As a Dallas Hair Stylist, I absolutely love that every client comes with a different color they want to achieve! When it comes to fashion shades like the fantasy hair color trends we all see on instagram, they come with some definite rules to maintain the color for as long as possible. Here is my best advice to maintain fantasy hair color!

What is fantasy color?

Any color that isn’t a natural shade such as pastel, silver, rose gold or anything that is not in the natural series of browns, blondes, and reds.

Below are just a few examples, and even the client whose hair is gray was a fashion shade because we used hair color to give her this naturally gray look.

Week 1: Helpful Tips

You should allow your new color to fully saturate as long as possible after leaving the salon. Make sure you wait to shampoo your hair as long as possible.

Your hair goes through quite the process to prepare for a fashion shade; we have lightened your hair to a pale yellow, meaning we have removed natural oils and every bit of pigment to accomplish your desired color.

The first week of having your color done, try to wash it only once, maybe twice if totally necessary. This would be a great time to bust out a dry shampoo!

Living Proof Dry Shampoo is my jam these days! You can also grab a few bobby pins and your teasing brush and create some quick 5-minute hairstyles to help extend the time in between shampoos.

How to shampoo

How could this be difficult, right? You want to make sure you are set up for success to maintain your beautiful new color. Don’t ruin your investment by not working with the right products.

Definitely invest in and use a color-safe, sulfate-free shampoo. My current favorite is the Good Society Rich Color shampoo by Artego.

Shampoo once, and rinse your hair with cool water ( I know, I know…Brr cold!) Think about when you do laundry. If you wash color clothes in hot water, they fade. The same concept applies for hair color.

Conditioning Tips

Apply conditioner mid-strand down through your ends, let it sit for at least 3 minutes and rinse with cooler water. My go to recommendation is the Good Society Rich Color conditioner by Artego.

If you have a pigmented conditioner that helps refresh your color until your next service then use it as instructed by your stylist. A mask treatment is another great thing to throw into your conditioning regimen.

Styling Tips

The biggest thing to consider when styling your hair is to avoid excessive heat on a daily basis. Make sure to keep your iron temperature between 200-250F for fine hair and 275-325 for medium to thick hair.

Please always remember that just because your tool is at a higher temp doesn’t mean it is working any faster.

That’s it!

These are the best tips to maintain the longevity of your hair color. Do keep in mind, these are fantasy colors and require more frequent trips to the salon to keep up with these amazing color trends.

Hopefully if you follow these tips your color stays beautiful and vibrant for as long as possible!

As a Dallas blonde specialist at Bigger Better Hair, I take our blonde hair color services seriously because, after all, this is Dallas! We offer several blonde hair color services to cater to current trends, so I hope this breakdown helps explain the difference between them. After reading this, I hope you will be able to confidently pick which of our Dallas Blonde services will get to you to the look you are wanting!

Service: Balayage (Partial)

Client Back Story: This client transitioned from foil highlights and came in requesting the Balyage look. So we kept the blonde that was already on her ends, and just did a Balayage (Partial) service to bring up some soft blonde around her face and around her crown.

Service Breakdown: A balayage (partial) service includes highlighting part of the head, usually from ear to ear, and front of your hairline to your crown. This is the perfect service to brighten up your hair around your face and to break up your new growth to brighten it up softly.

This service is good for maintaining existing balayage or transforming from a traditional highlight.

Timing for this depends on how much hair you have but ranges anywhere from 1hr30-2hrs.

Pro Tip: Most of the time, we also need to schedule an +add on color gloss service after the balayage appointment to tone and balance the blonde afterwards, unless your natural hair is fairly light to begin with.

 

Service: Balayage (Full)

Client Back Story: This client went quite a while after her last highlight while she was deciding her next hair move.

She wanted to transition into a more lived in look, so we decided on a Balayage (Full) Service.

This brighened up around her face and connected her new growth to the old blonde around her crown. Then we brightened up some of her ends to create more brightness throughout her mid lengths to ends.

We finished the look with an +add on gloss service to perfectly balance and tone her hair to a cool shade.

Service Breakdown: A balayage (full) has no limitations, since we are working with the entire head you can achieve a complete transformation with this service.

Most of our clients get this service every couple of months to brighten up their entire head so the back doesn’t get too dark. This service is also good for someone who has never had a balayage and is looking for a major change.

Timing for this depends on how much hair you have but ranges anywhere from 1hr30-3hrs.

Pro tip: Most of the time, we also need to schedule an +add on color gloss service after the balayage appointment to tone and balance the blonde afterwards, unless your natural hair is fairly light to begin with.

 

Service: Foil | Partial

Client Back Story: This client has a very light natural color, and she just wants to brighten her look while leaving her nape area her natural color

Because her natural hair is so light to begin, we don’t need to tone her hair after highlighting. Most clients, however, need a toner to even out their blonde after highlighting.

Foil |Partial: This service is good for maintaining your blonde and saying goodbye to those roots. Most of my clients get this service every 6-8  weeks. It takes anywhere from 1hr30-2hrs. If you are lucky enough to lighten perfectly like the client shown above, no toner is needed. However, most of us need a toner to help balance the tone and perfect the shade you are wanting.

Pro tip: Most of the time, we also need to schedule an +add on color gloss service after the highlights to tone and balance the blonde afterwards, unless your natural hair is fairly light to begin with.

 

Service: Foil | Full

Client Back Story:
This client has a very light natural color, and she just wants to brighten her overall look to a lighter blonde. Because this was a Full Foil, we placed foils on her entire head.

Because this client’s natural hair is so light to begin, we don’t need to tone her hair after highlighting. Most clients, however, need a toner to even out their blonde after highlighting.

