HUEman Behavior

HUEman Behavior

by DailyMakeover

A Champagne Toast

Kate Bosworth blonde highlights

Kate Bosworth: The golden tones in her swept back hair
give the perfect complement to her complexion
Photo: © George Pimentel/

The 2009 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter definitely had some amazingly stunning, total babes on the red carpet. There were some major highlights – and by highlights, I mean atop the pretty heads of some favorite eye catching celebs.

Kate Bosworth more than fantastically made the cut! The golden tones in her swept back hair give the perfect complement to her complexion. I love the subtle variation and the way it gives her hairstyle movement. It’s always amazing to me how a few highlights can really intensify the subtle drama of a hair color.

Anna Paquin and Gwen Stefani at Vanity Fair 2009 Oscars afterparty

Anna Paquin: best beach blond at the party
Photo: © Kristian Dowling/

Gwen Stefani was super chic and super blond
Photo: © Kristian Dowling/

Not only do I love Anna Paquin‘s show on HBO True Blood, I love her hair color. Because of this she wins my vote for best beach blond at the party. I love the way her single process blond is set off with the super pale, beachy looking highlights. She looked fresh and sparkly.

Madonna 2009


The rock-n-roll duo of Gwen Stefani and Madonna pulled out all the stops with their super chic and super blond looks. I thought it was really refreshing to see Miss Gwen had traded in her typically platinum hair for something a bit softer and more elegant. As far as Madonna is concerned…. What can I say – LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. She is an Icon to say the least.

Gorgeous Haircolors at Essence Luncheon

If you all didn’t know it already, Ted Gibson and I are an item. We are partners in business and personally. (I have to let you know I hate it when couples call themselves partners….we call each other husband.) We have been a couple since I met him when he was my teacher in beauty school 15 years ago!

Halle Berry Essence Black Women in Hollywood

Halle Berry’s hair color has a rich,
neutral brown base and beautiful variation
Photo: © Sara De Boer / Retna Ltd.

Because we are both involved in so many different things we get the chance to meet so many different people and get invited to some really cool stuff. I mean really cool stuff – like the kind of stuff that I catch myself looking around a room thinking “how in the world did this kid from Northern Minnesota end up here?” Well, last Thursday was definitely one of those events.

I had the incredible opportunity to be Ted’s +1 at an event (if you haven’t heard of being a +1, it’s the same as “and guest” – so Ted got an invite and was told he had a +1 and by default, I am the +1). We went to the Beverly Hills Hotel for the 2nd Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon. MAJOR!!!!

Kerry-and-Diahann Essence Black Women in Hollywood

Kerry Washington
Photo: © Jordan Strauss/

Diahann Carroll
Photo: © Jordan Strauss/

The dining room had less than 400 people in it (I think I counted about 40 tables of 10) and the room was PACKED with celebs. Everyone from Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry and nominee Taraji P. Henson to icons like Diahann Carroll and Marla Gibbs to mega star Queen Latifah (by mega I mean a Golden Globe, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Image Awards, a Grammy Award, six additional Grammy nominations, and a nomination for both an Emmy Award and an Academy Award – on top of all that she’s a Cover Girl – MEGA STAR), along with everyone else from Kerry Washington to Mo’Nique and Miss Omarosa herself (she sat at our table – or did we sit at hers…). The event was so inspiring on so many different levels that it truly was a highlight for me.

Omarosa Essence Black Women in Hollywood

Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth
Photo: © Arnold Turner/

AND there was some good hair color!

When you look at Queen Latifah and Dihann Carroll you can see that really, like I have said before, any woman can be a blonde – it’s just a matter of finding the right blond for you! I actually got a good laugh when Ms. Carroll was accepting her Icon Award and announced her color wasn’t natural “It’s Clairol”! The two of them looked amazing. When I was introduced to Queen by Omarosa (just imagine that moment for a moment!) and everyone was talking about where they had met before all I could add was “I listened to your Dana Owens CD in my car the other day” – dork.

