Yup, you guessed it, we’ve been working on Hair Color. WOW. Never realized most of the things I’ve learned – for example, did you know that the “box color” you buy at Wal-Mart is actually really bad for your hair because it deposits metals? Notice how when you color your hair red and it fades out and starts looking copper-y? hmmm, or how about when you lighten your hair blonde and it starts to have a silver sheen to it? hmmmm.
Oh, and have you ever noticed that if you get your hair colored at a salon that it seems to look and feel a LOT better than when you do it yourself at home?
Its because the color that the salons are using are actually better for your hair because they are actually color pigmented instead of metal pigmented. I know this doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but it will when you get to school.
We learned about the color wheel and I swear I felt like I was in 3d grade art class all over again. Regency Beauty Institute made it super simple:
The law of color states that in all the colors in the universe, only three are pure. These are called primary colors and they are Red, Yellow, and Blue. (duh!) The 3 Secondary colors are created by mixing EQUAL PARTS (<~~Important) of any TWO Primary colors – Red & Blue make Violet, Red & Yellow make Orange, and Yellow & Blue make Green. Taaa Daaa.
Now, the 6 Tertiary Colors (also called T-colors) are made by mixing EQUAL PARTS of a Secondary Color with its NEIGHBORING (<~~IMPORTANT) PRIMARY. Thus you have Red-Orange, Yellow-Orange, Blue-Green, Yellow-Green, Blue-Violet, and Red-Violet.
Why is it important that there be EQUAL PARTS? Well, if you mix more blue than red, you will have a tertiary color, blue-violet. If it is EQUAL then you will have Violet.
Why is it important to mix NEIGHBORING colors for T-colors? Because if you mix, for example, Violet with Yellow instead of its neighboring Red or Blue, you will get a mucky brown. WHY? Because you are, in essence, mixing all three primary colors which will always result in a neutral.
A lot of people are not understanding this concept. This leads to much frustration.
Colors that are across from each other on the color wheel, such as Violet and Yellow, are known as complementary colors. They complement each other but when mixed will cause a neutral. Are you feeling the 3d grade art class yet? lol.
Anywho – we also learned how to do hi-lights, new growth retouches, darker color application, and lighter color application, and of course, we had to practice – SO I decided to go for the gusto & get some pretty pinkish purple in my blonde hair –
awwww… messy application, but it was her first time!
We also learned that Redken is a very finicky color line. As you can see above, it didn’t really take well in my hair the first time – we only used a 10 developer when we should have used a 20. I’ll take another photo to show you how AWESOME it is now. Take your time and learn as much about the various lines of color as you can! They have a demi-permanent line called Shades EQ, several permanent lines called Color Fusion, Hi-Fusion, Double Fusion, ShimmerOne, etc… They are all different but it isn’t complicated really. Regency has a “library” of sorts that has DVDs and other materials you can check out and the Redken DVD is actually pretty awesome.
We learned all about developers – there are 4 basic ones, 10, 20, 30, & 40. easy peasy. 10 lifts 1 level. 20 lifts 2, etc.
Level is the term used to describe the lightness or darkness of hair and there are 10 levels – 1 being black and 10 being lightest blonde.
lots of numbers in coloring. lots and lots. but again, it isn’t as difficult as you are thinking it is and you shouldn’t get freaked out by any means – its basic things.
ON another note – we had a “Going Away” party for our instructor Trena who decided to leave Regency to pursue other interests. While we will all miss her, I’m sure whoever our new instructor is going to be will be fantastic and will be able to bring something to the table that perhaps Trena didn’t have. Trena was an enigma. She was amazing at hands on instruction and really took her time to make sure we “got it” and I know a lot of my class mates really appreciated that. We will meet our new instructor tonight, so of course I will update you all on it!
Trena took the time to make sure she showed us our wet works / chemical head for the state board – OH EM GEE – finger waves are nowhere near as hard as everyone said they would be (click the link for detailed instructions on how to). You just have to find the right mix of gel/mucilage (which is, by the way, one step up from snot and stinks) and water. Oh, and make sure your doll doesn’t have super long hair or super duper curly hair. The perfect doll would have 5-6 inches of hair, uniform, and a slight perm. My doll had 8-9 inches of hair and super curly hair. lol – go figure. I couldn’t take pictures b/c we aren’t allowed to have phones in the classroom, and I washed her out before I thought about it on break. Sorry!
I’m trying to get as many pictures as I can for you guys because I know you love them!