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Posts Tagged ‘Clairol’

Getting to the root of hair color

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

With stray grays and blah browns threatening a hostile takeover of the sandy, sun-struck territory at my part, I knew what I had to do. I promised color guru Jason Backe, when he made me a Clairol blond, that I'd see this experiment through by touching up my own roots. The rubber gloves in the box made me nervous – like there was potential for this project to go horribly awry. I brushed the goop on the roots where my hair wants to part, but there was so much left. So I started flipping my hair to the other side and dabbing dye on those roots too. Then I worried the touch-up was touching too many non-touch-up hairs and I might end up with a partial Gwen Stefani. But, 10 minutes later, I dutifully rinsed and voila, no damage done; roots seemingly covered. Saved time and gobs of money. I might do this again!

Hair product showdown

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Kinkycurly Dealing with my new dye job and my quest for waves is getting complicated. Today in the shower, it was a showdown between conditioners: Kinky-Curly Knot Today, suggested by StormSister Spatique and Clairol Perfect 10 ColorSeal Intensive Conditioning Creme, which I was instructed to use once a week for the next six weeks by the Clairol team that did my hair last week. I thought about using both – my hair could handle it, but it just seemed like too much work, so Clairol won out. Color scares me.
I compensated by applying Kinky-Curly Styling Custard and used it to try to twist the ends of my hair for nonchalant (ha!) waves like I've seen in magazines. I dried my hair using a sock diffuser (took three Trade Secrets to locate this $6 gizmo). End result: not exactly Gisele, but less fluff, so we're making progress. Still, my hair looked frizzy so I dabbed on Aveda's Light Elements Smoothing Fluid, which might have helped – but not enough to stop me from buying No Frizz Styling Cream at Sephora, which I will try next time I wash my hair. Thank goodness that only happens twice a week.


And three hours 10 minute color treatment is complete! Admittedly, having Clairol color administered by their national color expert, Jason Backe of New York's Ted Gibson Salon, isn't the most scientific of experiments. But he offered, and who am I to say no to the creative force behind Anne Hathaway's rich brunette (hidden highlights are the key). So now I'm 9A with some 8, and feeling a bit redder than expected. But Jason says it's killer, so I choose to believe him. You can read my color report in my Savvy Shopper column on May 3 and catch Jason (Minnesotans might remember him from Jon English…or his days waiting tables at Christos) on Shop Girls this Saturday, April 25.

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