October 30, 2012

Follow the Colorbrick Road: How Texture Relates To Hair Color - Step # 1

 The System will be called : 14. Point Fast & Furious Hair Color System  

Texture of the hair... its your hair texture - you must figure out - then off you go to calculate your hair color selection.  This woman to the right has some of the best hair texture on planet Earth ...... it took me a couple years being a hairstylist in LA, to learn what in the world 'good texture' looked like. The funnier part I discovered....people that have it, don't know they have it !  If someone ever comes up to you and asks you to be a "hair model" you can pretty much tell from that - YOU ARE ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES !

I'm thinking that almost everyone knows their own texture. Please submit a question at the bottom of this Post, if you don't know your own texture.  I'm a hair stylist so I forget the world "before" ! No question is a bad question. I need to know that... in case I need to explain that. So, until I hear that question I will assume everyone knows if their hair is:
  • Fine
  • Normal
  • Coarse

See what it says under the name of this System above ('14-Point : Fast & Furious Haircolor System')?

                   ...texture will affect the: 
  • developmental time of the product you apply
  • the amount of  product you use 
  • the correct usage...........................  see it?

Those are the 3 key reasons you need to figure out your texture. Answer those and you are done with this Step. I don't think you can tell by the illustration but, the 'scales' you see on each hair strand, they are arranged differently....

  -- on the

   > Fine hair : the scales are arranged looser - which helps the color seep in quicker - therefore doing its' job of coloring or lightening the hair 'faster'... nor does it need as much product on the tint brush to accomplish the same action, as the Coarse hair. ( lucky you, you can purchase less than the norm of color - which only counts -- when you get started and have multiple tubes. Its hard to purchase less than 1 tube, nope,......... impossible !) 
  > Coarse hair : on coarse hair the scales are tight - very tight .. therefore making the job much harder of letting the color 'in' to do its' job...once in, the color must stay on and process much longer ..and finally : twice as much product must be used than those with fine hair. ( so you will need to buy more)

I won't pinpoint medium texture, I think those of you with that hair can tell where you sit. There are a lot more with medium texture than you think, don't be so rough on your hair ... or yourself.  The only thing that is frustrating is learning the system to color hair, not your hair itself !
Every texture hair has its pluses and minuses - there is no 'perfect texture' - whatever yours is ..... give up fighting it, and learn to work with it and love it. 

Texture and porosity are very close entities so I have included them both in the chart underneath,  which I really will refer to when we hit the porosity page, later.
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Here is a photo of a hair strand multiplied a hundred zillion times and those scales that control so much 'within' hair color. 

Did you know that depending on the tightness or looseness of those scales . . . is what can turn your hair from the beauty & deliciousness  of Jennifer Anniston's hair to the "extension helped" Chelsea Handlers' sad hair. Hey, they are BFF's and if there was something that could help Chelsea's hair... her bff is one of the most wealthy women in this state if not, the most wealthy -- and she would help her with it. ( I wish I could get her Thriven and most specifically the 'Secret Supplement' that is the type of hair it makes the biggest difference for :D  )

Evaluate Your Hair Texture

  • Very fine hair is more fragile, easier to process and more susceptible to damage than is coarse or medium hair. As a general rule fine hair will take color darker. Therefore when formulating, and you are stuck in the middle of 2 colors - always go one half to one level lighter... it will always be a good idea

  • Medium hair is the most common hair texture. It is considered normal and does not pose any special problems or concerns.

  • Coarse hair has the largest diameter which usually requires more processing than medium or fine and will take color lighter because of the resistance factor...formulate one half to one level darker. It is usually more difficult for lighteners, and color to penetrate. Leave it on longer, always run that strand test first.
I think that is as much as needs to be said about this topic, I hope it is crystal .............crystal clear.

2 comments on "Follow the Colorbrick Road: How Texture Relates To Hair Color - Step # 1 "
  1. i'm sorry but cud u please tell me how to know if your hair is fine , medium or coarse ....are fine hair very very slim ???????


  2. please could u explain this
    . Therefore when formulating, and you are stuck in the middle of 2 colors - always go one half to one level lighter... it will always be a good idea
    does it means if i want colour 8 i need to mix it with half of lever 9?
    50%8 AND 50% 9?


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