Posts Tagged ‘hair color’

TIPPED OUT

all photos: Kristin Ess + thebeautydepartment.com  post designed by kristin ess

Lots of emails this week asking for a tutorial on Lauren’s temporary bright colors. Here I’ve replicated the process for you in 7 steps on an extension. While I never recommend bleaching out the ends of your hair at home, if you want to do the fun colors yourself, maybe get the tips bleached out by a pro + then play with the temporary colors on your own. The best things about this color– you’re able to hide it in a bun for work if you need to, AND you’re only doing a couple of inches on the bottom so it won’t kill you to cut it off if you get over it quickly.

TOOLS: highlighting comb, clips, foils, color brush, hair bleach with the appropriate volume (always seek a professional when using bleach), light pink color, dark pink color, light blue, dark blue, clear gloss.

Step 1 Highlight the tips of the hair using hair bleach with the correct volume. I lightened the bottom 3 inches of Lauren’s hair, taking it as light as possible without causing any damage. As you can see above, I like to “feather” on the bleach. Painting a jagged line makes it blend better.

Step 2 Fold up your foil and let it process until it reaches a pale blonde. Use the appropriate heat if necessary.

Step 3 Shampoo and lightly condition bleach out of the hair.

Step 4 Blow hair completely dry. If it’s still wet, it will soak up less color.

Step 5 Place the hair on a foil. Imagine the bleached out part being split into 3. You’re going to leave the top 1/3 blonde.

Step 6 Next, paint the light blue (or whatever color you choose) on the entire bottom 2/3.

Step 7 Paint the very tips (or bottom 1/3) using the darker version of that color. It should look almost feather like. Be sure to blend. Last, rinse out the color. I highly suggest washing them out one piece at a time and towel drying well so the colors don’t bleed into each other. If they do, you may see a “marbleizing” effect. I love when the colors all swirl together like that, but if you’re looking to keep them more defined, keep them away from each other when they’re wet. I like to finish up by sealing it with a clear gloss. That’s a professional use only product so if you don’t have access to it, you don’t have to do that. Blow dry and…Tah Daaah!!

This is such a fun summer trend and I hope everyone finds their own fun way of doing it. This is the time to get creative. Once it fades from the sun, pool, beach, or general wear, it becomes a pastel version which I think  is equally gorgeous! Color care shampoo can help keep your bright color from fading. Condition well and again, don’t let the wet strands sit next too each other too long if you don’t want the colors blending.

 

TO DYE OR NOT TO DYE?

Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/abbynierman/  post designed by kristin ess

So I know that this look is a little different, but I can’t help it… I’m obsessed!  I spent all yesterday trying to decide if I should take a chance and attempt this daring trend (temporarily of course), but I simply can’t make up my mind.  So I’m leaving it up to you pretties!  Let me know if you think I should go for something different and try these tie-dyed tips or I should leave this one to the rebelling teens…

CRIMSON CLOVER

photo: holly blake post designed by kristin ess

You’re in the mood to change things up. You decide on red for your new hair color. You pick that vibrant coppery-red that’s doing incredible things for the girl on the box. Take it home, apply it, let it sit and hope for the best. After washing it out, you step closer to the mirror and realize it’s insanely bright at your roots. Strange tones of pink and sherbert shine though in some places and muted tones dull your hair in other places. Stop right there and call the salon. Don’t try to fix it yourself.

Most of us have had hair color mishaps once in our lives– but red is not a color to experiment with at home. If you’re craving change and want to visit the idea of being a redhead, the bottom line is you should see a professional. There are SO many different types of red out there and SO many things that can go wrong when trying to do it on yourself at home. Red is one of the most difficult colors to correct and can be a very expensive fix.

Red hair has become more popular than ever and when done right, it can be absolutely stunning. Just make sure to go about it the right way. Go in to your colorist, take pictures, talk about which red is best for you and your skin tones, and make your appointment. Simple, slightly more expensive, but stress free way of going red.

xx Kristin

COLOR CALLING!

photo: allure mag   post designed by kristin ess

When it comes to the root-y look, are you in it for the long haul or are you over it already? Have you tried it and not been able to achieve it? Tell us below. We want to know!