Don’t Panic : Hair Color Is Not A Tattoo – Corrective Color To The Rescue!
Hair Color Is An Artform
As hair color is not a tattoo, it truly is an artform.
If you were deciding to get a tattoo, wouldn’t you do a bit of research, first?
Your hair is just as important, to get what you want done right, the first time.
Corrective Color costs more because it is more complicated & time consuming.
Color Wheel ….Laws Of Color
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!
That is only one of the building blocks to understanding how to make custom hair color formulations!
Don’t Panic! Breathe & Book An Expert!
How can you tell if a salon is right for you?
Stock Photos….Don’t tell the actual story
Does the salon have a portfolio of actual makeovers, of real people?
Photographs can speak 1,000 words, and can express the range of colors that the salon has been able to achieve.
Lastly……….take a deep breath, and remember……it’s not a tattoo, and can be fixed!
Ann Marie Walts
Image Makeover Consultant/ Photographer & Digital Marketer
Help is on the way….HAIR COLOR!
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.
Fixing & correcting hair color is a strong portion of my corrective work & hair solution portfolio.
Avoid & Correct Your “Hot Mess”…….
Seek out an experienced corrective hair colorist.
Communication is key.
My studio offers a very detailed consultation and an interactive experience, when designing your new look.
- Bring in pictures
- Use Pinterest to express what you like
- Communicate your dislikes
- Be open to suggestions
Corrective hair color may require a series of visits to achieve your “dream hair”, depending on how much of a change you need or are looking for.
Let’s fix the mess and leave you looking “hot”. Lol.
Thank you for your time,
Ann Marie Walts
New Hair Color!
Trying a new hair color can 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.
Change Your Hair Color Tips!
If you have been wanting to change your hair color, for the fall, then you will want to set your dvr!
If you are looking for some tips and hair color ideas, then this episode is for you.
Ann Marie Walts was asked back on Mass Appeal’s lifestyle show, on 22 WWLP.
Monday ~ October 8th, 2018
11am to 12pm
Adding Pink Great Lengths Hair Extensions To Your Blonde Hair
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.
There is so much chemistry that goes into getting your hair to come out the correct color.
If you want to go from blonde to red, and you want it to come out natural-looking then it is much easier to have a professional hair colorist take care of that for you.
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.
There is so much more than just “mixing up the color” and putting it on.
When you experience having your hair color, truly, designed for you…..you will not want to try coloring your hair at home again. Not to mention how relaxing getting a scalp massage can be.
When it comes to “artistry”, if your hair color compliments your eye tone and skin color, then you will not really have to rely on having to wear makeup everyday.
The reason why is that a beautifully designed color will help you look refreshed.
Adding Great Lengths Hair Extensions for Color
Hair Extensions are sometimes misunderstood. Hair Extensions are not just for making your hair long.
Maybe you are looking for pink hair extensions?
If you have wanted to add a bright hair color, but are a bit concerned that you might not like it, then getting Great Lengths Hair Extensions is a great option.
A few fun strands of Great Lengths Hair Extensions can add a little bit of thickness. It is a great way to “try” hair extensions.
Great Lengths can last up to 5 months!
How Much? We can help you at a consultation.
Welcome to my website & blog!
I am an Artist to the core, and a Published Luxury Makeover Artist, Hairstylist, Hair Extension Expert and Professional Photographer.
I love all things that have to do with creativity!
I enjoy helping others look and feel their best, and have been in my industry for 29 years.
As a self-taught geek, I have many tech savvy skills that include Blogging, Self Hosting WordPress Websites, Digital Marketing, and designing packages for Personal Branding for small to mid-size businesses.
If you need too look good from head to toe to setting up your WordPress Website…..you will find that you will have many solutions available, to you, when working with me.
Headshot Photography -Western Ma from Ann Marie Walts – Artist on Vimeo.
SEE CORINE’S STORY
Corine shares what made her feel comfortable at her photoshoot after her hair extension makeover!
“AMAZING!! That’s the only word I can think of to describe Ann Marie!!
I had hair extensions done and I left The Loft feeling great! This morning I left for work feeling confident and looking good!!
Ann Marie is so knowledgeable about what she does. She explained everything to me from the process to the products. (I’m talking down to the molecules!) My hair had a few different shades of blonde and even some brown.
Ann Marie customized each extension so that it would flawlessly blend with my color. You can’t tell the different between the extensions and my natural hair.
She makes you feel comfortable and is so easy to gab with!
By the time I got home I already had an email with aftercare instructions and when I woke up this morning I had an email with a how-to for each of the products I went home with. A cheat sheet that I can use until I’m familiar with them.
As a bonus Ann Marie is inspiring!! She has the best stories and you can tell that she absolutely loves what she does.
Her patience and attention to detail is astounding. Worth every penny!!