I also loved Halle Berry’s color. It is right in line with the gorgeous brunette trend we have been seeing. The color has a rich neutral brown base and some beautiful variation running through it from tone on tone highlights. I have to add – in person, this woman is so amazingly beautiful it is devastating!

What trends have you seen on the red carpets? LMK

Hot Haircolors At The Grammys

Katy Perry at the Grammys 2009

Katy Perry gets my vote for best brunette
Credit: © Jon Kopaloff /

I just returned from Philadelphia where I had a great time with Daneen – AKA Spoiled Pretty. I invited her to my suite to have a red carpet party for the Grammy’s. I gotta say we had a blast – playing with hair color, gossiping about red carpet looks and of course sharing some tasty treats. Here’s what I thought:

A Red – Adele. First of all I’m thrilled that one of my FAV new artists was recognized at the awards show for her amazing talent. I am now going to recognize her for her pretty red hair. I love the subtle redness that sets off her complexion so beautifully. If I were going to color it tomorrow I would keep the base the same but kick it up a notch with some lighter coppery highlights. Even as-is I think she looked pretty as a picture.

A Blonde – Carrie Underwood. Personally, I’m not a big country and western fan. I do like what I like however and Carrie Underwood made the cut. Congratulations sister – on hitting the mark perfectly with your gorgeous sandy blond. Her color is perfect with the trend we are seeing all over the red carpets of a turn away from a very golden blond to something a little more beachy/sandy. Oh yea and congrats on the Grammy girly!!!

A Brunette – Katy Perry. I have one thing to say. Devastating. I loved the deep brunette shade – so gorgeous with the pink lip and pink gown. In one night she worked both pin-up girl and music starlet. She looked so good I might kiss a girl and like it! Just kidding.

Did you have a Grammy FAV? LMK

Hair Color Makeovers in Houston!

Jason Backe radio recording

I just returned from an amazing trip to Texas! As part of my job as Clairol Color Director, I get to represent the Clairol brands and have the chance to do cool stuff like this five city media tour I am in the middle of. My first city was Houston and boy oh boy was Houston a blast! Wow, what a whirlwind tour that was. I flew down on Sunday afternoon and came back to New York on Tuesday evening and had a jam packed couple of days working with the local media. I have to tell you – those Texans know how to treat you right!

The first day there I did a radio show for 96.5 Mix FM and used Perfect 10 hair color on the producer John Wahlen – it was hilarious to be live on the radio and coloring this guys hair! He was such a good sport – and a really great guy. Actually, all of the people at the station I met were super. Keith and Michelle are the hosts of the morning show and are HILARIOUS! Michelle has a blog and posted some fun pics from the day.

After I left the station, I had an interview with the beauty editor from The Houston Chronicle while we had a lovely lunch. It’s so fun to meet other beauty junkies. This lady Joy Sewing knows her stuff – she is pretty as a picture and sharp as a tack!

Jason Backe in Hotel

When lunch was finished I went back to the hotel and did Clairol makeovers all day to prepare for my segment on the Great Day Houston show. It was so FUN – even the producer of the show, Sarah Greere, and the host of the show Deborah Duncan stopped by and I got to color their hair with Perfect 10! What a hoot! When it came time to actually do the show I did a live hair color makeover (no pressure right?!?!) I used Perfect 10 on Kaitlin Gangle and I have to say I think the results were spectacular take a peek at the segment here and the big reveal here

Like I said, I had a great time in Houston. As usual Perfect10 performed like a champ! The hair color came out great time and time again – I loved it, what did you think? LMK

Is it time for a change?

I don’t know about you, but I sure am itching for something new! I am positive there are many of you out there feeling the urge to try something fresh. I understand – completely.


When it gets to be this time of year, I want a clean slate. I always joke around and say it’s time to sell the business and the apartment and move to another city! Of course, that’s not really what I want. I love what I do, love where I live and love the people I surround myself with, so I’m not going to pack up and leave town – besides, I’m a Capricorn (who just turned 40 btw), I’m way too practical for that! Knowing, however, that spring is right around the corner (it is, isn’t it?) gets me all riled up and ready to make a move.

