Please keep in mind that it’s not as simple as changing the color of your walls. When you paint a wall you just brush the new color on top of the old one wait for it to dry and pretty much that’s all there is to it.
Hair color, because it originates below the surface of the hair shaft, is much more complicated. Permanent hair color penetrates below the surface of the hair shaft and removes some of the natural pigment (yes, even if you’re going darker) to make room for the new color molecules to take up residence thereby becoming a permanent hair color change. Removing hair’s natural pigment results in a red or gold cast to the hair. A good colorist will compensate for these warm tones by formulating a mixture that will either compliment or counteract these red or gold tones.
If your primary goal is to cover up grey hair, your colorist has to factor in the percentage of grey hair. Because grey hair has no natural pigment, the warm tones present in other shades of hair isn’t there to counteract the compensation color. Therefore a neutral tone has to be added to the color mixture to insure that the grey hair doesn’t take on an unflattering (orange or blue) tone.
Other factors that your colorist must consider include whether you want to add highlights to your new color, or if you’re dealing with a coating on your hair caused by certain medications or hard water, chlorine build up if you’re an avid swimmer or if you’ve used any coloring products on your hair at home. For example, certain home colors, including henna can contain metallic salts which could have a hazardous reaction when mixed with permanent hair color.
Hair coloring would be so much easier if it were a matter of brushing the new color over the old, letting it dry and going on your way, but, unfortunately, it’s not. Contact me at Salon Antoine to schedule your hair coloring consultation. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for Mark. See you soon.
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