Celebrity hair pro Lorri Goddard-Clark is colorist to Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, and Reese Witherspoon. She is also the author of The Hair Color Mix Book: More Than 150 Recipes for Salon-Perfect Color At Home. Here, her must-see tips for DIY hair coloring.
How do you pick the most flattering hair color for your skin tone and eyes?
If you look into your eyes you will see little flecks. If they are golden or yellow, a natural match would be warmer hair colors. If they are bluer or deep bluish black then a natural match would be neutral or cooler tones. To enhance your skin tone, never go more than two shades lighter or darker-this guarantees that you won't fade or wash away your natural beauty.
When is it okay to do at-home highlights and when should you go to the salon?
When you're going for a look close to your natural color-for example, you have naturally light brown hair and want some pale honey highlights-DIY kits are fine. But if you want highlights more than two or three shades lighter than your natural color you should see a professional.
What precautions should you take when doing at-home highlights?
Always wear an old button-up shirt. This way you don't risk highlighting your clothes or ruining your highlights as you pull a tee over your head. And don't forget to set a timer. It's easy to get distracted with phone calls, emails, texts, television, reading, etc. Also, after each highlight wipe your gloves off on a towel-this keeps excess product from wandering to hair pieces you don't want to highlight.
Any highlight application tips you won't find on the back of the box?
Add one teaspoon of olive oil to the highlight bleach of your choice. I do this in the salon; it won't affect the performance of the product but it will give it a smoother consistency which yields even prettier highlights.
Hair glazes are more popular than ever. How can you recreate a salon-like glaze at home?
First, choose hair color the same shade as yours-if you have dark auburn hair, choose dark auburn hair color. Next, shampoo your hair, towel-blot, and detangle. Take the developer bottle and pour out half of the developer, adding water in its place; this allows the color to become a standard deposit-only gloss. Mix the color and distribute through your hair. Leave the mixture on for three minutes then rinse, shampoo, and condition for a gorgeous, shiny finish.
What are your hair color trend forecasts for the new year?
Sun-kissed highlights are always in, but I think platinum one-process hair color has made a comeback and will continue to do so. We'll also be seeing more cyber '80s dos with touches of wild pinks, blues, greens, and black in unexpected places, as well as luxe all-over color-think richer reds, deeper browns, and glistening blacks.
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