A great way to make a change is by switching up your color. I have a series of scenarios in my upcoming blogs posts for you to use as guidelines whether you are considering dark to light or blond to red.

Stay tuned and if you decide to make a change…..LMK, OK? Jason

So You Wanna Be a Blonde?

I have to admit it, there is just something about a blonde. She can be anything she wants. She can be super chic or super sexy, the girl next door or the go-go at the club, the suburban mom or the high power executive. I’m not the one to say whether or not blondes really do have more fun, but I will safely say I have never met a girl who didn’t have fun when she tried out being blonde! In addition to that, I am a believer that any girl can be a blonde – the trick is making sure it’s the right blonde.

Before After brunette to blonde

A dramatic transformation – any girl can be a blonde, the trick is making sure it’s the right blonde

Not too long ago, Ted was teaching a haircutting class to a whole group of Japanese students and I had the rare opportunity to take a lovely volunteer’s hair color from brown to blond. She was a model we found on Craigslist and she was open to anything. Because it was a demonstration for hairdressers we wanted the change to be dramatic – and the idea of taking this virgin hair to bleach blond was making me go crazy with inspiration!!!

brunette to blonde the final result

The final result

The process took about seven hours. I used Blondor (Wella’s version of bleach) to lift the hair in several stages. It was one of the most tedious hair make-overs ever. I wanted to take my time lightening the hair to keep its integrity intact – in my opinion it’s better to let the hair lift slowly than to blast the heck out of it quickly. When it was finished….it was devastating. We all loved it (loved it might be an understatement) and I thought we were finished, but she decided she wanted even more change and asked Ted to cut it all off!!! We loved it – what do you think? LMK

Thinking Of Becoming A Redhead?

Are you ready to shed your brunette locks for something a bit more ruby, copper or auburn? As I mentioned in Redheads Light Up The Red Carpet, –and have continued to notice–there is most definitely a trend pointing in the direction of red. If this trend is calling your name, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

Before-After redhead

Great example of how a girl with dark eyes and a medium complexion can go red

First, we should talk about shade selection. Here are some general guidelines:

• If you have green or blue eyes and fair skin, you would look great in the copper family.
• If you have hazel or brown eyes and a medium complexion (tan or olive), you would look fab with an auburn shade.
• If your complexion is dark, deep or ebony, you would be amazing in a ruby shade of red.

Now let’s discuss application. Refer back to the tips I shared in Hot Headed. For the best results, stick with what we in the business call a “virgin” application: apply the color to the mid-shaft and ends first, then go back and do the ½ inch closest to the scalp. If you are going a shade of red darker than your natural color, you can use demi-permanent color, but if you are going lighter or looking to have bright sparkle with your new hue, you need to use permanent color.

Take a look at the before and after shot of a cutie (shown above) that came into the salon. I think she is a great example of how a girl with dark eyes and a medium complexion can go red.

What do you think? LMK

Should Men Color Their Hair?

What about men – should they color their hair, too? I have mixed feelings about it. We are so used to seeing hair color on women that we can look at just about anything and not find it too jarring – or even believe it is natural. Hair color on a man, however, is a different story.

George W Bush hair color changes

Even our former president George W. Bush dabbled in color!

Although men are a rapidly growing demographic in the hair color industry, it is a complicated situation. Generally we are not accustomed to seeing men with hair color and when we do, we recognize it immediately! I have colored Timothy Hutton, Gabriel Burn and other men for certain roles and have used some tricks to keep it looking real. Leaving out a little grey around the temples, processing for less time or using a lower volume/percentage of peroxide all work well for believable hair color on the mature man.

The younger generation is much more experimental – and so are their moms! My eight year old nephew came to New York and he asked for white streaks in his hair. With his mothers blessing I did it and he was the coolest kid at school when he got back to MN (if I would have done that as a kid I would have got my butt kicked!). We also have lots of male models coming to the salon for glosses, demi-permanent colors and highlights to enhance their natural tones.

