HUEman Behavior

HUEman Behavior

by DailyMakeover

Color For Kids

Family Reunion

Me rocking my best Bret Michaels hair
at the 80′s birthday bash.

For the longest time I have thought it is crazy to color a kid’s hair. Over the years I have seen mom’s bringing their tween-aged daughters in to get some highlights to make them more blond or had them ask about putting “sun-in” through their child’s hair at the beach. My response has always been the same – don’t color your kids’ hair, they have their whole life to worry about their hair color. Honestly, I also was a little judgmental in thinking the parent was sending a message to the kid that they aren’t pretty enough the way they look and they need to change it.

Now, I’m wondering if I was harsh in my judgments. If you saw my post a while back about my nephew Brady and his highlights, you know I have colored a kid’s hair – and he LOVES it, so do all of his friends. Well, I just returned from Minnesota for a family visit (and an 80′s-themed, camping, 40th birthday party – yes it was SUPER FUN!) and my niece Sydney told me she wanted to color her hair. She is seven. She asked for “red stripes.” After asking her mom (my sister) for approval, we decided to go ahead and do it.

I think what I learned is that playing with hair color (at least for my niece and nephew) isn’t about changing them or sending a message about what will make them better looking, it is all about letting them be creative and expressive. It was a blast!!! I love the results and so do they. Take a look at the video and LMK what you think!

Commenter Crisis: Denise

One of the joys of hair color is being able to switch up your hue with the season– going darker in the fall and lightening up for the summer. Unfortunately for some women, there can be some major color snafu’s along the way. Read on to find out commenter Denise’s highlights horror story.

Hi Jason,
A year ago my hair had blonde highlights and after nine months I decided to change it. I went to a salon and asked the guy to cover all the highlights and told him to just dye it black. My hair turned blue!! He tried to cover it with red and my hair was half purple and half blue. I was so upset and I told him that he had to fix my hair, which he finally did, and now I have all black hair.

The thing is, I really miss my highlights, so I was thinking about getting highlights this summer. I’m scared that something bad would happen to my hair though. What should I do?
-Denise

Hi Denise!
First, let me explain what probably happened when you went darker. Hair color is formulated with the perfect balance of tones and is manufactured assuming it is being applied to virgin hair. When we lighten hair we are removing the natural red, orange and yellow tones to reveal light brown or blonde. When you wanted to make your blonde highlights black, it sounds like your colorist didn’t “fill” your hair first – that is salon speak for replacing the missing red, orange and gold tones. In his defense, when going black, 90% of the time it’s OK to skip this step but if you get stuck in the 10% it doesn’t work and it’s a real drag!

Second – can you go lighter for spring/summer? Absolutely! One option is to do it with highlights over multiple salon visits. First do a full head of very fine, very close together medium to light brown highlights. On your next visit follow that up with a half head of medium blonde highlights and on your next visit another full head of highlights to make it look even more blonde. With this approach you can slowly but surely achieve a neutral, natural looking blonde and keep the hair as healthy as possible.

The key word there is slowly — If you are an instant gratification girl you can lighten the entire base and then follow that up with a full head of highlights. You can expect your hair to feel a bit more compromised when you are finished and it will most likely have a very warm (golden or even reddish) result, but the upside is you can be all over lighter in just one visit.

My recommendation for anyone thinking about going from light to dark like you did last Fall is to do it with demi-permanent hair color. You can still get a rich deep brunette or even black shade but it will gently fade and when you change your mind in the spring to go lighter (as almost everyone does), it is so much easier and so much less damaging to change than permanent color.

Long story short (too late, I know), GO FOR IT! I hope this helps.
- Jason

Commenter Crisis: Wardeh

Whenever I write a new post, I always check back to see what you readers are saying. Recently I’ve been noticing a lot of you have been telling me your various hair color problems in the comments. In light of these cries for help, I’ve decided to create a new feature, Commenter Crisis, to address your color woes. First, up is commenter Wardeh.

