“From one color enthusiast to another – think about it first.” Ariel de Paula
Fantasy Color- Should you go for it?
Fantasy hair color is so ‘in’ right now; it seems like everyone is dyeing their hair funky shades. Celebrities are rocking colors like lime green roots, pastel pink pits, and denim blue dips. If you want to rock a unique look this holiday season and get rainbow hair color done, here’s a list of what to consider before you take the plunge.
First, Know Your Hair.
If you have dark hair like I do, make sure you take this into account when choosing your color. If you want a lighter pastel color or you’re looking for a bright pop, you will have to pre-lighten your hair for the desired results. For this, I highly recommend seeing a professional. Do some research and look into stylists that specialize in color, especially fantasy color, and book an appointment for your hair early. Make sure you give your stylist enough time to lighten your hair to the ideal shade of pale blonde. Understand that it may not happen right away. You may need multiple sessions to get that pale blonde, especially if you have darker, more textured hair or you’ve dyed your hair previously. Like a good tattoo, it takes time and patience along with talent to achieve the unicorn look.
Super Important: Be Honest with Your Stylist.
Box dye your hair black last year for a wedding? Maintained the same shade of red hair over the last decade? Tell them! The more up front you are, the better it is for you. Don’t be embarrassed, either. Trust me, your stylist has probably seen worse. If you tell them what you’ve done to your hair right from the get-go, they’ll have a better understanding of what they need to do and what your hair can handle. The last thing you want is over-processed locks; bleaching can do some serious damage so it’s best to be as honest as possible.
For Fantasy Colors: Better Seek a Professional.
I know I mentioned this earlier, but it’s worth noting again. A professional stylist has the training and skill set to get you the look you want without sacrificing the integrity of your hair. Especially a stylist who specializes in color and bleaching; they’re the ones you want to go for. Bleaching at home is never a good idea.
Lastly, Maintenance is a B*tch.
Bright fantasy hair color looks ah-mazing when leaving the salon; you’ll leave looking like an ethereal creature with your unicorn hair. However, it is important to note that this will not last. Unlike more natural color, fantasy colors fade rather quickly and to very strange shades. Your bright red may no longer be red, but more of a pumpkin orange. Your bright blue might fade into a sickly shade of green. The key to preventing this is regular maintenance, and not just at the salon, but at home too! You will want to schedule color refreshes just like you would for highlights, typically every 6 weeks. At home, you can use a color depositing shampoo or conditioner. Some great options include Overtone conditioners or Viral’s line of colorwash. Using these in between appointments can really go a long way. They will hold you over until your next color refresher.
If you’ve been on the fence about having mermaid hair, go for it! There is no age limit, gender specification, or other prerequisites for fantasy colors. You are only limited to what you are comfortable with. You can be an elderly grandma with pastel lilac locks or a businessman in your 30’s rocking a deep green fringe. It doesn’t matter. That is the true beauty of hair. Your hair is the crown you never take off.