Two girlfriends

With fall coming up you may be contemplating a dramatic color change. I go through these feelings every single fall. I am blonde. But I always think wouldn’t it be fun to go really dark? I have only done it once; that was 7 years ago. While I may be too set in my ways to jump into the deep end every season, you may be ready to give a new hue a go. Click the notes for my tips on dramatic color changes. –– Kelly Rowe

Tip 1: If you are going dark it may be a good idea to get to the target level in one shot. Yes, if you hate it, it is going to be difficult to remove it, but all the in between shades between you current lightness and the target shade may turn you off. It may be one of these in between shades that makes you abandon the darkening process and have you heading back to your beloved light tone.


Tip 2: If you are going light take it in a least two steps. Going light is a different ballgame. You have to ensure you hair stays healthy to have a good outcome. If you do it too quickly you may be left with hair that has that “fried” look.


Tip 3: Dramatic changes don’t come from a few highlights or lowlights. Most likely you are going to need a single process with highlights or lowlights to get the effect you are looking for. Make sure when you book your appointment you book for both of these services and are aware of the cost.


Tip 4: Test your new shade with a wig. Big color changes take a lot of work to reverse so it’s good to be pretty certain it is what you want. Buy a wig in the shade you are considering; this will help you know if you are ready.



By Kelly Rowe. Kelly Rowe is a professional hair stylist in NYC and a regular contributor to Style Noted.

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