Color Me Beautiful! / by Derek Reynolds

It’s that time of year – Summer is drawing to a close in a month (although, with this heat – it FEELS endless!)  One of the biggest questions we are asked every year is ‘should I change my color with the seasons’  Well, here’s our answer:  YES – in fact, change your color in SPITE of seasons.  Change up your look – try something new – and here’s a few simple steps to make the change a EFFORTLESS.  Rebecca Sweet (wife of Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet) is one of our favorite people.  With her beautiful curl and positive energy, how could we not be drawn to the idea of turning her red.

Our goal?  To brighten her base while protecting her roots from warmth and keeping the ends bright.   Here's the formula (we're Redken color exclusive, so all shades are REDKEN):  10g Hi- Fusion Rc, 5g High-Fusion R, 10g Color Fusion 6R, 10g Color Fusion 5Rv, 20g Cover Fusion 7NN.  Same blend of shades mixed with 15 vol Pro-Oxide for the base and 30 vol Pro-Oxide for the mids/ends.

STEP 1:  Take a look at trends.  Haircolor (like everything in fashion) is constantly changing.  From ombre to sombre to tortoiseshell to chocolate chips (yes – that’s a REAL TREND), the Fashion Gods are kind to colorists.  Go to your favorite magazine – Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour – the list is pretty endless.  Pick something that’s aspirational – but REMEMBER, it should work with your skin tone and overall energy.  Also, the more FASHION focused the color, the higher maintenance.  PRO TIP:  Direct dyes (purples, pinks, teals) and red tones are the fastest color molecules to fall out of your hair in between reservations.  Make sure your at-home regimen is on point with products like Shu Uemura Color Lustre (sulfate free, color protectant).

STEP 2:  Prepare for some extra time at the salon.  You can’t rush good work – especially when taking the leap into a new hair color.  Schedule out at least 2 ½ or 3 hours for your reservation and be understanding if the process takes a bit longer.  Our job is to make you look your best, so if it means bringing your laptop to answer some e-mails during your process time – wear our WiFi OUT.

STEP 3:  Embrace the FULL LOOK.  By that we mean, if you’re going for a change in color, make sure your cut is suitable to your fancy new look.  Our very own Amanda Craig customized Rebecca’s curly girl locks to accentuate the deep red we created for her.  PRO TIP:  Make sure you ask questions about the ‘why’ behind how your hair is styled.  Know what products to use for styling – and if your service provider uses a special heat styling tool or brush, ask them the how and why behind styling your new look. 

PRO TIP FROM AMANDA:  “For Rebecca, we were going for BIG!   We used Shu Uemura Muroto Volume Pure Lightness Shampoo and Masque to wash and condition her.  After I diffused, I used a 1-inch iron to define the curls. I then had her flip her pretty curls over and I sprayed them with Shu Uemura Texture Wave Dry Texturizing Spray ( It's amazing! Gives beautiful texture) and for my finishing touch used 1/2 a pump of Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil for shine.”

STEP 4:  ROCK IT!  Put on a strong lip and sexy eye to compliment your new ‘do.  Our very own Dori Pechianu amped up Rebecca’s look using: Lip:  Custom blend of Chanel shades, Foundation:  Chanel Vitalumière Aqua, Contour:  Kat Von D Contour Palette, Cheek:  Colourpop Hilighter in Lunch Money,  Eyeshadow:  Makeup Forever Artist 1 Eyeshadow Palette   STUNNING!