We all have moments when money is tight, you have to choose between having rice for dinner or left over Maggi noodles from the previous night, its called balance and it happens from time to time. Now when it comes to wanting to feel good, even though your bank balance looks like a dirty street dog, you want to feel good right?!
Now you have a choice, wait and feed yourself ( which is always a good first choice! ) or go and get your hair done, now whilst we like the second we would tell you to get your belly full then worry about your hair! When it comes to trying to save money on your hair a lot of salons or stylist may not be as open to giving you the options as we are, in fact we are a little shameless about it.
Our thoughts are very simple, if you need it then we will tell you, if you don’t we will tell you that also. When colouring there is some people who think they can go scout out the local market for the tube of color that they pointed too on the color chart and go buy it themselves and get someone to apply it. Now we love your thought process HOWEVER given that the color chart is a tool used by hairdressers to make sure the color in your mind is the same as the color we are thinking, its a TOOL not a recipe! Each color that we do is typically mixed with 3-5 different colours to get the exact color required for you, it is not coming out of one box…rarely!
If you want to look expensive don’t waste money and try to do it yourself as you will end up spending more on it!
Too often we hear about people getting some advice that is more like a quick fix to hair problems rather than a long term solution. Especially when it comes to colouring hair, doing it right can be a long process that requires time which some people don’t want to put in. If you think about it and add up the time and money you invest, it makes more sense to get it done right the first time.
Now while pulling out a chart with color swatches seems like the norm, it’s more like a chemist DIY choosing a box to take home. We do not reccomend or advise on this type of discussion when it comes to color, everyone’s hair is different, your color history is different, all of this needs to be taken into consideration when your looking for color or advice.
Hairdressing is an art and takes years to understand the science behind it. If you want perfection it may take longer, it may not also. It’s best to do some research on where to go, who to go too and then discuss it rather than getting random advice.
After all it typically takes longer than 2 weeks to grow out a disaster!
Yes yes we can take a seat now, because no matter who’s hair we do or what others say all that really matters is how we feel about the work we do and the happiness of our clients. But one thing is consistent with all of our team and that is to question the norm, to ask why. Just because things are done a certain way doesn’t mean they always have to be right?
Part of being inovative is to know the rules, master them, then break them consistently.
The most important thing to remember is firstly you must know, understand and have mastered the basics before you break the rules!
If color is as much your thing as it is ours, come see us or slide us a DM with your favorite color and let’s see how we can help!
If you have ever wanted chocolate brown hair you will know that there is a zillion variations of it, because chocolate comes in almost black to white so let’s just assume we are are talking above the most common yummy chocolate brown like this one 👇🏻 ( bottom left corner )
Now achieving this is fairly basic if your hair has not been colored or has any chemical services but I guess that’s as rare as cheap weekend away so let’s just push that aside for now.
Now chocolate is a combination of warm tones that include gold & brown. To maintain this tone requires follow through on your part which if done you will look delicious for the 6 week gap between visits.
Understand color is not color, there is a huge amount of variables that need to be taken into consideration, one brand is NOT the same as the next and depending on what your color is prior to the chocolate as to how it will hold and the end result achieved.
Now Maintainence doesn’t have to be a nasty word that makes you think of expensive products and countless trips back to the salon but does require a commitment.
We reccomend a sulfate free shampoo and condition daily, if you do not close the cuticle your color will literally wash out before your eyes!
Things to use
Sulfate free shampoo we use and reccomend Alfa Parf Milano products.
A leave in serum and/or conditioner to make sure the cuticle is closed.
Alfa Parf has a product called pigments ( it’s not a DIY or at home product ) but if any fade does occur it can be applied between visits and is safe and conditioning, pure color pigment which will lock inside your hair and assist in tone change.
Always have an indepth chat with your stylist before and color on condition, Maintainence and always forward plan your next look.