In my post Color Punk I wrote about my apprehensions on coloring my hair although it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. There is no way that I was going to attempt coloring my hair myself from box hair dye. The last thing that I need is jacked up hair color that needs professional correcting. So, to begin this process I googled top hair colorist in Philadelphia, and saw a solon in my neighborhood and there’s a stylist who was a finalist in 2011 Best Hair Color award, the salon was also ranked in the top 100 according to Elle Magazine.
Though I have naturally kinky curly coily hair I did not actively seek out an all natural “black” salon. I wanted a true colorist and I wanted the best that I could find, and my though process is hair is hair regardless of the head it’s on kinky or not a great colorist will make it hot.
I met with Tim the colorist at the salon for a consultation yesterday with just a vague idea of what I wanted translated into adjectives that I hoped Tim would understand. I had washed my hair the day prior and had nothing on it except a light conditioner. I wanted him to see my actual hair to give me his best consultation based on what he saw and felt.
As I sat in his chair he began asking questions on what I was looking for in regards to color. I responded “I want to lighten my hair a bit, while staying in the brown family without out a lot of those red undertones that I tend to see walking around.” He explained to me that there will be some read because of the brown color makeup but could add some ash color to combat much of it. I’m like great, so far so good. Tim gives me the cliff notes version of color makeup and what and what not to expect from dying my hair. He rated my color as a 2, which I was like “ooh ok, when I would buy fake ponytails the color that matched me was a 2 lol I get it now.” Since I had a common baseline with him, I asked if it was possible to lighten my hair to a 4. That is more on the lines of the color that I had in mind.
“Yes I could lighten your hair but you’ll have to understand that you’ll have to continue to dye to avoid three inches of dark roots.” Hmmm yeah I did think about that but didn’t realize that the colors would be that much of a difference to look odd. Tim also stated he likes to keep the hair as natural as possible and will do what people want but like to keep the hair healthy. He advised me against highlights stating that I’ll have to bleach my hair to achieve them, which could alter my curl pattern. *side note* curl pattern and texture alterations was one of the first questions I asked about the dying process. No change will occur with my texture in the normal dying process, but there is a possibility if I were to bleach some funkiness could happen… say no more, bleach will not be touching these curls.
I asked him based on the information I gave him (my hair routine, the products I use, typical styling, etc…) what would he suggest. So this is the plan…
Tim is going to leave my base color as is in all of its level 2 brown color glory, but he’s going to lighten pieces of my hair (the under layers of my fro) by two and three levels and add some color to frame my face. This will add depth and interest to my hair. He also noted that these pops of color will let me adjust to the color before committing to my entire head of hair being changed, and if it isn’t for me he can simply dye back the pieces. This will also give me the option of going back to brown easy if I decide the color isn’t for me. This sounds like a plan to me, and I love his suggestion so much more than the idea I initially walked in there with. I will have the ability to test drive two colors at once without fully committing. I can also color once and let the hair grow out without inches of dark roots showing since all the color will not be on the top layer of my hair. I’m really excited to get this done and already made my appointment for next Tuesday!
Another plus is Tim mixes and customizes his own color, not the one shade color from the tube, my color will be custom blended to complement my complexion too!