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Turn up the heat

I'm from the mid west and this means we get cold weather too soon. Today's high is under 50 degrees...BRRRRR. As the seasons change so should our haircare. I always recommend using a treatment once a week, but it's especially important once those furnaces fire up for the first time. Redken's All Soft Heavy Cream is an excellent source of moisture that is easy to use.

How To Use:
> After shampooing, apply to towel-dried hair. Leave on 5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

> Can be used on a regular basis or weekly as an intensive treatment.

Why it works:
>Provides maximum replenishment and strengthens
> Hair is dramatically softer with increased manageability, movement and luminous shine

Pair this up with a customized Chemistry Treatment from your favorite stylist and your hair will maintain that lustrous look year round.
Enjoy the fall weather, but don't forget your locks.

There are varying reasons as to why people color their hair: need for quick change, Cover up unmentionables, return hair to childhood shade, etc. The reason for coloring your hair should one of the biggest factors as to the method of coloring you choose.

How many different ways can I get color?

* Demi-Permanent - This is an excellent starter color. This color will last up to 6 weeks and gradually fades away. The down side is that you can not go lighter than your natural color, you can only go darker. But it can be a fun way to experiment. This color will NOT cover gray, it will only blend them away. This means that some of the grays will be the same color as the all over and some will be lighter, most of all some may not accept color at all.

* Permanent- This color can let you go lighter or darker while adjusting any unwanted tones (brassiness or mousy hair). This option covers gray the best. There will come a time at which this option may not cover gray, more of a blending may occur. This service should be touched up every 4-6 weeks. The exception to the touch up timing is if you have a darker shade naturally and you choose to go  very light blonde, then you should get your touch ups done every 3 weeks.

* Highlights- This service option is widely known among all age groups. Once called frosting (doesn't that make you cringe?) and now used in a variety of different ways and tones. Highlights are usually associated with adding Blonde streaks to lighten the hair. This should be touched up every 2 1/2 to 3 months.

*Low-lights- This service is done the exact same way as highlighting, except it adds darker shades instead of lighter shades. This is an excellent way to add dimension to Blondes or lighter Brunettes.

All of the above services can be combined together to give you a specialized look that is just right for you. Don't forget to consider what you can set aside for your beauty budget before jumping into a service that needs to be touched up often. This is where most people under estimate.

Which should I choose?

I can't answer that question with out asking you a series of questions. But I can tell you that a good consultation should put all of your worries at rest. Do your self a favor (or two) by seeking out pictures from your favorite magazines or from the web to show the stylist what you are thinking. It makes it a lot easier on both of you. Make an appointment for your consultation that way you know you won't be talked into something you may not want. And if you don't like what you hear you don't have to make the next appointment.

I hope that this has given you a little incite into haircolor. Please feel free to add comments or email me with any questions you may have.