#MMCstyle Hair Salon in Madison, WI and Serving All of Dane County. One of Madison’s Best Hair Stylists Mallory Cook is a Pulp Riot and Redken Color Specialist, check her out at her new location today at 1016 E Washington Ave Madison, WI.
#MMCstyle is happy to announce hiring a new hair stylist Jaed Colvin
Jaed Colvin’s attention to detail will ensure that you are taken care of from the moment you call or book your appointment online until you walk out the door looking and feeling fabulous! Jaed places a high value on listening, consulting and respecting her clients. Focusing on the client’s needs is the key to her success.VISIT JAED’S STYLIST PAGE
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For every shared thought from excited clients, a stylist entering any new salon gains an opportunity to serve new clients that they’ve never met, because of your feedback! No matter the experience level, being excited to come to a place you’re appreciated or that has buzz surrounding it can help build the character of any great salon. Home to great stylists ready to provide “the right style for your lifestyle.”
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Today’s the day, WE’RE OPEN! Here’s a little glimpse of what you’ll be seeing when you come in for your appointment at the new salon! More appointment availability will become available this week as our new stylists settle in! We’re excited to help everyone! #mmcstyle
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#MMCstyle Salon – New Location – @ 1016 E Washington Ave – OPENING SOON
#MMCstyle Misters – Madams – Color – Salon, is staying open and doubling down on safety and sanitation practices. All Madison salons, whether they’re closing or staying open, are under tremendous financial stress right now. Many closed shops are raising money online to tip workers and encouraging clients to buy gift cards for future appointments and/or to book future appointments in mid to late April.
Mallory Cook (me), owner of #MMCstyle is also opening a new location at 1016 E Washington Ave in downtown Madison, so the timing of the current global, state and local situation is a defining WTF moment, we are rising up to meet. Currently, we are taking “well” clients one at a time and making efforts to sell gift cards, products and book new appointments. The money, which acts like a tip jar, will go toward its filling the gap of clients rescheduling while helping us all take time to concentrate on the new location opening. We’ve heard of some shops selling gift cards by phone and we wish them good luck, but we also understand how our clients purse-strings are also getting tight, so we are also focusing on booking out now, for later.BOOK ONLINE
“It’s a hold your breath and wait kind of game.”
Madison salon owners are also hoping state government officials step up and provide financial relief to small businesses and help workers get unemployment benefits faster. A petition calling on a federal aid package for the country’s cosmetology, barber and body work industry is circulating widely online. It’s also difficult, because salons aren’t just for pampering, they are safe places to share opinions and talk about our current events and work through them together…it’s a community place.
People call in to get appointments NOT because they were called off work. Not for reasons of vanity, but for a sense of community along with a place to vent frustrations of their current situation at work or home.SIGN PETITION
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Lately it seems we all about the shag! Shagged LOB haircut that is!
First of all let me say, the LOB haircut became SO popular, because the younger generations associate a “bob” as a “mom cut” or as someone who is “older.” But lets be real, a lob haircut is a version of a “classic” bob; therefore, the lob is a bob. So from here on out in this blog, I’m going to reference it as a bob haircut. And because so many people are still rocking their bobs (of ALL different lengths), but feeling up for a change, adding some shaggy layers is the ultimate client and stylist dream when we talk about having a shared reality of what is possible for a new haircut option. Clients actually can feel like they’ve gotten a change, but still have the comfort of their usual length, and hairstylists feels like they are actually accomplishing a change rather than the usual trim. It also gives us stylists an opportunity to chat new styling options, so fun!
Lately the hairstyle trends being messier have offered so many more options to our always classy and in style bobs. Bob haircuts have become shaggier, more texturized, so much edgier looking. Straight, wavy, or curly, whether natural, or curl added with a wand or iron of some sort, add their own custom style to this do as well. Loosening up some of that hair by adding texture has really made it easier to pull off these looks in such a fashion forward kind of way.
Soft wind-swept styled shag:
This can be achieved air drying your hair. Try a cream such as Pureology Hydrate Air Dry Cream, it adds moisture to keep fly-aways under control, and allows your hair to dry with soft and natural flips, and kicks. Tuck a side behind your ear while pulling out the “side burn” area of the hair. Finish with adding Pureology Style & Protect Soft Finish hairspray to softly hold your style in place for the day, while you protect your color as well!
