Beauty Advice. Hair Color Tips from Jason Backe.

June 24, 2008 • Beauty

Changing, or even maintaining, your hair color can be a tricky business. From streaky highlights to total hue mistakes, there are a billion ways to screw it up. Whether you are changing it up for summer, trying to find a new colorist, just making a change, or DIY-ing at home– take a tip from Jason Backe. A top celebrity colorist at Ted Gibson, he styles perfect-haired starlets such as Anne Hathaway and Renee Zellweger. Clearly, he’s worth listening to! Here are his answers to some standard color questions:

it easier going light to dark, or dark to

Both have
their own set of complications and issues. As long as you are going three
or less levels darker or one to two levels lighter you should get great at home results. Anything more in either direction requires multiple steps and should be handled by a pro.

color is harder to maintain?

Both colors
require the same kind of maintenance. A retouch on the new hair growth
every three to four weeks will keep your color looking fresh and
fantastic. If you are coloring your hair lighter this is the golden rule.
The scalp generates heat which makes the color process more

are the steps to going from dark to light? Should it take more than one
(i.e. dark, to light brown, to dark blonde, to light

Remember you
are going to get the best results going light at home by staying within
the one to two level lighter rule. When you are going lighter remember
your scalp produces heat which acts as a catalyst and process the color
more quickly. If you apply the color from your scalp to ends you will end
up with color that is lighter at the scalp and darker on the ends- and as
far as I’m concerned there is nothing WORSE in the world than hair color that goes from light to dark! When applying the color start one finger width
from the scalp and go through the ends. After you finish, go back and
apply to the scalp and process for the full manufacturers’ recommended
processing time.

it possible to get salon results out of a

It’s difficult
to get salon perfect color from a box! Hair coloring is as much a science as it is an art. There are things a well trained colorist knows about NRP
(natural remaining pigment), color theory and formulation–just to name a
few. That being said if you follow the rules of not more than three levels
darker, not more than two levels lighter and the one finger rule when
going lighter, you can have FANTASTIC results- and I will admit I have had
several people come into the salon with very impressive at home color

Hopefully these tips will help you look as luxurious as Anne or Renee! For more from Ted Gibson, visit the salon’s website here.

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