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Hair Color Explained

It’s important to understand the different kinds of hair color before heading to a hairstylist and requesting a color change. That is, it’s more than just washing “that grey right out of your hair.” Coloring is an art form as much as it’s a technique and it’s important that whoever does a color has some expertise and ability because this is your hair we’re talking about and it’s on display every single day.

There are three primary kinds of hair color –all over color, dimensional color and corrective color.  

All over color

All over color is the kind of color many at-home colorists choose. They can buy a box of hair color at the store, apply the color at home and wait for the results.

Of course, you can also get an all over color at a salon and that’s the method you should choose. While this kind of color is easier to apply than highlights, some skill is required. Most women who do their own color do so to save money and they choose an all over color because they know they likely won’t do it wrong, but even an all over color can be applied incorrectly.

Aside from the application, one of the most important factors to consider when choosing an all over color is the actual color itself. It’s important that the color be the right color for the woman, and that isn’t as simple as it sounds. There are several factors that need to be addressed, like eye color, eyebrow color, skin tone (and underlying tones in the skin) and age. Some women do a decent job of making these decisions for themselves in the drugstore hair color aisle, but most benefit greatly from the input of a color professional like myself.

One advantage of all over color, however, is that it’s  cheaper than highlights, but must be reapplied more often.

Dimensional color

If you have a good natural hair color, it’s a shame to cover it up with an all over color. Instead, dimensional hair color techniques can accentuate the positive color and tones in your hair while covering up any color issues (like gray).

Most of us know dimensional color as highlights. This is when strands of hair are isolated and painted with hair color that is up to three shades lighter than the natural color. Small bits of hair can be highlighted so the highlights blend naturally into the hair, or blocks of hair can be highlighted, giving the hair a more dramatic look.

Dimensional color also includes lowlights, which are the opposite of the more popular highlights. In this case, hair is painted with color that’s usually about two shades darker than the natural hair color. This can provide an interesting and lush look to the hair.

Often highlights and lowlights are applied together, creating a truly – yes, there’s that word – dimensional color.

Often women think when they need color that they must get an all over color, but most colorists will tell you that unless your natural color is truly not working for you, highlights are the way to go. Why cover your natural hair color if it’s working for you? If you need a lift of color, the highlights can do that without requiring an all over color treatment.

Corrective color

Just the name “corrective color” gives away its purpose. You might come to me for corrective color when you color your own hair and make a mistake or when you get your hair colored by a less than adequately trained professional and there are mistakes, such as the color is too harsh or light, or you simply want the color applied differently.

It’s important if you need corrective color that you find a colorist who is skilled in applying corrective color. Because you are applying color over freshly colored hair, there are some considerations to make and to lessen potential damage, the color application should be appropriately conservative.

Which Dallas Hair Salon should apply your color?

The old adage about doing something yourself if you want it done right doesn’t apply to hair color. It’s best to have someone do your hair color who does it all day long and has expertise and training that you simply don’t have. Doing it yourself could save money, but not if the color is wrong, or if you have to get it corrected in a salon.

It’s best instead to apply the other adage – leave it to a professional 🙂 I’d love to hear from you!

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