Fall Color: Hair Shades Ablaze With Red, Pinks, Teals This Season

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Highlights, lowlights, reds, pinks, or teals — the best place to watch the changing colors of fall might be your own mirror. “In the spring and summer people like to go lighter,” says Shannon Wells, owner of Salon IQ on Market Street, www.saloniqtally.com. As the seasons turn, she explains, clients often add lowlights to gradually transition to a darker winter color.

Not everyone prefers subtlety, however. “Bright colors and pastels are huge right now,” Wells said. “You won’t see chunks of color or that zebra look you might have seen in the past, though.” Instead, look for softer streaks of lavender, teal, or pink, with teal riding the crest of the fashion wave. The popular ombre look, with graduated color from roots to tips, is on its way out; instead, Wells recommends “zombre,” a softer look, perhaps with pastels.

Some women (and men) don’t want a big change. They opt for hair coloring as a way to avoid a change — to gray. “A lot of people decide to color their hair for the first time to hide or blend grays,” Wells said. Once that first step is taken, she said, they may realize they’ve always wanted to be a redhead or a blonde. What Shannon doesn’t recommend is stubbornly sticking with the color you had as a kid. “That can age you. My job is to gently steer clients towards something that will actually make them look 10 years younger. That’s why a consultation is so important.”

A consultation with an experienced stylist is a key step in getting the color and look you want. Wells, Salon IQ’s co-owner, Kevin Hamilton, and their team of stylists combine years of experience to evaluate a client’s lifestyle and color preference to determine the best products to use. “The beach, the sun, the pool all affect hair color. We get to know our clients’ lifestyle.” An initial hair color appointment will take an hour to an hour and a half with a consultation, Wells said. “If a client is nervous or uncertain, I’ll block out even more time. A client might want to go blonde, but we’ll evaluate eye color, skin tone, and face shape to determine the right shade. We’ll talk while they’re in my chair. I’ll explain what products I’m using to make their hair look the way they want and make the color last longer. It really is all about the product.”

Male clients, she says, often opt for color from Salon IQ’s Goldwell line for men, with only 5 minutes’ processing time. It blends gray, doesn’t show roots easily, and doesn’t look “colored.” Hamilton, formerly owner of KH Hairgroup, will soon be opening Tallahassee’s first luxury barbershop for those clients right next door, Wells said. “It’s been a dream Kevin has had for a long time.”

Hair color doesn’t have to be permanent. Semi- and demi-permanent colors are less damaging and offer a temporary change, gradually washing out. “Have fun with it,” Wells suggests. Goldwell’s Elumen line offers vibrant colors that last 4-6 weeks, perfect for holiday hairstyles. “In the end, it’s hair. It grows out.”

Should You Go It Alone?

While nothing beats the expertise and product quality available from a good salon, Shannon Wells of Salon IQ admits that economic concerns often lead people down the DIY hair color aisle. A few guidelines will help you get the most from that box.

• Know what you’re getting into. Is the color semi-permanent, demi-permanent, or permanent? (Hint: semi-permanent comes ready to apply, others require mixing.) Covering gray, Shannon cautions, demands permanent color.

• Don’t judge a box by its cover. The model in that picture doesn’t have your hair; read the description.

• Use the buddy system. Whatever your kids believe, you don’t actually have eyes in the back of your head. Friends don’t let friends miss spots.

• Please. Read the instructions. You’re playing with chemistry here, and each brand is different. Also, set a timer. That quick glance at the clock might lead to over-processed locks.

• Going to extremes? Dramatic changes are a multi-step process, best left in the hands of professionals.

• Don’t be one-dimensional. “Natural-looking color has movement and tonal variation.”

• Maintenance is key. Salon products help color last, and a good stylist will help you choose the right ones, even for DIY color. Bonus: while they cost a bit more, salon products are concentrated. “You use less,” says Shannon.

Source : http://www.tallahassee.com/story/life/wellness/2014/09/23/fall-color-hair-shades-ablaze-red-pinks-teals-season/16080625/

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