The beauty about highlighting or adding splashes of colorwith hair extensions is that choosing to have it done this way…..will thicken your hair!
Maybe you have wanted to trytape hair extensions, or some extensions but are a little undecided or shy about it.
The hair is 100% real human hair, and it is reusable up to 1 time (With proper care)
*Please keep in mind that if you are trying to grow out your hair, then you may need to brand new extensions, because the original set will be at the length that we installed them, when we remove them.
Your Service will include:
Choice of one beautiful shade of Tape Hair Extensions
There are different levels of knowledge of understanding, when it comes to “coloring hair”. My professionally expertise, involved formerly teaching for Redken; as a colorist.
Is there really a difference between working with a corrective color specialist, trying an online formulation company or a salon that “offers” hair color?
Coloring hair versus color correcting hair, are two very different things. In my professional experience, my ability to “see color”is grounded by the color wheel versus simply pulling a pretty color off of the shelf, after picking a shade out of a “color” book, and hoping for the best.
Elementary School….but not so elementary!
Color is very much like paint…it is just in a different form. Do you remember being in elementary school?
How do you make orange? Do you remember?
If you came up with:
Red & Yellow = Orange………then give yourself a pat on the back!
There is nothing worse than having something go wrong with your hair.
Unfortunately, there are times when you might or have experienced a “unexpected outcome”. Maybe this happened at home. I think we have all tried to play hairdresser, at one time or another.
Unfortunately, sometimes things may not come out like you had hoped from a “professional” salon experience, either.
Hair Color Mishaps
The “laws of color” will alway dictate your outcome of your hair color!
My personal professional frustrations about “at home hair color” is not the fact that you may try to color your hair at home, as much as the T.V. commercials advertising. They make it look “so easy”, but in reality it takes a whole professional beauty team of artists, on set.
From Brown To Red To Blonde…..
Just about 10 years of my career were spent educating for Redken, across the country, as a hair color educator.
Trying a new hair colorcan be exciting, fun or down right scary if something goes wrong.
It is safe to say, that there can be a level of nervousness when trying to decide to change your hair color, in general.
The most useful tip that you can do is to find photographs of different hair color shades that you love. It is much easier to communicate with photos, then trying to convey what you want with words. Your idea of warm blonde, and a stylists’ idea of what they may think is warm blonde might differ.
Find The Right Hair Salon! Whether you change is a want or specifically a need……be sure to find the right salon that is the best fit for you! In the event that you colored your hair at home and now need hair color correction, be sure that they offer consultations.
Do Your Homework!! When you think you want to try out a hair salon that is new to you, be sure to check them out first. Check out their Instagram, Facebook and their reviews. Pictures speak 1,000 words of whether it is plausible for you to move forward with calling or contacting them. When you can see “actual photos of real people” and not stock photography, that can be very helpful.
COMMUNICATE! Years ago, I was once told this, ” A client might not know what they want, but you and ask them what they do not like.” That was the best advice that I was given when I was a new hairstylist. So, do not put so much pressure on yourself to be able to go into a salon with what you exactly want because if you hair color consultation is thorough enough, then you can work together with the salon and/ or stylist.
Avoid Trying To Find The “Cheapest” – It is understandable if you want to save a few dollars, however in the case of seeking out hair salon for creative or corrective hair color, you will want to choose experience first. I have heard scenarios of clients being quoted one price over the phone, and then it being something else when the client’s hair was finished. If it sounds too cheap, then it might be “too good to be true”.
The saying “You get what you pay for….” can be applied towards too cheap, and winding up with more disappointment.
Consultations – Do you chose to go with a salon that charges for a consultation or a free consultation? It truly is a personal choice. Our business offers a very personalized and customized consultation that can take up to 1 hour. It is necessary, in some instances to do a strand test to evaluate how our hair color products will work. This helps to determine how long it may take to lighten your hair, etc.
When you need help making your blonde hair blonder, you simply cannot go wrong letting us help you with that.
There are many shades of blonde hair. Why it is easier, to let us do your hair is because we have professional hair color & the expertise.
Professional vs Box Hair Color
A huge difference between what we have at the salon, are the strength of the chemicals, and the quality.
Your local drugstores are not able to sell you professional strength hair color.
