Gray hair might seem to the be least of people’s worries during a global pandemic but stylists know better…clients will be very eager to reset their hair color. Tending to those silver linings might need a new strategy. Here are gray coverage tips to help you work faster and more efficiently.
Stylist, educator, and salon owner, Marco Pelusi, has advised us over the years on many topics, including tips for a fierce foilyage, the best off-scalp highlights, and introducing hair color to your male clients. Now, we ask him to provide some suggestions for servicing the many clients who will be returning to the salons with a significant amount of gray peeking through.
“Don’t forget when your client gets back in the salon when all of this is over, you will want to take a careful look at their regrowth,” says Pelusi. “Don’t just mix up the same color you’ve always mixed.”
Instead, Pelusi suggests…
- Take a careful look at their percentage of gray; the percentage of gray should equal the percentage of natural series in their regrowth formula. This generally holds true for most cream-based hair color brands. The amount of gray in the hair must be compensated for in the color formula.
- Your client may have quite a bit of regrowth coming in. Their new regrowth may even be more resistant than in the past; for some clients, if safe to do with your color brand, you may wish to place the client under a pre heated dryer for the first five minutes of their process time. These first few minutes help to open up the cuticle layer of the hair, in order to deliver and to develop the color properly on resistant and or coarse gray hair.
- You may also wish to, in general and especially with clients with a lot of regrowth, allow for a much longer process time on your gray hair clients. It’s not a time to rush through development, with gray hair, especially if there is a lot of regrowth.
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