Color and Highlighting FAQs

If you’re thinking of a hair color change, or highlights you’ve come to the right person and place for advice. I am constantly updating this page with the year’s hottest hair color trends, and plenty of a tips and tricks to help you find the right color or highlight for you.

 

 

This Year’s Hottest Hair Color Trends

  1. Bright hues including streaks, washes of pastels, dip-dye and more.
  2. Ombré hair color has been popping everywhere for more than a year and is a great color option for brunettes
  3. Bronze Blonde is a beautiful shade between blonde and brunette that was first made popular back in 2007 by supermodel Gisele Bundchen and remains popular into 2012.
  4. Balayage is taking the country’s salons by storm and works on all hair colors, but is especially great on blondes with a beautiful base.
  5. Platinum blonde hair remains popular going into 2012. Keeping hair this blonde is high maintenance, however, and won’t suit all skin tones.

Next are a few of the best hairstyles for brown, blonde, black and red hair…

Brown Hair Color

If you have pale skin and brown hair, consider going lighter or at least having some highlights painted or foiled in.  Dark shades can wash you out and even make you appear older. I love the  ”bronde” and ”ombré” styles for brunettes for the perfect sun-kissed look.

Blonde Hair Tips & Tricks

Some women look good in any color but most women don’t. If you had blonde hair when you were young, you’ll probably look good blonde as an adult.

What about Red?

Almost anyone can go red, just remember that finding the right shade of red and not trying it on your own. Get a professional consultation.

Gray Hair

A lot of women with gray hair choose to dye their hair. If you are all gray, you may choose to go blonde because blonde is easier to achieve than going dark. More frequently women with gray hair are actually learning to embrace the grays .

Highlights or Full Color?

When it comes to hair color, you basically have 3 options: highlighting, single-process color or double process. Next I will share a few tips to help sort out the best option for your hair.

To Color or to Highlight, That’s the Question

If you have a good base hair tone, you should get highlights. You shouldn’t mess with nature; what you want to do is enhance it. If your base color washes out your skin tone or is blan consider single-process color. Single-process color is cheaper than highlights.Highlights look best when you use two different shades. When with your stylist ask for more around your face, so they can brighten your complexion.

Most stylist will agree that with highlights, your colorist should be using more than one color, not just bleach. Awesome highlights should be layered to produce tonal variations. There should be lights, mediums and darks to create depth and translucence in the hair.

Keep in mind that due to root growth, all-over coloring will need to be touched up every four to eight weeks, while highlights can last up to two or three months.

What kind of highlights should I get?

There are basically 4 types of highlights:
  • -basic foil highlights
  • -baliage or hair painting,
  • -paneling or piecing
  • -lowlighting

Foil highlights add strands of color to hair. You can get up to 5 different shades in hair for a more natural look.

Balayage, or “hair painting,” allows the stylist to add natural stripes of color to hair in large or smaller swaths. This is best for women with a great base color who want to go just a couple shades lighter. You won’t need to get roots touched up as much with baliage as you do foils.

Lowlighting allows the stylist to add darker shades to hair. This gives color more contrast.

Ultimately I want to you to work with your stylist and pick the best approach for you long term.  A good consultation can make all the difference.