Friday, February 1, 2013

Natural-looking hair color

Hair that has never been colored is called "virgin" hair. If you take someone with virgin hair and compare the ends of their hair to their roots, the ends will always be a tad lighter than the roots. Not "ombré" lighter, just a little lighter. This is because they've been on the person's head longer and have been exposed to sun, hot water, salt, and everything else that lightens hair for months or even years.

What I'm trying to get to is that, you know how sometimes you can tell that someone's hair is dyed? It looks great but it looks a little un-natural or flat - it's usually because it's the same color from roots to ends. A good hair colorist should aim for making your hair color look as natural as possible and take this natural lightening into account.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE unnatural-looking hair color when it's on purpose... but... this is yet another reason not to attempt to color your own hair at home.

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