Beach wavy shag:
Style this with a wand, or favorite curling iron of your choice. Start the curls around the widest area of your head for some great fullness, for an elongated curl look, give the curl a tug once you let it fall off the iron to stretch it out. Set your curls with a texture finishing spray such as Spray Putty from Fat Boy and use a scrunching motion with your hands for the ultimate texture & volume in your hairstyle.
Naturally curly shag:
Who said curly girls can’t have fun with their haircut? They’re so wrong! These sweet shaggy layers create so much versatility and shape within a haircut for every type of curly girl. For you really wild curly girls try Pureology Taming Butter as a leave in conditioner, curly softener, and layer some Pureology Uplifting Curl Spray over for some hold. Let air dry, or diffuse for added volume and you will have a beautiful curly shag haircut that you will for sure get compliments on!
So no matter what your style or type of hair, the shagged lob can be customized to fit you! Want to chat more about this new trend? Book an appointment at #MMCstyle for the right style for your life style!
Pulp Riot’s new NeoPop Collection is our new superhero here at #MMCstyle Salon
The NeoPop Collection is a 4 shade semi-permanent collection inspired by the bold, beautiful colors of comic books and pop art. A super blue, mermaid light teal, true orange, and a bold, bright sunflower yellow complete this collection.
The New Neo Pop Collection
- Decoy = Light Teal
- Nuclear = Orange
- Satire = Sunflower
- Tragic = Super Blue
- Like all Pulp Riot Semi-Permanent colors, conditioner based with a smooth viscosity for easy application
- Intense vibrancy and fades true to tone
- PPD free, ammonia free, vegan, gluten free, animal cruelty free, paraben free
Book a color consultation at #MMCstyle Salon today
All over, single color, additional charge for additional color mixed for lengths of hair. Pricing and how much color used will be discussed in consultation. Includes a shampoo, deep conditioning with a relaxing scalp massage, haircut and a blow dry style.
Not sure which color category that you’re looking to achieve falls under or unsure you want to join the league of superheroes with the new NeoPop Collection? Let’s chat before you book to determine the best process! You can come in to meet me and talk, or I can do a video consult to save you time and an extra trip in!BOOK A COLOR CONSULTATION
2019 was an amazing year… but 2020’s going to be even better. Pulp Riot’s always evolving.
Pureology Hair Care and Style Products at #MMCSTYLE Salon
At #MMCSTYLE we really focus on the right style for your lifestyle, included in this is the correct product regime, which includes Pureology. We don’t just pick up our favorite looking, pretty, new product off the shelf. We choose our products based on experience, science, and brand trust to always give our clients the best.
Pureology is a favorite salon product line, because it deserves to be
Pureology is indeed a favorite hair care product line of mine and has been for over a decade now. Every single one of their products pack a punch with “multi-benefits” and their highly concentrated formulas. All Pureology products also use bottles that are 95% post-consumer recycled materials, AND they are 100% recyclable! Pureology NEVER tests on animals, EVERY product is color-safe and protecting, even the purifying shampoo which is rare in any cleansing shampoo. Another great feature is Pureology’s Anti-Fade Complex, which contains antioxidants and full spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen to protect hair and help maintain color between your visits.
A couple more key points to love Pureology:
- Pureology products are SULFATE-FREE! Their concentrated ZeroSulfate® shampoos use a mixture of corn, coconut and sugar for a gentle cleanse, without comprising your hair color.
- Pureology’s dual benefits formulas completely protect your hair and add a variety of custom care benefits dependent on the particular line you choose, for example, their smoothing, strengthening, moisturizing and volumizing.
- Each Pureology line has specific custom benefits with a unique aromatherapy fragrance to really elevate your experience in the salon, and you’ll love it at home when you’re showering either at the end or beginning of your day to help calm the senses!
Pureology cares about everything surrounding each product, their ingredients, the materials they use in packaging and possible environmental impact pre/post product use. Pureology plans out each of their product lines with their carbon footprint in mind to help sustain our environment for our planet.
- Pureology has managed to reduce the amount of water used in their manufacturing processes.
