The great Spring hair color race has begun, and it’s a three-way contest between blondes, spicy reds and light browns. Which will you chose?
Because wearing your natural color is so last season we asked Ammon Carver, Matrix Artistic Director, to help us not only find the perfect shade, but provide at-home hair dying tips. Tis the season to bring out your inner blonde.
Vibe Vixen: How should you prep your hair before coloring it at home?
Ammon: Make sure to balance the porosity of your ends with Total Results Blonde Care’s Flash Filler (even if you aren’t a blonde). The leave in conditioner fills in the porous ends that can often grab hair color too quickly, resulting in a darker/flatter shade than the rest of your hair. The goal is to get all-over, even color, which really starts with the state of your hair.
VV: How important is a strand test?
Ammon: Taking a strand test is literally the ONLY way to be certain about the results of a hair color formula before you use it. Because color results are subject to many different variables (condition of the hair, medication, previous chemical services, etc), the strand test gives you a visual result of how the hair color will respond on your hair.
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VV: Most of our readers have natural hair, are there special things to look out for when coloring natural hair vs. relaxed hair?
Ammon: Natural hair is much more resistant than relaxed hair. Meaning, that relaxed hair will respond very quickly to color because the cuticle layer of the hair has already been opened before, so it doesn’t take as long for the color to get into the hair strand and do its job. The cuticle layer on natural hair is much tighter, and requires full processing time to get the desired results.
VV: What spring colors should you use if you have a fair complexion? medium/olive? Dark?
Ammon: Instead of looking at this based on skin tone, I like to use the natural hair color as my guide. Typically, the winter months are spent with darker, more sophisticated tones—close to the natural level of the hair. When spring comes, it’s time to start lightening and brightening with warm, rich shades. The trend now is to lighten no more than 2-3 levels than your natural level. Soft, warm highlights that accent your cut or facial features perfectly. Again, not something I would recommend doing at home, as lightening your hair can be more damaging, so ask your stylist to help you out. All of my clients are getting Color Insider Clear highlights this year, because the results leave beautiful subtle toned highlights with minimal damage to you hair.
VV: Is it best to die your hair no more than two shades lighter or darker than your current color?
Ammon: I wouldn’t recommend darkening your color as we approach spring and summer. Lightening your hair can be stressful for your strands, so keeping in to 2-3 levels difference from your natural will ensure that you’re not over processing those ends and getting a broken, “chewed up” look.
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