Hair Color Specialists
Is the hair color you presently have best suited to your features, skin tone and style? Or is it time for a change? Are you satisfied with the service you receive from your current hair color specialist?
Hair Color Expertise
Place your confidence in the talented hair colorists to provide professional expertise at Ellia Coiffure. Whether you require highlights, low lights, a color boost, or a complete hair color change, our style experts offer the latest products that leave your hair conditioned, fresh and superbly shiny.
Ellia Coiffure Hair Color Services Include:
Hair with blonde highlights
Hair color was traditionally applied to the hair as one overall color. The modern trend is to use several colors to produce streaks or gradations, but not all work on top of a single base color. These are referred to as:
- Highlighting, where sections of hair are treated with lighteners
- Low lighting, where sections of hair are treated with darker hair colors
- Splash lighting a horizontal band of bleached hair from ear to ear
- There are also newer coloring techniques such as ombré, in which hair is dark on the crown and bit by bit becomes lighter toward the ends.
These are off-the-scalp techniques, and can be applied by the following methods:
- Foiling, where pieces of foil or plastic film are used to separate the hair to be colored, especially when applying more than one color. This ensures the color is applied only to the desired strands of hair and protects the strands of hair not intended to be dyed.
- Cap, when a plastic cap is placed tightly on the head and strands are pulled through with a hook. This method is not frequently practiced, except for highlighting short hair.
- Balayage, where hair color is painted directly onto sections of the hair with no foils used to keep the color contained This method is growing in popularity because of its ability to look more natural.
- Dipping or tip dyeing, like balayage in that the color is painted directly on the hair. This results in a more solid level of coverage on the ends of the hair.
- All coloring techniques can be used with any type of color. For lightening, the hair sometimes must be lifted before coloring.
Hair coloring can also be applied on the scalp for a more solid level of coverage
Root touch-up, where color is applied only to the most recent section of re-growth. usually the first inch of hair nearest the scalp, Root touch-ups are repeated every 4–6 weeks as the natural color grows in and becomes apparent. People who color their hair to disguise gray often have these root touch-ups.
All-over color, where the person wants all their hair to be a different solid color
Block coloring, where the person wants two or more colors applied to their hair, resulting in dimension and contrast
All coloring techniques can be used with any type of color. For lightening, the hair sometimes must be lightened before coloring.
The four most common classifications are permanent, demi-permanent sometimes called deposit only, semi-permanent, and temporary.
Permanent hair color generally contains ammonia and must be mixed with a developer or oxidizing agent in order to permanently change hair color. Ammonia is used in permanent hair color to open the cuticle layer so that the developer and colorants together can penetrate the cortex. The developer, or oxidizing agent, comes in various volumes. The higher the developer volume, the higher the "lift" will be of a person's natural hair pigment. Someone with dark hair wishing to achieve two or three shades lighter may need a higher developer whereas someone with lighter hair wishing to achieve darker hair will not need one as high. Timing may vary with permanent hair coloring but is typically 30 minutes or 45 minutes for those wishing to achieve maximum color change.
Demi-permanent hair color is hair color that contains an alkaline agent other than ammonia, while always employed with a developer, the concentration of hydrogen peroxide in that developer may be lower than used with a permanent hair color. Since the alkaline agents employed in demi-permanent colors are less effective in removing the natural pigment of hair than ammonia these products provide no lightening of hair's color during dyeing. As the result, they cannot color hair to a lighter shade than it was before dyeing and are less damaging to hair than their permanent counterpart.
Demi-permanents are much more effective at covering gray hair than semi-permanents, but less so than permanents.
Demi-permanents have several advantages as compared with permanent color. Because there is essentially no lifting of natural hair color, the final color is less uniform than a permanent and therefore more natural looking. they are gentler on hair and therefore safer, especially for damaged hair; and they wash out over time from 20 to 28 shampoos, so root regrowth is less noticeable and if a change of color is desired, it is easier to achieve.