- Pureology’s bottles are made of 50% post-consumer recycled materials which are 100% recyclable.
- Pureology uses 50% post-consumer recycled materials for their printed / brand materials.
- Pureology uses a minimal amount of secondary packaging materials while using cartons made of 100% recycled fibers.
- Pureology now reduces the amount of energy they use to make each bottle.
- Pureology reduces waste during the filling / packaging process of their bottles.
- Pureology only uses FDA-Approved plastics for environmental safety and sustainability.
In summary, Pureology’s products are simply amazing, with super-concentrated quality, and is crazy GREEN with their production and materials they use in their company. Pureology continues to hold onto their values, delivering a very high value for their clients and themselves. It is more of enough reason for me to love Pureology Hair Style Products!
If you’re in the market for hair care or hair styling products, give Pureology Hair Care Products a try! During your next appointment, while we’re exploring what products fit your lifestyle, I may just pick out something from the Pureology line. If you hold similar values close to your heart, visit my Pureology product page to learn more or contact me, I’m always happy to talk about this amazing product line.
Holiday Hairstyle Ideas by Mallory Cook of #MMCSTYLE
Winter can be the cheeriest time of the year with magical winter weddings, festive holiday parties, glitzy New Years Eve parties, and everything fun and exciting in between! It’s time to switch up how we wear our hair, it’s the gloomiest time of the year, time to freshen up our looks to brighten up our dark, cold evenings! Here’s some fun show-stopping styles to complete your memorable look during this festive time of year!
Holiday Hairstyle – Slicked Back Pixie:
More proof for those on the fence of trying a pixie that you DO have so many options! Blow dry in a root boosting mousse such as Pureology Style & Protect On The Rise Root Mousse, you can use a Denman brush with your dryer to create lots of lift at the root, and direct the hair in a backwards motion. Finish the style with a polishing product such as Techni.Art Fix Polish from L’Oreal Professionnel, and a quick mist of Pureology Style & Protect Soft Finish Hairspray. Voila! You’ve transformed your pixie to a sweet, polished, party ready do!
Holiday Hairstyle – Deep Side Part With Waves:
A way to switch up whatever kind of wave you prefer, set with a deep waver, soft waves created by a flat iron, or a classic beachy wave do! Move that part over to update your style, you’ll have people asking what you did different, simple right?! Start by blow drying your hair into your deep part, blow drying it into place with a flat paddle brush, using an ‘X’ motion against your scalp will help set your hair in that part by knocking out cowlicks. Try using a blow-dry spray such as Pulp Riot Istanbul Blow Dry Spray to help hold your hair into your newly formed part. After being sure your hair is all the way dry, add in your waves as you normally would, I suggest on the top of your head on the side with the most hair starting your wave pattern just below your parietal ridge (widest part of the head). This will keep you from having an awkward amount of volume on the fullest hair side of your head.
Holiday Hairstyle – Pearl headbands and accessories.
A simple way to class-up any style, even a simple smooth blowout, is to add some pearls. Polish your hair while softly defining your style with some Fatboy Tacky Oil Protective Styler to dried hair. Then slide over a headband bedazzled with pearls, or pop in a pin or two to hold a section back in the front. Polished hair versus more on purpose textured hair fits the look for pearls.
Holiday Hairstyle – Half-up high pony tail AND full on high pony tail
This is such a fun party look, especially great for curly hair, or fantastic for second day curled hair. You can wear that hair on top nice and high to create all the volume and bounce! I love adding in L’Oreal Professional Techni Art Next Day Hair Dry Finishing Spray to really poof out the top of a half up style, and lift out the ends of the down hair for a full style.
Make a statement by brushing it all up, sleek against your head and tying everything up.
Holiday Hairstyle – Low braids & pony’s
This is such an easy style, anyone can do on themselves if they know how to put in a pony tail holder, and even more if you can braid! Whether you go for a textured, soft pony, or a sleek pony tailed braid, this is a sure way to have an updated, fun look for your party. It’s also great to have all of your hair out of your face, keeping it out of your food, beverages, and pulled back for dancing! Try adding in some bling, you can braid in some metallic strings, or pin in a string of pearls or gems. Bored of a regular classic braid? Try a fishtail braid, or infinity braid. I recommend Braid Aid from Redken, rub some in your hands and work it through the lengths of your hair. I also like a bit of Braid Aid in my fingers as I am completing a braid, it helps me hold hair, especially hair that is very silky and fine.