I’ve been coloring my hair for the last 5 years and nothing’s been working. When I go to the salon to do one color, it comes out something else. I’ve been trying medium brown with some highlights and it comes out orange. Salons are very expensive and I don’t have the money to do it all the time so I need some tips for coloring my hair the way I want it.
-Wardeh

Hi Wardeh
There are some things that may be helpful in giving you the result you are looking for as well as leave a little cash in your pocket. When you color your hair at home with the medium brown shade, choose a brown shade that has the words ash or cool in the description – Medium Ash Brown. The ash will help neutralize the warm tones and keep your color from looking red.

As for the highlights, they are really difficult to do at home. I do have a video clip on my blog demonstrating at home highlights if you want to try it yourself. In most cases though I think you should go to the salon when you want them.

Clairol Natural Instincts Brass-Free

Here is the trick – go after you have done your own base color – it will save you a ton of cash and you will end up with a fab result. The colorist in the salon can add just a few or as many as you like. Be specific in your consultation with him or her to let them know your color has a tendency to turn red so he/she can choose the right products. Depending on your hairstyle, you may only need to go in for highlights every 3 or 4 months – not bad.

When you are maintaining your color at home, only apply the color to the new growth (roots) and don’t get it on the highlights. My sister trained her husband to help and my mother has my sister help her (with a bottle of wine of course! Might as well make a party out of it!). My point is it may be easier with a friend but if you are deliberate in your application it can be very easy. As your color fades and changes in between services, give yourself an at home gloss. Apply one of the Clairol Natural Instincts Brass Free colors to your very damp hair. Leave it on for 3-5 minutes and rinse. It will leave your highlights shiny and well, brass free.

I hope you find these tips helpful! I’d love to hear how it works out – LMK – Jason

Any product I mention in HUEman Behavior is one that I’ve tested out myself and is in accordance with Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge.

Make Your Colorist Your BFF

I had a great chat the other day with Nancy Houlmont, the editor of Beauty 411 about how to create a great relationship with your colorist. Read on for an excerpt from our interview:

Women have such a connection with their hair colorist and it’s important for you both to be on the same wavelength. I am not a fan of a woman sitting in my chair saying “Do whatever you want – you’re the expert”.  Beauty is individual and what I love, you might hate. Always keep that in mind.

I love it when people bring in pictures of themselves with a color they had that they loved and a color they less than loved. It’s great even when they bring in tears from magazines because that shows me so much more clearly the direction that they want to go.  Don’t worry too much about whether the images would look good on you or not — that’s my job — you are simply showing me things you like and things you don’t like so I can understand your aesthetic a little better.

Also be able to articulate what you like about the color you have now and what you don’t like about the color you have now – that way I can perfect or change as needed.  Basically, the more you can tell your colorist and the more specific you can be about what you want or don’t want, the better your end result will be.

Want to read the full interview? Nancy will be posting it on Beauty 411 next month so stay tuned!

Anne Hathaway Lightens Up

Anne Hathaway June 07

Photo: © Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com

A common conversation I often have with brunettes is how to lighten up their hair without making them look like they could be mistaken for a blonde. I recently had this talk with the lovely Anne Hathaway when she stopped by the salon to freshen up her color last week.

When Annie got to the salon we discussed maintaining her hair color.  She loved what we did before award season and wanted the same kind of effect without being as dark and dramatic as it was for winter.

We decided to take the color she had faded to and sparkle it up a little by doing a single process with  a neutral tone light brown demi-permanent color.  A demi-permanent is a fantastic option for dark brunettes because it can add depth, richness and shine without being heavy or opaque.

We followed the single process up with a fantastic shine-enhancing product, Sebastian Cellophane. The Eighties favorite was revamped with a new protein base that makes it an incredible treatment with unbelievable shine. When we were finished, she was the perfect summer brunette – and really pleased with her new color.

This look can also be easily done at home.  Try Natural Instincts Brass Free as the demi-permanent (available several shades from medium blonde to medium brown) and follow with Nice N’ Easy Shine Happy for that spectacular salon looking shine at home!

Try it out and LMK what you think!