What do you think? LMK – Jason

Get Radiant Hair In Dreary Winter

Keri Russell

A few face-framing highlights brighten up Kerri Russell’s
cool brown hue.
Credit: © Sara De Boer/Retna Ltd.

Well, it’s here …the blah, blah, blahs of January and February. It is dark when the alarm goes off in the morning. It gets dark at 5:00pm. The holidays are over and if you don’t have a winter vacation to the beach booked, there is absolutely nothing to look forward to. On top of it all, back in October and November many of you probably decided to “go darker for winter.” For crying out loud! Is it too much to ask for a little SPARKLE?!?! Friends, I say absolutely not!!!

This is the perfect time to start teasing Mother Nature and everyone else with a sprinkle of springtime in your hair color. I’m not saying you should go crazy and bring on the beach blond of summer – that may be a little inappropriate (I just had dinner at a favorite sushi restaurant here in NYC and they had gigantic branches filled with pink cherry blossoms on display. I will say that is a total favorite of mine at the Ted Gibson salon for the spring, but when I saw it in January, I thought it was a little premature). Adding a little taste of early spring to your color is just the perfect tease to get you through the mid-winter doldrums.

I have noticed the same thing with my girls in the salon this week. They have been coming in droves – looking worn out and tired. They have been leaving however a little bit lighter, a little bit brighter and a whole lot more invigorated! It’s amazing a few brighter pieces just around the face or lifting the base as little as one shade can turn the sparkle on and put the steam back in the engine to make it to May.

Feeling a little blue? Go see your colorist or pick up any at-home highlighting kit–I like Nice ‘N Easy Hair Painting–and do it yourself. All you need is just a few brighter pieces to kick it up to spring. Go for it and then…

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.

How To Preserve Your Hair Color


Last night I had some great fun. I had the chance to go to the premier of Anne Hathaway‘s new movie The Bride Wars. I love going to events like these – it’s so fun to be rubbing elbows with all of these people I recognize from TV and the movies. The row in front of me was filled with the cast of The Real Housewives of New York – my ears are killing me from trying so hard to nonchalantly eavesdrop. Beside me was Lisa Rinna – who is honestly SO glamorous in person! Of course the woman who stole the evening was Miss Annie – she completely shined. Her tuxedo redefined red carpet chic and in every interview she came across as beautiful and friendly as she is in real life.

I colored Annie’s hair two weeks ago to get her red carpet ready – she has a big couple of weeks ahead, the Golden Globes, Critics Choice and Screen Actors Guild awards – and then the big one – OSCAR! So not too much pressure – LOL!!! She, just like everyone else had some questions about how to maintain her hair from the time she left the salon until she could make it back in for her retouch.

There are a few golden rules for preserving you hair color that every girl (or boy) should know:
1. Stop shampooing every day. If you can shampoo every other or every third day, not only will it preserve your color it will also help to make your hair less dry and have more shine.
2. When you do shampoo use a color preserving product like Ted Gibson’s Clarity Color Shampoo and conditioner. It is specially formulated to help lock your color into your hair with it’s color stabilizing complex. Both the shampoo and conditioner have a UV filter to protect your hair color from fading in the sun and they condition the hair perfectly – not too heavy, not too light.
3. Try a color depositing shampoo and conditioner. Ted Gibson has the Individual Color Shampoo and Conditioner that actually deposit a temporary color onto the surface of the hair to keep your color looking salon perfect in between visits.
4. See your colorist for a gloss. By stopping in the salon on a Friday night or Saturday afternoon to get a gloss, not only will it balance out and refresh your hair color it will also give it beautiful shine – plus you’ll have a great blow out for the weekend!

When you follow tips like this, you too will be a show stopper!



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.

Redheads Light Up The Red Carpet


Susan Sarandon’s rich red hair looks sophisticated but energetic. Rumer Willis turns heads with a new cool red hair cool. Amy Adams golden red is gorgeous. Credits l to r:© Vince Bucci/, Sara De Boer / Retna Ltd., Sara De Boer / Retna Ltd.

