Fantasy color, Fashion color, Rainbow color. You can call it many names, and you can be as creative as you want!
These terms refer to hair color that lives outside of naturally occurring tones. The ability to have orange, pink, blue, green or any combination of the above and more is now possible due to modern color chemistry.
Fantasy colors are a more time-consuming and high-maintenance color to achieve and maintain, but for many, the extra time and care are well worth it!
Generally speaking, fantasy colors are at least a two-step process. First – your natural color (or previous artificial color) needs to be removed from your hair. After that step, the fantasy lycolor/s have to be carefully applied and allowed to process fully.
The timing of this service will vary greatly depending on your hair length, thickness, texture, chemical history, and the desired outcome.
A thorough consultation is advised for first-time clients (which may include a bleach test strand) so that the stylist can give you a good estimate of the time it will take to achieve your desired color. It is possible that you may only be able to achieve your desired color after multiple sessions – your stylist will discuss what is and isn’t possible for your hair.
Aftercare and fading. After pre-lightening your hair, and laying the uniquely formulated fashion color pigment over that processed hair, eventual fading is sadly inevitable. The lighter and more pastel the fantasy color, the quicker it will fade out. The more vibrant and dark the fantasy color, the longer it will take to fade out. Sometimes, although there is fading that occurs, some pigment will stubbornly remain in your pre-lightened hair.
To prolong your fantasy color as long as possible, using a shampoo with no sulfates is imperative. Sulfates are a harsh and inexpensive cleanser that strips the color out of hair quickly. Beyond using a gentle shampoo, keeping your hair cuticle as close as possible is the next big step you can take to keep those pigments in your hair. How can you help keep your cuticle as close as possible? Watch the heat and products you use on your hair.
Washing and rinsing your hair in water as cool as you can stand will keep the cuticle down, and keep the pigments in your hair longer than if you use hot water. When using a blow dryer, curling iron, or straightening iron, always remember to use a heat protectant beforehand. Also – watch the heat of your hot tools! Try to keep your irons at or below 320 degrees when using them on hair that has been pre-lightened and has delicate pigments of fantasy color. With patience and proper at-home care, you can achieve the fantasy color of your dreams!