Any product I mention in HUEman Behavior is one that I’ve tested out myself and is in accordance with Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge.

The Mother Teresa Of Hair Color

I recently received a request from a friend of a friend who had a less than pleasant salon experience and asked me for suggestions – see the email chain and pics below. I loved it, what do you think? LMK


Hi Jason,

Before haircolor

Great to finally “meet” you… Thank you so much for helping me out–I really didn’t want to spend the rest of summertime looking like a cheetah :( I had asked for natural brown or red highlights (possibly slightly lighter, but subtle) and I think the colorist and I had a different understanding. I’ve attached some pictures of what my hair looks like now–I just got it done last night so I haven’t washed it yet. Any words of wisdom would be appreciated :)

Kathleen


Hi Kathleen!

No worries this will be as easy as pie! If you were in the salon, I would recommend a gloss. For at home I say try Natural Instincts. I recommend the Brass Free shades – Brass Free will eliminate the orangey tones and still leave nice variation. By the looks of your before picture, I think you should try Brass Free Lightest Brown, 6.5C – look at the images on the back of the box for the before and after and see if this looks like a good match. If Lightest Brown seems too light try the Brass Free Light Brown, 6C. The darker the color you choose the less variation in the final color you will see. Since you just paid to have highlights you probably don’t want to cover them up completely you just want a tone that suits you better. When you purchase it, get two boxes. If you end up needing only one, you can return the unused box or save it to do another “gloss” in 3 or 4 weeks.

When you do your application, start with your hair wet but towel dried. Apply the product from scalp to ends, comb it through to ensure even application, process 8 minutes and then rinse. After you rinse, dry the area that bothered you the most so you can accurately read how the color deposited – ideally you will still have nice variation in color but the orangey-redness will be neutralized. If the red still shows through too much, repeat the application with any leftover product or with the second box of color.

I’m excited to hear how it goes for you!!! Keep me posted

Jason


After haircolor

You are the best!!! You are like the Mother Teresa of hair color! The result came out amazing : ) I did it yesterday and it was truly as easy as you said it would be, and my first time with box hair color too!! I’m totally sold! I used the 6, light brown, and applied it two times.

The second time was the charm, and took away all of that awful orange/red brassiness. I am relieved to finally no longer look like a tiger — it was a scary 36 hours.

Kathleen

Any product I mention in HUEman Behavior is one that I’ve tested out myself and is in accordance with Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge.

Brady’s Extreme Highlights

When I was home in Minnesota a few weeks ago, my nephew Brady Hall wanted some highlights in his hair. He is eight years old so we had to get the OK from my sister (his mom) who said what the heck! I decided to try the Clairol Nice ‘N Easy Hairpainting kit and make a video at the same time. In the video you will see the product and how I applied it with tips and tricks along the way. Brady and I thought the results were super cool – AND he’s the coolest kid in school.

Have you tried at home highlights? How were your results? LMK – Jason

Any product I mention in HUEman Behavior is one that I’ve tested out myself and is in accordance with Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge.

Perfect Hair Color for Prom

Jason-at-prom

Times have changed!

Last weekend Ted and I were just outside Philadelphia selling Ted’s brand new clip on hair extensions on QVC (which, I might add, he sold out of in 7 minutes!). On the drive home, I noticed a billboard advertising prom dresses and I had to laugh (when you see my prom picture you will laugh too!) because times sure have changed!!! Gone are the days of girls with natural hair color and floor length satin dresses.

Prom today is all about girls having the chance to live out a Hollywood glamour fantasy for one night. The dresses and hair are emulating what we see on starlets from the red carpet vs. the bridesmaid looking dresses of the 80′s and bridal party updo’s with curly tendrils hanging down on each side! I say right on girls! Live out that fantasy and have a great time doing it – as we grow up there are less and less chances to have a fantasy night out on the town – LIVE GIRLS! LIVE!!!