I did a lot of research before I decided to go ahead with extensions and everything I came up with pointed to The Loft.
Thank you, Ann Marie!!!
If you want to change your hair it is best to seek out a hair consultation!
Best Tips – Communication
Whether you need your hair to be healthier, happier or a different hair color; the faster you are understood by a hairstylist the quicker you can get from point A to point B.
Having healthy hair is definitely not out of reach for anyone. The technology of ingredients that are available to you today, for salon products are simply amazing.
You no longer really have to sacrifice wanting to achieve your “dream hair” if you find a hairstylist that is the “right” fit for you.
After all, it is your hair. You are the one that has to wear it, and feel good about how you look everyday.
Healthy Hair On Purpose
When you are at drugstore, and have question about an over the counter medicine….who do you go and ask to get an answer?
Most likely the Pharmacist.
Why is that?
I bet it is because you want to be sure that you are choosing the correct product, and because medicine is made up of chemicals…you do want to choose wisely.
Your Hair Type = One Size Does Not Fit All!
How many shampoos and conditioners have you tried, in your life time?
Have you made your choices by the pretty little marketing description, that is found on the back of the bottles? Have you ever experienced being disappointed, and so then you try buy even more shampoo?
The Professional Product “Prescription”
Heck….why would anyone spend $20+ on a bottle of shampoo? Is there really a difference.
Absolutely, and here is why:
Just as a Pharmacist can made recommendations that are based on the chemistry….so can a professional hairstylist. Hair products are all about chemistry.
It is just not that often that that is really discussed. It is more important how is works, versus how “pretty” is smells, and when you get both; well that is an absolute bonus!
When you experience an extremely thorough consultation, and work with a professional that is extremely passionate about all aspects about your hair, and ensuring that your hair is the healthiest…….that is the point of difference.
Having a hairstylist educate you on what your hair type actually is, and what are the best nourishing ingredients that your hair lacks…..is the key reason.
No longer will you have to aimlessly wander down a shampoo aisle, and hope that you find your “dream hair” in a bottle.
For more tips be sure to watch our video.
Correcting Your Hair Color
How do you go about correcting your hair color? It certainly can be doubly frustrating when you dislike your hair color, and you wish your hair was healthier.
#1 Tip – Communication & Being Listened To
As a consumer, it can be sometimes nerve racking coming up with the best adjectives to explain what hair color shade you want.
One of the best ways to communicate is with the use of pictures. Find photographs that are your inspiration for your dream hair or your end goal. Hairstylists are highly visual people.
We do not expect your to come in and speak our technical language…such as:
“I feel that I am a natural level 7 with an underlying undertone of orange and I want your to make me a cooler tone, and make sure your use blue/violet.”
What you can do is use Google and Google a shade. For example, “sandy blonde hair”
Opt For Consulting
How great do you or would you feel that really have a stylist, truly, listen to you and your needs?
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!
Happy, Healthy & Manageable Hair!
Would you do it?
Blond To Red Hair
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
Sometimes I am asked if I have to go to continued education? My licensing does not require it, but our passion for our industry and love of hair….does.
If you want nothing but the best products for your hair, then you will simply fall in love with JBeverly Hills Products and hair coloring line.
Over the next few months, we will be going to a series of classes. The benefit of buying your professional haircare from me, is that I can provide you specific recommendations based on your hair type.
When it comes to styling products we recognize that you may have certain preferences, and can work with you to set you up on a hair care regimen that makes styling your hair easy.
JBeverly Hills Hair Color
JBeverly Hills Hair Color is made right in Beverly Hills, California! They use nothing but the finest ingredients that will leave your hair so very healthy.
You will find that the shampoos and styling products are very concentrated and last a long time, too.
Your hair is our canvas. If you are concerned about finding a hair colorist and hair color line that will help you attain your makeover goals, then you will want to book a consultation with us.
Makeovers & Photography
When you have a great hair day, you will tend to feel great. We believe that a makeover, also, begins with a great haircut! As much as we provide hair extensions, we are just as grounded in education for providing a great haircut!
Makeovers & Professional photography are my specialties.
So, whether you want to book a personal “selfie” shoot, professional headshot or need event photography, we can make you look great before you “smile for the camera”.
Frequent our site’s blog on a regular basis to stay up to date with what is happening at the salon.
Call us at 413-734-6204 or contact us through our site with any questions that you may have.
Thank you for reading!
The Loft Salon Studio
Balayage hair coloring technique is a free-hand technique that can create a soft blend of highlights.
Your own natural color or color that your hair is now will determine what “realistic” results that you can achieve in 1 visit.
Also, you will have to consider your:
- Commitment level for maintenance
- Finances to maintain
- Patience level to be in the salon
Best Balayage Tips:
The right hair color combination will be the one that best compliments you!
Seek out a consultation to ensure that you are comfortable with the stylist that will be coloring your hair.