A life of a career hairstylist can be a rewarding, and beautiful one! The one thing that makes this possible, and is not a painful feat, is retaining clients through the years. This allows a stylist to be consistently busy, while building meaningful relationships, and receive plenty of referrals from their clients who know them. Top notch customer service, listening, booking ahead or having an easy solution for guests to book, self image, and staying up to date on skills and trends are all things that keep a client wanting to come back.
Customer service should be any salon’s first priority
It’s obvious as a hairstylist customer service skills should not be lacking, we are in the industry of guest handling, and it is something we should all take seriously! From the second that customer walks through the door they are a guest in your salon, and should be treated like VIP every time. Make sure they are comfortable along the way, having a beverage, a comfortable seat, something to read, and having a swift easy checkout are all things that add to a great service. Make them feel beautiful and important (they are paying for our TIME, we need to give that whole-heartily to them). Not rushing a service, and being present for your guest the whole time they are in your chair are crucial. Your cell phone should not be in sight where it will distract you, and the conversation should be kept between you and your guest, unless of course your guest strikes up a conversation with someone nearby. Overall, guests feeling fully attended to from the second they walk in the door makes them feel very special, and like they are cared for, this will keep them coming back for more!
Clients aren’t coming to listen to a hairstylist talk the entire time
The skill of listening can be a tough one, practice listening until your guest is completely done with a thought before beginning to think of a response, especially during your consultation before starting a service. Trying to answer before someone is finished with a thought can make a conversation not only take longer than necessary, but can also lead to missing some very important information your guest may be saying. Make sure to ask questions when you are reading someones body language that is not representing what they are saying. This really shows your guest you are paying attention and can make them very comfortable with you. Once a guest is comfortable talking with you, knowing you are hearing what they like and want, so you can execute exactly what they’d like. Do this and they’re going to be coming back to you for certain!
Scheduling their next appointment is completely appropriate
Make sure you are always setting as many clients up for their next service as possible. I believe a lot of stylists feel like they are being ‘pushy’ recommending a date, and setting it up for their guests next visit. I disagree, and I would go as far to say 95% of your guests disagree as well. This is a closing out part of the service our guests are looking for us guidance on. This is the moment we share with them when that new pixie may need a trim, or that fresh red color will possibly fade and be ready for a touch up; therefore, it’s an integral part of your service! In fact, I believe we are doing a disservice for not at the very least suggesting a time frame, before asking them to pre-book. And for those guests who prefer to wait to book, having an online system, or an easy way to contact us personally helps assure more than half of those people get scheduled properly with ease and at their own convenience, which leads them back into our chair! Don’t miss the mark by not supporting your clients, they come to your salon for you, not to have round about conversations about booking with your front desk staff, or end up booked for the wrong service, or even worse, with another stylist who was easier to book with.
Hairstylists are part of the decor and overall impression also
A nice reminder for our clients to why they come to us is having a great self image, this is especially important with first time clients, after all shouldn’t we focus on making the best first impression. We’re hairstylists, that equals having our hair done always, makeup on, and dressing to the 9’s to not only give us confidence, but it screams “you can trust me, I know what I’m doing, I care enough about myself so that I can take care of you!” Schedule days in the salon with staff to do service trades to keep color & cuts trendy and fresh, we are our own walking billboards, we should be taking care of each other! Being aware of how you’re carrying yourself in front of guests, and conversations being held is something I always work hard to remember. People are always watching when we’re out on the floor, it’s great to not be hiding in the break room so clients can see us, but we should be doing everything in our power to improve the image of ourselves and the salon while on the salon floor.
Evolve or die
Staying up to date on trends and skills in our industry for hair color, cuts, and styles will help keep ourselves and our clients on trend, and be another thing that makes our clients trust us in-order to keep coming back. Freshening up on skills will help us to be certain we are always using best practices in everything that we do, participating or hosting in salon classes is a fantastic way to stay fresh. Your salon team should learn from each other, grow together and help keep your fellow stylists accountable for their skills. Practice makes perfect, supporting stylists, and being supported by stylists will help us always give the best service to our client, and get them the exact hair style they are looking for. At the end of the day, I believe is one of the most important ways to keep our clients coming back, along with everything else you keep in your experience bag.
