Post # 1
My hair is naturally brunette with reddish tones. I wanted to try to go redder. I found a stylist in town who I really like. She had great reviews and was known specifically for being great with hair color.
I wasn’t sure how red I was comfortable going with, so I took in pictures and asked about adding red highlights. She said she thought my base color would work great for that.
I took in a few photos of Ellie Kemper and we discussed which parts I like about each and she did her thing.
This is what my hair looked like after
I was fine with this, b/c I wasn’t sure with how comfortable I was with red.
The next time I went back I knew I wanted more red, so I took in pictures of Emma Stone. I asked her if highlights were still the best way to go and she said she thought they were.
This is what it looked like after (excuse the goofy face)
This is what it looks like now (it’s been a couple of weeks since my appointment)
I feel like the lighting is different in the salon and the red looks much more noticable when I’m sitting in the chair, but the moment I get in my car & look in the mirror it doesn’t look as red. I’m paying a lot of money and I feel like I’m not getting what I ask for. When I go in I take a lot of pictures too. Is it in my head? Does it look redder than I think? (I really struggle in general to see myself as I really am.) I’d like it to be that nice dark red in the Emma Stone picture. How to I communicate that better? What should I ask to have done next time? Is she keeping it less red b/c red wouldn’t look good with my skin tone? Should I give up on her & try a new one? I love how I feel after my appointment & I really enjoy chatting with her while I’m there. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - old cheese factory
@ImaStarr: i can see the red in your hair, but i do see what you are talking about with it not being the same. i think you can pull it off. Emma’s hair is more of a copper red as yours is more brown. here is what i would do. id ask her to lighten up your hair color using either a bleach bath or something that will strip out the old color. tell her you want your hair more of a copper red than a true red color.
your stylist is going to have to remove and lighten your color a couple shades for you to get the shade you are seeking. good luck PS i think you look good with red 🙂
Post # 4
I see hte red. I think the issue might be that your hair is too dark to look that copper red. Also, I think you might just be ready to do your whole hair instead of just highlights. I do htink that to achieve said color though, you might have to lighten your hair slighty. That is something to discuss wiht your stylist.
GL, and please post pics of what you do to your hair next, preferably in this thread so we have pics to compare it with.
Post # 5
Yeah, you definitely will look great in red! She’s probably hesitant to lighten your hair and color it because she doesn’t want to damage it. I had a stylist tell me that red is tough because it takes a lot of “stuff” to get there and upkeep. It’s your head though so I would tell the stylist that you’re willing to really go for it if you’re ok with doing a bit of damage.
Post # 6
Red is challenging to keep. I’ve got very dark, thick hair and salon reds fade after just 3 weeks, and that’s with the red shampoo & conditioner, and only shampooing every other day. And I’ve been to numerous salons, thinking that the stylist was the problem. Nope, it’s just that red doesn’t stick very well. Keep in mind if she lightens your hair that much, when the red fades in a few weeks, you’ll be left with brassy highlights. Are you willing to get it done every 3-4 weeks?
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@jjfad778: That was my thought as well. You picked two really tough colors. She would probably have to strip your hair and then add the color back but that will change the texture of your hair and if you don’t like it, you’re pretty much stuck with it until it grows out. Next time you go back show her the pictures and ask why she isn’t going as red as you would like. A good stylist will tell you whether she is doing this on purpose to save your hair; if she can’t explain it then it’s time to change stylists.
I had a great stylist who refused to color my hair lighter. I went somewhere else and had it done and it looked awful! It was not as flattering on me as I thought it would be and my original stylist was right. Sometimes you have to trust the stylist.
Post # 8
Thanks for the input guys!
I do think she may be doing it to protect my hair. Although she did say my hair could handle some damage. I have really straight silky hair. It’s so much easier to style the first week or so after getting it done. I use a deep conditioner once a week though and that puts the moisture back in pretty quickly.
It will be a while before my next appointment, I’ll have to think about what you all have said and decide if I want to dive in and do more to it.
I do like that the way it is now is pretty easy in regards to upkeep, you don’t really see the regrowth (especially now this time of year, the sun lightens my hair pretty quickly.)