Oh My Goodness!!! I LOVE award season!!! This time of year is so inspiring for me. It’s great to see all of Hollywood’s royalty donning their best in fashion and beauty. It’s also fun to to watch my industry friends showcase their work on our celebrity clients. For each award show I always have the gay New York City hair colorist’s equivalent to a Super Bowl party. Sunday night’s started promptly at 6:00 for the red carpet fabulousness with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. I personally took a moment of silence respecting the absence of Joan and Melissa Rivers – I still haven’t recovered and, as far as I’m concerned, the red carpet will never be the same.

After the first couple of blond starlets crossed the carpets, I was suddenly struck by Rumer Willis and her new red hair. I thought it was exciting and inspiring to see a young woman take a risk like that at such a big event. As the evening went on, I was captivated by all of the gorgeous red heads! Of course there were the women we know and love as red haired goddesses – Debra Messing (who looked exceptionally lovely with the help of Ted Gibson before the event) and Susan Sarandon (the ageless icon). I loved seeing Amy Adams turn back to red after her blond stint. Evan Rachel Wood was devastating with her coppery color and Christina Hendricks was absolutely a head turner looking like a true siren!

During an economic time that has a lot of us making more conservative choices, it is really fun to see women not being afraid to go bold and to be expressive when it comes to their hair color. I think its fantastic – What do you think?

LMK – Jason

The Power Of Personal Referrals

referring your hair colorist

Telling your galpal about your favorite colorist spreads
good business, great karma, and gorgeous hair.

I often wonder how a first time guest ends up in my chair. Most of the time I will ask her how she decided to come to Ted Gibson Salon or who referred her to me – it’s a great way to start a conversation and get the ball rolling.

Today I was quite surprised when I started the conversation with my guest and she replied “God speaks to me – in English – and told me to come to see you for my color.” I replied, “That’s a great referral!”

Another time I was talking to a first time guest who had just returned from a business trip to Minneapolis. She told me she was sitting in a restaurant and complimented the woman sitting near her on her hair color. The pretty haired lady said she really lucked out because she volunteered to be a model at a hair show and this guy Jason from New York did her color and she just loved it. Since I had given the model my card, she pulled it out of her purse and gave it to my new client – who has now been coming to me ever since. A very similar scenario happened between two women sitting on an airplane.

Referrals are the BEST way to support your colorist – or any service provider for that matter. Personally I can’t think of a better compliment from one of my girls. If she loves her hair so much that she tells her girlfriends, her co-workers, her mother or a stranger on the street to come in to see me – I am tickled! So delighted in fact that I reward my clients with a complimentary service for every three referrals they give me.

If you love the work your colorist, stylist, dog groomer any service provider does for you, give them a compliment by telling everybody – they’ll love you for it!

Have you given a personal referral lately?

LMK, OK? Jason

The Voyeur: Is There Such a Thing as a Style Don’t?

Think Bride of Frankenstein

“Who would do that to someone?”

I don’t know about you, but I sure do find myself doing a lot of running around and traveling this time of year. I just returned from visiting my family in Minnesota and I spent way too much time at the Detroit airport. Airports are the best places to people watch – you get to see so many different kinds of people – and so many different kinds of style.

It’s amazing how many times I catch myself saying “What was she thinking??” while observing a woman’s hair color at Chili’s Too, or “Her friends are lying to her!” while checking out the Starbucks barista’s style.

And then…I catch myself. I have to remind myself that Beauty is Individual (our mantra at Ted Gibson Beauty), that beauty is subjective and in the eye of the beholder.

