Whether you want to accent your natural highlights, tone it down for fall, or go full color, we are here for all of it. At our hair salon in Louisville, KY we understand hair coloring is more than just dye. It can be a huge game changer in the world of style, trends, and confidence. Women, men, boys, and girls who embrace a change in hair coloring can often embrace change in other areas of their life. We see them walk in unsure and hesitant and walk out with confidence and swagger.
In fact, a small study at Nottingham Trent University in the U.K. found that women who coloured their hair are more outgoing, artistic, and able to deal with change better than women who maintain their natural hair color. Turns out, a visit to the salon can make a huge difference in multiple areas of your life and we couldn’t agree more!
6 Major Reasons Why Women Color Their Hair
In addition to embracing change, there are four main reasons why our clients at Alter’d Culture in Louisville, KY enjoy our hair coloring services regularly.
- Color Adds Body to Limp Hair
If you have fine, limp hair – hair coloring might be the trick you’re looking for. Throughout the hair coloring process, it actually plumps the hair shaft itself, which will make your hair temporarily thicker. This is also why many of our clients at Alter’d Culture in Louisville, KY with thinning hair will color their hair more regularly, because it plumps the shaft and creates the illusion of having more hair. This is definitely a less expensive solution than hair replacement
- Hair Coloring Adds Shine and Dimension
Most of us lose our natural highlights as we get older, leaving us with a drab and lackluster hair coloring. Adding a subtle color to your hair through highlights and lowlights can create more varied hues throughout your natural color. These hues will pick up and reflect light in different ways, making your hair appear more dimensional and beautiful.
- Hair Color Keeps Your Hair Smooth
If you’re battling frizz on a daily basis, hair coloring can help with that through. The process of hair coloring naturally adds weight to your hair, which can help tame frizz. The conditioning process used in colouring will moisturize your hair which really helps keep your hair smooth and tame.
- It Can Boost Your Self Image and Deliver Confidence
Sometimes, changing your hair coloring can change so much more. When you look different in the mirror, you actually view yourself as a different person. Maybe you’re getting ready to graduate, apply for a new job and you’re looking for a confidence boost. Maybe you’ve just had a baby or been through a breakup and you’re ready to embrace the new you. Hair coloring creates a new outlet for self-expression and allows you to show off your personality and let the new you shine through.
- Hair Color Adds Strength to Your Strand
When hair coloring is done at Alter’d Culture in Louisville, KY, it can actually strengthen your natural hair. If you have weak or slightly damaged hair, The technology used in our preferred colour line can help to build up your hair strength from the inside out. Whether you are looking for a temporary change through semi or demi permanent or one that sticks around with permanent colour all of our lines help to rebuild and strengthen your hair. Therefore, anytime that you properly add coloring to your hair, you’re adding to its strength.
- Colouring Can Protect Your Hair
Did you know that colouring along with professional hair care maintenance products can protect your hair from environmental hazards like pollution, wind, and the hot summers and cold winters of Louisville, KY? Through the same technology that strengthens your hair in the colour along with our specific hair care products, your hair is strengthened and protected each time you wash and style after your colour service. Pretty cool, right?
7 Things to Consider Before Hair Coloring
You’re ready to make the change, but you’re not sure where to start? No problem! There are important factors to consider when colouring your hair. After all, it’s a big change and you want to get it right. Here are 9 things we ask all of our clients at Alter’d Culture in Louisville, KY to consider before making a change in their hair color.
- Lighter Shades are Damaging
Going lighter can cause more damage. Depending on the level of lightness you’re looking for going lighter requires a little more work. We have both traditional and ammonia-free lighteners to help you achieve your desired level of lightness but the process of opening your cuticle and removing natural pigment can change the way your hair looks and feels. So those beautiful blonde highlights can be more damaging for your locks than darker looks.
- ‘Virgin Hair’ is Less Damage-Prone
Virgin hair refers to hair that has not been treated with heat, chemicals or color. The healthier your hair is, the better the color will look on it. So, this is important to keep in mind if you have over-colored your hair, it might be better to focus on deep conditioning treatments to restore the health of your hair before you plan your next change.
- Washing Before Can Hurt
We prefer to work with hair that is not freshly shampooed. If you clean and wash your hair prior to same-day coloring, it can actually irritate your scalp. Don’t worry about cleaning up for us – come on in exactly as you are.
- Color-Protection is Vital
After you get your hair colored, you want to protect it to keep it beautiful and vibrant as long as possible. Always use Professional color-protective hair products that are recommended by your stylist.. At Alter’d Culture in Louisville, KY can help you determine which hair products are best for you.
- Ammonia Can Affect Your Hair
Even a few years ago, most of the hair coloring products used to contain ammonia. This chemical compound, although popular, may not be the best option for your hair. Today, 80 percent of today’s hair color coloring products are known to be ammonia-free. You can rest assured that at Alter’d Culture in Louisville, KY we use both the highest quality colours and have options for both traditional and ammonia-free hair coloring. Our stylists will help you determine the best option for you.
- Length and Texture Matters
While fine or shoulder-length hair can be dyed without any worry, longer tresses take extra care, extra time, and extra coloring. If your hair is thick or long, plan to be at the salon a little bit longer than usual. Additionally, if you have fine or thin hair – it won’t absorb as much color and will process quickly. Coarse hair, however, sops up more color, thereby takes longer to complete.
- Frequency Varies with Process
The upkeep of your new style depends on the process itself. If you get a totally new shade, you’ll need touch ups every 4-6 weeks. For highlights, you can go as few as 6 or up to 16 weeks between visits depending on the desired look and technique used.
Types of Coloring That We Offer
At Alter’d Culture in Louisville, KY we offer several hair coloring services to help our guests achieve their ideal look. We specialize in 3 areas of hair coloring and we can mix and match our services to give you the look you’re after. Aftwards, we will also educate you on how to maintain colored hair.
Pronounced BAH-LEE-AHGE, is the technique of free-hand painting highlights onto the hair, creating a soft and natural graduation of lightness towards the ends. This service mimics the way the sun naturally lightens your hair with subtle dimensions. The benefits of balayage are huge because it allows you to go longer between treatments, gives you an overall natural look, and is stunning on all hair lengths. This makes it one of the most requested services at Alter’d Culture in Louisville, KY.
We offer the four main types of standard highlights as well as specialty highlight services. The application and price varies with each service:
- Full Head Highlight: Foils placed throughout hair starting at the nape and moving to sides and top of the head.
- Partial Head Highlight: Foils placed on sides and top of the head from front hairline to the crown.
- Mini Partial Highlight: Foils placed at front hairline and top of the head through preferred parting.
- Air touch Highlights: A technique using air instead of teasing/backcombing to remove smaller hairs from foiling where coloring or lightener is to be applied creating a seamless blend.
- Baby Lights: Very delicate white-blonde highlights using very fine sections to create the appearance of natural blonde pieces or maximum blonding very close to the scalp while still maintaining some dimension.
- Teasy-Lights: Highlighting technique that adds subtle lighter pieces to hair by lightning mid-shaft to ends and uses teasing/backcombing to create the blend.
Especially for Blondes: It is and will always be our FIRST priority to ensure the health and integrity of your hair. We are able to do so by including Brazilian Bond Builder into all lightening services to protect, strengthen and improve your hair’s overall health and appearance.
FAQs on Coloring Your Hair