level 4 you ask? That’s a lesson for another day! Happy coloring.

    Home Hair Color
    Contributing author Nick Trombetta for almost 30 years has shared his passion and inspiration for precision artistry in great hair care color and designs with his clients, students and top rated hair care professionals at Salon Maffei in White Plains NY. A former national educator, platform artist and Artistic Director for IT&LY Hairfashion. In 2011, Nic was bestowed the honor of “Best Hair Colorist of Westchester County”.

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