Color your curly hair

Do you struggle with how to color your curly hair? 

Do use box color, only to be disappointed with the flat mat lifeless reflection in the mirror when you’re done?  I did too until I became a Colorist.  They say the mirror doesn’t lie, but it doesn’t exactly tell the truth either.  I want my next job to be the box color namer.  Tahitian Sunset sounds great until you see mauve roots and the same brown ends, with a weird purple tinge. The lady in the picture has shiny straight hair that is a beautiful burgundy. What happened?

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Curly hair takes color differently.

Curly hair and gray hair are not smooth and straight.  Textured hair is often coarser and more porous (sort of like ‘spongy’) than straight hair.  Mature hair doesn’t reflect the light like everyone else’s.  Coarse hair isn’t necessarily shiny. Curly hair is usually dryer than average hair so it will absorb light and color differently.

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I have curly hair with some gray to cover.  I understand texture and curl formation and I also understand how to use color to enhance a haircut and lifestyle.  Your curly or gray hair will absorb the color quickly and may initially appear darker than the targeted shade because of the porosity.  It will suck up that color because your hair is thirsty for hydration any hydration.  That same open, thirsty cuticle will potentially also release that color equally as fast.  Which is why you may feel your color fades fast.  It’s not necessarily the colorist’s application that is sabotaging your results.  What we, as colorists, may be afraid to tell you is that you aren’t taking care of your color at home.  I’m going to recommend good quality products to you that will quench your thirsty strands and help you maintain your color until our next visit (6-8 weeks, sooner if your hair grows fast or you have a lot of gray to cover). 

Gray Hair accepts color differently

Some gray hair has trouble absorbing color.  The cuticle is super tight and requires extra Oomph to open it up to accept the color.  As a professional I’m going to assess your hair and make the right call on how to best feature you and your hair.  I’m going to be introducing L’anza Color in the next several weeks.  L’anza is a local company in Santa Monica and uses their patented Color Attachment Technology and Keratin Healing System replenishes protein and moisture.  I will also be applying the color to wet hair with this line.  That will help mitigate any porosity and make sure we get even color results.  L’anza also has Flower Shield to slow the fading process.

Make your appointment today with me at P3 Hair!  Call 805/324-7950 today.  I’m available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 11-7; or by appointment.

Sarah Kelly is P3 Hair.

Curated Curls, carpe diem!

 

 

 

Plopping Curly Hair

Plopping curly hair is just carefully placing your curls into a cotton tee shirt and allow the shirt to absorb the excess water, without the friction and frizz of a terry cloth towel.

I’ve had a couple of easy breezy long haired curly girls in my chair lately who had never heard of hair plopping.  It’s a really easy way to dry and style your curls simultaneously.  By the way, it also works on short curly hair.

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Prep, Style and Finish!

Here is what you’ll need to get starting plopping:

  1. A great hair cut. The best tools and products aren’t going to give you amazing curls unless you have a great cut to start.
  2. Good quality products.  I like to use a Prep, Style and Finish product.  The Prep product should be a leave in conditioner.  Even if you’ve conditioned your hair in the shower, use a leave in to protect your curls from the elements.  UV protection is a bonus, moisture is a must! You can use a mousse, a gel, or a lotion to Style your hair.  You might even want to keep each of these types of products on hand.  Each one has a different level of hold and degree of softness.  The lighter the hold, the more soft your curls will be.  When your hair is mostly dry, finish your curls with shine spray, an anti humectant or even an anti frizz product.  I’ve written about what a fan I am of Alterna Haircare, but you can review my post here
  3. A very well loved tee shirt.  I wouldn’t recommend a pit stained shirt with old paint spatters, but a tee shirt that has been washed more than a few times.  The video shows a long sleeve shirt which I think is a terrific idea.  I’ve also had clients use their husband’s tee shirts because they’re big enough to fully envelope their curls.

Here is a short YouTube video that will walk you through the process of hair plopping:

If you’re at work and can’t do a video right this moment, here are some instructions on plopping hair with a t shirt with photos from naturallycurly.com (love those curly gurrlls).

Call (805) 324-795 to schedule a consultation with me on how to get your best curls yet!

Sarah Kelly – p3hair

curated curls

The Top Three Questions to Answer Before Your Makeover

New Year, new look, new you!  I love a makeover.  If you’re ready, here are the top three questions you need to answer before your makeover.

