Getting the exact color you want from your colorist can be difficult, especially if this is one of your first visits to your hairdresser. So how can you make sure that you are ecstatic with your color when you leave the salon? You have to know the secret trick of explaining colors. Click the notes for more. –– Kelly Rowe 


It’s all about describing in colors everyone knows!

As a hair colorist one of the most frustrating things is thinking that you are on the same page as your client only to find out, as you start blow-drying, that you had imagined one shade, and the client another. The hue can always be tweaked of course, but correct communication in the first place saves extra time and extra work. Being able to describe color can help you become a happy client who gets what they want. I like to talk in things that are relatable to all, like food, animals, and nature.

Look at a McIntosh apple. You will see the same color as everyone else, including your colorist. So talking to professionals in these terms gives them something real to relate to. As another example, never ask for pale blonde. “Pale blonde” is open to interpretation, the colors of butter, cooked spaghetti, or the inside of a lemon are not, they are known to all. Want a cool color like a gray with silver? Try saying “a big thunderstorm cloud with lightning in it.” To me I know the lightning is silver and you want a medium ash base. Check out the graphic below for some inspiration.

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


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