Perfect prom hair color is crucial to completing that starlet look. It can be as simple as taking a box of Natural Instincts from your favorite drug store to add sparkle, depth and shine or heading in to the salon for the advice and guidance of an expert. Either way keep in mind the hair color trends for the season.
If you are sporting a blond shade, to be on point you should stay on the cooler side. That means less golden and more sandy or beachy tones. Whether it is a single process or highlights – or both – a neutral looking blond is right on. Kate Moss and Heidi Klum are good example right now.

Brunette? Go for rich and deep color with hints of walnut or chestnut to be in line with the trends. Whether you make a bold statement with a single process like Katy Perry or something soft and glamorous like Anne Hathaway, you will be sure to be the belle of the ball.

If you really want to kick things up a notch and be a show stopper at your prom, there has never been a better time to be a red head. Now, more than ever, reds are making a chic, sophisticated fashion statement and are guaranteed to turn every head in the room. Remember this tip for going red: the lighter your complexion and eyes the more copper you can have in your red and the darker your complexion and eyes the less copper you should have – think red-red or ruby red.

Whatever you decide, have a blast!!!! And LMK

Also–Please take our Prom Survey!

Any product I mention in HUEman Behavior is one that I’ve tested out myself and is in accordance with Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge

Angie’s Root Dilemma

When I met Angie, we started to talk about an at home solution to extending the length of time between salon visits. She loves going to the salon and doesn’t want to stop but at the same time she doesn’t want to be there every three weeks to have her new growth colored.

I have mentioned this product before and I swear by it. Clairol’s Root Touch Up can be a life saver. It is exactly what Angie was looking for, just a little cheater to give her a couple extra weeks in between salon visits. In this clip, I cover everything you might want to know about the product – from what it looks like when you open the package to how you mix it, apply it and process it. You even get to see the final result and what a great job the product does at blending out the grays through her part and around her hairline.

I love it – I hope you do too! What do you think? LMK

Any product I mention in HUEman Behavior is one that I’ve tested out myself and is in accordance with Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge.

Nancy’s Single Process Lesson

Nancy is one of my blogging inspirations. She is the creator and writer for the influential beauty blog Beauty411. When I was in Chicago a few weeks ago, I was thrilled to get the chance to meet her and to get to play beauty shop in the bathroom of my suite at the Hilton Hotel.

Nancy is really a salon color gal but was a really good sport and let me apply Clairol’s Perfect 10 (my favorite) AND record it with my Flip Video recorder. During this process I walked Nancy through shade selection, application tips and processing to give her some insider tips on choosing the correct shades and how to get great salon looking results at home (or in this case a hotel bathroom!).

Take a peek at the video. What do you think? LMK

Should you make a big hair color change for your wedding?

Maybe because it’s the season of new beginnings, maybe it’s because we are welcoming the light or maybe it’s because it’s a time of rebirth. Whatever the reason, wedding season is upon us in full force! Once we spring ahead with the clocks it seems there are weddings non- stop until the 4th of July – and I love it!

I get questions all of the time from brides-to- be about what they should do with their hair color. There are a few things to think about before the big day arrives and of course I am happy to share them with you ;)

First off, are you planning on making a big change? If you said yes – reconsider! Hahaha! Ok not necessarily, but give yourself some options. Clearly, a wedding can take a perfectly sane, lovely, delightful woman and turn her into another being – a dramatic color change right before the wedding could be the shove that pushes her over the edge. If you want to make a change in color before the wedding, I recommend making that change 8-10 weeks before the wedding. That way you have at least one, maybe two, more visits to the colorist to tweak the color before the big day – or to color it back if you less than love it.

If you are just maintaining the color you are currently wearing, you can pop in to the salon 3 days to a week before the wedding. If you get your color done more than a week before the wedding you may be able to see a more exaggerated new growth (roots) in your photos. Even if you’re maintaining your color, think about adding some bolder highlights than usual – they will look great in the photos!

I love a good wedding story….How’d it go? LMK

Try on wedding hairstyles in the Star-Inspired Wedding Styles Look Book!

Need more bridal beauty advice? Check out the new Wedding Beauty special section.

Lindsay’s Done It Again!

