One of my fabulously talented stylists specializes in color correction. If you've never had to have this service done, you may not be aware of what it is. Basically, a color correction is anytime someone comes in and either a) is wanting a color on the opposite end of the tonal or level spectrum than where they currently are or b) has suffered through a traumatic color experience and is hoping to have it fixed. Regardless of which scenario a client may find herself in, this process probably will not happen in one visit. Unfortunately, to preserve the integrity of a client's hair, we may have to work toward the end-goal in a process of steps. The worst part? Multiple color services means more money out of your pocket. We do everything we can to make it as affordable as possible but we're not going to risk your hair falling out in order to do it too quickly. Therefore, whenever possible, get it right the first time! Here are some don'ts - avoid these situations to save yourself the trauma of a multi-visit color correction:
Don't box color your hair. Metallic dyes are extremely difficult for us to lift out. They also continue to deposit every time you color - making your hair darker and darker each time (which means more levels and more saturation we have to try to lift through).
Don't go to someone cheap just to save a few bucks. I know it's tempting, but treat your haircolor like an investment. And, more importantly, treat your relationship with your stylist like an investment. We recently had a young lady come in to the salon who had, sadly, been given a less-than-stellar highlight. She saved around $15-$20 by going somewhere less expensive - and paid over $50 to have it fixed at our salon (she was a lucky one - it was a fairly easy fix).
Don't insist that you want your hair as dark as coal or as light as snow if you aren't prepared to stay that way for awhile. It is incredibly difficult to lift black and fill in white.
Don't do it yourself or have a friend do it. This fits alongside box color but I know that some of you have access to professional color. If you or your friend does not know how to fill gray, apply color safely, and/or foil highlights, then you need to see a professional.
Don't go red! (Unless, of course, you know you're going to love red!) Red is so tricky to remove from hair and, typically, takes several visits.
This isn't to say you should never change your haircolor - we love transformation days! It's more of a friendly warning that should you change your color (especially if it's dramatic), be prepared to change it back over the course of several months. However, please heed my warnings on any sort of DIY color - I rarely see positive outcomes from that scenario!
Any horror stories you'd like to share? It can be therapeutic to let it out - share in the comments below!