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1. How do you pick the right color for your hair/skin tone?
Generally everyone looks best around their own natural hair color or 1 to 2 shades lighter or darker, lets be honest, nature knows best!
If you have pale skin and blue / green eyes Copper tones are very appealing. If you have olive skin and dark eyes, Mahogany tones will suit you best. Golden tones suit almost everyone!
2. Are there any special techniques for color application to get the best results?
When coloring previously colored hair always try to apply the color on the untreated root growth, this is because color on top of color will go darker. If your ends are faded then apply color to the ends for the last 5-15 minutes only. Try to take small sections and apply the color evenly and always go back over it in case you missed any.
If you are applying color for the first time (on untreated hair) apply it right through from the roots to ends and comb it with a large toothcomb to ensure even coverage.
3. Are there any tips for prepping your hair before you apply color?
Always do a patch test before you color your hair for the first time just in case you are sensitive to any of the ingredients. I would suggest coloring ‘day old’ hair rather than freshly washed hair, your scalps natural oils will help protect you from sensitivity that may arise in certain individuals. Try to not have a lot of product in your hair, so the color is applied directly to the hair.
4. What are some suggestions for keeping your color vibrant?
Try to avoid the sun, swimming in chlorine pools and too much heat from styling tools like straighteners and curling irons.
5. What type of shampoo/conditioner should you avoid using post-treatment?
Any products that contain, petro chemicals, phthalates, synthetic fragrances and silicones.
6. What type of shampoo/conditioner should you use post-treatment?
Herbatint Normalizing Shampoo and Royal Cream Conditioner will keep your hair in the best condition and your color vibrant for the longest time!
7. What should you do if you are not satisfied with your color?
Firstly wash it and wash it and wash it! Remember all color fades eventually. Use a sulphate based shampoo, like a dandruff shampoo, which will strip the color faster. Remember putting another color over the top may only make it worse so give it a chance to fade first. It’s important to choose the correct color from the start, but accidents happen! You may need to consult a professional colorist, like Herbatint’s Marie Therese, who can give you an excellent over the phone consultation (1.877.699.4400) and help you achieve the exact color you are looking for!
8. Is there a way to do highlights, balayage, ombre, or ecaille at home?
I wouldn’t try to do theses techniques at home they take years of practice to perfect by professionals.
9. How do you keep your hair from drying out post-treatment?
Use good products everyday rather than expensive treatments that wash straight out. Using your conditioner as a hair mask once a week will help keep your hair strong and shiny!
10. How often should you reapply color or root touch up?
Depending on how quickly your hair grows anything from 3-12 weeks.
11. Do you have suggestions for those wanting to drastically change their color i.e. blonde to brunette?
Ideally I would consult a professional for any drastic color change. If your going darker, remember that it will be there for quite some time so don’t make that decision lightly! Going more than one/two shades lighter is a little more complicated and almost impossible to achieve with Herbatint so I would advise on a professional consultation.
12. How can you ensure you’re color doesn’t fade or go brassy from chlorine?
Easy! Don’t put your head underwater! Chlorine is a bleach by nature and will lighten your natural hair in time and fade your Herbatint color very quickly. If you want to play it safe, make sure to drench your hair with water and even conditioner before going in.