........... Let's Clarify
I read hair color text books at times. And, I DO UNDERSTAND what the authors are
stating... but here, I hope to be a bit more "clear". I think the better way to say this
is "When a colorist needs to lighten or to remove hair color, attempting to use a lighter
shade of hair color is NOWHERE NEAR the best way to attempt this!. Bleach (hair
lightener" or dedicated "color removers" will be a colorist's best choice.
Let's imagine that a client comes to your chair as a "model'. She/he has dyed the hair black,
dark brown, or a very dark red or violet red. She/he would like their hair to be lighter.
YOU attempt to lighten this color WITHOUT using bleach. SO.... you mix up your
salon's best "super high lift" permanent hair color formula. .. probably intermixing
with forty volume color developer. You apply this formula to a selected strand of
the hair... perhaps you wrap this in foil or attach it to a mesh..... and you allow this
to process for 25 - 30 minutes at room temperature. In 99. 9 percent of the cases, this
hair WILL LIGHTEN......... HOWEVER: There is NO WAY to predict the degree of "lift"
or the final result of this attempt at hair lightening. The high lift permanent hair color
formula, which is alkaline, WILL "Disrupt" the density of the dyed dark hair to which the
formula was applied...... But, again, any type of result prediction is almost entirely IMPOSSIBLE.
In VERY RARE cases, .. very, very rare cases, you might be amazed when you examine
this strand.. and see that the hair HAS LIGHTENED significantly... again, there is NO
WAY to predict this. So, it is absolutely BEST to never attempt to remove color.. by using
a lighter color. THIS, BY THE WAY, is one of the BIGGEST MISTAKES MADE BY THE
D.I.Y. "Home user". They think that if their hair develops "too dark", all they need to do is
to go to the drug or discount store, and purchase a lighter shade of hair color.. which they
will take home and apply............. Just one of the things we might sometime need to
share with an upset client... a "new" client, sitting in your chair, after a failed attempt
at "home hair color". This is just ONE of the topics we will discuss in class! B