How to Pick the Perfect Inspiration Photo

I previously wrote a blog post called "Why Book a Color Consultation"! In it I talk about bringing in an inspiration photo to help talk out your color goals! This blog post will help you have a better understanding of what is capable and what might take some time! 

Scenario #1:

Let's be honest, we've all seen this photo floating around Instagram or Pinterest and more than likely have it pinned to our board "Hair Goals".

Your inspiration photo:

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Your hair:

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You might be thinking this looks easy, and you're kind of right. However because your hair has previous permanent brunette color on it you wouldn't be able to get your ends as light or as saturated the first round! But you be one step closer towards reaching your color goal! 

You'll get something more like this for round 1:

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Scenario #2!

Your inspiration photo:

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Your hair:

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So this client is a great candidate for her inspiration photo! However because her hair is so dark naturally it would be a process to get her as light her inspiration! You may think it's not "that" light but the ends are about 5 levels lighter than her natural! This would take about 7 hours for one appointment or accomplished in 2 appointments (if her hair is all natural color) 

One session of going lighter could look like this:

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Scenario #3!

Your inspiration photo:

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Your hair:

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You're thinking "this is just a little more copper". What you're not seeing is it's a LOT lighter as well! This could be easily accomplished in a days work of: COLOR CORRECTION! This process would take about 5-6 hours depending on previous color/s and density/length of hair! We'd start with a very thorough consultation, doing a color remover, and do some all over lightener if needed! Then we do the copper color all over dependent on how light we could get it!

Scenario #4!

Your inspiration photo:

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Your hair:

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This goal is going to take some time! Either a very large chunk at all once of 8 hours with another "small" appointment. Or stretched out over several appointments to 1: be more cost efficient 2: help with the integrity of your hair 3: help so you don't have to be in the salon for as long or so you can get an appointment faster!

Session One: 

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Session Two:

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With your third session looking like your goal or very close to it!

Variables to keep in mind with all color changes:

1: Pricing! Would you prefer to spread your appointment out so you can invest smaller amounts or have one large appointment and pay one large lump sum?

2: Timing! Timing is everything with color. It determines pricing, it determines how long you'll be in the salon and it determines how long it will take to reach your goal!

3: Integrity! Will your hair reach this color goal still intact?? Is your hair already damaged? Do you use a lot of heat on it at home? Home maintenance! 

4: Your Hair! Your natural texture, density and length greatly determine is your color is achievable and the pricing behind it!

5: Is your hair natural or colored! Probably the number one thing we'll talk about during our consultation IF you have previously colored hair! Most of the scenarios above relate to clients who have virgin or uncolored/treated hair!