February 16, 2013 8:35:00 PM
The secret to radiant hair color is no longer hidden behind the swanky doors of your favorite salon -- nope, not with all the innovation awaiting you down the home hair color aisle at the local drugstore. After all, if it's good enough for Beyoncé, well ...
Times are changing where hair color is concerned. My mama once had a very intimate relationship with Miss Clairol in a box with the disposable plastic gloves that never fit properly, 45 exasperating minutes of processing time alone in the bathroom and the stains on everything within arm's reach. Believe me. I witnessed my fair share of hits and near misses all in Mama's quest for champagne blonde or golden brown, depending on her mood.
Nowadays, home hair color manufacturers have spent hours upon hours in the laboratories developing safe, predictable tools for women who want beauty from a box. The chemicals are gentler than yesterday's harsh ingredients, incorporating such nourishing additives as Shea butter, macadamia and olive oil. Heck, even the application methods are genius with no-drip foams and brush-on tools for dimensional tones. One of the cleverest products comes with a root pen. I think it's fabulous.
I'm no snob when it comes to do-it-yourself hair color and have even been known to advise guests of my salon who are on a budget to continue their normal rendezvous with the shade of choice in the privacy and convenience of their homes. Then whenever that bob or those bangs beckon for my touch, oh, say every other month or so, they simply pop in for a few brilliant ombre highlights, deep glazing conditioner and a trim.
Although home hair coloring can be a cinch for most, it can wreak havoc on those who get too creative. It's best not to wander more than two or three shades from your own natural hue without the expertise of a professional colorist. It's best to err on the side of caution for the most realistic results. When in doubt, ask your hairstylist for advice and maybe even a recommendation.
A few basic hints: rub a barrier cream (Vaseline or conditioner) around the hairline to avoid stains, distribute the hair color mixture with a wide-toothed comb, follow manufacturer's recommended processing time, and rinse thoroughly with warm water before shampooing. Remember -- change your hair color, change your life!
Former Columbus resident David Creel owns Beautiful With David salon in Jackson and has 20 years experience in the beauty industry. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.