How To Manage Emotional Well-Being During COVID-19 Quarantine

While locked down at home, our daily lives have become full of stress and anxiety. We have a COVID-19 contingency plan and also a schedule for our kiddos to help manage and enhance their emotional well-being.  I need to manage my own feelings too because I’m also stressed, irritable, or anxious!  I’m a better parent when I’m a happier parent.  One of the things that have been very helpful in managing my emotional well-being is to treat myself like doing my own manicure, hair treatments, facials, and even try a new makeup palette.

If you are also looking to treat yourself while #shelterinplace,  I highly recommend some pampering me-time like COLORING your roots – you want to look fabulous when this is all said and done!  I have been using the @zotosprofessional AGEbeautiful products to keep my hair looking healthy and glossy, which I have been able to save over $1,000 a year.

Yes, I have been saving over $1,000 a year in hair coloring.  If you are following me then you know that I have been dying my hair at home and getting salon-quality color for over 10 years.  My hair grows exponentially fast making my gray roots very obvious.  Although I don’t mind going to work or hanging out with friends and family when my roots are showing, there are certain situations when I feel self-conscious about it. So I dye my hair every few weeks and in between hair coloring, I follow a hair routine maintenance to take good care of my hair.

For years now I have been following these tips to get the glossy, healthy, and salon-quality hair color after each dye. I have not had any split ends and only see my hairstylist every 14 weeks for a trim.

SELECTING THE RIGHT SHADE FOR YOUR HAIR

Whatever you do, do not make drastic changes to your hair color.  If you want to alter your color to more than 3 shades, I highly recommend getting it done by a professional hair colorist. Choosing the right shade is so important because you want the color to match and blend in with your natural hair color.  I have naturally black color hair but I want to go a tad lighter so it’s not harsh looking.  The shade  that I use on my hair is dark to darkest brown.  Many hair color brands offer several shades within the tone so choose one that closely matches your hair color. I love Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Permanent Hair Color in Darkest Brown 3N because it completely covers my stubborn grays especially the hairline and temple areas.

GATHER THE RIGHT TOOLS

Having the right tools ready is so important to get your hair colored without wasting time searching for them.   You would need the following: plastic gloves to prevent staining on your hands, petroleum jelly to rub around your hairline to prevent staining your skin, plastic cap to cover your hair, a hairdresser clip to section hair for better application, Argan hair oils (add a drop of two to the mix for the extra gloss), and a box of hair color along with the toner.

PREP YOUR HAIR

The best time to color my hair is when it’s been at least 2 days after shampooing.  The main reason is because dirty hair lacks the slippery conditioner that freshly washed hair has.  I usually wear an old t-shirt so that I don’t have to worry about the stain getting on my clothes.

DO A STRAND TEST

Everyone’s skin reacts differently.  If you have never used the product before I would highly recommend a strand test to see if you have any allergic reaction.

APPLY THE COLOR

So here’s the trick to prevent my hair from getting brittle and dry due to coloring.  Since the Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Permanent Hair Color lasts so long on my hair strand, I would only color my roots.  and color my entire hair every so often.  The best news is that I can use the same tube for two separate applications thus saving me even more on cost

RINSE AND CONDITION

The average wait time for the color to deposit into your hair is 45 minutes.  During this time, I would do my laundry, clean up my house, and even prep food for the family.  When it’s time to rinse make sure you wash it without using any shampoo.   Don’t forget to have your gloves on to prevent staining on your hands.  If your hands and/or skin is stained, you can use an exfoliating cream and it should come right off.  After the rinse, use a paraben-free conditioner to finish up the process.  I usually don’t shampoo my hair until a few days after so the color stays longer.

I hope these tips will help you attain beautiful salon-quality hair color and save a lot of money as they have for me.

For more inspiration visit Mama In Heels.

How the Color Wheel Relates to Haircolor

The color wheel is the most important tool in the hair color arsenal.

 

Something I may have chosen not to remember this weekend as I colored my Mom’s hair.

 

Anyone who knows my Mom understands that she has only two concerns with her color… Cover the gray and do it even quicker than you did last time.