Linday Lohan paparazzi

Lindsay Lohan is a hair color inspiration today like Linda Evangelista was back in the day. It seems like every time I turn around she has a new hair color. When she first came on the scene — OK maybe the first time I really paid attention — was in Mean Girls as a gorgeous red head, but way before that in 2002 she was sporting blond highlights. If we skip ahead to 2005 Lindsay took the plunge to super blonde and then in 2006 she was a deep brunette. Now she is back to the reds – my favorite on her – with a rich auburn base with light auburn ends. I like it.

When I’m doing consultations in the salon I talk about Lindsay’s different hair colors a lot. She is a great example of a woman who is not afraid to change it up. When a woman says “I would love to be a blond but it would look terrible on me” or “I don’t think I could ever be a brunette” I use this color chameleon as an example.

If you have been toying around with the idea of a change remember — there are as many different colors that would look good on you as there is creativity between you and your colorist. It may take a couple of tries before you find the perfect blonde or the most devastating red, but give it a shot! I always train my assistants and tell my guests, hair color is only as permanent as the next application. So…why not?

Have you made a big change lately? LMK

Does The Carpet Match the Curtains?

Don’t worry, I’m not going to go there – we can leave that to the folks at Betty Beauty! I do get questions all the time about eyebrow tinting. Honestly, something as simple as changing the tone of your brows can really seal the deal in making your hair color look natural or more believable.

Does the Carpet Match the Curtains

Remember to match the carpet with the curtains :)

There are a few ways to give your brows the boost in tone they may need. The option that has the lowest commitment is also the easiest and most risk-free. Using an eyebrow pencil or eyeshadow applied with an angle brush can give the perfect amount of color. The difference between the two can be dramatic however. If you use a pencil the line can be more defined which can also look heavy or hard. Eyeshadow can be softer and more natural.

If you want to lighten the color of your brows, you need to use hair color. I don’t think there is a consumer or professional hair color out there that would recommend using permanent hair color near your eyes, so keep that in mind and be careful. My recommendation is to not make your brows exactly the same color as your hair – it looks weird. You can use the same product on your brows that you use on your hair though. Use a mascara wand or cotton swab to apply some of the left over color to your brows. Only leave the color on for 3 minutes and wipe it off. You will see how the color looks and you can reapply if you want to see more color.

Have you tried it? LMK

Premature Gray? Really?

Premature Gray

Almost twice a week I have a lovely come into the Ted Gibson Salon here in New York City with the same question – “Aren’t I too young to be going gray?” Of course my answer is “Absolutely!!! I can’t even believe you are getting gray hair!” Well, after doing a little bit of research, I guess I haven’t exactly been telling the truth.

Honestly there are so many variables in what determines if you are going gray prematurely. Here are some facts for you

•   If you are of Caucasian decent you are prematurely graying if you are starting to see your gray hair in your teens.
•   If you are of African or Asian decent you are prematurely graying if you start to see those pesky grays before you are 30.
•   Regardless of race or ethnic background if you are 50% or more gray by the time you turn 40, you are prematurely gray.

Although there have been studies done that potentially link prematurely gray hair to smoking, most of the reason why and when we go gray is based on genetics. While you are blaming you parents for the gene pool that gave you the gray, think of me, I have the solution!

Are you a prematurely gray gal (or guy)? What are your thoughts? LMK

I don’t give a pluck!

It happens all the time. I will be doing a consultation in the salon with a guest. Suddenly she will lean forward and look closely at herself in the mirror. With a wild fervor and calculated accuracy, she will reach up and do the unthinkable to a bald colorist, she will pluck a gray. I always gently remind them that is completely against the rules of the game to voluntarily pull out their hair in front of a bald man.

So what is it? Is plucking gray hair a pastime or an outright obsession? Does it allow you to hang on to a false belief that you really aren’t turning gray? Is it a physical battle – a way to fight the good fight -against gray? Or is it really a plan to torture those of us who do not have the luxury of plucking?

