Best Color Options for Your Hair

Time to talk chemicals, as in treating your hair. What are the best color options for your hair? The salon menu reads like hieroglyphics with all the different choices to change your locks from boring to bold. Here is a quick rundown of the basics:

Single Process Color is not as scary as it sounds; it's applying a new all over base color. It's the first dimension. When you buy a box kit at Walmart, you are applying a single process color. 

Pros - Covers grays. Not overly expensive. 

Cons - The process of coloring hair (unless using henna) is overall damaging to your hair. If you do this or any of the other hair processes mentioned below please, please, please get the gloss mentioned at the end. 

P.S. A double process color is needed if lightening hair by more than two shades, maybe don't try this one at home unless your bestie is a stylist.

Base Break is a process that gives you time (YES!) between appointments by using the wrong color and under-processing the hair. Sounds like gibberish but, it means your stylist will break all the color rules to make your color last longer by blending non-highlighted hair for a few minutes. It lightens the new growth quickly to keep your color longer.

Pros - less damaging to hair than full dye jobs. Cheaper too, which is great for ladies on a budget. Can be done when you are in for highlights. 

Cons - One more step to your to-do list and more money out of your pocket. For ladies who dye, this might be a no-brainer. Ladies who buy their dye from the grocery store: move on to the next section. Don't forget chemicals damage hair, even though this one is nicer to your locks than a full color. 

Highlights refer to sections of hair that are lighter than the rest of your base color, and no, highlights do not have to be blonde: the highlight just needs to be lighter than the rest of the color. These strands of lighter hair will be scattered across your hair for a sun-kissed look.

Pros - Gives texture and appeal to your color. 

Cons - It's added damage to already colored hair. It's more time sitting in the salon chair and more money out of your wallet. Your Google calendar will send constant pop-up reminders to go back for more color. 

Lowlights are the opposite of highlights, strands of hair are dyed darker than the base color for depth and contrast. Lowlights will make your hair more three dimensional than two dimensional.

The pro's and con's for lowlights is the same as with highlights. You get the look but all the work too. 

Gloss Wash is a hair gloss is a semi-permanent color and is aptly named a gloss because it makes your locks shiny, you know like all those Pantene commercials we are all so jealous of. It's magic in a bottle. It's the dream and ladies, it's real. 

Pros - Easy to use, helps to maintain and improve color, can refresh faded lengths and ends. Deepens or darkens your hair color. Corrects yellow or red tones so hair does not look brassy. Makes your hair commercial ready. Can repair summer damage. Did you read that ladies? Repair sun damage! Not as harsh as permanent color. Translucent color and conditioning.

Cons - One more step in your hair process. Only lasts a few weeks. Seriously, if these are the only two negatives, why aren't you at the store buying some now? Time to be glossy. 

P.S. You may have heard of a hair glaze, it's the same as a gloss but lasts a third of the time. It's like the top coat of nail polish.

For more tips on the in's and out's of hair check out the last couple posts and wait patiently by your computer because a couple more are coming to help your hair be as beautiful as you. Glossed Boutique has everything today's busy woman needs: makeup that stays on all day and easy, effortless fashion.