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Keeping your hair healthy and on trend with the seasons!

By: Gregory Polley; Color Specialist, Shops at The Domain

We all get that itch to change up our color from time to time, and usually I notice it happening in the beginning of Fall or Spring. As the seasons change I have a ton of clients who want their hair to change with them. I’m a firm believer in switching color up and keeping things fresh and new for my clients, there’s no room for boredom! With that being said, going from light hair to dark hair, and then back to light hair isn’t the healthiest thing to do. I’m going to share a few things I like to do to keep my clients on trend with healthy, beautiful hair.

It’s the first week of October and maybe (just maybe) Austin, Texas is starting to cool down. We’ve just made it through another Summer and we are all ready to bring on the cooler days. For many people this means pulling their winter coats out of the attic, washing those scarves that haven’t been touched in so long they’re dusty, and scheduling an appointment to take those gorgeous blonde highlights down a few notches. Likewise, when March rolls around and we’ve made it through the arctic Texas month of Winter, we put those coats back in the attic, shove those scarves in the bottom dresser drawer, and make an appointment to go blonder and lighter. There is nothing wrong with wanting to embrace the changing of seasons, but there are plenty of wrong ways to do that.

First things first, if you’re looking for a change I rarely recommend using permanent color. When you’re a die hard blonde and you’re wanting to go a bit darker, I recommend toning the hair down a few shades with Aveda’s Demi Plus line (or even just adding in a few lowlights). Though longer lasting than other demi lines on the market, it will still eventually wash out. It’s designed to last for six to eight weeks, and knowing Texas winters that is the perfect amount of time to rock a darker blonde. Same thing goes for taking your brunette tones darker. I always love to do a “trial” of the color with our demi line before we go straight to permanent, because if you don’t like it it’s much easier and less devastating to your hair to get out.

Now comes Spring, my blondes I am talking to you. You’ve made it through the winter with your toned down blonde highlights, but now you’re ready to blind your friends with your bright, fresh blonde. If we used our Demi, it should already have faded mostly out by now but if not it is super easy to eat through that left over color with a heavy highlight. Had we used permanent color we would be stuck with using Enlightener (Aveda’s bleach) and working through multiple appointments to get that color out of your hair. Always know though that going lighter is damaging to your hair, period. Don’t be scared of going lighter, just trust your colorist when they recommend a protein treatment and be good about getting your hair trimmed as often as your stylist tells you to!

Change things up! Bring you colorist some different pictures of a color you’ve been wanting and we will be honest with you. We aren’t magicians, but we know what we’re doing and can tell you if what you want is feasible, how it will look on you, and the toll it will take on your hair’s integrity. Don’t be afraid to ask for something different, we don’t want you to be bored and it keeps our job interesting!

Just remember these few tips for changing things up:

  • Do a trial run with Demi Plus before requesting permanent color
  • Always get a protein/moisture botanical hair therapy treatment with your color appointment
  • Listen to your stylist and get health trims as often as the recommend (even if you’re growing your hair out)
  • Look for pictures of what you’re wanting and show your colorist
  • Ask us for recommendations!

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