Well Water Users

The Problem: Well Water Plays Havoc with Salon Services Well water, used by many communities around the country and around the world, is enriched with a large number of minerals. Hard water is just one example. Although hard water (enriched with calcium and magnesium) is usually harmless, yet it casts on the hair a dull appearance and leaves it with a weighted feel. Calcium and magnesium, bind ...

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Hair Damage Due to Sun

Problem: Sun Damaged Hair The sun, with its harmful UV rays, can weaken hair fibers upon lengthy exposures. Hair fibers are composed of proteins called keratins which contain disulfide bonds that give hair its strength and resiliency. Excess exposure to UV radiation on hair fibers can weaken or break these bonds resulting in damaged hair. The Solution: After-lock and Silken Treat Conditioners...

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Hair Damage Due to Relaxers

The Problem: Damage Due to hair relaxers Hair relaxers are considered the most aggressive chemical service. They generate significant stress to the chemical structure of the hair fiber. Care must be taken to neutralize their action after the service is done and reduce long-term effects. The Solution: After-lock and Silken Treat Conditioners The professional After-Lock color sealing and ...

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Swollen or Hot Foils

The Problem: Swollen or Hot Foils When foils are used during hair highlighting, hair lightening, hair coloring or any hair bleaching operation, they occasionally swell and become warm to the touch or even hot. In some instances they become steamy and burn the scalp. The culprit is metallic buildup in the hair, most often in the form of copper. Metals like copper speed up the breakdown of ...

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Perm-Resistant Hair

The Problem: Perm Does Not “Take” or Perm Relaxes Quickly Naturally in most cases, there is no such thing as perm-resistant hair. It is the build-up on the hair that falsely gives the impression of hair resistant to permanent waving. Iron in rusty hair or copper in green hair and swimmers’ hair will interfere with permanent waving in two ways: First, these metals weaken the perm solution ...

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Uneven Hair Color

The Problem: Uneven Hair Color Many times, and to the puzzlement of the hairdresser, hair color comes out uneven on a head of hair especially on top of the hair, the hair line surrounding the face, or along the tips. These occurrences are quite frequent and are the result of selective contamination of the hair with metals. People usually step under the shower without allowing enough time for the ...

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Poor Gray Coverage

Problem: Poor Gray Coverage Many believe that gray hair is more difficult to color than pigmented hair. To skilled hairdressers, gray coverage is not an issue unless there is a stubborn metallic build-up in the hair. Metals cause hair color to deposit mostly on the surface of the hair with little or no color penetration into the shaft. The color that remains on the surface of the hair is easily ...

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Color Fading

Problem: Color Fading Some bright colors, especially those in the red family, are susceptible to UV radiation from sun light and they start to fade after only a few days. The Solution: After-lock Color Sealer and Re-Vibe Color Refresher The professional After-Lock color sealing and conditioning treatment and its retail sister Silken Treat conditioner are designed to protect against UV color ...

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Color Washout

Problem: Color Washout If hair is contaminated with metals, then dye molecules will not be allowed enough time to penetrate deeper inside the hair fiber and they deposit color mostly on the surface. This leads to eventual washout of the deposited color. Sometimes, however, hair may not be contaminated with metals but it may be quite porous so that color deposited inside the hair will leach out ...

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Metal Buildup in the Hair

What is the Source of Metal Build-up in the Hair? Metal build-up in hair is unavoidable. Well water, metallic pipes, swimming pools, and even several cosmetic products contain all sorts of metals which bind to the hair. Binding of these metals is so strong that once they are captured by the hair, they cannot be washed off with regular shampoos. As a result, there is gradual build-up which only ...

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Swimmer’s Green Hair

Problem: Unsightly Swimmer’s Green hair: Swimmers’ green hair (also referred to as Green Hair Syndrome) is the greenish tint observed in the blond hair of swimmers. It has been determined that the greenish tint in the hair of swimmers is the result of copper build-up from swimming pools which are frequently treated with algaecides to kill algae. Copper is a major ingredient of those algaec...

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Mixing and Designing New Colors

Yellow, Blue, and Red are the primary colors of the color wheel. From these you may create any color you can imagine. Mix primary colors together or with other Lights & Shades powder colors for the most exciting creative coloring you’ve ever done. Note: The mixtures and colors below are approximations only and it is recommended to strand test before full application of shade. For ease of ...

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Coloring Pre-Lightened Hair

Fact 1: Using Lighteners on Pre-lightened Hair is not Recommended It is not recommended to use Chroma-7 one-step lightening & coloring powders or any other lightener on hair which is already pre-lightened because bleach rules must be followed. Fact 2: Re-Vibe Color Refreshers Work Well on Pre-lightened Hair Re-Vibe color refreshers are designed to be used on hair which has already been ...

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Working with Dark Hair

Fact 1: Lightening Dark hair is a Very Challenging Task Dark hair is heavy on the natural pigment melanin, which comes in two varieties: Black eumelanin, and red pheomelanin. When hair is bleached, black melanin breaks down faster than the red melanin. As a result, hair bleaching exposes unpleasant reddish undertones. The intensity of these undertones depends on how dark the starting hair level ...

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One-Step Color Highlighting

Fact 1 : Highlighting Hair with Color is Challenging Highlighting dark hair with color used to be a long messy double process because bleach and color don’t mix. Hair had to be bleached first to remove natural pigment and then colored in a second step. This double process normally takes at least two hours if everything goes well. Hairdressers could book only a limited number of clients per ...

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One-Step Blonding & Toning

Fact 1: Traditionally, Lightening and Toning Hair is a Lengthy Double-Process  When hair is lightened, unsightly brassy undertones are exposed. In the past, hair bleaching was a laborious double process where hair bleach is applied first, rinsed out, and a toner is applied in a second step. The reason for this is that bleach tends to destroy hair dyes. The double process normally takes two ...

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Time Is Money

Fact 1: Double Process Highlighting is Time Consuming and Messy The traditional double process method of hair lightening and toning is time consuming and limits the options of the hairdresser to use time efficiently and profitably. Two to three hours may be needed to achieve major color change especially on dark hair. Therefore fewer services are possible in one day, and clients are tied down to ...

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Chroma-7 Highlighting Tips

It is highly recommended to clarify the hair before any chemical service to remove residue and metals that will interfere with the process. An application of Get Pure will insure this important first step for superior color. Chroma-7 is not recommended for use on damaged, relaxed or previously bleached hair. Mix one scoop of Chroma-7 one-step lightening & coloring powder with one ounce ...

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