It’s about providing value without any “quid pro quo”
You may think this is about skill, it’s not, skill may be involved, but it’s truly about providing value to your clients new and old without asking for anything in return. Try placing your mindset into revolving around customer experience and services that we provide, it’s given me the opportunity over the last 12+ years to grow and maintain a steady business. I’ve been able to move from 4 salons during this time, each time moving up in position and responsibility, ultimately affording me the opportunity to go into business for myself. These values along with improving my skill gives me the confidence and excitement in-order to help grow and cultivate a high value culture for other stylists an build my own salon in 2020. Now, I will be able to grow a team, in an atmosphere where guests are happy, well cared for – in turn our team can enjoy themselves, be busy with new clients, and continually strive to bring value to our salon’s clients in every aspect of our services.
Faction8 Permanent Hair Color by Pulp Riot at #MMCSTYLE
Up until about a year ago I was always a Redken hair color girl, it’s what I trained on and knew very well, which always gave me confidence. In November of 2018, I switched the salon I was working with. I left for a new opportunity to help setup and start a brand new hair salon and spa on Madison’s west side. Setting up a salon meant I had the opportunity to look into an entirely new hair care and hair color product set, different from what I was using. However, I also had the choice to stick to what I was comfortable with. This question I thought, was going to be a no brainer…(duh, Redken was my thing). Then, my Salon Centric Sales Representative suggested I try the new Pulp Riot permanent hair color line, Faction8 and told me about all the benefits. My Rep could tell my interest was peaked immediately.
I had been using Pulp Riots semi-permanent color lines and loving them, so it made sense to give their permanent hair color line, Faction 8 a shot. So, I did some research. From everything I learned about Pulp Riot, I was sold from the start. The owners story, how they came to be, the education they offer, the fact that the line is created by artists. Everything important to me was well thought out in this line. The research on Faction8 had me wanting to know more and lead me to make the switch.
Some benefits of Faction8 hair color
Faction8 is a permanent hair color line created by Pulp Riot with 80 total shades, inter-mixable for complete color customization control, and the ability to turn from permanent to demi-permanent with the right mixing ratio with the developers. The Faction8 line is super easy to keep track of what I have on hand and I love the many ways to mix and create any color my clients or I dream up.
With Faction8 hair color, there’s boosters to really add some punch to your reds and coppers or help to ash out even more of some of your colors you choose. Another nice feature of Faction8 permanent hair color, you can use these boosters alone as a straight pigment for strategies such as making a high lift red or red/violet or straight up putting some purple or blue over pre-lightened hair for a dramatic fashion color. Using color theory you may also get more tone added to a formula when trying to keep excess warm or cool unwanted tones out of your hair canvas.
The Faction8 permanent hair color line has five high-lift blonde colors that work on medium-dark brown hair to lighter hair (I’ve also had success with these on very dark hair) to lighten and tone natural hair color all at the same time, which is flipping amazing! Faction8 high lift colors can also be used to tone blondes beautifully when mixed with a lower developer in the ratio of 1:2 or even more developer to further dilute the formula. Consider the background tone while using the Pulp Riot Toners, these can make beautiful pastel colors of every hue and add a dab of a booster to even make it more that color.
Every color in the the Faction8 permanent hair color line does consist of quinoa to strengthen and moisturize the hair while we are coloring. Another nice treat is it doesn’t stink, AT ALL. You may think it far-fetched, but I dare you to try to say it stinks, because you may be lying if you say it does! Even more pleasing to me is Pulp Riot’s semi-permanents, actually smell good.
Pulp Riot High Speed Toners are made to work in a matter of minutes on damp hair that you are blonding, guaranteeing quick results using a product in the way it was meant to work! You can mix these toners in with your lighter formulas to add a custom hue to your color, example: adding rose gold for a bit more of a pinky tone to a lighter copper is a super fun option! (keep in mind mixing rations with developers since you are adding a “high speed” color to your formula, you may want to dilute with a little extra developer if this will sit for a while).
