Don’t get stuck in hair color formulas.
I’ve been doing hair for 16 years consistently and educating for the last seven years.
I have a few favorite formulas, but honestly, a seasoned hairstylist knows that timing, placement, and porosity, as well as underlying pigments or natural hair tones, play a bigger role than a formula.
And so it’s important to understand that there is more to the magic than just the hair color formula.
Even with something as simple as a full head foil, it’s important to assess each piece and distribute the product (color or lightner) where needed.
I would challenge all of you hairstylists to not just mix and paint.
Pay attention to HOW you paint, assessing each and every piece.
This will add more value to your art than asking for another formula on social media.
Funny story… When I started taking photos of my work I bought a million different cameras and lenses. I seriously think I spent about $10,000 on equipment over the years, and I couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working. Then I realized it wasn’t the camera – it was me.
I felt like my work looked amazing, but I just couldn’t get the shot to represent how I felt like it looked.
I went back to the basics and started shooting with the very first camera I got, which is the Canon Rebel, which I still shoot with today.
Taking photos is a skill set in itself, and no matter how many fancy cameras and lenses I bought I had to figure out how to use the original one.
Same goes with hair color. If you don’t understand how to apply the color, trying a million new different formulas isn’t necessarily going to fix the problem or give you the end result you’re looking for.
I want to share a story of a client I did a color correction on last week. This just goes to show how important timing is.
She had a lot of banding and overprocessed blonde, as well as faded out extremely brassy. We went in and did a full head baby light. We did not pull it through the ends so that it wouldn’t damage. We let that process, then opened every single foil and pulled it through the ends to brighten them.
This way it brightened up her entire head without extremely damaging it. This is an example of timing. The toner was one of my usual formulas but was only left on the hair for 10 minutes.
Her ends were extremely porous, and we didn’t want to go to dark. After, we rinsed everything and went in with the root tap which sat for 3 to 5 minutes.
Hair color is science, but porosity will determine how quickly the hair will lift, or deposit.
Every Monday we share formulas but this week I wanted to share the importance of stepping outside your comfort zone in not just a formulas, but pay attention to HOW and WHAT you’re painting.
Happy Mane Monday!
Here are a few of my favorite blondes from the past few weeks, and although I use similar formulas on all of them they all look just a little bit different. 😉