HAIR COLOR GUIDE (HINT OF RED)

post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Tis the season, hunnies!! This color guide revolves around “hints of red”. This is my absolute personal favorite family of all because it introduces people to the world of warmth in a non-commital/non-scary kind of way. Scenerio: let’s say you’ve been a blonde or a brunette forever but you’re suuuuuper bored with your color. And let’s say you want to venture out and try something new! “Hints of red” would be a great way to test the waters because, again, you can try this out using a gloss or temporary color before going with a more permanent option. Glosses and temporary colors will fade out nicely over the course of 6-8 weeks so if you decide warmth isn’t for you, you don’t have to keep it– just let it go away. Ask your colorist about a gloss or if you’re buying a temporary box of color to use at home, look up the reviews and make sure it fades nicely. When I talk about hints of red with my clients, I use fun descriptive words like apple cider, pumpkin latte, cinnamon stick, and copper penny. They’re not quite reds, but they have more warmth than anything in the gold family. These are all a bunch of “almost colors” that never fully cross over into the red family. BUT… this color should come with a warning– it’s extremely addictive and a total gateway drug to real reds (which are the next hair post). Here are some things you should know when considering “hints of red”.

  • Contrary to popular belief, reds are actually GREAT for those with pink/redness to their skin. Red tones in the hair will often “upstage” the red tones in your skin and make blemishes, acne and rosacea less obvious. I speak from experience– I have red hair and I have a lot of pink/red in my t-zone and the it downplays the tone of my skin. When a client is going through a really rough time with their skin, I tend to take them to the “hint of red” if not red family because all of the sudden the hair color pops and the redness in the skin takes a back seat. I know this is a sensitive subject for many of you, but believe me, this is something can really help. The red tones of the hair does not make the red tones in the skin stick out more. It’s magic and it’s one of my all time favorite tricks for helping someone through a hard moment/trying to repair their skin.
  • Conserve that color! You paid for it and if you like it, you should try to keep it! Use a color conserving shampoo instead of your normal shampoo. My favorite is this one but it gets very expensive, so if you’re on a budget, try the cheaper version here! I like to get both and alternate!
  • What if you hate it? If you try a having a “hint of red” and you decide you hate it, use a clarifying shampoo once or twice a week to make it fade a little faster. One I really like is this.
  • Who can wear hints of red? Pretty much anyone can wear hints of red. I would suggest putting a tiny bit of color on your brows though. You never want to be that girl with warm hair and grayish/mousy brows. It pulls everything together and makes it look so much more natural. Don’t leave the color on your brows the full time. You just want to take the ashe away, not make them too warm. I tend to apply mine with a clean mascara wand (called a spoolie) and leave them for 10-15 min max.
  • Play with your makeup. The makeup you used before may not be the right makeup after you get your “hints of red”. Maybe instead of black liner, you try a dark brown. Or maybe instead of lipstick, your new go to becomes a gloss. Who knows! Play around. Go to a counter and ask for advice. If you were terrified to wear an olive based shadow before, maybe now is the time! My favorite makeup tones for red hair tones are bronzes and rosy pinks. Luckily a rich cherry red lip still works with red hair so feel free to go bold there.

Next up: Full on REDS! All types!

HAIR COLOR GUIDE (WARM GOLD)

post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

We’re back with the rest of our hair color guides! The rest of these tone charts will be warm, warm, warm! We’re starting with warm golds– such decadent tones. They’re rich and sparkly and who doesn’t like that?? The best thing about warm gold tones is that they reflect a ton of light, so you often get a lot of shine when you go to a warm gold. The difference between gold and warm gold is subtle but definitely visible. Gold has more of a buttery yellow tone while warm golds are much richer. A lot of my clients want to go super light for the summer, so we go a little richer and a little darker and allow those highlights to hybernate during the winter. Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying out warm gold tones…

