Been feeling like your haircolor is a bit dull lately? Not enough spark? Or is your haircolor growing out too fast? Are the ends of your hair darker than the roots? Or just needing to blend away some unwanted gray hair? Whenever I run a few highlights through just about anyone’s color – especially you Modern Moms out there – she will usually feel better about most of these scenarios!
It’s all about feeling good. In the end, isn’t that what we all want? You moms should get some highlights placed throughout your hair in order to brighten up your color – and that’s what it’s really about – a simple BRIGHTENING of the color – it doesn’t even have to be too far from your natural color. As a matter of fact, going drastically lighter than your natural or base color is not recommended – because then the opposite happens – and you will look washed out.
Many of you might stray to the grocery store – especially in this economy – and attempt to do highlights on your own and place color directly on your scalp – the problem is the unwanted orange or ‘brassy’ tones that usually result from home haircolor. Ask your haircolorist/stylist to ‘glam’ you up with some natural looking highlights – maybe 2-4 levels lighter than your natural color. If you are a dark blonde, you can have slightly lighter blonde shades placed strategically throughout your hair. If you are a brunette, you can ask for honey or caramel tones – simply lighter brown or very dark blonde highlights. If you are a redhead – even redhead haircolor can dull with age – you can have some natural looking strawberry or dark blonde highlights placed throughout to zip up your color.
Placement of the highlights is very important, if not crucial, to your end result. You are not looking for highlights at the back of your neck. No one has lighter hair there. Natural hair – especially from the sun – especially when we were kids and we spent more time outside – lightens easily on the top of the head. So ask your haircolorist for a partial highlight service – you don’t need a full head of highlights – definitely not all the time. What I recommend is simply a partial – top and sides only. It’s more natural for the nape of the neck to be darker – just like natural hair.
Also, if you have some gray hair – as many modern moms do nowadays – highlights can be a great solution for you! Almost any mom at any age in the country who has any shade of brown or dark blonde hair, with a percentage of gray hair, will enjoy a few highlights. An overall color laid directly on the scalp can definitely cover all your gray hair, but then you are left with the regrowth in no less than four to six weeks and be forced to do it again right away, or you will see the line of demarcation quickly.
With a partial highlighting, you can possibly extend the life of your haircolor up to a few months perhaps, depending of course on how gray you are, and hopefully if you keep the highlights not too much lighter than your natural or base color. The line of demarcation blends away with some highlighting. The gray hair blends in with the highlights. Actually a naturally dark blonde haired person is the luckiest of all of us – because highlights are such an easy solution – rather than having to use a color laid directly on the scalp.
The consultation is truly THE MOST IMPORTANT step when getting your haircolor done at a salon. Challenge your haircolorist to determine which tone will suit and flatter your skin and eyes and wardrobe and makeup. Do your homework also – know what colors will suit you best. If you are very pale you may look best with cooler color highlights. If you have freckles and are tan you may look best with warmer highlights. You can discuss this with your stylist. You can ask to see shades of haircolor to guide your decision making process. The consultation should be built in as part of your service, even if you have been going to your same hairstylist for years, you still deserve that beautifully fresh conversation. And don’t forget that the process doesn’t end at the salon. You need to take care of your beautiful new tresses and use products specifically formulated to prevent premature color fade and create the most positive, therapeutic environment for the hair and scalp.
I feel so passionate about color, that I created and recently launched the Marco™ Collagen Color Guard™ HairCare System – the first and only complete collagen system for color and chemically treated hair.
You deserve the option to change, Modern Moms – to brighten your hair with highlights to look like a Hollywood star!
Marco Pelusi is globally recognized as a haircolor trainer and platform artist having led top international and scientific teams and introducing the latest fashion haircolor trends at the top salons in the world. Marco’s exclusive and award-winning studio is located in the heart of West Hollywood’s ultra chic ‘NoRo’ district. Mixing his passion for haircolor with his extensive scientific expertise, Marco created the Marco™ Collagen Color Guard™ HairCare System. The first and only complete collagen system exclusively developed for color and chemically treated hair, the Marco Collagen Color Guard HairCare System is specifically formulated to prevent premature color fade and create the most positive, therapeutic environment for the hair and scalp. For more information, please visit www.marcopelusi.com.