Post # 1
I am about to make an appointment for a whole new ‘do. Cut and color. I would love highlights/lowlights.
I have been coloring my hair on my own for several years… using permanent and non-permanent color products – I need to cover grays. :-/
So, my question is: what do I ask for? Will the stylist need to dye my hair first all one color and then do the high/lowlights? That seems expensive. Can I color it all first and then just get the high/lowlights?
I’m at a loss here as this is all new to me.
Post # 2
What do you want you hair to look like and what is your hair currently?
It depends on lots of factors, with some more information I should be able to help you out!
Post # 3
Now it’s a dull brown with several gray strands at the very top (crown?) of my head. I try to dye it (all of my hair) monthly with a box product and it looks great for a few weeks, but then the grays come in and the color fades.
I would love to brighten it up with carmel highlights.
Post # 4
Well if you have roots showing they will definately need to dye it before highlighting. Depending on the dye buildup they might want to strip you hair, then dye it, then highlight+lowlight it. I doubt they will do this though, because it sounds like you want to stick fairly close to your original hair colour. Sometimes they do this if there has been a build up of brassy, kind of orange. Often hair that has been dyed regularly, especially drugstore dye which is harsher than professional dye, will be lighter and brassy at the ends of your hair.
I would suggest a consultation before you dye your hair. Bring in some pics of what you like, even if you think it won’t suit you. I’d ask the hair stylist to suggest some things they think would work with your face shape and colouring.
best of luck and enjoy!
Post # 5
Don’t dye your hair first. They probably won’t want to do it if it has been recently dyed b/c they don’t want to ruin your hair and won’t know how their product will react with yours. In general they would do a root touch up and then highlights and it could be expensive. The first time may be different because of the product you have on your hair now. I have dark brown hair and go kind of blond. They do a root touch up they call single process and then highlights and lowlights across the top that they call a partial foil. I usually don’t do the partial foil every time. Call and describe your situation and they can figure out what to set the appointment up as.
Post # 6
Do NOT dye your hair yourself first – they will probably need to lift all of the color out.
Depending on the tones in the box dye which are left in your hair, they may need to strip out all of the color or neutralize it. Your colorist will know best. I would trust whatever they think is neccessary – depending on the type of dye used and what you want done, this may count as a “color correction”. That can be pricey but will look better going forward if you continue to let the stylist do your hair vs. doing it yourself.
I used to to dye my hair myself and needed to redo the color monthly since it would fade to unflattering tones. I now pay a girl to do my hair and see her once every 8-12 weeks. The “fade” still looks very nice since she knows what she is doing. You will probably need to go more frequently but I would really encourage you to keep it up for a bit and experience the difference. I like that I am no longer slathering my hair in expensive masks, etc. and my mom’s colorist is one thing with is non-negotiable despite the fact she is a minimalist gal that despises any other sort of primping.
Your stylish may refer to that type of style as a “weave”. That had two meanings: hair extensions inserted in with your hair to increase length/fullness or color woven throughout. Do not be alarmed if she calls your highlights/lowlights a weave. That phrase is pretty popular here on the West Coast.
One rule of thumb I have learned: I will not let someone work on my hair if I don’t like theirs. They can have funky or stylish hair, but it really needs to suit them and look good. I’ve never had a good cut/color from anyone whose style didn’t jive with my own.
Good luck and let us know how it goes!
Post # 7
Thanks, ladies! This may be too much work for me to deal with. Hahaha. 🙂
I may just stick to my box dye and try a new color and/or cut.
I really do appreciate all the feedback though. Thank you so much for the information.