What about the old wives tale (is that an offensive phrase?) about gray hair and plucking. The one that proclaims for every gray you pluck you will grow two (or ten depending on which old wife is telling the tale) will grow in its place. Unfortunately, this is not true. If it were true, I would have a full head of meticulously plucked and re-grown hair.

Everyone’s got their own reason…What’s yours? LMK

Fergie’s Haircolor Makeover Mishap

Fergie

Ok – what’s going on with Fergie‘s scalp? Normally I would agree with the artist herself that she is indeed Fergalicious! Unless this is some sort of weird optical illusion (could she be sitting under an orange light?) it looks like her scalp is stained from her recent blond to brunette transformation. This is a great example of what can happen if your scalp is excessively dry or you don’t follow the manufacturer’s directions.

When your scalp is very dry, it can have a tendency to absorb the color, which becomes very visible if you are using a dark color. You can avoid this scary scenario by doing a deep conditioning scalp and hair treatment (like Ted Gibson’s Goodnite Replenish Hair Repair Serum) the night before your color service. You should also avoid shampooing the day you are getting your color done. The natural oils from your scalp will help prevent staining.

Remember – the manufacturer puts directions on the box for a reason – if the packaging says do not apply to scalp – they mean do not apply to scalp. If you ignore that part, you might end up with a racing stripe too! If your hair color stains the skin around your hairline easily, try applying a base (available at beauty supply stores) to the skin. There are products created specifically to shield your skin from hair color, but you can just as easily use a petroleum jelly or heavy moisturizer. If you stick with these simple tips and tricks, staining will be a thing of the past!

Have you ever had an issue with a stained scalp or hairline? LMK

Recessionista Tuesdays!

coupons

Bargain Hunting? Photo:
Sara Stasi

When I was in LA for Academy Awards weekend, I really wanted to make myself feel a little better with some retail therapy. Ted and I hopped in the rental car and drove down to the South Coast Plaza. We thought it would be fun to do a little shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue – it’s the only credit card we had a little room on (don’t tell Susie Orman – or my mother for that matter!). When we walked in and started strolling around, there was nothing on sale! I couldn’t believe it – NOTHING! Needless to say, highly disappointing. We got so used to sale shopping during the holidays I couldn’t even imagine paying full price – so we left Saks and went to Bloomingdales. TONS of stuff on sale – jackpot!!!! (Even better news, we don’t have a Bloomies card and paid CASH for our bargains)

That whole experience made us do some questioning. If we were willing to walk out of a store we love shopping at because there were no bargains, what are women thinking about visiting a high end salon in NYC? We know there are a million options in Manhattan for women to get amazing hair, what were we going to do to make sure the women who choose to spend their money with us feel like it’s worth it? In so many ways it is time for those of us in the service industry to step up our game.

In addition to giving great hair services (which honestly is a given – women shouldn’t be wondering if they are going to leave the salon looking gorgeous, they should know it) and fabulous customer service in a chic yet unpretentious environment we have to do more. We give a complimentary hand massage while color is processing. We do a scalp neck and shoulder massage with every hair cut. We offer complimentary beverages and have menus from all of the restaurants in our neighborhood so our guests can order anything they like for lunch – from Indian to Sushi or a grilled cheese with bacon from the diner!

Ultimately, we know during this economic crunch we are all looking for a bargain. We wanted to think of a way to give the girls more bang for their buck. We put on our thinking caps to find a way we could keep the girls that are coming happy and to bring new guests in that haven’t been to the salon before. All of a sudden it hit us like a ton of bricks! Recessionista Tuesdays! If you haven’t heard of the Recessionista, she is the Fashionista who is suddenly very aware of the economy and even more aware of where she is spending her money.