I have a great story. One night Ted and I were out for dinner at a favorite Indian restaurant in the village. I looked over to the bar and saw a very pretty woman sitting there. She had the most amazing, gigantic, sexy, curly hair BUT I was horrified by her hair color. It was jet black with huge chunks of white running through it (think Bride of Frankenstein, above). Honestly it was hideous. I looked at Ted and said “What colorist in his right mind would EVER DO THAT TO SOMEONE?” and we had a good laugh. The next day at work I had a first time client on my book. It was her. Not a word of a lie. She was in my chair telling me exactly what she wanted – jet black hair with chunky white stripes. I couldn’t talk her out of it. I became the colorist that would do that to someone!

Really when it comes down to it (and I’m sure I’ve said it before), if you feel pretty, you are pretty, whether I (or anybody else for that matter) likes it or not. Over the years I have tried to learn to detach myself from the opinions of my guests (not that easy!). I always tell them that I love everything I do, if they don’t love it – it’s OK, I will change it into something else I love! After all, she is the one wearing it – not me – so she has to be the one that loves the way she looks. After years of practice I really do believe it – when she loves it, I love it.

Tell me about your experience – on either side of the story – I’d love to hear about it!

LMK – Jason

What A Year! My Mental Makeover of 2008

Wow – what a year – so much to be grateful for. I like to pause at the end of each year to take an inventory on all that happened. I have to say, it was most definitely MAJOR!

Jason Backe behind-the-scenes with models

Work is fun, but serious and sometimes stressful

Professionally, I had some big achievements – I signed a contract as the spokesperson and Color Director for Clairol, I made the list in Allure Magazines Best of Beauty Directory, I was asked to blog for, my salon that I own with Ted Gibson continued to flourish and I had the opportunity to teach ted gibson product knowledge classes all over the country (for most of the year I was traveling almost every other week) to Sephora and Saks Fifth Avenue employees. This last year I have been able to really explore and be challenged by the work that I do. Now more than ever I can say I love what I do.

Personally, I had a big mental shift too. At the same time as loving my insanely busy New York City lifestyle, I discovered I was missing something. I was out of balance – all work and no play was making Jason a burnt-out boy. I made a resolution to get back to nature and to make time to play.

Jason Backe in a canoe

Getting in touch with my wild roots

As a kid I was in Boy Scouts (I’m actually an Eagle Scout!) and 4-H (I grew up in Northern Minnesota) and I played outside a lot. So this year I joined on outdoors group that organizes hikes, bike rides, camping trips and all kinds of other stuff. Through the group I went camping several times and on four different hikes. One of my camping trips was with my family in Minnesota (my niece and nephews are so cute) and another was 5 days of canoeing and tenting in the Adirondacks. I had no idea that once I crossed the George Washington Bridge I was in a whole different wilderness world! I also had no idea that reconnecting with that part of me I had basically forgotten about would refuel me and give me balance in such a tremendous way.

I’m proud of myself for “stepping out of my comfort zone” and pushing myself this last year. It is with immense gratitude and a sincere sense of accomplishment that I say goodbye to 2008 and with unspeakable joy I am anticipating the year to come. Happy New Year!

How was your year? LMK-OK? Jason

A Red Hot Hair Color Makeover: The Final Results!

Red Hot Hair Color Makeover Final Look

The Final Result: What a Change!

After a very intense consultation with my model Sarah for the Wella workshop, we had found common hair color ground to take her so-so red hair to a devastating Anne Margaret-inspired red. My goal was to create a red that the magazine editors attending the event would find intriguing and that my model could still work with.

There were several things to consider with her formulation. For example, she had less than a half inch of new growth, she had previously colored mids and ends and the perimeter was starting to look a little too brown. It was exciting to try to be creative, work on a schedule and come up with something that would make me feel extra proud of my work in the arena of superstar colorists I was working with.

I decided to start with a color cleanse (a mixture of a lightening product, a low volume of peroxide and shampoo applied to wet hair) to gently lift off the brownishness (I just made that word up). Then I rough dried her hair – it looked like a tangerine – the perfect base to support the vibrant red I wanted to do. I mixed two different formulas, one for the virgin hair new growth and another for the tangerine colored mids and ends. When that was processed, she was shampooed and rough dried again. For the final touches I added “hidden” highlights of light strawberry blond coming from the interior of the hair versus right across the top.

