You see it everywhere you look nowadays, rainbow hair, pastels, neon, peek-a-boos...fantasy colors are all the rage! Most of my clients fall between blondes and fantasy colors. I wanted to write a little blog to touch on this subject. I use mainly Pulp Riot for my fantasy clients because it lasts longer. Why? Because they use superior quality dyes. They don't skimp or cut corners, whatsoever.
Generally, for most people, the deeper tones can last up to 42 washes, and the lighter tones up to 25 washes until the color is fully out. With Pulp Riot, the color fades true to tone.
Note, with all color lines, there are a variety of factors that can influence how quickly hair color fades, including the porosity of the hair, what level the hair is, exposure to the sun, the shampoo and conditioner you use, how often you wash your hair, the type of water used, if certain medications are used, environmental elements, genetics, etc.
What to expect when you want fantasy colors:
Unless you are already blonde, you will have to lighten your hair, this may take more than one visit.
Be prepared to be at the salon for at least 3 hours, fantasy colors take time. With most clients I have to lighten the hair, sometimes tone it, dry the hair, apply the fantasy colors, process 30-40 minutes.
I use Olaplex in all of my lightening services so you have the reassurance that your hair won't be too damaged. With any lightening service, some damage may occur.
For maximum hair color longevity, I recommend that you shampoo and condition with sulfate-free and sodium chloride free products and rinse using tepid/cold water up to 3 times a week, or use a dry shampoo. To make the color last longer when cleansing we recommend shampooing the root area, but not let the shampoo sit on the rest of the hair for any lengthy period. Exposing the hair to well-water, chlorinated water, or salt water may compromise the hair color.
If you heat style your hair it is super important to use a blow dry product. If you heat style your hair with curling irons or flat irons, you need to use a heat protectant and use low heat. Heat is a huge reason that color fades, whether it's hot water, or products.
Be prepared to come into the salon more often than you normally would, fantasy colors do fade faster than normal colors. There are shampoos you can get to help with the fade, let me know if that's something you're interested.
I hope this helps those of you who have fantasy colors and who are thinking about getting them! Head on over to my Services page to book your appointment online!