On Recessionista Tuesdays everything is $75. MAJOR. All haircuts – whether you go to the junior stylist or most senior – $75 (normally $95-$175). All single process colors and partial highlights – whether you go to the junior stylist or most senior – $75 (normally $100 – $225). And blow outs are $40 (normally $85)! We are so excited and have gotten a huge response! March 10th is our first Recessionista Tuesday and we have CNN and NYC’s ABC affiliate, Chanel 7 coming to do stories and interviews. As an extra special fun perk, anyone can stop by the salon between 10 and 12 to enter a drawing for a complimentary cut/color makeover with Ted and me (worth over $1100!!). I am so excited I can barely stand it! I am also very proud of us for thinking outside the box and figuring out a way for the girls to feel pretty during a time that a lot of people are not feeling so pretty. What are you doing to feel fabulous in a frumpy economy? LMK

Tip for At-Home Roots

About a month ago, a long time client of mine came in to have her new growth colored. The first time I met her she said “I seemed to have lost my Feragamo glove, if you find it I will have my driver come pick it up.” She always has the right bag, the perfect shoes and a blow out twice a week – get the picture? This last time she was in she asked in a hushed tone “Jason, what can I do at home to cover my grays so I don’t have to be in the salon every three weeks?” At that moment, I knew the recession had finally hit Manhattan!

A week or so after that Kate Hathaway (Annie‘s mom) was in the salon asking a similar question. She said “Jason, I love coming to Ted Gibson for my color but my schedule is so crazy I don’t have the time to be here every three weeks. What can I do when I’m at home or on the road to get by?”

clairol nice n easy

The simple solution for both women – whether it’s a crazy schedule or stretching salon visits to help the budget – Nice ‘N Easy Root Touch Up. I LOVE this product. There is just enough product in the package to get you through a couple more weeks. It blends out gray hair through your part and hairline (exactly where people see it) and processes in just 10 minutes. You can use the easy angled brush to apply the product, drink some coffee, brush your teeth and then jump in the shower to rinse it out – SO EASY! The shades are easy to select and are formulated to emulate hair color that has been on the hair for a few weeks. The best part about it is it won’t interfere with my plan (or your colorists) in the salon. It really is the perfect solution. Have you tried it? Did you love it???? LMK

Any product I mention in HUEman Behavior is one that I’ve tested out myself and is in accordance with Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge.

3 Favorite Haircolors Right Now

I love the cover of this month’s Marie Claire! How gorgeous do Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore and Ginnifer Goodwin look? MAJOR!!! I gotta say, I have never been a real big fan of Jennifer (don’t hate) and I don’t know much about Ginnifer, but I have been captivated by Drew ever since I saw her call her brother “penis breath” at age five in the movie ET – genius.

Anyway…they all look spectacular on the cover. I love the representation of the three hair color pallets. First, we see Ginnifer, right on trend with her deep brunette with subtle tone on tone variation. Next is Drew, a favorite of mine because she is not afraid to take risks with her sense of humor, her fashion, her activism and in this case, with her hair color. Finally, Miss Aniston – I have to hand it to her – she is hands down the number one celebrity example of a blond when clients come into the salon requesting sunkist, beachy hair color. Jennifer has found a look that works for her and stuck with it – beautiful.

My only question is, how do they make all these women look the same age – 22?!?! LOL – I love the magic of a little re-touching! What do you think? LMK

My Own Haircolor Makeover!

Well after my post Should Men Color Their Hair I got interesting comments from a couple of guys. Jerome colored his hair from the neck up – the beard, mustache and all the way to the top! He said “What a difference. I feel that I now look as young as I feel. I love it! I’m going to age gracefully, but not yet.” Eric on the other hand, says “There is nothing more ridiculous than a wrinkled face with no gray hair” but also says “As long as the face’s age matches the greyless head of hair, I say men can color”.

I took all of this to heart. I weighed my options. I took the plunge! I color hair every day and see how the results make people feel, yet the last time I played with color on myself was when I was a wannabe club kid in Minneapolis with fire truck red mustache, eyebrows and head (I had hair then- LOL). I decided what the heck and colored my beard. At first, I thought it was too dark but when I saw pictures of myself in my twenties I realized the color was pretty close to the original.

Jason-Backe-before-after-beard-color

Before

After

I have to say, I really like it! I have received so many compliments since I colored my beard. People have told me my eyes look bluer, my skin looks brighter and I look more rested!!! Funny those are all the things I tell my girls in the salon – take a look, what do you think? LMK