Red Hot Hair Color Makeover Final Look


In the end, she loved it, I loved it, the people from Wella and P&G all had great things to say and so did the editors. I actually was really surprised how much Sarah liked it because she was so skeptical in the beginning – even during the process she kept telling me “this doesn’t look natural.” Today, however, I was thrilled when I got this email message from her:

“Hi Jason!!!
It’s Sarah the vibrant wella red model! Just wanted say hello and l love the hair! Plus everyone else loves it and I tell them it’s your magic!”

I think she looks like a super star – What do you think? LMK – Jason

A Red Hot Hair Color Makeover: The Consultation

In my last entry, “The Before,” I was telling the story of taking my lovely model, Sarah, from a so-so red to a devastating bombshell. I was inspired, but if you can’t tell by the look on her face, Sarah was skeptical – to say the least.


The Consultation Begins

When Sarah and I first started our consultation, she said, “I only want my roots done and a trim.” I said, “You know you’re a model for a hair show with a before and after right?” Well, needless to say we were coming from opposite corners on this one. I wanted to make a major statement and she wanted a natural look. I had to figure out a way to make us all (me, Sarah, her agent, Wella – the sponsor of the event – and the magazine editors attending the reveal/cocktail party that night) happy. This is where the skill of the consultation comes in.

There is nothing more important than a good consultation, because it’ll ensure your expectations are met and sets a definite plan with your colorist. From my point of view, there is nothing more scary than the woman who says, “You’re the expert – do whatever you want,” because beauty is way too subjective (and personal) for that. What I think is amazing, you might find hideous! I have narrowed a successful consultation down into just a few simple questions. Remember them for your next consultation and you’ll get what you ask for!

1. What do you like about what you have now?
2. What do you dislike about what you have now?
3. Do you want your color to whisper, talk or scream?


A Mutual Vision Develops

In addition to these questions, you need to do some homework. Have images of colors you like and colors you don’t like (pictures of celebrities, your dog – even food), because it’s difficult to describe a color – a picture however says a thousand words. Even if you don’t know what you want, you absolutely know what you don’t want – make a short list of those things. Know how much money you are comfortable spending. Think about how frequently you want to have your color done – are you an every-three-weeks kind of gal or a three-or-four-times-a-year kind of gal?

Ok – so I sat down with Sarah and started talking and talking and talking. I even brought out a swatch book, which I usually only use as a last attempt to get my point across. Eventually we found a common ground. Initially, I wanted a really vibrant color like Marcia Cross or Kate Elson. But after the consultation, we were both feeling something a little softer, a little sexier and a little bit more girly – sort of Anne Margaret-ish.

Gorgeous!!! I’ll show you the result in my next post.

Have you had a difficult consultation or maybe some consulting tips to share?

LMK – Jason

A Redhot Hair Color Makeover: The Before


Our Model Sarah Before

I recently participated in an event for Wella for the relaunch of Koleston Perfect, their gorgeous permanent hair color line. The plan for the day was to experiment with the new product on a model and show our final looks off to beauty editors.

I have to admit, when I was first invited, I was being a brat about it, because normally these events are part of my job and I get paid to participate in them. This event was not for pay, only for “fun” and “inspiration.” Honestly…however, once I got there and was working with the best colorists in the country and losing myself in the creative energy – I really had a blast – and I am still completely inspired! Thanks for the opportunity Wella team!

As you all know, I love a makeover! This makeover was fun (ok, challenging – but come on – that’s where the fun is!) in a bunch of ways.

First, I was working with a pro-model which can be both a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because she is naturally beautiful, can take a great photo and will make everyone in the room believe she loves my work. It’s a curse because I have to please her and (more importantly) her agent. That’s not always so easy – and if she doesn’t like it, there is no hiding it from anyone backstage, everyone will know.

Second, the pressure is on because I really want the people at Wella and Proctor & Gamble to LOVE my work.

