Question: I’ve noticed that my hair color fades around my hairline faster than the rest of my hair. Why does that happen? — Kymberly
Answer: “If your hair is turning an orange hue as it fades around your hairline, blame your face wash,” says Summer Parham, Redken artist at Cutler Salon in New York. “The worst offenders are anti-aging or anti-acne cleansers, since they usually have a high concentration of acid that strips the color down,” Parham explains. Protecting your hair is actually really simple and you don’t need to switch cleansers or anything crazy like that — just create a buffer between your hairline and the suds by wearing a terry cloth headband, I like the American Apparel Unisex Flex Terry Headband, $6. It comes in tons of cute colors and will catch the cleanser before it has a chance to get to your locks. “If instead of turning orange, your color fades or starts to look hollow (not the dense saturation you see immediately after your dye), you probably need to switch to a more full-coverage color,” says Parham. If you dye at home, switch from a demi- or semi-permanent haircolor to permanent. Try Clairol Perfect 10 By Nice ‘N Easy, $13. If you go to a salon, ask your colorist to add some grey oxidizing drops to the formula, like G.O.D Grey Oxidizing Drops, $10, to lock in color and prevent fading, suggests Parham. Luckily, either way you don’t have to sacrifice your hair color for a favorite face wash.
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The one thing all redheads — the ones that aren’t lucky enough to be natural — complain about is fading, fading and more fading. You leave the salon with rich, vibrant red hair, and then watch it rinse down the drain with your first shampoo. This is what Pureology intends to change with the launch of the Pureology Reviving Red System of a shampoo, conditioner, oil, and color enhancers.
All the products are oil-based, not to be confused with oily, to give hair nutrients, seal color in and prevent fading. Highlights of the collection are the Reviving Red Shampo’Oil, $29, that delivers four times the active ingredients to replenish the protective lipid layer and seal the cuticle, and the Reviving Red Reflect Enhancers, $40, little vials of color depositing conditioners (they come in copper or red, red), that you use once a week to bump up color. This is as brilliant as your red will be.
Would you go red if it were easier to maintain?
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I have a confession. I don’t really like Halloween. But now that I have two children, I need to be game and come up with some cute ideas that will make my kids laugh and make me feel cool. Last month I realized my perfect “costume” would need to involve the candy colored hair we saw all over the spring/summer 2013 shows. While I’m not ready to go the permanent dye route a-la Kelly Osbourne and Christina Aguilera, I’m totally cool using a spray. Backstage at Vivienne Tam, stylist Leon Gorman for Cutler/Redken, created the one I’m going with.
With hair styled in a deep center part and pulled back into a chignon at the base of the neck, Gorman took Halloween Hair Color spray (try Color Effect Fluorescent Hair Spray, $4) and blasted the model’s part with colors ranging from silver, to green and red. Obsessed. Now the big question, will I pair this with fairy wings or punk rock gear?
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What will you dress up as for Halloween?
— Carrie Stern Kleiner