Semi-permanent hair coloring involves little or no developer, hydrogen peroxide or ammonia, and is thus less damaging to hair strands. The reduced amount of developer, whether peroxide or ammonia, means that hair previously damaged by applying permanent color or permanent reshaping is less likely to be damaged during the color application process.
Semi-permanent hair color uses compounds of lower molecular weight than are found in temporary hair color dyes. These dyes penetrate the hair shaft only partially, because of the reduced amount of developer used. For this reason, the color will survive repeated washing, typically 4–5 shampoos or a few weeks, before undergoing significant fading or washing out entirely.
The final color of each strand of hair will depend on its original color and porosity. Because hair's color and porosity across the head and along the length of a hair strand, there will be subtle variations in shade across the entire head. This gives a more natural-looking result than the solid, all over color of a permanent color. Because gray or white hairs have a different starting color than other hair, they will not appear as the same shade as the rest of the hair when treated with semi-permanent color. If there are only a few grey/white hairs, the effect will usually be enough for them to blend in, but as the gray spreads, there will come a point where it will not be disguised as well. In this case, the move to permanent color can be an option.
Semi-permanent color cannot lighten the hair.
Temporary hair color is available in various forms including rinses, shampoos, gels, sprays, and foams. Temporary hair color is typically brighter and more vibrant than semi-permanent and permanent hair color. It is most often used to color hair for special occasions such as costume parties and Halloween.
The pigments in temporary hair color are high molecular weight and cannot penetrate the cuticle layer. The color particles remain adsorbed to the surface of the hair shaft and are easily removed with a single shampooing. Temporary hair color can persist on hair that is excessively dry or damaged in a way that allows for migration of the pigment to the interior of the hair shaft.
Alternative hair coloring products are designed to create hair colors not typically found in nature. These are also referred to as "vivid color" in the hair styling industry. The available colors are diverse, such as the colors green and fuchsia. Permanent alternatives in some colors are available. More recently, black light-reactive hair dyes have been brought to market that Fluorescence under black lights, such as those often used at nightclubs.
The chemical formula of alternative color dyes typically contain only tint and have no developer. This means that they will only create the bright color of the packet if they are applied to light blond hair. Darker hair would need to be bleached for these pigment applications to take to the hair desirably. Some types of fair hair may also take vivid colors more fully after bleaching. Gold, yellow and orange undertones in hair that has not been lightened enough can muddy the final hair color, especially with pink, blue and green dyes. Although some alternative colors are semi-permanent, such as blue and purple, it could take several months to fully wash the color from bleached or pre-lightened hair.
Looking for a more youthful, sassy look? Or does your natural color need a boost? Whether you opt for classic or contemporary, changing your hair color can be a dramatic improvement to your overall look or a subtle change that has people asking what your secret. From bright blissful blonde in a spectrum of nuanced shades, to deep sultry brown and black, hair color technicians match and then mix the perfect color blend for the skin tone, features and unique personal styles of our clients.
The Latest Developments in Color
Ellia Coiffure color experts keep up with the latest advancements in hair color products and techniques and will customize a hair color mix just for you. Our professional technicians receive regular training updates and are always on the cutting edge of trends that work in real life. Most importantly, every client who visits our salon can count on a thorough consultation to ensure that they are pleased with their hair color results.
Hair Color Tips
Everyone has variations on what “blonde” might look like. Bring along a photo of the color you want to your next salon visit to avoid misunderstandings and mistakes. Check out social media & magazines for limitless hair color inspiration.
Hair color fades faster in the sun
It’s not just your skin that requires protection from UV rays. Use shampoo and conditioners that are specially made to protect hair color.
Factor in hair growth
On average, hair grows about one half inch each month. To maintain your preferred color, plan a salon visit to redo your roots every 6 to 8 weeks.
Fast fading colors
Pink, blue, silver or purple fade faster than brown or blonde and requires regular monthly maintenance.