Lastly (and as far as my ego is concerned – most importantly), I wanted to keep up (ok, I’m a Capricorn – I wanted to WIN) with the other top notch colorists.

Ultimately, I was honored to work with Sarah. She is a truly lovely girl.
When we first met, I was incredibly inspired to take her so-so red hair that was starting to get a bit brown on the ends and pump up the volume to the level of Marcia Cross or Kate Elson. As soon as I mentioned those two names and saw the look on her face, I knew I was in trouble…

Stay tuned for my next post…”The Consultation.” In the meantime, tell me if you need a hair color makeover.



Quick Hair Color Tip For Dry Ends

Ends really, super porous? If you are going to do an at-home hair color makeover, be sure to mist the midshaft and ends down with water before you apply the haircolor. This will help buffer the deposit of the dye and make sure your ends don’t soak up more color than the rest of your hair. Result: Even color from roots to tips.

Do you suffer from dry ends? LMK-ok?


Major Root Touch-Up At-Home


Is Julie Bowen being super stylish
or just hiding a base case of dark roots??

What should you do if your lifestyle is so out of control, you lost track of time and your root growth is so long you can’t leave the house without a scarf, hat or headband? I warned in Hot Headed how waiting too long between color jobs can result in hot roots when you are going lighter or red. To avoid this, apply two different colors (from the same manufacturer).

How? Easy – ok, not so easy, it’s actually pretty tricky (and I am quite sure there is not a manufacturer out there that would ever put this on their website or instruction list) but good information to have if you need it.

Let’s say you normally color your hair a light auburn. This time you are going to buy a box of dark reddish blonde and a box of light auburn (look at Clairol’s Perfect 10 shade chart to get an idea.) On your new growth closest to your scalp – ½ inch – you are going to apply your usual light auburn. Next from ½ inch away from your scalp to the line of demarcation (the previous color line) you will apply your dark reddish blond – it’s ok if they overlap a little bit. Set your timer, process, rinse and dry. TAH-DAH!

How does it work? The color is created with the assumption it is being applied to the ½ inch of hair closest to the scalp, so it is counting on the heat of your scalp to help it give the desired result. When your roots grow out longer than a ½ inch, you need to take an additional step to compensate for the lack of heat on that area. By using a color that is one or two levels lighter you get a little more lightening power. Make sense?

LMK, OK? Jason

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A Dramatic–Not Drastic–Makeover

You know I love a makeover. Ok, maybe you don’t know that. Well now you do! A makeover can be exactly what a lady needs to give her a little boost. A boost in confidence, a boost in her glamour factor or a boost in her sex appeal! If there is a makeover story on TV???? Forget about it. I will be sucked into that cable channel marathon all day!!!

The thing about a makeover is this: it doesn’t have to be drastic to be dramatic. When I was doing makeovers last week for a fab party that Clairol had for their amazing at-home hair color Perfect10 (and for me as the new Color Director), I was inspired by one of our models, Sarah.


Sarah Before

In Sarah’s before picture you can see she has a lot going on with her hair color. She had new growth at the roots, which was a darker brown, and her previous color that turned to a brassy, orangey brown in the middle, and her ends were very faded. 

Because Sarah had previously colored her hair (as a general rule tint won’t lift tint, so you can’t paint a lighter color over already colored hair) and we were working with at-home hair color (which as a rule you shouldn’t go more than two shades lighter or two shades darker than your current color), our only options were to work with the orangey tones or go darker.


Sarah After

I knew I didn’t want to work with the orangey tones. 

I wanted to go darker, yet I had this fear of at-home-hair-color in black shades looking like scary Halloween witch hair! But since I loved, loved, loved the results from using Perfect 10 on the other guests, I thought, “what the heck,” and went for the black.

As you can see by her end result, there is nothing witch-like at all about Sarah’s new color. It looks so fresh and glamorous – bringing to mind old school sirens like Betty Paige or Rosalind Russell. She looks amazing – dramatic not drastic.

What do you think?

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.