Archive for May, 2011

The importance of doing a strand test

Have you ever colored your hair and looked in the mirror and said, “Oh my, this is too dark.” Or, “My hair is now green. What happened?” These are just a couple of reasons why it is important to do a strand test first, and why color manufacturers recommend performing one prior to coloring.

When you look at a hair swatch and choose your color, there are a few things to take into account.

• What is your natural color?
• How do I get to the color I want? (A.K.A.: How many levels of lift does my hair need to achieve this color?)
• What do you want your final color to be?

Once you have the formulation in place, do a strand test to make sure you are achieving the desired results before applying to your whole head. To do a strand test, grab a small piece of hair from a place on your head that doesn’t show. Then process the color following the included directions. This will help stop “Oh NO! I hate this color! This is not what I wanted!” moments.