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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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    Hair Color Ideas; Awesome Fall Trends

    Hair Color Ideas

    Heat Up Your Look this Fall With These Gorgeous, Rich Hair Color Ideas!

    With honey blonde, champagne reds, and rich caramels and chocolate, the forecast for fall hair color ideas are delicious. Whether you want to explore your darker side or want to lighten up this fall, tis the season to try something new with your hair color. We’ve got you covered with the 4 hottest hair color ideas this fall season.

    Honey Blonde

    Hair color this fall is taking on warmer tones including blondes. This golden shade of warm honey blonde is a great way to enhance naturally warm skin tones. If you don’t want to go all the way, consider adding some honey high lights or low lights to enhance your glowing skin. Warm honey blonde looks gorgeous with long flowing hair or untamed waves.


    Hair Color Ideas

    Champagne Red

    Take your blonde to another level with this trendy champagne hair color twist. Because it’s cooler than copper and strawberry blonde, champagne red is a great choice for skin with blue undertones or olive skin. If you have paler skin, champagne is also a great way to add depth as lighter blonde colors can wash out women with lighter skin. This color pairs well with a sweet bob or pretty pixie.

    Hair Color Ideas


    Caramel & Chocolate

    Embrace fall hair color with a deep chocolate shade complimented with accents of a rich caramel hue. Fall is a great time to experiment with darker color, and these irresistibly warm and velvety hues can make skin brighter and more youthful. Pair this color with layers or waves to show off the gorgeous dimension.

    hair color ideas

    Cinnamon Stick

    Now that you’re done swimming in the pool and sitting in the sun for a while, it’s officially the  the best time to enjoy those vibrant red colors again! Paired with pale or cool skin tones, cinnamon red is a fun way to give your look a punch of color. Whether long or shorter, this spicy color looks great with bangs.

    Hair Color Ideas

    Dark Chocolate

    Go au naturale with a shade in rich dark chocolate. If your go-to color is black, consider warming up your look with a shade lighter. This is a subtle way to modernize your hair color without a drastic change. Shine on with a super smooth and straight look for your dark chocolate locks.

    If you don’t want a major haircut but want to change up your look for fall, hair color is a great way to experiment with your look. Our tans may be fading along with shorter evenings and lazy vacations, but we can still hold on to a bit of warmth with fall’s rich (warmer) hair shades. For more terrific looks check out our Hair Color Ideas Pinterest board.

    Hairstyle Blog contributing author Lindsay Hausch
    Contributing author Lindsay Hausch has provided clients with professional cutting edge color and cutting techniques at exclusive Paul Mitchell and Bumble and Bumble Signature Salons for the past seven years. She co-founded Sedona Beauty Team, which represents a team of artists that offer luxury, on-location beauty services. She enjoys writing articles that share her expertise. You can follow Lindsay on Twitter and FaceBook.

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    Hair Chalking Tutorial

    Hair chalking neon colors on light blonde hair

    Hair Chalking 101, The DIY How To Secrets

    No, hair chalking isn’t new, but this season it really seems to be catching on! The beauty of hair chalking  is that it lets you play around with color to suit your mood, your outfit, or your style vibe without the commitment that regular dyes or full-on ombre hair colors require. While there are several companies that manufacture “Hair Chalk”, a simple box of non-oil based chalk pastels available at any art supply store, will give you the same colorful, temporary boost that more expensive products offer. Another plus about hair chalking is that it factors low on the coordination scale, so you don’t need to be really good with hair “stuff” to use it.

    If you have blonde or light colored hair use hair chalk in it’s dry form. Applying hair chalk to light hair when it is wet will give you a darker, longer lasting dose of color pigment, but it can be difficult to remove, especially from damaged or bleached hair. If your hair is darker however, you’ll need to dampen the strands you want to chalk for the color to be bold and bright.

    What you’ll need:

    • Hair chalk
    • Gloves
    • Old sheet or throw for the floor
    • Old shirt
    • Spray bottle
    • Flat iron/curling iron
    • Hair spray

     Step by Step How To:

    1.  Once you have selected the chalk colors you want, prep your 1st section of hair using a spray bottle. It’s best to dampen as you go. Take a few strands – less than you would use in a curling iron, but more than just a few wisps, and twist them  into a tight band.

    2.  Apply the chalk using downward strokes so you don’t damage the cuticle. You can control how much pigment you add by keeping the hair damp and applying more layers of color.

    hair chalking - dark hair bangs

    3.  Allow the chalked, twisted sections of hair to dry. You can use a blow dryer but keep the setting on low and keep the nozzle far enough away from the hair so you don’t blow off the chalk.

    4.  Set the color using a flat iron or curling iron, and apply a spritz of hairspray to lock in the look.

    hair chalking with flat iron

    5.  Want to get funky with it? Create beautiful braids using a variety of vibrant colored streaks blended together. You can create dramatic ombre hair color, or a cool rainbow effect using multiple colors. Remember on dark hair to start with a base of white chalk and build the color on top of that for a more dramatic effect.

    Hair chalking multi-colored fishtail braid

    Chalked hair may come off on your pillow case and will generally last until you shampoo it out. If you have blond hair you may need to use a clarifying shampoo to wash out the pigment, just be sure to follow with a good conditioning.

    Insider Tip: Use different gloves for your warm and cool color applications to keep the colors true. And, avoid using styling products such as creams, waxes or shine products that can make a slippery mess. Also, don’t mix a day of hair chalking with a trip to the beach, or a day in the rain, for obvious reasons.

    For more great hair chalking pictures check out our Hair Color Ideas Pinterest board.

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