A Beginner's Guide to Hair Color

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Highlights Highlights, which involve the use of bleach or permanent color to lighten hair, are great for blending grays. The roots need to be touched up every three months.

Lowlights Permanent or demi-permanent color is used to darken sections of over-lightened hair. Lowlights can also be used to blend grays. Roots should be touched up on an as-needed basis -- usually at least every three months.

Baliage A lightener (powdered bleach) is hand-painted onto select pieces of hair to emphasize the lines and layers of a hairstyle. The color will grow out, and roots aren't noticeable because the color isn't applied as close to the roots as it is with other color processes.

Base Flash -- This process involves lightening the base color of light brown or dark blonde hair in order to better spotlight very blonde highlights and avoid a dated, frosted look.

Maintaining Your Color

Once hair color begins to fade, it's too late to return it to its original shade with color-enhancing shampoos and conditioners, so I recommend at-home maintenance from the start. Use a color preserver, such as Wella Color Preserver two to three times a month. Color-enhancing shampoos and conditioners can be effective as well. Be sure to keep your hair away from salt water, chlorine, and the sun as much as possible. Finally, wash hair less frequently to help prolong the brilliance of your freshly colored hair.

For more information on Mark Garrison and his New York City salon, go to Markgarrisonsalon.com.



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