Sunday, June 19, 2011

Color Services and Options

The many options with color can be overwhelming to those who are new to the hair coloring world and as well as to fashionistas.   Below is a helpful summary of the many options Parlor offers...  

Single Process Color
1) Demi and Semi-Permanent Color
Semipermanent can be used to "blend away" grey hair.  It will help subdue the grey strands.  The beauty of this choice of color type is the effect on the grey but will gradually wash off.  This will conveniently be when the new (gray infused) hair will begin to present the uncolored roots making it a close match up avoiding the "rooted" look.

2) Permanent Haircoloring
This color can over take any grey hairs and make them the color you choose.  While this color will fade with exposure to sun and other elements it will permanently cover your natural haircolor.

3) Gloss (or Toner)
This is an allover color that is frequently combined with another color service.  Added to highlights when you want to achieve a slightly different hue, a perfect solution for those desiring cool tones, or intense reds.  We also have a sheer "Gloss" to add shine, smoothness, or weight to your hair.

4)  Double Process Coloring
This technique is used when we are trying to remove darkness of any kind from the hair.  This could be used to achieve a "Platinum as in Gwen Stefani" look or if you wish to step down your darkness a shade or two (or three or four).

We categorize these by the amount of highlight coverage of the head 
1) 1/2 Head
Highlights will be strategically added to the front area of the head (including the sideburn area) to just over the crown area.  This is the most commonly done highlight application as it replicates the sun's natural highlights.

2) 3/4 Head Highlight
In addition to the above described "1/2 Head", highlights will additionally be added to the outer nape area.  this helps blend the highlight to the under darkness for those who wear their hair up alot.  This is around 6 to 8 foil packets generally and usually increases the service fee by around $20 from a "half head of highlights".

3) Full Head of Highlights
This application of highlights covers your entire head.  I find this neccessary when the desired look is to change the overall color.  Unlike a natural sunkissed look this will bring you to a new level of lightness.  Some find this only neccessary every third highlight or once a year.  A "full head of highlights" may also be desired to produce more fullness and texture by coloring a larger percentage of hair.  An additional gloss or toner can be nice as well!  The service cost of a Full Highlight vs a Half Head of Highlights is usually another 50% in addition to the stylists service fee for a Half Head of Highlights.  So if your stylists 1/2 Head Highlight is listed as $120.00 their Full Head Highlight would then be around $180, excluding any additional color add ons such as glossing or toning.

4) Area Highlight
This can be used along with an allover color to add dimension or alone for a signature touch of color.  The possibilities are endless with this color technique.

Highlight Add-ons

* Glossing or Toning (adds a hue of color to reduce or enhance tone or simply to add shine)
* Additional color mix-up (priced at $30 for each 20 gram increment)
* Color in between foils (Gray coverage, added depth, etc)
* Extra long or Extra thick hair (Crystal Gale were sorry but it does take longer to foil hair that is halfway down your back)

Definitions of Customizing Techniques
...descriptions by color education company RED CHOCOLATE
 Pamphlet available at Parlor when you receive your complimentary pre color consultation

Color Melting
When just one color won't do, this process melts two or more colors together by overlapping them and blending them together.  As my respected colleague and teacher David Adams says... "Blonde's will look fresh off the beach, reds will rival a tequila sunrise, and browns will resemble a mouthwatering toffee & caramel dessert."  This technique is a great way to get that "Ombre" look!
Shoe Shine
Short hair doesn't mean short on color options.  This process is made just for shorter hair, and it's perfect for those of the male persuasion. Color is applied to foil, and the hair is simply "polish."  Kind of like a pair of shoes - just a little more hairy.
Flying Colors
yet another process for short hair that's also popular with the men folk, Flying Colors applies the color freehand with the comb. On the "fly," if you will.  A completely creative technique that always results in a unique look.
Take any notion of crop circles and toss them out the window.  This process first divides the hair into two or three circles, and then applies either complimentary or contrasting colors to each layer.  The end result is a layered cascading effect that can be as soft or as strong as your appetite dictates.
Color Cleanse
Sometimes its best to erase the hair color history and start with a clean slate.  this process removes the artificial color from your hair and leaves it fresh as a spring daisy.  And that's really fresh.
Color Correction
Not in love with a previous color job?  Not even "like" with it?  Have no fear color correction is here.  This process usually takes two or more services on the same day, and is the best way to shift your shade or tweak your tone.
Thinking of laying down a darker shade?  Consider this the all-important primer.  This process is the essential first step in going dark.
Lighten and Tone
Everyone knows there's a difference between blonde and BLONDE/blonde.  This one's for the latter.  You want to be uber blonde, and you want everyone to know it.  This process lightens the hair and then tones it for the ultimate bomb-shell-ification.  Just be prepared to start having more fun!
Want to lighten up, but not completely?  In this process, your colorists weaves sections of hair out and wraps them in foil with a lighter color.  The end result can be soft and subtle, blending closely with your existing color, or strong and distinct, with head turning, wow inducing contrast.
The "yin" to the highlights "yang".  In this process, your colorist also weaves sections of hair out and wraps them in foil (or not) but this time its to the dark side.  Low lights can be used to tone down blondes, add depth to a style, and even cover up those natural highlights (again, we never say grey).
If highlights and lowlights give you the yawns, get a bolder effect with this process.  Slices are not shy and will proudly display their color definition.  For the thick haired or the curly haired this is a sure fire winner. 
Back - To - Back Slices
This process exactly what it says.  Takes two or more slices and puts them smack dab next to each other with no hair left untouched as a buffer.  Definitely for the more adventurous, this bold dimensional effect demands, and will get, plenty of attention.
So, maybe root to tip isn't your speed.  Then tips might be right up your alley.  This process is a more contemporary approach coloring just the ends of the hair.  Either "tip" your whole head, or use it sparingly to accentuate the line of your cut.  Works like a charm, whether you are straight or curly.

We welcome you to book an appointment for a complimentary consultation.  A member of The Parlor Beauty Squad would love to talk to you about the possibilities for you!

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