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7 More Things you Should Know about Fashion Hair Colors

Semi-permanent fashion colors are stains for the hair. You don’t mix them with any developer, and they are created to sit on the outside of your hair. Just know they are meant to be a stain on the hair.

My last post talked more about things you should know at the salon. Today, I’m talking more about the things you should know about these bright colors and at home care:

1. Scalp Stains. These colors can stain your scalp. In a shampoo or two, the color should come off of your scalp, but you might just have to embrace it until then.

2. Pillow Stains. Make sure you have black or dark pillowcases. The color will get on your pillowcases. Never go to bed with your hair wet or the pillow stains will be even worse.

3. Bathtub Stains. In the first couple of shampoos after getting fashion colors, you will see a lot of color rinsing out of your hair. It can stain your bathtub.

4. Neck/Face Stains. When you lay on your hair at night, you will stain your face and neck. The fresher the color, the worse the stain. Yet again, do not go to bed with your hair wet or these stains will be even worse.

5. Cold Water. Wash your hair with as cold of water as you can stand. This will help your color from fading as fast.

6. Wash Less. Try to was your hair less than normal. If you wash your hair every other day, try going two days in between. The more times you wash your hair, the faster the color will rinse out of your hair.

7. Dry Shampoo. Dry Shampoo will be your very best friend to get you through more days in between hair washing. My favorite is Big Sexy Hair’s Volumizing Dry Shampoo of the ones I’ve tried thus far. It doesn’t leave me with a white powder residue on my part, and doesn’t leave my hair matted against my head like most do. Make sure you follow the instructions on the can.

8. Sulfate Free. Use only Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner. This will help the longevity of your color, as well.

9. Refresh Color. You can use products such as Viralwash and Overtone to help the longevity of the color, or I have seen stylists send home “color bombs” with clients, as well. You’d have to ask your stylist if it’s something they offer. If you use the Viralwash shampoo or Overtone, make sure you’re using a moisturizing, sulfate free shampoo and conditioner, as those products can be drying to the hair.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or comments!

❤ Bekah

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Purple Hair, Don’t Care // 5 Things You Should Know Before Getting Fashion Colors


Purple? Blue? Pink? Orange? Yellow? Green? Mermaid? Unicorn? Thinking about those beautiful fashion colors in your hair? Here’s what you should know before scheduling your appointment:

1. Unless you’re already platinum blonde, your hair will have to be lightened for the color to either show up or have any longevity. Most fashion colors require your hair to be pale, pale blonde or white for the true tones to be achieved.

2. Be comfortable losing some length after the lightening process. Chances are, you will need a haircut after lightening your hair.

3. Do your research. Make sure you schedule a consultation with the stylist before you schedule an appointment. Make sure your stylist is committed to maintaining the integrity of your hair. They might not be able to get you to the pale, pale blonde needed in one session. Your hair might require some treatments to strengthen in before being lightened. Make sure you see pictures of their fashion color work, as well.


4. It isn’t a quick process, and it isn’t cheap. Depending on the length and thickness of your hair as well as past hair history, you are looking at several hours at the salon, maybe more. The cost is harder to calculate; that’s why it’s best to have a consultation with your stylist. Depending on past hair history, it could become a color correction. Most stylists I know charge $70-$100 per hour for corrective color.

This mermaid hair took 5 1/2 hours from start to finish including processing time.

5. Fashion colors require high maintenance. These colors will fade way faster than permanent color. There are tips for making your color last longer, but the fading is inevitable with every single shampoo. To keep your color vibrant, you will be scheduling regular appointments every 3-5 weeks. (I refresh my own color every 3-4 weeks.)


Happy mermaid and unicorn hair!