Sunday, December 1, 2013

Favorite Coloring Instruments

This post is for those who know their way around hair color.

I've been coloring hair for about 21 years and have developed a yen for certain tools I couldn't live without.  I was fortunate enough to spend an excellent internship with an experienced cosmetologist who not only lived color, but taught it, traveling the globe to bring her insights to salon stylists.  The first two tools were introduced by my mentor, Anita Wise, owner of  Anita's TriValley Salon and Scalp Clinic.

Color Palettes
Color Palletes

Color palettes are a great way to add lowlights or brightlights to hair.  While not recommended for highlighting with bleach, they make the job of adding tones so easy!  You simply weave the hair as usual, but instead of using foils, you lay down the palette and paint the color on.  The teeth help to remove excess product.  Be sure to use your cotton to avoid bleeding, especially onto regrowth or previously lightened hair.

Skinny Brush
Skinny Tint Brush
This skinny brush is another great way to add tonal variance to hair.  You can use it to paint in lowlights and/or brightlights.  Better yet, when coloring regrowth, you can use it the last 10-15 minutes of coloring to pull the color through the ends in pieces to refresh color in a natural way.

(Caution:  While this is a great way to refresh blondes, brunettes, and the like, do not use it on reds.  The brighter the red, the worse the result as reds really need to be refreshed all over, such as the effect you get from a shampoo cap.)

Metal-tailed Rat Tail Comb
Metal Rat Tail Comb
To keep up in the industry, manufacturers are always coming up with new products.  It's often hard to tell the hype from the help.  When I needed to replenish my rat-tail comb stock, I decided to try a metal tail comb.  It was a little more expensive than the plastic kind, but what the heck, sometimes just having a new tool can motivate some extra inspiration.

This comb obliterated my skepticism!  I have never produced lines so clean while highlighting!  It's so far superior to plastic rat tails, I can't go without one now!

Sometimes a little experimentation can yield better results, whether it's the way the client's hair turns out or the ease it lends the process.  Never be afraid to try something new.  As Anita always said, "What's the worst that can happen?"

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