Are you thinking it may be time to rock some creative fashion colors? Whether it’s the peacock, oil slick, or some custom haircolor made just for you, these creative looks are pretty darn cool. But is this sometimes high-maintenance option right for you? Let’s dig in and find out.
How do I get these colors?
Well, this depends on the color you’re starting with and the color you hope to end up with. Since that answer isn’t the least bit useful, let’s break it down!
Most of these creative colors require a pre-lightened canvas. AKA, Bleach. If you want a pastel (or any of the silver or steely colors), we almost always have to lighten you up to a nearly platinum blond. Even if you’re already a naturally light color. It’s a long story; just trust us!
Of course, this causes some damage and may not even be doable in one visit (unless you’re ready for a massive haircut). If you have very dark hair or if you have already existing artificial color in your hair, it complicates the process. With lighter, not chemically treated hair, achieving this could be a reasonable goal.
On the other end of the spectrum, we have the more jewel-toned or darker creative color. For those, we don’t have to lighten nearly as much. And in some cases, we may not have to lighten at all, but that’s a very case-by-case basis.
What about the after care?
This is where a little honesty on my part can go a very long way, so I’ll give it to you straight. These colors are very high maintenance.
Each day, the creative color tends to require that you really style your hair; otherwise, it starts to look sloppy and the colors don’t pop properly. Putting your hair up in a messy bun and running out the door usually looks…well, like shit.
Also very important is the fact that these colors require a minimalistic approach to shampoo. Each shampoo, you are literally shampooing the color out of your hair. This is even more so if you shampoo with hot or even warm water. If you’re the type of person that needs to shampoo daily, this color option may not be for you. Even with the proper shampoo regimen, the colors often fade quickly, requiring regular maintenance at the salon. Naturally, the costs start to add up.
These colors are a whole ton of fun and really make a statement! So by no stretch am I saying don’t do it! I just want to make sure you’re making an informed decision before you commit to the world of creative color. If you want to do creative tones but are looking for a more low-maintenance option, you can always keep it simple with some pops of color, a nice peekaboo, or even some extensions!
For more information on your specific situation, definitely talk to a colorist and get a consultation.