Tag: highlights

What is a color correction?

What is a color correction?  Many of our highlights and/or balayage colors are about changing what the client has had done before.  Most color services are a color correction! We need to adjust the colors!  Usually it’s a color or highlight that didn’t take well or has faded out to a drab, unhealthy looking color.  We need to lighten some pieces and darken other pieces.   Some clients just want a change! This is what we love to do!!!!

We get lots of questions about balayage and color costs. Most balayages are about correcting the previous color. Ever color is unique and requires different color processes.  The process can vary greatly in product amount and processing time.  The cost will vary accordingly.  A thorough consultation will explain what we need to do, how long it will take and what the costs will be.  We can only work within the limits of your hair and color chemistry!

Here are 2 of our recent clients getting color corrections.  I’ve added what the process time and cost was for each. Haircuts would be an additional price.

Shannon’s client came in to the salon with her hair previously colored and her hair had faded to a red brown. Lia wanted a deeper color with balayage caramel colored ends.  Shannon’s color correction plan was to give her a good base color first to tone down the red. (40 min. $50).  Shannon then did the balayage (1-hour application, $120) on the ends with lightener (45 min. processing).  Shannon then toned Lia’s hair (30 min, $45) so that the final caramel color was achieved.  This is so pretty and looks alot more natural! 4-hour process! $215

Red-brown before, balayage, toner and super pretty after pic!

Harbor’s client had brassy, one-dimensional color and her darker roots were starting to grow out.  She wanted a beige blonde that look more natural.  Harbor did low-lights and highlights at the same time. ($120, 1-hour application, 30 min process).  Tons of foils placed very close together. Hair is shampooed and a toner is then applied to blend everything together ($50, 20 min process).  After blow drying, the root color still needed some blending. Harbor did another row of foils along Nicole’s part with a darker natural color to soften the root line ($40, 30 min process).  In the next 4 to 6 weeks this client will continue to have highlights done to blend in her roots as they grow out. 3-hour process!  This is an amazing transformation done in one visit! Nicole loves her new beautiful color and so do we!  $210

Before! After with natural light! After with ring light! This is the perfect color correction!

Let us help you get the color you’ve always wanted!!!!!



Filtered Photos are Deceiving!

Filtered photos are deceiving!  Shannon, our new stylist founds these photos and wanted to show everyone the deception that is on the internet. The following is her blog post of what she found!

Ever just get bored with your hair color and start internet searching for a new fun shade?! Ever find a picture that you fell in love with?! Well that picture could be a big, ole, fat LIE! Take these pictures for example:

These are extreme examples. Photos can be photo-shopped to look very different than reality.  There are lots of filters and color options for photos.  Hair looks different because of the lighting! Inside and outside the lighting will change the color dramatically. Hair can be made to look so different. So different that the colors can be difficult or even impossible to achieve in reality.

I know these colors may not be for every one but these are a perfect examples on how pictures are filtered and altered in the internet world. This fun, aquatic blue and purple look can be achieved but you are going to have to pay some big bucks to get it.

Also, the reality is you may not get these styles in one visit to the salon. Why? Well, first it all depends on the level and condition of your hair. Its difficult to pre-lighten someone with “black or dark brown hair” that is color treated (get an in more depth explanation in our November 9, 2016 blog, Colorful Hair is Beautiful)  After lightening the hair,  it’s time for the fun colors and then styling. So overall you are going to be paying for two color processes (maybe even more depending on how light you need to go), a haircut if desired, and styling. Also, if you are going for these fun and bright colors they fade very fast and are hard to keep vibrant in the hair.

Try to keep your expectations realistic. A thorough consultation is a must for every color!  We will try everything in our power to give you the perfect color!

Shannon Grady


Brown to Blonde- It’s a Process!

It’s a Process!  Getting your hair from dark to blonde does not come easy!  Shannon had permanent dark hair color roots to ends. We wanted to do a blonde balayage with heavy blonde ends. March 31st was our first session.  The first day we lightened her hair twice, an hour each time. After that day we gave her hair a break of about 7-9 days between lightenings. Today, April 18th was our last session.  I think for now this is as much as Shannon’s hair can take!

4 separate salon sessions!

Each of the 4 processes took about an hour and a half.  We used lightener and waited an hour for each session. We used Olaplex, which protects the hair in extreme lightening conditions.  Over the 3 weeks, Shannon conditioned her hair, used a bluing shampoo to tone down the gold and used as little heat as possible.  Lightening just one time will take moisture out of the hair and after 4 times it really can do a number on your strands.  It’s not good to have blonde ends if they are like fried straw and break off!

I wish I could say that we could do this process in one visit and like magic your hair is the perfect shade of blonde.  It just doesn’t work like that! There is chemistry and limits and lots of things happening to the hair that we can’t control!  We especially don’t want to comprise the health and integrity of the hair.


This is a perfect example of filtered looks.  The photo on the left is Shannon in the salon, under lights that make her hair appear more gold than it actually does.  I wish you could see it in person!  The camera just doesn’t capture the true look.  The photo on the right is filtered.   So many times you will see a photo with color that you love but chances are it has been altered.  It can be very misleading and give you the wrong expectations.