Hell yes! You finally got your hair to a blonde that you love! Everything is great until… BAM, it’s brass central and unfortunatly that pearly white blonde hair is now yellow. Why exactly does this happen? Can it be prevented? Should I be using a specific shampoo and haircare products at home? If you’re asking yourself any of these questions, then you’re in the right place!
To understand why your haircolor isnt staying the blonde you love, you must understand some beauty school basics that play into a colorists day-to-day routine.
Virgin hair (meaning your natural hair untouched from chemicals) is measured on a 1-10 color scale. A level 1 is black, and a level 10 is the lightest pale yellow.
Natural Pigments: Natural pigment is the natural occurring melanin in the hair. There are a wide variety of hair colors, but all hair colors are made up of the same 4 pigments; black and brown pigments are called eumelanin, while blonde and red pigments are called pheomelanin. Depending on which of the 4 pigments are more prominent, determines the color & shade of the hair. Meaning, blonde hair still has black and brown eumelanin, but at a very small amount compared to the yellow and red pigments that are present in blonde hair, and vice versa.
Haircolor Levels & Underlying Pigments:
1 (Darkest Black) & 2 (Black)- Red
3 (Darkest Brown) & 4 (Dark Brown)- Red/Orange
5 (Medium Brown)- Orange
6 (Medium Light Brown)- Orange/Yellow
7 (Lightest Brown)- Yellow/Orange
8 (Dark Blonde)- Yellow
9 (Medium Blonde) & 10 (Lightest Blonde)- Pale Yellow
Color Theory can get really in-depth but to keep it simple for you babes; it’s all about the color wheel!
The following colors cancel each other out:
Red – Green
Orange – Blue
Yellow – Purple
Yay! The part you’ve been waiting to dive into. Now, it’s very important to remember when you’re going from a dark color to a light color, some warmth is inevitable. Instead of hating the warmth, embrace it! When transitioning from a dark color to a light color, it’s better to enjoy the process instead of risking the integrity of your hair because unhealthy hair is a big NO. Most importantly, I’m sure most of you would rather have hair on your head than be blad… or worse, noodle hair.
Now you know a little bit more about why your color may be turning brassy! Take a few moments and follow along on my social media to see before & afters haircolor transformations, beauty tips, avalibility, as well as discounts & promotions!
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