Coloring Natural Hair Or Virgin Remy Hair Extensions

PLAN AHEAD

When going to the colorist, make sure you know the exact color desired. Avoid leaving all the decisions up to him/her, or it is possible you will not be happy with the results. Do some research and talk to other people who have had their hair colored by this person if possible. Try to find pictures or swatches to best communicate the desired outcome. Everyone does not see color the same way. A light brown to one person may appear to be a dark blond to another.

Do take the advice of your colorist into consideration. A colorist is a well-trained, experienced professional who knows skin tone, hair type and what works well together. They can determine whether the color desired is too far from the natural  skin and hair tone, and can tell if the shade desired will look natural.

There are some recent trends worth considering. Salon professionals have been getting more requests for low-maintenance, natural-looking color with very subtle highlights, and lowlights, in two or three different shades.

GOING DARKER

Hair that is a level 8 or higher, will be more difficult when going darker. At this point, a professional should do the color to avoid a secondary color (green, orange, etc.). Hair that is a level 7 and darker, should gradually go down 2 levels at a time until the target hair color is reached. If the ends are very porous, they might absorb more color and end up darker then the rest of the hair.

GOING LIGHTER

When darker hair is lightened, it goes through the color spectrum, brown to red, to orange, to blonde. Most hair color products, up to level 3, are only strong enough to lighten medium and dark brown hair to red, and not all the way to blonde. Going from dark hair to medium, or to light blonde, requires a two-step process: lightening, which removes red and gold pigments, then toning, to achieve the desired shade of blonde. A hair color product can only lift the natural color 2-3 shades. So, if hair is dark brown, and the desired color a light blonde, this change requires the two-step process. A professional stylist or colorist is highly recommended for best results.

Note: Natural hair is a mixture of 3 colors: red, yellow, and blue, which are the primary colors. There are also some secondary colors: orange, green, and violet. For instance, lifting hair color from a dark brown to a light brown without adding a secondary color will turn the hair red or orange. To negate the orange, it is necessary to add some blue to achieve a light brown.

The most important factor in coloring hair is determining the underlying pigment of the hair. This information is critical when selecting a color in a swatch book. Without consideration to pigment, the resulting hair color may be quite different than the desired choice.

LEVELS OF HAIR COLOR

1=Black 2=Very Dark Brown 3=Dark Brown 4=Brown 5=Medium Brown 6=Light Brown 7=Dark Blonde 8=Light Blonde 9=Very Light Blonde 10=Light Platinum Blonde

WHY DOES HAIR TURN GREEN?

The hair may have exposed to chlorine in the tap water or pool to blotch the hair-coloring job. That's right! Tap water sometimes contains too much chlorine, causing the hair to tint green. Use a clarifying shampoo once a week, or get a water filter to neutralize chlorinated water.  When the hair has been over-processed with bleach, apply a red-based toner to the hair. However, a professional who knows about this process would offer the best solution to this problem. Salons, where hair is colored to light blond, should have an inline water filter system to remove the chlorine from the tap water. Remember, chlorine is not factored into the hair-coloring formula and can cause over-processing.