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  • The 3C’s of the Corrective Hair Color Process: Cut, Color and Condition


    I’m not perfect, I get it. I make mistakes. BUT, eight different hair colors in one week?!

    No, it’s not because I’m trying to outrun Katy Perry in the hair color quick-change market, it’s because I’ve strayed. I admit it. And then like any other dirty deed, it had to be repaired.

    Make that color, repair, re-color, repair, repeat and repeat…

    >> READ: How to Prevent a Bad Hair Cut and Horrible Color

    If I recommend any product it is because it has been road tested. I’m the favorite guinea pig around here. I tried some new hair products that faded my highlights. Of course, the saga begins at a time when I’m slammed with obligations and travel with no time for the luxury of a day of beauty.

    In comes Gad Cohen to the resue who says that I only call him when I have a 911 beauty emergency. That’s true. Thank the hair gods above that Gad can be the Mr. Fixit of Corrective Color because we are talking some pretty damaged hair color. For all this crazy effort, it’s hard to imagine that this is NOT to cover a head full of gray but to brighten my hair up a bit.

    I've been iPhone photo documenting (some) of my hair color hell all week- that red is wicked! But leaving Gad's salon back to my real brunette shade is bliss.

    Gad & Sharon post corrective color, and a little makiage too!

    Gad & Sharon post corrective color, and a little makiage too!

    In an effort to brighten my faded highlights, my first mistake was to road test a new colorist for balyage– the hair color technique where highlights are painted on and “cooked” with saran wrap over cotton rather than using conventional foil for a more natural, sun-kissed effect… not in this case.

    Most people bring in a photo of a hair style that they like to show the stylist/colorist. I brought in a photo of myself to match the shade of brunette highlights. I thought that would be easy.

    The very sweet colorist painted the highlights in my baby fine hair for a total time of 3 hours in the chair- the length of coloring time alone made me anxious. Once washed, I was not my natural medium brunette with sunny highlights but PALE BEIGEY BLONDE! So much for matching the shade in my photo.

    In her next effort to bring that color up to something darker and what the colorist thought I wanted, she added a toner. A few minutes later, my hair was now the COLOR OF A USED DIAPER. I decided to leave well enough alone at that salon. When I washed my hair the next day in hope of having the color settle to something more palatable, my hair became BRASSY, really brassy blondish.

    In an attempt to not look like a wet T-shirt contest blonde at spring break, I tried some Shimmer Lights to tone down the freaky brassiness. My hair became nondescript reddish mush. Humm…

    This was all to save some time, remember?

    I tried some non-permanent color in an ash shade to correct the blah but still brassy color. Eventually, I became bright Kathy Griffen red! That’s when I got Gad on the phone.

    In case your hair color every goes AWOL, I’ve had Gad Cohen outline the corrective color steps that he took to solve my too red hair color.

    Gad picked up, with foil, imperceptible pieces of hair that lay on top of the head where the light hits to mimic the shade of a child’s hair at the beach.

    With semi-permanent, low volume peroxide, he adds a hair color melange of natural brunette shades- light brown, minky brown, and a little hit of chestnut (my natural color).

    Wash, condition, and cut.

    Blow out using Phytovolume Actif at the root of hair to add volume.

    Blow dry to seal the hair cuticle.


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