We're introducing a fun new series to the blog - Darling Makeover! First up, co-owner Linnea gets a blond bob (or lob) - a shorter, blonder style for Summer, in collaboration with At Last... A Hair Color Studio. Long time salon owner of At Last, Lori Trudgeon Wright, has developed a hair color program unlike any other salon in town, cultivating techniques, products, and stylists, like our darling Sarah Hatch, that are changing the (color) game.
In recent years, there is a resurgence of consumers seeking out effective, honest, long-lasting bath and body products sans the crap the industry tends to put in it - need we say more? We've seen the evidence of this desire for quality with our customers buying up the selection of 5-free bath and cosmetic products locally made by Kitsune's Closet available in the shop.
At Last salon uses quality hair care products and color lines so "you can feel confident that your hair will look shinier and feel amazing, have longer lasting color and overall healthier hair." The hair color product used on Linnea in this makeover, Eufora, utilizes Certified Organic Aloe along with nearly 75 different natural plant extracts and essential oils, promoting natural ingredients and environmentally friendly practices so you can feel good and look good about your locks.
Big thanks to Sarah Hatch, the stylist behind this darling cut and color, and the whole team over at At Last! Find out more about the color process and how to achieve this look in the Q&A below, and see more pictures of Linnea's new look!
Darling Makeover: Hair Color & Cut by Sarah Hatch, Stylist at At Last... A Hair Color Studio
What color line(s) do you use (at At Last)?
At Last: We have two main color lines that we currently use - Joico and Eufora. Joico is a color line that is intermixable to create many different shades and levels of color including permanent, demi, and semi coverage. Eufora has the same properties and it comes with both a no ammonia color line and a low ammonia color line. A low and no ammonia option for color is definitely something that clients are looking for in a color line more recently. With the option of a low or no ammonia color line you can feel confident that your hair will look shinier, feel amazing, longer lasting color, and overall healthier hair. No ammonia and low ammonia color do not disrupt the cuticle like other color lines so these results are possible.
What color technique did you use to achieve Linnea's look?
Sarah: I like to use a variety of different techniques to keep versatility when doing highlights or lowlights. Linnea's formula consisted of two different blondes with alternating slices, weaves, and balayage to create highs and lows while still maintaining and enhancing your overall blonde effect.
What factors come into play when achieving blonde hair?
At Last: This is where science and art coincide. The artistic part is combined with the use of the color wheel and the desired look that the client is going for. The scientific/chemistry part of it is more complicated. In designing a formula for a client there are a few factors, such as their natural color, grey percentage, underlying pigment, porosity of the hair, previous color applied, and desired level of color.
What's your color process?
At Last: After finishing a full consultation and discussing options for the desired results, it is typically applying the color or highlights with a processing time from 20mins to 45mins depending on the formula, shampooing with a complimentary head massage, and a color locking conditioner.
Do you use a toner or root booster? What’s the difference?
At Last: It depends on what is needed with what has happened in the processing of the color. Toners are typically used to cancel or compliment the results of a highlight. They are based on the color wheel. (Example: if a client's hair pulled too much yellow and they want more of a beige or platinum blonde, we would then use a purple based toner to cancel the yellow out and so on.) Toners/Glazes can also be used to add shine on natural hair to add richness or cancel out unwanted tones from fading. They are a great add on service for someone who doesn't want to commit to color because they typically shampoo out around 8-10 weeks.
Root boosters/Base breaking is a different concept entirely. They are used when someone wants to shift their base color to create a softer shade at the root. (Example: a naturally dark blonde client (dirty blonde) with highlights doesn't like the difference between her natural base color and the highlights.) We would then apply the root booster/base break to shift the roots about a half a shade to blend more softly with the highlights.
What maintenance is required?
At Last: Hair grows at a rate of a half an inch a month, so depending on the clients desired look a highlight retouch can be required anywhere from 4 weeks to 12 weeks typically.
Is this look possible for anyone? Talk about the varying shades of blonde and what's achievable based on natural hair color.
Sarah: This look / technique is possible for anyone. I recommend staying within two to three shades lighter than their natural color so their color remains looking as natural as possible and low maintenance.
What daily maintenance do you suggest to keep blondes looking their best? What are some key products to use?
Sarah: For blondes I always recommend using a purple shampoo at least every three to four shampoos. Charlottesville water has a tendency to leave a residue that causes brassiness in blondes. The shampoo acts like a toners to cancel the undesired tonal values but just doesn't last as long.
What hair trends are you excited about this year (cuts, colors, etc.)?
Sarah: I am loving the freeness. There are a lot of the trends, and there is so much versatility with cuts and color. People are not afraid of trying new things. Women with curly or wavy hair are embracing it and really learning how to style and love their their natural texture. People with a more conservative look are adding fashion colors. And people with long hair are shaving designs into the back and sides of their heads. I love that people are embracing fun new ideas.
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