Why? The reason why is because you need to be licensed to use what is used at a salon.
On a personal note, I was told many years ago this………”Don’t be a hairdresser!”
Now, with almost 25 years of experience, and an absolute passion of providing makeovers….it is sad, sometimes, when our industry still runs up against our profession not being perceived as a “real job”. However, that topic could be a topic for an entire new post.
Now on the topic of having to be “licensed” to use the hair color chemicals that we do….formulating hair color is a form of chemistry!!
We have to understand PH, Developers, and alkalinity.
The extra time it may take to have a consultation, may just be well worth getting to your end results faster, in the long run.
Before & After – Realistic Expectations
Instagram has really become a force to be reckon with, in the sense of seeing some extreme makeovers. Just because you see it on Instagram, can or should it be done, and how will you get those results that you may be drooling over?
#2 Tip – Consider The Maintenance
You may want to consider how much maintenance there will be, after you get your new hair color; but BEFORE you do it?
Consider how much time do you have, within your schedule to commit to maintaining your “dream hair color”?
Do you like going to the salon? Is is a treat for you, or are you so busy that the thought of adding one more thing to your plate make your groan?
Do you need to have a stylist show you the “how to” style your hair or to recommend the correct aftercare products?
Tip #3 Healthy Hair -The After
When you have perfectly prescribed products recommended for your individual hair problem….wella!
Your hair can be transformed.
All color manufacturers design their lines to have products that will support the longevity of their hair color line.
JBeverly Hills is an exceptional luxury line that is enriched and made with the finest grade of botanical ingredients.
Their hair color line has less that 1% ammonia, and actually nourishes the hair from the inside to the out!
When is the last time you changed your hair color?
Maybe you have been thinking of changing your hair color for some time, but are a bit nervous to take the leap.
Skin Tones & Eyecolor
Your skin tone and eyecolor can play one of the most important roles in whether a color shade will be right for you.
If you plan on taking a huge leap, like the hair color makeover shown, you will not want to “go it alone”, and especially if you are used to being blonde. Blonde hair is blond because it is lacks red.
What do most Blondes say?
I don’t want to see any red, right?
However, many, many times you will find that shades of red hair color can and would look nice on you as well. This is especially true if you have any warmth in your eye color. Try taking a look very, very close to your eyes in the mirror. If you have hazel eyes that have flecks of amber and gold, then you will most likely make a stunning red head!
It is not a tattoo….color can be changed.
Hot Tip: Put together a Pinterest board of hair color shades that catch your eye. It is best to have an assortment of photographs of real hair to communicate with.
If you are not certain of what you want exactly…you can be certain that you will most likely know what shades of red that you would NOT want to have.
Shades Of Red
There are so many shades of red hair, too.
Cool Red, Warm Red, Rose Gold, Copper Red, Red Violet….and on, and on, and on.
Take the plunge….Just Do It!
Be sure to ask for some makeup tip recommendations, too
Your hair will be left in superior condition, and if you current hair’s condition needs help currently, then we can recommend a haircare regimen to you. Not all shampoos are created equal, and not everyone’s hair is the same.
The best shampoo is one that can be prescribed to you based on your needs for care and for styling. Additionally, being on a professional haircare regimen can ensure that you experience longevity with your chemical services.
Do you find that you are always doing something for others, and put yourself on “the list” last? Maybe it has been unintentional, however, it is so important to allow yourself sometime that is for….just you.
Full Day Treat!
Retreat to a full day of just you. It will begin at the salon, and then you will follow me to my photography studio in Chicopee, Ma.
Your hair will look fantastic. You will not have to worry about your makeup either, because I will take care of that for you too.
All you have to do is enjoy yourself.
My photography business has a variety of prints and products with a online viewing gallery for your convenience.
Indulged yourself with a complete hair color makeover with your own photo shoot today!
Best Tip!!!!! If you do not quite know what you want….be sure to communicate what you do not like!
Try avoid using very descriptive terms like “Ash”, etc. You may be trying to help, however, a very experienced hair colorist will be able to provide you what you are looking for by you using your favorite photographs, and them analyzing your hair.