  • Your colorist can get you there with a gloss. Many of you may already have nice highlights that you paid a lot for an don’t want to get rid of. If you want to keep the pattern you have but just go a little darker and richer, ask your colorist if he/she can do a warmer gloss to kick off your “fall color”. Glosses are not permanent colors– they should be semi-permanent or demi-permanent, meaning they’ll fade out. Try glossing first to see if you like it and then move to a more permanent color if you love it!
  • Cut out purple shampoo. I always push for purple shampoo to keep gold tones in check… but this is where we draw the line. When you go to a warm gold tone, it’s time to pause on the purple shampoo. These gold tones are intentional and you don’t want to wash them away. Consider a color-preserving shampoo instead!
  • Who can wear warm gold? I’ve never seen a warm gold I didn’t like. There are various skin tones in the images above and they all manage to pull it off well. The only thing I would suggest is that if you have pink tones in your skin, try to minimize the pink and up the bronze! Bronze is much more complimentary to warm gold toned hair.
  • How light or dark? Warm gold tones can be done on the lightest and the darkest hair colors. Even over blackest color of hair! If your hair is super dark, you’re going to notice it more when you’re in the sun than when you’re inside but it will definitely show up.

Next ones will be hints of red, and then the full range of reds!

WHAT A DOLL

A few days ago we posted THIS sweet viddy of the beauty party we threw our favorite littles! So last but not least, we wanted to give you something you can print if you’re planning one throwing one, too. Above you’ll find 3 fun hairstyles and below you’ll find tutorials with instructions below each set of images. We used Barbie® Color Chalk Hair Doll in all 3 of these…

  1. Brush out any tangles in your doll’s hair.
  2. Use the chalk as instructed to color each section. We did a blue section, a pink section and then mixed blue and pink to make a purple section.
  3. Do a regular 3-strand braid on your doll. Tie it off with the small clear elastics that come in the box.

  1. Brush out any tangles in your doll’s hair.
  2. Put the hair in a high ponytail using the small elastic ponytail holders that come in the box.
  3. Chalk the ends of the doll’s hair. We alternated and mixed the colors.
  4. Take a strand of hair and wrap it around the elastic ponytail holder.
  5. Clip it underneath using the various shaped plastic hair clips that come in the box. Here we used the star shape one.

  1. Brush out any tangles in your doll’s hair.
  2. Take one strand from the doll’s right side and use the pink chalk to color it.
  3. Take one strand from the doll’s left side and use the blue chalk to color it.
  4. Join the pieces together in the back of your doll’s head. Tie it off with one of the small elastics that come in the box.
  5. Now flip the ponytail up and over. Loop it through (topsy turvy style).

If you haven’t seen the pretty little movie we made, you can check it out HERE. If you know how to braid, make ponytails or use temporary hair chalk, teach a girl how to use it! Many of us learned these types of things at a young age and turn it into a career later in life. xo

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

We’ve had the best time making these 2 posts for the girls, which were kindly sponsored by Mattel!

ALL DOLLED UP

Having little sisters, nieces and daughters around is the absolute greatest thing. Teaching our lovely littles about hair is a duty we don’t take lightly. We clearly remember that moment when we learned to do a 3 strand braid for the first time, and according to this Instagram post last week, it sounds like you all remember, too! For many of us, learning to do a simple ponytail or basic braid was a perfect place to start. But it’s a new day! Kids see so much more now and they’re very inspired by their glamorous mentors. Today’s reigning red carpet queens often wear colorful strands of pastel through the ends of the hair. Our sisters and nieces wanted in on the action, so we decided to go on beauty duty and create some colorful memories for them. First we showed them how to do temporary hair chalking on their own hair with soft pastels from the art store. Then, we created an outdoor picnic spread and provided each of them with a Barbie® Color Chalk Hair Doll (which comes with it’s own hair chalk applicator). These pretty princesses went. to. town! This was a party they’ll never forget (okay, we’ll never forget). We documented the day and made a little video to share with you called “All Dolled Up”. Hopefully it will inspire you to inspire a little girl in your life. Don’t forget to pass it on.

(this post generously sponsored by the lovely people at Mattel)