Be sure to consider your wardrobe, and what color clothes do your wear the most.
In fact, if you are planning of making a very big change, it is a good idea to get some photographs together. Save them to your favorite Pinterest board.
You will find that it is much easy to communicate what you like and what you do not like to your balayage specialist.
Best Hair Coloring Products
We are so happy to be a J Beverly Hills Concept hair coloring salon. They use nothing but the finest ingredients.
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.
Big City Makeovers….right here! Hair & Photography!
Taking your experience from ordinary to extraordinary!
Absolutely no need to go to NYC or Boston, to truly enjoy a TV like makeover.
Go from the Salon To Photography Studio & Leave Changed!
A full day of beauty is so much fun when you get to experience a full hair color makeovers & photography.
If you are new to The Loft Salon Studio, then the first thing I want to do is to say, “Welcome!”.
I have an extremely unique business model because I am equally passionate about providing “real people makeovers” and professional photography.
As you look around my site, , you will find many, many real makeover photographs.
It has taken me years of consultations, and experience to build a portfolio of makeovers that can express what you can or maybe able to really achieve working with me.
My passion for photography began in 2001. A little while later, is when I began to fuse “hair & photography” together for my everyday salon life.
Time For Yourself
My businesses offer private appointments.
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!
The Loft Experience….
- Beauty Shoots
- Image Consulting
- Business headshots
- Modeling Comp Cards
- Senior Portraits
- Glamour Sessions
Stay Awhile….Leave Looking Fantastic!
Ann Marie Walts
How To Make Bridal Accessories!
Creating Bridal accessories has never been easier………well, of course; if someone shows you how. I love the art of creativity. If you live in this immediate area, then you will want to check out the following stores:
- Michael’s Arts & Crafts
- Joanne Fabics
- Osgood Textiles
Veils can cost a pretty penny, but you can really make a head piece with a little bit of imagination, customization, and at the same time….you can save some money.
More Than Bridal Hair!!
In 1994, I made all of my gowns for my entire bridal party and my own wedding gown. I also, customized my shoes with matching lace and all of the bows for the pews.
Now add bridal hairstyling,makeup,lashes,professional photography to the mix, and I seriously can take care of you from head to toe!
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.
Box or no box?
What is your flavor of Ombre Haircolor?
Wild To Mild.
Having fun with you hair color can be so artistically expressive.
For sometime, some were saying that Ombre was just a passing fade. However, it does not seem as if it is going away.
In fact, what is so great about this haircolor technique is that it really is rather low maintenance.
Transition of Haircolor Shades
Whether you “flavor” or taste is wild to mild, this color trend will have something for you. The color trends that are in fashion now, really do have something for everyone.
Whether you want colors like a peacock or something mild for the office; then ombre’ is a great choice.
Finding The Right Hair Colorist
My approach to color hair is ground by my love of “painting hair”. I spent almost 10 years educating for Redken, and my work has been published.
One of my very own clients’ makeovers was featured by Creative Age Publishing in a Style Educational piece!
My creative background also include abstract painting with oil paints and canvas.
So, if you are looking to have fun & fall in love with you hair; then I am confident that I will be the right hair colorist/hair stylist for you!
Book your consultation today!
Adding hair extensions for body will provide you more of a benefit than any can of mousse.
It is not to say that mousse will not help, however once your have experienced adding even just a little extra hair to your own fine hair, then you will completely understand.
Adding hair extensions is not always about adding length.
With my client, Laura, we had started out just adding some Great Lengths to accent her hair color with “non-chemical highlights”
Hair Color & Hair Extensionists
Finding both a hair colorist and hair extensionist that can take care of your complete look will make it convenient for you to achieve a complete look.
Best not to color your hair at home when….you are wearing hair extensions because it is really important to take care of the attachment area.
The reason why is that it can potential cause premature hair extension loss because it is necessary only have your extensions come in contact with professional hair color.
Harmony Of Hair Color
When it comes to blonding, it is sometimes necessary to add some darker lowlights.
This has to be done with care because of two reasons.
One reason is that you do not want your lowlights to be too dark or to turn green.
Is it Hair Color Or Extensions?
The beauty of harmonizing hair color with or to hair extensions takes a certain skill.
Great Lengths offers so many beautifully blended, natural looking hair colors that are simply stunning.
Thickening your hair will give you more confidence.
Laura’s design included:
- Removed Previous Great Lengths
- Color Retouch her new growth with a cooler color
- Refreshed her ends with an icy cool shine gloss
- 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.
Contact Me for more information.
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.
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 this is stating the obvious, however, the fact of the matter is that my business consists of correction work ; in general.
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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Before and after is what I specialize in! My tooks include my comb, scissors and my professional haircolor. My final favorite tool is my Canon 5d digital camera.
MAKEOVERS can boost your confidence!