Wow! What are all those colors?!

I think we can all agree that the world of hair color has gotten a lot brighter these days. It’s not a surprise to see someone looking like Rainbow Bright walking down the street anymore. I get questions on a regular basis about these colors so I thought I’d sit down and throw out an FAQ.

What’s the process to get Vivid colors?

This question requires a little bit of depth. Different colors require different starting places. When people think about fashion colors, they generally jump straight to pink or lilac. A light color like these requires lightening the natural hair to a pale yellow.  To do a deep violet or blue, all that’s required is a hair color lighter than the target color. A light brunette, for example, could have a few pops of color with no lightening involved.

How long do Vivid colors last?

The answer to this is incredibly subjective. The answer I give to this question is generally a list of my own questions. How often do you shampoo your hair? At what temperature do you shampoo your hair? Does your hair ever encounter chlorine? What kind of shampoo and conditioner do you use? All of these things go far into your hair color’s decision to stay around or head for the hills. Basically, depending on care, your color can stick around anywhere from a week to 3 months.

What’s the process to touch up Vivid colors?

Basically the exact same process that it takes to get them in the first place. If you have placements of color, which I tend to recommend, you can skip the lightening process for a couple of visits and just reapply your bright color. If you are a bit bolder and go for an all over bright color, a bleach retouch and color application is required.

Ammonia Free Hair Color? Huh?

Let’s start this by talking about Ammonia. What is it and what does it have to do with my hair color?


According to the dictionary, Ammonia is a colorless, pungent, suffocating, highly water soluble gaseous compound. Exposure to high concentrations of ammonia in air causes immediate burning of the eyes, nose, throat and respiratory system. Skin or eye contact with concentrated ammonia can also cause irritation and burns. Ammonia is put into hair color in order to open the hair cuticle and deposit color.

As humans living on this planet our bodies are exposed to chemicals on a daily basis. Since we only get the one body, I have come to firmly believe that we should curb the harshness of whatever chemicals we possibly can whenever we possibly can. Because of this, I started to transition to an ammonia free color line at the beginning of this year.

I’m now using Redken Chromatics. It’s an extensive line of ammonia free color that has dozens of gorgeous shades in it. I can truly say now that when you get your color done with me, you’ve made the choice to put something just a little bit ‘less bad’ on your body.

On top of all of that, I’ve found that grey coverage with their Ultra Rich formulation is superb and color lasts beautifully. I’m super excited to bring you guys this fantastic new line and I look forward to all the scalps I can save from irritation!

HD Brows. Oh yes.

So there’s this new-ish company out of the UK called HD brows. Basically, it’s a way to maximize the brow hairs that you have and shape them to give you the best brows you can possibly have.

The process is as follows:

1. Tint the brows. When tinting, the color is spread further out than the usual shape of the brow to color any little shy blonde baby brow hairs and grow them up to be mature, working women.

2. After the brow color has been processed and removed, wax to give ideal shape.

3. Tweeze any outliers that have managed to be missed by the wax.

4. Style the brows with a brow pencil and gel for the best, most coiffured eyebrows you ever did see.

How do you say it again? Balayage?



a technique for highlighting the hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural looking effect.

What is Balayage?

Remember the switch from those terrible lightening caps to foils? There was such a huge sigh of relief when we knew we no longer had to sit there getting our hair yanked out with a crochet hook for an hour only to walk out with a stripy mess of highlights.

Well ladies, Balayage is the new foil. Color is painted free hand onto the hair offering a sun kissed look. Now that balayage has been on the scene for a few years, it’s had the opportunity to morph into a million different looks. What began as a gentle beachy look can now be kissed with pink or put in foils to achieve a platinum blonde (aka foilage)

How is Balayage applied?

A typical balayage is applied in sections. Lightener is painted just on the surface of a section of hair and left to process without any kind of covering. These days, however, almost every highlight I do has some balayage aspect to it. From lightening the ends of the hair left out of a traditional foil highlight to painting in a grown out, root shaded foil highlight, balayage has left its mark. It allows me the freedom to customize each color I do to fit exactly the result I want, rather than the structure of a cookie cutter foiled highlight.

How long does Balayage take?

Now this is a very subjective question. It can take anywhere from a 15 minute, face framing application to a several hour, multiple process look. A good estimate can be given in a consultation.

What does a Balayage maintenance schedule look like?

One of my favorite things about balayage is that your maintenance is totally up to you. If you enjoy a grown out color look you can go up to 4 months without a touch up. I personally prefer to do a little mini touch up every couple of months, even for people who like lived in color, to ensure that your color always looks intentional and not just like you haven’t had time to get it done.

Does Balayage work for my hair length?

Balayage looks amazing on any hair length over 3-4″. It’s versatility makes it the perfect color application for just about any style or length.

What makes Balayage so special?

Balayage offers an opportunity for a completely bespoke and personalized hair color look. Healthy and natural looking hair will always be in and the versatility of the technique allows for just about any look you can imagine.