With the change of seasons, it can have a magical effect that can ignite the desire for something new, a personal change inside and out. A hair-color change might just be on the radar. Without thought, I tend to think of certain colors that are reminiscent of the season: auburns for fall, crimson-red for winter, sun-kissed-brown for spring and golden-wheat for summer.
There are numerous techniques that will give you revamped looks for the changing seasons. If you'd like to give a fresh look to an existing hair color choice, it can be done with the least bit of effort. Many will shy from a big color change. So, for those who are taking baby steps in the color world, the familiar cliché, "less is best" is something to reflect on. The smallest bit of change can make a huge difference.
We all know that it doesn't take a change of season to opt for a color tweak. For the "daring" and "get-bored-quickly" ones, any reason is good enough. There are many innovative color trends in the hair color world today. To describe a few, the ombre technique is very much in demand at the moment. This process is an easy fix to change from a prior color choice. The ombre technique is executed by fading the darker tone of color from the crown of the head and fading it to a lighter midsection of the hair to lighter ends. You can reverse the order of color from light to dark, as well. There are so many variables to achieve this technique. The maintenance can be low and the results are fresh and sexy.
There is the block color technique, which gives the hair lots of dimension. Two or more colors are used in this process. It is a great look for the edgy, but can still be applicable for the more conservative. The pivoting color technique can be a more stunningly drastic look. The color is applied in a pivoted direction, usually from the crown of the head. Again, more than one color can be used, or you can apply different hues of color within one color of choice to create your own color trend. This particular color technique is great on short cuts with exaggerated lengths within the haircut. The tone-on-tone technique is incredibly beautiful and, of course, there is the balayage technique. The balayage process works great on blondes along with other various shades of hair color. Actress Michelle Williams exudes taste with her pixie blonde coif. Whether she uses this method or not, her hair is timeless and chic. The balayage method has been around for a long time and is still creating fantastic transformational looks.
Certain chemical processes, other than color, will limit your spectrum in the color world. Whatever your boundaries are, there are color remedies that will give you that needed color change. If you are using a Keratin Treatment, always get your hair colored before the process. It is much more difficult to lighten the hair after this process because of the coating of keratin that has been deposited. Having the keratin administered after color also enhances the color tone and makes it shinier. If you have relaxed hair with sodium hydroxide, calcium hydroxide etc., use a color process that complements your chemically relaxed hair. There are color-friendly relaxers out there that will give you a ticket to the fantasy world of color. A color process that requires bleach on relaxed hair is a "no-no." You can also get very creative looks with the demi and semi hair colors. These hair colors complement relaxed hair. When receiving one or more chemical processes, the hair needs more attention in the moisture department. There are plenty of oil treatments on the market today, along with deep nourishing and moisturizing masks. These are a "must do" when maintaining great color and healthy hair.
With unlimited possibilities coupled with great imagination in the color trending world, you can achieve your own personalized look. I say, "Seize the season!"
This post first appeared on the Huffington Post.