The reviews are in, Pulp Riot’s Faction8 hair color is absolutely amazing!
“I had always thought my platinum/silver dreams were unattainable until I switched to Mallory. She keeps my color looking great and I actually enjoy my appointments! When any of my friends ask where they should get their hair done, Mallory is my answer every single time.” – Jordyn Schara
“LOVE my new hair! Finally got up the courage to try some purple and its awesome! Thanks Mallory!” – Ally Becker
“I’m a natural brunette and Mallory has built such a beautiful blonde into my hair over time. Her approach is so confident, current, and dependable. I trust and love her so much.” – Sophia
“Her color is absolutely beyond what anyone else has ever been able to do for my hair. She is creative, thoughtful of your preferences and is gonna have you walking out with exactly what you wanted or better!” – Kathy Gajda
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Lower Classic Hairstyles – Mallory Cook at #MMCSTYLE
For the year of 2019, carrying into the fall/winter time I’ve noticed a ton of different kinds of formal styles, even translated into everyday hair styles being a lower hairstyle. Whether that be a low ponytail, bun, or easy twisted style, a low style seems to automatically imply a more soft, romantic, timeless kind of vibe to your look.
A low pony tail can be a quick, sleek style for the office, or a curled, softly pulled back look for a more formal occasion. A low pony tail is an amazing way to get out of an extra day of hair washing as well, yet still look put together. Use some dry shampoo, like Pulp Riots Berlin Dry Shampoo around your hairline to absorb any extra oils & give you a fresh, clean scent, and sometimes it is necessary to use a hair powder such as Redken Powder Grip 03 in the crown to keep your hair from sticking to your head and looking too flat.
A low bun can be a simple, cleanly done look for a day at the office for a professional look, or this can be appropriate for a formal occasion you are attending. A more intricate low bun with twists and sections pinned over each other can add a more formal look for a bride, or other black tie style occasion. Low buns are nice because they feel and are secure, no one will worry about any pieces popping out of place during an event. The low bun is the base for a lot of styles, because it is such a classic look. Feel free to add a braid to this style, whether their be a braid as more of a part around the hairline, or braid a piece to twist around the bun. There are endless options to this style. A great strong hair spray, I like Pulp Riot Toronto because of it’s ability to hold, but not look sticky, will help to keep your bun looking polished once styled!
Low twisted style:
These can be the most fun styles, and are so customizable. Add in a loose braid, pin organically, have fun with it! These types of hair styles are amazing to accessorize with hair jewelry or flowers randomly pinned in. They can be so elegant and timeless, or simple and casual. Leave out face framing pieces for an even softer, romantic, undone feel. You can achieve a more simple twisted style by pulling hair back loosely, letting some pieces fall our around your face, and randomly take pieces from the pony tail and pin up, or be as intricate as you want by taking smaller sections and twisting them, pull apart the twists and pin as you like how it is looking. I like to use a working hair spray while executing these styles, Pulp Riots new Zurich hair spray has become a favorite of mine for this.
Hairstyles To Wear For Any Occasion
These low styles are my favorite to wear, and to execute as a hair stylist. The wearer of them I always get the vibe of feels comfortable because they still do feel like themselves, sometimes people if they’re wearing something too different can make them feel off and uncomfortable. The purpose of any hair style is to improve on how one feels they look, so these help me to achieve the ultimate goal!
Let’s discuss the pros and cons of semi-permanent colored shampoos and conditioners
Fashion colored hair is all the rage right now, and using an at home semi-permanent shampoo or conditioner packed with your pick of fun color pigment may seem like an easy way to achieve a new look; not all home methods may be the right choice for you. Please note, none of these at home semi-permanent color choices will give you the guaranteed results that a salon and professional hairstylist will. Buyers must beware, and after seeing some good and bad experiences, I thought it may be nice to inform people of some of things to expect from trying these types of products at home. I’ll try to cover some facts on these for the good, the bad, and the ugly to help you make a decision on when methods may be right, or not right for you.
