"Color Correction" vs. "Color Service" What's the Diff?
You may have heard the term “color correction” thrown around by your stylist or seen it casually mentioned online and wondered what exactly is the difference between a correction or just going for a regular color service. We caught up with Linda from Whip Salon Westport who specializes in color corrections to help clear it up.
WS: What makes a color service a color "correction" versus just going in for highlights or balayage?
Linda: Starting with a consultation is key to determining if you’ll need a corrective service or not. The best way to think about it is color requires starting from a blank canvas, so to speak. If we need to go through a few steps to achieve your desired end result, you're likely on the color correction spectrum. Color corrections are usually needed if you have color bands in your hair subtle or obvious. Or perhaps you've had a poorly done color job by an inexperienced stylist where the tone came out all wrong. The worst case is having to correct from someone using box dye at home. An experienced stylist will talk you through what needs to be done to achieve your desired look and the good news is that most situations can be corrected when you go to an experienced stylist.
WS: How long does it take to do a color correction, can it be done in one sitting?
Linda: Color correction times vary but it’s typically longer than a regular color service because an extra step is involved. I’ve done some that can take between 5 to 8 hours, and in those extreme cases it’s best to do it over a couple of days. The extent of the color correction is considered by looking at the hair’s length, thickness and overall condition. In the majority of cases it can be done in one sitting though, yes!
WS: I've heard something about over the counter box dye color being "bad for my hair" from stylists—why is that different than in salon color?
Linda: Just don't do it, trust me! It is nearly impossible to achieve your desired color while keeping the integrity of your hair when using box dye. Box dye is the enemy. It will not make you the color it is promising. Blonde never looks blonde enough and dark brown tends to come out black. Reversing the effects of box dye color is going to need a color correction in most cases. Unfortunately I have clients that think they’re saving money by doing it at home but then end up spending a lot more trying to color correct their hair in our salon.
WS: What's the best way to care for my new color once my hair is fixed so that it doesn't happen again?
Linda: The best way to care for your new color is to make sure you're using quality products tailored to your specific hair type. Drug store products are high in sulfates and alcohol and they will strip your color out, be sure you're using recommended products. A few of my favorite post-color-correction products that can all be found at Whip Salon are Shu Uemura, Blow Dry Beautifier Thermal Protectant which protects your hair from hot tools and blow dryers; Shu Uemura, Silk Bloom Restorative Shampoo and Conditioner which protects your hair from breakage and Davines, Oi Oil which is a wonderful multipurpose oil that protects your hair and smells amazing too!
Think you might be a candidate for color correction or still have questions regarding color? Book your complimentary consultation with any of our talented stylists. We are open 7 days a week—Sundays and Mondays too!
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(Photo credit: Color Correction by Linda at Whip Salon Westport)