Are you thinking about coloring your hair for the first time? Or, maybe you’re ready for a change?
Here at the Leading Edge Salon in Santa Rosa we know that any decision about color can be both exciting AND nerve-wrecking, especially if you’re visiting a new salon for the first time. Why? Because there are so many options and you want to make sure that you get the best results. Where do you start in order to end up with the look you want?
The key is communication with your colorist. It might seem silly” but talking about your lifestyle (such as occupation, kids or no kids, homebody or frequent traveler, “back to nature” type or “celebrity wanna be” …), along with a frank discussion about how much maintenance will be required and what it will cost is essential! Explain, or show your colorist a photo, of the look you’re after so she can outline the options for achieving it.
It’s our job is to make your visit for hair color the most relaxing as possible. We’ve created this page to help answer some of your questions before you commit to coming in for services.
Temporary color, which contains no ammonia and only a small percentage of peroxide, can only darken hair. Over time, the color fades to a translucent stain, but the roots need to be maintained to avoid a mismatched look. Semi-permanent is the least-damaging hair color process.
This type of color is very good for covering gray; it can only darken hair, not lighten it. Roots need to be touched up every 4 to 6 weeks. The formulation contains peroxide, but no ammonia.
Permanent hair color, which consists of both peroxide and ammonia, can make hair darker or a few shades lighter, and provides excellent coverage for gray. The color lasts until hair grows out, and roots need to be touched up every 4 to 6 weeks.
This process involves placing semi-permanent color on the hair for a short period of time to darken hair slightly or to change its tonality (for example, changing an ash blonde to golden brown). Clear glossing/glazing is also available to add shine to hair without altering the color. Gloss or glaze needs to be reapplied every few weeks.
Highlights, which involve the use of bleach or permanent color to lighten hair, are great for blending grays. The roots need to be touched up every three months.
Permanent or demi-permanent color is used to darken sections of over-lightened hair. Lowlights can also be used to blend grays. Roots should be touched up on an as-needed basis — usually at least every three months.
A lightener (powdered bleach) is hand-painted onto select pieces of hair to emphasize the lines and layers of a hairstyle. The color will grow out, and roots aren’t noticeable because the color isn’t applied as close to the roots as it is with other color processes.
Maintaining Your Color
Once your hair color begins to fade, it’s too late to return it to its original shade with color-enhancing shampoos and conditioners, so we recommend at-home maintenance from the start. Color-enhancing shampoos and conditioners can be effective as well. Be sure to keep your hair away from salt water, chlorine, and the sun as much as possible. Finally, wash hair less frequently to help prolong the brilliance of your freshly-colored hair.