Be prepared that it may require more than one visit to ultimately achieve your dream hair color. This will be especially true, if maybe you had an accident with “at home” box hair color.
Hair Color Correction
As an expert hair colorist, I began getting really serious about consulting with clients, about 15 years ago.
Over the course of my creative career path, I spent 10 years educating hair color for Redken. There is an extreme difference between experiencing working with a certified hair colorist versus simply getting your hair colored.
All art form mediums that color comes in are ruled by “the laws of color”. Whether it is a tube of hair color or a tube of artist’s oil paint…..the “laws” will never change.
My background is very versatile and very, very eclectic. I do work with artist paint, and feel that my hair color is just that……..artistic paint.
Hot topic… Home haircolor versus getting it done in the salon, right?
Am I biased…yes. However, coming from an educated viewpoint I can share the “why” it is extremely beneficial to consider leaving the box of haircolor on that shelf.
Chemically speaking, at home box- hair color definitely has its limitations. The strength of the chemicals are not design the same as for the professional hair colorist.
In the salon, with an experience haircolorist they are able to enhance, adjust, lighten and manipulate the natural pigment of natural haircolor with much more choices of hair coloring tools.
Some of the components of professional hair color, enable the hair colorist to adjust the developer (peroxide) and or the alkalinity of the hair color formula.
In many cases, it may take more than one shade of hair color to make the perfect shade. This is an art form based on principles.
The principles include: Laws of color, the artistic eye of the hair colorist & analyzing the condition (porosity) of the hair. All of these factors will play a very important role for the hair colorists’ selection of what type of hair color will be used.
Many times I have been at a store and see a consumer looking at the side of the “box/ at home hair color” with such a puzzled look….
I have been there, personally, and it cost me in the long run. Understandably, cost can be a factor; however the end cost can be definitely costly if the wrong “box/ at home hair color” is selected.
Switching gears, another option to opting for color can be achieved with Great Lengths Hair Extensions.
Great Lengths Hair Extensions are not just for adding length, but also for adding hair color.
The photo below was an extreme makeover that included:
1. Consultation- Very Important and the very first place to start to changing your look!
Professional Haircolor (s) plural. Her natural hair was colored the day prior to the installation of the hair Extensions.
Then to be sure that the extensions blended in seemlessly….the hair extensions had to be treated with professional haircolor, too.
The beauty about reconsidering splurging is not just about the haircolor, but the experience of just letting someone take care of everything for you.
Today’s life styles are so rushed and packed with “things to do”.
There truly is nothing better than having someone else shampooing you.
Is it time to change your hair color? Looking for a hair salon in West Springfield?
Well, one of the easiest ways to change your hair color is to seek out professional help. One of the greatest benefits are the color choices, and there are many.
Not only that, but my salon was very active formerly educating for Redken as a hair color educator!
From Blonde To Red
Kerri is fortunate that she can actually wear any hair color. She was bored with her blonde hair, and wanted to also improve the health of her hair. For her “color story”, I used Essensity hair color by Schwarzkoph.
Next, Shampooed and Foiled new blonded with deeper lowlights
Finally….Great Lengths design included 3 different colors to marry her chemical hair color seamlessly to her hair extensions.
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Thank you for your time,
Ann Marie Walts
Stand back for the ARTIST at work! Ann Marie provides individualized, customized RESULTS that matter, Every time I leave The Loft I am transformed and SMILING. She is a master of her craft(s), which is totally to my benefit! And she loves what she does ,so she rocks it – every time! I would highly recommend this experience for extensions (lashes and hair), color, cuts nails and toes, but only for those people who know they deserve and expect a higher level of service and experience.
Non-chemical highlights are fantastic way to accessorize your hair. Unlike traditional highlights that are done with foils, having your hair color done this way will thicken your hair.
It is very common to automatically associate “hair extensions” with only long hair, however there are so many other uses than the obvious.
Over the last 10 years, I have experienced being a hair color educator and working with “coloring the hair with extensions”.
I have to be honest with you that when I went to a hair extension training that had introduced the idea of hair extensions being less “damaging” than chemical hair color I was put off a bit first, but very intrigued. Partially due to the fact that I was still educating for Redken.
It was my job, at the time, to “eat, breath and sleep hair color”….ha ha. Now, it is a great thing to be offer both types of “hair color”.
