problem is with my 34 year old daughter. has always had long beautiful wavy hair. the color is hard to explain. almost a light auburn but more coppery than red. a few months ago she noticed some gray and that her hair ws getting darker an dbrowner. she went to a colorist who talked her into highlights though me and her sister told her they are hard to keep up with. (do kids all their lives have to learn on theri own?) LOL well the colorist died her hair red first which ws a beautiful color , not hers but really pretty then put highlights in. the highlights in the fron looked good but she had this one really think one in the back that was turning blonder by the day. she waited 3 months and was afraid to go back to this girl so decided to use natural instincts knowing she would have to do it once a month but wanted to cover the gray that was coming through and even her color up. since her hair is long she knew it swould take years to get the highlights cut out. long story short it came out dark red and the highlights are horrible. didn't cover her gray. at his point she returned to the original colorist who told her she would use the same base color that was used the first ime and everyhthing would be fine. NOT.daughter aksed how this would work since her hair is darker now thatn it was at the starting color the first ime. colorist said it would be fine. well now hwer hair is dark brown, gray, dark red and almost a purplish color at some parts. the highlights are orange. she called clariol and they were of no help. is embarrassed to go out and is afraid to do anything else at this point but cannot spend months with the color like this. any suggestions. i think she needs someone who is experienced at color correction. the only other suggestion ihad ws to try another color from natural instincts since they are gentle and wash out. maybe a light brown to lighten it and neutralize the red. please, pleas some suggestions.
So many issues here. First of all no color will stay the same after 3 months, especially highlights. They will continue to get lighter. The color will start to fade. Certainly by 3 months she was waaaaaaaay past due for another color. If the color and hightlights looked lovely then stick with the stylist that did the great job. If she doesn't like thick or chunky highlights, simply tell the stylist. If one or two are too thick when it's done, it's up to the stylist to fix it, but she needs to know there is a problem first because chunky highlights are all the rage right now. I've done both chunky and more natural highlights. You can get either with the same techinque.
Gray hair needs regular maintance to keep covered. If she wants it to look natural, I'd suggest a professional, and not home kits, to keep it that way. They know what they are doing and their product is much gentler on hair. It is worth the money to me, to hear people say they had no idea I color my hair.
I would suggest a color protect shampoo to keep the fading to a minimum. Paul Mitchell has a nice one.
As for the problem at hand, you guys really need to find a GOOD colorist, in your area, to fix this mess. You'll probably pay through the nose for her/him, but it's probably the only way you are going to fix it. Check out the more expensive spas in your area. Why? Because they justify their hefty prices with seasoned professionals. Find out how long their colorists have been working, get some background and go with the one that has the most experience, unfortunately he'll/she'll probably also have the highest price tag. Excellent colorists know what they are worth. They may have no choice but to lighten or strip first. Depends on how bad things really are.
Some colorists will strip with bleach, but I personally would call around and ask if anyone knows about color remover (colorfix) because it can be a lot less damaging than bleach. Many color correction specialists do this process but you will have to call around and ask. Also, you can always go to a consultation with a color correction specialist before booking an appointment. Most will agree to a free consultation to discuss what the colorist may want to do and to discuss what the client is trying to acheive. You are not obligation to use a colorist simply because you had a consultation-if you don't like what you hear you can choose someone else.
hi ladies----sorry i didn't see the responses until today. my daughter had the mess created at one of the high end salons. when she returned after 3 months as she ws told the same colorist is the one who caused the damage and funky colors all over her head. she ended up talking to one of the kids mothers at her son't school who happend to be a beautician and she fixed it. used color remover and not strippping solution adn her hair is the exact color it was when she was a child. this woman told her it's done all the time but the "high end salon " didn't know what to do and all colorists were afraid to do anything. go figure! it cost her $10 for the material and of course she paid her neighbor handsomely. at this point she knows in order tomaintain it her neighbor will color her hair every 2-3 months to keep up with the color until all grows out.
I'm so glad she was able to get it fixed!! I agree that some high-end salons really don't do a good job. I went to a nice place and they fried my hair when they used harsh bleach to get my hair mostly blonde with highlights. I now go somewhere that is $60 for highlights on the top half and they come out beautiful and it's nice to not pay so much.
If you get your highlights natural, they will be pretty easy to keep up with. BUT if you get them brighter they will be more work. I have medium brown hair and get blonde highlights so I have to get mine touched up every 2-3 months, but some people can go longer. Now of course if I colored my entire hair lighter, then it would require even more keeping up.. probably getting my roots done every few weeks! So it really depends on what color you do.
I have used the natural instincts, but only to make my hair darker up to a dark brown. I usually try to use the ash colors since they always come out more reddish on me (even when I leave it on longer than it says and get a DARKER color, still happens with me).
Oh and about the gray.. I would think that blonde highlights can conceal them, but won't really get rid of the gray.. I would say overall coloring is better for that!