Transformation Tuesday: Color Correction, Balayage, Ombre

From box color to fabulous color, a perfect example of a #TransformationTuesday done right!

There are is so much to tell about this hair transformation, so I am going to jump right in! I took this home box colored hair of brown, red and bleached blonde, to a beautiful soft ombre.

Instead of giving the step by step of each thing I did (let's leave that kind of work to the professionals) here is a break down of any word that might sound like salon jargon so you can have a better understanding of what you might want or what to ask for at a hair salon.

What is a color correction?
In the most general way, while understanding every single hair situation is different, a color correction is (again in general) taking a very dark color and making it very light or vice versa. It's basically completely changing the current color during multiple visits or during one very long appointment. It is important to be honest with you colorist during the time of consultation about your hair history. If you are not honest during the time of consultation, what your colorist might believe will be routine highlights can easily turn into a color correction once they start. Color corrections will cost you much more time and money. If you want to avoid surprise costs or time spent in the chair, talk about your hair history during your consultation.

What is "hair history?"
Hair history is anything that has been done to your hair in the past. This can be anything from sun in, a shine treatment, store bought box color, in salon color, a smoothing or straightening treatment, even a gloss or a glaze... anything! Depending on how long your hair is, will depend on how many years back you may have to go. If you want quality hair color, it's better to be safe than sorry. Not sure of the exact details of what has been done to your hair in the past? Let your colorist know that. The key is that your colorist needs to know if they are working on virgin hair, with artificial hair color or with chemically treated hair.

What is Balayage?
I always tell my clients that balayage is a french word that means hand painting. Balayage refers to the technique that the colorist uses to strategically place a highlight, it does not refer to the actual color or tone of the highlight.

Whats is Ombre?
Ombre, also a french word, that means shaded or shading. Ombre hair color has darker roots as the color gradually gets lighter towards the ends. Typically ombre's are achieved using the balayage technique. Like balayage, an ombre isn't an actual hair color or tone, it just defines a graduation from dark to light. Ombre's are perfect as a low maintenance option. 

I want my natural hair color.
The scariest words out of a clients mouth. Most clients want their "natural" hair color because they believe it will be lower maintenance. Let's be honest, there's a reason you decided you didn't want your natural color in the first place. That original reason will soon surface again, bringing you back in the chair for a more pricey service than standard maintenance. It is important to understand that your natural color will match your eye brows and will more than likely leave you feeling much darker than you ever remember feeling. So if you are set on changing your hair color to your “natural color" it would be a great idea to bring in a picture of the color you'd like your hair to be. And I can almost guarantee the color you want, won't even be close to your natural hair color. The picture will give your colorist a much clearer idea of what it is you are looking for. If you are simply looking for lower maintenance hair color let your colorist know that during the consultation, he/she will make suggestions.

If you have any questions about salon jargon you've heard let me know, I'll be happy to explain!

xoxo Erika


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