Beautiful & Colorfast Hair Color
The hair color trends have really been bold, lately, and just about anything goes. However…….”anything goes” is sometimes the “chemical hair color” right down the drain, sometimes.
Why is it that hair color fades, and especially the bolder hair colors?
It is because of the chemical composition and the sizes of the dye molecules. Red dye molecules are the largest to fit into the hair strand. The “why” could lend itself to a whole science based post of how hair color works, and that will be saved for another time.
Colorfastness of Hair Extensions
In the case of Great Lengths Hair Extensions,I had the opportunity to actual go to the factory in Nepi, Italy to see how the hair is processed and handled.
The handcrafted way that they “hand dye” the hair is absolutely incredible. They use a dyeing process that is much like how cashmere sweaters are dyed. Textile dye colorants are very durable.
Bold hair color?
If you like very bold hair color or a stronger contrast, then I professionally would recommend that you opt for hair extensions over traditional hair color.
Accenting Blond Hair with darker or vivid hair colors
Do you get “highlights” because it give your hair more volume?
Do you get “highlights” because it makes your hair less flat?
Do you get your “highlights” every 6 to 8 weeks?
When you get your “non-chemical highlights” they will last up to 5 months.
They are colorfast
You hair color will be “spot on”
Your hair will be thicker
Opting to trying this hair color technique can be just as affordable as “chemical hair color” if you average out the amount of salon visits that it takes to maintain your “traditional highlight foiling”
The leaves are changing and when was the last time you had a new hair color?
This fall I am mesmerized by the “how” the leaves change their color, and like kid in school, keep asking my 14 year old daughter if she knows?
I always have loved science, and when you can combine that with inspiration then fun things can happen.
As I do not have the answers, yet, on how the color of the leaves change….I certainly am grounded in hair color.
The beauty of all shades of hair color is the fact that there are so many, many shades. All hair color will shift or fade some. That is not always a bad thing.
When hair color shifts to a slightly different color, that can be a great transition to your next new look.
Changing Like The Leaves
How fast do you want to shift your color will be dependent on your own comfort level. It is not without saying that if you are looking to shift quickly…….then your best bet is to choose an actual hair colorist.
The t.v. commercials tend to make things look so easy, and with that do I get a tad bit frustrated. I get frustrated for the consumer.
Inspiration From Pictures
As much as a photograph of fall leaves may seem a bit odd….is it really? How many times have you gone to a store like Home Depot to get paint mixed up or matched.
Inspiration can come from just about anywhere.
Tips On Using Pictures
If you look closely at the photograph of leaves, what and where is your eye drawn too?
Now think of a time that you have brought in a picture to a salon and thought you were on the same page?
If your outcome did not resemble what you were thinking then this is a tip that I can share with you.
Hairstylists and hair colorists tend to be very visual people for the most part, or at least I am.
When two people are looking at a photograph, it is possible that the interpretation may not be the same.
In the example shown, a client may think that they were clear on the shade of blonde that they wanted but the hairstylist thought the shade blond was the shat that was about 3 shades lighter.
Tips To Avoid Misunderstandings
Whether the photo is on your mobile device or an actual photograph—point our or circle what you like the most
Be open to suggestions
Do not be afraid to ask if the hairstylist understands
Express why you like that part of the photo so much
Hair color for long hair takes time. Corrective hair color for long hair needs to be done with care. If you are contemplating changing your hair color, it is important to work with a hair colorist that has a strong background in hair color.
Maybe you are reading this and have long hair? If you hair is long naturally, without hair extensions, that is awesome! I completely understand how long that it has taken for your hair to be as long, as it may be.
Few Facts About Long Hair
On average, hair has the ability to grow about 1/2 inches a month and or 6 inches a year. As the hair gets long or longer, the porosity (condition/health) of the length can change from simply being older, and the damage from heat styling products.
Long hair needs to be handled with attention and care when you choose to get it colored. The new growth (hair at the scalp) will automatically respond differently to hair color, than your mid shaft and ends.
There is much more that goes into coloring longer hair than you might think. Your professional customized hair color will have really even results because we have hair color chemicals that, simply, are not available at the drugstores.
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