Foil Full: A full highlight is good for brightening up the bottom of your hair every so often. This can also be good for those who are working their way towards being super blonde. It can take anywhere from 2-3hrs.

This service does not include a toner

Pro tip: Most of the time, we also need to schedule an +add on color gloss service after the highlights to tone and balance the blonde afterwards, unless your natural hair is fairly light to begin with.

 

Service: Blonding | Double Process (Partial)


Client Back Story: This client has a bit darker of a natural, so after doing a Foil Highlights | Partial, we toned and balanced her blonde.

Double Process Partial: A double process Partial is almost the same as a foil partial, except it includes a toner, root color, or gloss. This takes anywhere from 1hr30-2hrs and needs to be maintained every 6-8 weeks, even just for a toner refresh.

Service: Blonding | Double Process (Full)

Client Backstory:
This client has a bit darker of a natural, so after doing a Foil Highlights | Full, we toned and balanced her blonde.

Double Process Full: A double process full is a full highlight and includes a toner, root color, or gloss. This takes anywhere from 2-3hrs and can be done every so often to brighten everything up or go blonder.

Service: Blonding | Double Process Lift & Tone (Roots)

Client Back Story:
This client prefers a solid blonde look, so every 6-8 wees we do a Lift & Tone service where we lighten her entire new growth. We followed up with a gloss to balance her blonde, which is included with this service.

 

Double Process Lift and Tone Roots: A double process lift and tone is for those blondes who don’t like to see an ounce of roots. This look is a solid blonde and needs to be maintained every 3-5 weeks.

Service: Blonding | Double Process Lift & Tone (Full Strand)

Client Backstory: This client prefers a solid blonde look, so every 6-8 wees we do a Lift & Tone service where we lighten her entire new growth. We followed up with a gloss to add a shadow root and gloss to balance her blonde, which is included with this service.

Double Process Lift and Tone Full Strand: This service is very similar to a Double Process Lift and Tone Root, except it’s full strand. With this service, you can brighten up your already solid blonde color, or we sometimes offer this service if someone is looking for a major change of their overall color.

If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out. And as always, if you’re in the DFW area, come see me! I’d love to make you even more beautiful!

If you are looking for a vivid or pastel hair color, our go-to color product that we use is Joico K-Pak Color Intensity tones.  The Joico K-Pak Color Intensity range offers the most potent, bright, and vivid hair colors for those who are looking for extra bold pop of color.  This is an in-depth look at why we use Joico Color Intensity vivid and pastel hair colors in our Dallas hair color salon.


Color Intensity

Why Joico?


  • The Joico K-Pak Color Intensity collection has over 20 intermixable shades, with the option of mixing and blending for custom colors.
  • These intensely concentrated pigments deliver over-the-top vibrancy that lasts through 15 shampoos. Pro Tip: We recommend a customized product cocktail for maintaining these hair colors to ensure your color stays bright and true to tone for as long as possible.  
  • Packed with award-winning K-PAK’s powerful Quadramine Complex® for guaranteed healthier hair after every color service.
  • Ultra nourishing Kukui Nut Oil leaves hair gorgeously conditioned and amps up shine.

How much is a Vivid hair color?


Usually an additional $25 color charge is added to the hair color service you need to achieve your desired result.   This is because these colors are mixed differently and we use much more product than a traditional hair color service.   A color consultation is recommended for fashion hair color services.

 

 

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Sebastian Cellophanes in Dallas are a great way colorizing glaze that adds shine, condition, and drama to your existing color.  Here is a simple look at Sebastian Cellophanes, and why I recommend them at the Dallas hair color salon.

 

What are Sebastian Cellophanes?

 

Cellophanes are an ammonia-free colorizing gloss that adds tone, shine, and condition to your strands.  This translucent hair color gives an intense amount of shine and dimension that accentuates your existing hair color.

 

When do you use Cellophanes?

 

When doing a color gloss service, Cellophanes are a fantastic way to add shine and condition.  They are also used when someone maintains a vivid red, or brunette because they offer process-free color refreshment.

 

How much is a color gloss?

 

If booked by itself, with a blow-dry, a color gloss service is: $70.

If booked as an add-on (with another service) a color gloss service is: $35.

For a full list of services, check out my list of Dallas hair color prices.

As a Dallas hair color specialist,  I prefer to use Wella Koleston Perfect for permenant hair color.  Who is Wella, and why do I use their product at a wella hair salon dallas?  Here is a simplified look at Wella hair color in Dallas.

 

Who is Wella, and what is Koleston Perfect?

 

Wella is one of the oldest hair care companies in the world.  Beginning in the 1880’s, Wella has been groundbreaking and an industry standard in regards to hair color.  They offer several brands, from consumer to professional, that are known throughout the world.

 

There are several types of hair color, such as permanent, demi-permanent, demi-plus, and semi-permanent.  Koleston Perfect is the professional permanent hair color by Wella.  It has won the American stylist choice award a dozen years and is the brand of choice by many stylists worldwide.

 

Why do I use Wella Professional?

 

There are several reasons I prefer using Wella hair color, such as:

 

* Customization – Wella is known for their range of hair colors that allow me to offer every client a very customized hair color.  From rich naturals, vibrant reds, deep browns, special blondes, and everything in-between.

* Consistency – There is never any inconsistencies in Koleston Perfect hair color.  As a hair color specialist, I know I never have to worry when doing hair color on a client.

* Full Pigments – Wella hair color offers very dense and color-packed hair colors.  Whether you are looking for gray coverage, or a rich blonde, their hair color is packed with color molecules to minimize fading.

 

For a full list of pricing, visit my menu of hair color services in Dallas.