1. Thanks for bringing in the photos. What do you like or dislike about them?

Editorial styling is an art.  People in magazines are made up to look good for the camera.  Neither of us really has any idea what it took to get that volume/color/style.  I love visual aids.  They are a true expression of what you’d like me to do.  We’ll talk about what you like about the photo and I’ll check your current length, the condition of your hair, the texture of your hair and make sure it’s a good match for your lifestyle before we start your makeover.  We’ll walk through the haircut and I’ll talk you through any changes that I feel would better suit your features.  Please be patient with my questions.  Hair is my passion and I get very excited about it, I want you to be excited about it too!

2. How much effort are you willing to put into your hair?

If you’re a no fuss, no muss, person, thats okay, Most styles do need a little product – even Beachy Air Dried Waves require a little texturizing spray and a leave-in conditioner.  Super straight styles need some heat from a blow dryer and tension from a brush.  Ask me how to blow out your own hair.  Do try to embrace your natural texture – it’s the path of least resistance. If you’re not afraid of styling tools, loose curls or flat ironing your hair can refresh any hair style.  Platinum Blonde or fashion colors are beautiful but huge commitments of time and money, so if you want to go from dark brown to blonde or on the flip side, going from grey to dark brown be prepared to sit at the salon for a few hours and come back every three or four weeks for retouches.

3. What are you using at home?

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Sulfate free shampoo and conditioner are going to best protect your new cut and/or color.  Salon QUALITY products are just that.  I’m going to use the best possible products on your hair so we achieve the best results, why wouldn’t you want that too?  Clients ask me what is the difference?  P&G (no offense) are going to use the least expensive stuff they can get in the highest quantities.  It’s simple economics.  I have the best quality products for a reasonable price, I have to buy them too!   I highly recommend Alterna Haircare products and you can pick them up from Mira Bella.

So, when would you like to get together?

Sarah Kelly – p3hair

(805) 324-7950

curated curls

Hair Products

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Products enhance your hairstyle

I’m getting to know Santa Barbara better every day.  What I’ve heard in my chair mostly these first 6 months is requests for little or no hair products.  This puts me in a bit of a pickle.  While I want very much to give you the service you want, I also want very much to give you the hair style you’ve requested.  Most days that means putting a little something-something in your hair.  

If I insist on putting some goo in your hair, please don’t be offended.  I just want to give you the best possible results.  California poses a number of environmental challenges to most hairstyles.  

▪ Sun:  

The sun will dry your hair and fade your color.  In most cases, I want to slather your hair with moisture.  I want to protect it from damage.  In most cases, I want to help you protect your investment in hair color and provide products with UV protection.

▪ Salt:

In most cases the ocean provides terrific texture.  Add a little sunscreen and you have yourself great “Beachy Waves”.  But, see the facts above.  If you’re spending time at the beach, you’re exposing your hair to drying atmospheric elements that could again ruin the investment you’ve made with me.  Let me use some leave in conditioner to replace the moisture and protein the ocean has removed.

▪ Humidity:  

Santa Barbara has the most amazing weather.  Our mornings are a little overcast, sometimes foggy, usually humid.  This is going to make your hair frizzy.  There, I said the word, yes frizzy.  If I’m seeing you earlier in the day, I’m going to want to put some serum in your hair.  Yes, it’s an oil, yes, if you use too much it can appear greasy, but I won’t do that to you!  I’m going to use the serum to smooth the cuticle of your hair and seal it so it won’t absorb any more water from the air.  Cool huh?  I might also add the serum as a finish product to again smooth and gloss your hair.

As I’ve mentioned, I’m using Alterna Haircare Products at my station and now they’re available to you through Mira Bella’s retail area.  I may also cocktail in some Kevin Murphy products, a higher end product that’s also available.

I am all about keeping it natural, but I promise the products that I recommend to you when I’m styling your hair are all natural.  They are free of alcohol, sulfates and parabens and are not tested on animals.  They will rinse right out on your first shower, so you won’t get any build-up.  Come on, treat yourself to a little aromatherapy session while I create the perfect hairstyle just for you.

Carpe Diem

Sarah Kelly – p3hair

(805) 324-7950

curated curls