- Posted by Cortex Beauty Blog
- On May 16, 2018
Vibrant hair color is either here to stay or a very long-lasting trend. More clients are demanding it and more stylists are becoming amazing color experts.
It seems clear that you can get vibrant color at lots of places. But the best vibrant color treatments occur when clients and stylists work together, sharing the vision and the steps to get there.
Why Go Bold?
People who are thinking about adding a pop of color or going all over vibrant typically want to look great and to maybe stand out a bit, change their look, or make a statement.
Stylists’ goals are a little different.
They want to:
- Try to create what the client is asking for.
- Create a flattering look.
- Be sure that her hair is not unnecessarily damaged in the process.
With those guidelines in mind, here are some pieces of advice we have culled from our stylist community:
- Extensions provide a baby step. Coloring all of the hair or a portion of it can be pretty radical. But a colored extension can accomplish a lot. It can add the color while being temporary and can give a client time to decide if she is ready to really plunge in to full-on color. The extension also adds volume. And while the extension itself can be pricey, the overall time spent in the salon (especially for just a pop of color), may be less.
- Add the light. For nearly every beauty client, the hair will have to first be seriously lightened before the vibrant color can be added. The stylist will have to determine what it will take to lighten the hair, taking into consideration the length of the hair, how porous it is, what its previous exposure to chemicals has been as well as the texture.
- Consult, consult, consult. Vivid coloration is radical, even if it’s becoming mainstream. It’s really important for clients and professionals to talk A LOT before starting on the coloring process. Everybody should know what the process will be and what chemicals will be involved. Most importantly, everybody really needs to be on board with the time commitment, which will have a direct bearing on the cost, as time definitely equals money! It is quite possible that this process might even take multiple appointments. Is everybody on the same page?
- The hair needs to already be in great shape with no split ends (really common, especially in colored or damaged hair). If the hair isn’t pretty close to perfect, it needs to be cut first.
- Be prepared to pay for product. The vibrant coloring process is ultimately damaging to the hair. So you have to counterbalance that with excellent deep conditioning products. Any stylist worth his or her salt will HIGHLY recommend product. A good client will shell out for it and use it regularly.
- Touch-ups. Just like expensive cars need regular maintenance, expensive color treatment is an investment and should be touched up frequently. Vivid colors will fade, your hair will grow. If you want to maintain the look, you’ll need to schedule regular appointments and keep them.
Changing hair radically is time-consuming and takes real expertise. Stylists can show off your artistry and be amazingly creative, clients can show off their fierce new do’s as long as stylists and clients understand and buy into the process and all of its steps.