First of all, I am not here to trash talk these at home solutions for a fun color change, or up keep. I think it’s incredible to have the options we all now have at home to upkeep some fun fashion color, I’ve used some of them myself when whatever I had going on with my hair color warranted use (right now I have three drastically different colors in my hair, so now is definitely NOT the time!). I’m not going to get to brand specific here, just really here to inform how semi-permanent colored shampoos and conditioners work.
I love how after giving a client a great, professionally done bleach retouch, or highlight that we then cover with a fun vivid purple, or color of their choice. Afterwards, they can purchase a product they can maintain that color they fall in love with until they’re over it. Rather than it slowing fading away right away on them. It’s also an easy way for a red head or copper-top to keep their color vibrant between visits.
Another perk of these products, with advisement of your hairstylist, you can shift the color you have in your hair when you’re wanting a change. When I say shift a color, I mean using the color wheel to take what color is on your hair now then add a different color to it to create a whole new color. For example: you may have faded blue hair and want to go more green, adding some greenish yellow to your hair may help you achieve a cool new green color. I’ve done this myself with faded rose gold hair before, I used a pastel blue which turned a pretty violet color with my more faded ends being a slate blue color. Super fun, all I had to do was shampoo my hair to do it!
Depending on the color you’re using, semi-permanent colored shampoos and conditioners can make a MESS of your bathroom, shower, your hands, towels, etc!!!! Colored shampoos, and generally anything with color usually contains direct dyes, reds, blues, purples, etc. any porous/absorbent surface will suck the color right up (your hair included, so beware when choosing a color if you’re someone who doesn’t like color too bold). I find it best to wet down every surface in the shower before even opening the bottle, and then when applying to hair applying very carefully, with gloves if using a darker color, and not whipping your hair all over the place.
If possible, while you leave products set on your hair for a few minutes, clip your hair up with a clip you don’t mind getting stained, and rinse all the excess color off of yourself, or you could end up looking like a mono-toned blue, crazy person! Proceed with rinsing again carefully, and rinsing excessively well, I like to hold my hair out from myself the best I can so that color goes straight to the drain.
If you’re someone who is just wanting to try some purple hair for a week, or likes to change your color often, semi-permanent colored shampoos and conditioners aren’t always as desirable as you think. This is especially the case for my bleached blonde madams, your hair tends to be more absorbent and will hold onto that color a lot longer than you think. These products are more of a color stain, they actually stain the cuticle of your hair, rather than just depositing pigment, which is why they don’t fade as well, and will not come out with a color remover or bleach.
I’ve also seen these semi-permanent colored shampoos and conditioners, after use, fade pretty ugly. Sometimes you could end up with a blue color that you didn’t realize had a green undertone to it, so it fades green, and I’ve seen that green stick around and not be able to come out. If this is something that’s happened to you, you’ll want to talk to your stylist about “shifting” your color, so applying a color next to that color on that color wheel that may be more desirable to you next.
Another ugly fact, if you are someone who doesn’t take enough time to work the semi-permanent colored shampoos and conditioners evenly through your hair, and rather may just slap it on, you WILL be able to tell! It will be a splotchy mess, sometimes it is better to take these products in for your stylist to apply for you during a service, this will guarantee the best result. Now I will say not all stylists are willing to do this, if they have products or color they’d prefer to use, make sure you ask before you assume they will help you so you aren’t disappointed.
My personal experience:
I’ve personally used and had luck with a few brands of semi permanent shampoos and conditioners. First of all, Arctic Fox is freaking amazing. Easy to apply, VIBRANT and bold colors, and from what I’ve seen fade quite quickly over previously bleached hair for a lower commitment option. Same as Overtone, I love how overtone for each shade has a pastel version, a vibrant version, and extreme, for whatever amount of color you want. With Overtone you get the most results out of the “Coloring Conditioner,” the daily shampoo and conditioner from them I don’t feel is necessary. I’ve also really liked Watercolor Shampoo by Tressa Professional. Because it is a shampoo it is so easy to lather and apply, let sit for a few minutes, rinse, and repeat if you want it deeper. I love that the colors start at pastel so you can ease into a bolder look.
Would you, or have you tried a product like any of these to get some fashion hair? What’s worked for you or what tips can you share that made the process better for you? Also, if you like keeping up with me “Mallory Cook” visit “what’s trending” below.WHAT’S TRENDING