 

I blame this artistically draining, bar-lowering list of requirements on my reaching for a blue-tinged-toner for her brassy yellow hair. As I was applying the toner and began seeing the mossy, greenish blonde develop before my eyes I thought of that most basic thing we all learned about in elementary school.

 

The color wheel.

Blue over yellow creates green.

 

Maybe I should have dug a little deeper into my color cabinet for a violet based toner. The color wheel is instrumental in guiding us through how colors react to one another. Understanding how to use is vital to hair color success stories.

 

Need to fix a brassy blonde? Got a red that has hot roots? A brunette that won’t lighten without tons of unwanted warmth? All of your answers can be found in the color wheel.

 

The color wheel has three primary colors, yellow, red and blue. Combining these colors with their neighboring tone will create the three secondary colors.

 

Now look at what happens when you mix opposite colors… red and green, blue and orange, violet and yellow all negate one another and create a neutral brownish / tan shade.

 

 

This very basic breakdown is your best friend in executing perfect hair color results.

I am going to walk you through some of the most common color struggles.

Lucky for us AGEbeautiful has a comprehensive palette of products to deliver perfect results every time.

Keeping it simple is key as we don’t want to reinvent the wheel!

 

 

BANISHING BRASSY BLONDES

Every colorist has dealt with blondes that have turned that unfortunate yellow tinge. Let’s put that wheel to work and we can see that if we want to negate yellow, we simply reach across to the opposing color and get violet.

By using AGEbeautiful’s TopCoat Toner in beige we add a kiss of soft rosy violet to a yellow hued blonde.

 

UNWANTED WARMTH ON A BRUNETTE

Brown hair is constantly pulling unwanted reddish tones.  The trick is to understand which warmth you’re dealing with.  If it’s orange, you’re going to need blue.  If it’s red, you’re going to have more luck using a green based color.

Using AGEbeautiful 4B Demi Permanent with Clear Shine will give you the perfect blue to negate an intense orange copper.

 

GOING LIGHTER WHILE CONTROLLING WARMTH

So often we see darker shades of hair that have been lightened and are left with garish unwanted warmth. First determine which tone needs to be managed.  A lightened dark brunette / black will have red that will benefit from using green as you lighten.  A medium brunette will require blue to control the orange tones that will appear as you lighten.

Lightening this medium brunette using a blue based permanent color like AGEbeautiful 5A will give you refined, sable brunette results.

 

COMBINING TONES TO CREATE UNIQUE RESULTS

Once you’ve mastered the basics of color theory you can start tweaking which products you reach for and begin customizing one of kind formulations.

 

Some of my favorite formulas I have been marrying together this season are…

 

PEARL BLONDE

2oz AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Hyper Lift Violet Blonde & drop of AGEbeautiful 4V Permanent Color with 40Volume

This is perfect for a level 7 blonde that wants a pearlescent, violet nuanced blonde.

  

SPICY CINNAMON BRONDE

1oz AGEbeautiful 8WB Permanent Color & 1/2oz AGEbeautiful 9RC Permanent Color with 20Volume

A sophisticated bronde that has tons of reflective warmth, shine and sizzle.

 

ARCTIC BRUNETTE

2oz AGEbeautiful HighLift Ash Permanent Color & 1/4oz AGEbeautiful 6A Permanent Color with 20Volume

This is the formula for a medium to dark brown that wants ZERO red in their hair.  The blue-green base of the HighLift Ash will ensure crisp, cool, not-a-trace-of-red results.

 

HOT ROOT WARM RED

1 1/2oz AGEbeautiful 3B Demi Permanent Color & 1/2oz AGEbeautiful Clear Shine Demi Permanent Color with Demi Developer

This blue based formula is effective when applied to roots that have developed too vibrant and warm.

 

The color wheel provides limitless options for every type of hair coloring service.

Being fluent in this will become the fundamental foundation of all successful techniques, formulations and executions.  I know you’re going to love exploring the wonderful world of AGEbeautiful and its professional line of products and can’t wait to see your results!