Find a great Hair Colorist Los Angeles
Finding a great hair colorist in Los Angeles seems like it would be a no-brainer. Salon professionals in Los Angeles have to be at the top of their game to even compete. Unfortunately, even in Los Angeles, I have had some ugly things done to my hair in the name of beauty, and although hair grows back (thank goodness!!) it doesn’t grow that quickly, so you are generally stuck with your mistakes, at least for a little while.
What did I learn from this? Just because a stylist has a celebrity clientele, it doesn’t mean they are the right stylist for ME. A great hair colorist in Los Angeles, for me, has to have a similar aesthetic. We have to share similar tastes in what we consider to be attractive and hip. The colorist has to get my personal style, has to understand my life and respect the demands of it. I like someone who will both listen to me and educate me And in the end, I want someone who helps me be my personal best. So here are some guidelines on how to find a great colorist – in Los Angeles or anywhere else.
1) A great hair colorist lets your hair’s health inform all color decisions. Your colorist should never agree to anything without assessing your hair’s current state, and factoring in how it will appear post-treatment. I may see myself as a strawberry blonde, but if my hair is damaged, it won’t tolerate bleach. I need someone who is smart enough to make that call, because I’m not.
2) An honest hair professional actually uses the products he recommends. Most salons will always recommend their own product line, but asking the stylists which products they use on their own hair is a great way to suss out the true winners. Even better are salons that carry their preferred product line. Cal Martini uses Beth Minardi and Rene Furterer products exclusively. Since he started coloring my hair he and his stylist Christine have gotten me hooked on the softness and shine I get from Rene Furterer shampoos. But the real winners for me are the Rene Furterer styling productswhich I love so much I have already devoted an entire blog to them.
3) A great colorist gives you low-maintenance hair color/highlights. Like I said before, if you don’t want to come in for frequent touch-ups, your colorist should create a look that fits your lifestyle. Your colorist should be up on all of the latest techniques, like Balayage, dip-dye and Ombre color – all of which are techniques that allow for more time between touch-ups.
4) A colorist who cares about his work provides tips for color care. For example – don’t wash your hair for at least 2-3 days after a color appointment to let the dye really grab onto the hair. Since color fades slighting every time you wet your hair, this gives your color a fighting chance to lock on.
5) A truly talented salon professional doesn’t give you a carbon copy of a celebrity’s hair. Aside from the fact that a celebrity’s color or style may not look the same on you, there’s another big reason not to request a carbon copy: celebrities have “signature looks” and you never look like yourself when you look like someone else. Find a talented salon professional who will use your favorite celebrity’s “look” as a place to begin developing yours.