Even though another snow storm is threatening my area this weekend, and I've had enough already, the beginning of March has to be the beginning of the end of winter, right?
Lately my clients have been coming in for a fresh haircut and advice on getting the winter off their hair. You know what I mean. Dry ends, mousey color, lack of shine and luster.
Here are my tips for getting the winter off your hair:
How do you remove winter from your hair? Comment below.
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Unless you're living under a rock, you're likely aware that the 86th Annual Academy Awards (the Oscars) are this Sunday. It's the grand daddy of all red carpets, and while I won't be making an appearance on the red carpet, I will be covering the Oscar looks live from my couch here and via twitter. Follow me @kendraaarhus and @aboutdotcom for fun #oscars facts and up to the minute Oscar coverage as well as tips for getting Oscar ready looks for your next glamorous event.
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I got a great question from a reader this week. Brigette writes:
I am trying to grow out my natural color. I am very gray (white) around the face, but dark (almost black or a really dark gray) through the rest of my hair. I talked to a salon and they suggested to low light with a light brown. Light brown always turns orange in my hair after a while. What kind of lowlight would you suggest?
Thank you so very much,
Transitioning to your natural color, especially when you have a lot of gray (and different variations of grey at that), can be really tricky. Simply put, matching your grey color is probably not going to happen by even the most skilled of stylists. There are several ways to transition to your natural color. Chopping your hair off super short is the easiest way to go, but if that's not an option for you, getting lowlights is another option.
Without seeing your hair, but based on your description alone, I would not recommend a light brown lowlight in any hue. I agree, it would likely turn quite warm, and given that you have a lot of gray, a light brown would likely clash with your natural color.
I would recommend a medium to dark brown lowlight in an ash color. I would also recommend using a low volume developer or even a demi-permanent color to allow the gray and the lowlight to blend as seamlessly as possible. In your position, I would talk to a few other stylists until you find one that makes you feel comfortable about getting you through the transition without looking completely ridiculous along the way.
I hope that helps. I have some more advice on the subject below. Thank you so much for your email.
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You've probably heard someone tell you at some point that you have to change your shampoo up from time to time because your hair will "get used to it," right? The truth of the matter is, your hair doesn't get used to shampoo formulas at all, but it is necessary to change your shampoo up a few times a year. Read all about why your hair doesn't get used to shampoo and when to really change up your formula based on something that makes more sense.
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