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The Beginning I first read about eSalon in a magazine.  Allure I think it was. I came across an advertisement for a company that delivers home color with salon results.  And I mean, literally delivers it, like on the doorstep of your house!   It caught my eye.  What an interesting concept, I thought.  Up until that point, I had been frequenting the salon mostly for a single-color process to cover grays as they grew in.  But I started to notice that my salon color would wash out pretty quickly.

As many of us know, gray hair can be trickier to color and maintain than regular hair. But with the right care, you can ensure your hair color stays vivid all the way until your next application! Here are four steps you need to know for caring for gray hair that’s colored: 1. Combat coarseness Gray hair can become dry, wiry and unmanageable – which works against even the freshest hair color. To combat dryness, make sure to use a rich, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. You can also apply a

We get many questions about hair color terms, so a few weeks ago we decided to post a Colorist Dictionary to demystify the coloring process.  Our clients loved it! Now we’re revealing more colorist lingo to make finding your perfect shade even easier. Backcomb – AKA Teasing. Used to create volume. Using a comb or brush to push hair towards the scalp creating a pillow of hair for volume. Balayage – Is a French coloring technique where color is painted onto the hair rather than using traditional foiling or cap highlighting techniques. Crown – The

Going to the colorist can be nerve-wracking for many reasons, but especially because they speak an entirely different language! wants to demystify the coloring process for everyone.  We asked our Colorists to translate their speak into English so we could bring you this Colorist to English Dictionary. Demi Permanent – Color that is deposited only and typically lasts 4-6 weeks depending on the hair’s porosity and condition. Has no ammonia and will not completely cover grey, but it can be used for blending it. Permanent Color – Contains ammonia and is

Dark hair color, either classified Brunette or Black, is the most common natural shade on the planet. But how dark is your natural color? Choosing the wrong root color is an easy mistake when you color your hair at home. An accurate assessment of your original hue is vital information your colorist will need to produce your hair color formula. Just because your hair is very dark, doesn’t mean it’s black. Most people mistake darkest brown and dark brown hair for black hair. It’s easy to do! Colorist Erin Z.

Coloring your hair can be a great way to cover grays and give yourself a new look, but no one wants dull, damaged hair. Here are important tips to prevent damage when you color your hair: Don’t overly lighten “If you have Dark Brown hair and you’re dying to go Light Blonde, unfortunately you can’t get it from a bottle,” says color expert Estelle Baumhauer, Color Director at, an online company that provides made to order, custom blended hair color for home use. Lightening products can cause damage by

Sometimes it seems like hairstylists have their own secret language to discuss hair situations. What do words like “cuticle” and “demi-permanent” even mean? Hair color expert Estelle Baumhauer, Color Director at, an online company that provides personalized, custom blended home hair color, shares a quick user-guide to salon speak: Brassy: when hair with warm undertones is chemically lightened and begins to fade, the color may turn a brass-colored tone. Cool: a tonal value for blonde, brunette, and red shades. “Cool” colors have blue or violet undertones. Some cool hair colors

No matter how often we color our hair, no one can stop it from growing back! If you see gray roots coming in too fast, try one of these handy tricks to disguise them as long as possible: Don’t pluck: You may feel tempted to pluck those few gray outliers, but resist! Plucking can damage the hair follicle and can possibly lead to bald patches. Braids or waves: French braids or braids along your hairline (like Jada Pinkett Smith’s!) can tuck away grays and conceal the appearance of regrowth. In general,

Like taxes and dentist visits, gray hair is something that no one can escape. But do you know why your hair has decided to abandon the color of your youth in favor of this pale, pallid hue? It may not be the reason you think. Read on for the truth about those pesky grays. Why does hair turn gray? Your hair gets color from the follicle it grows out of on your scalp. But when the cells responsible for producing the pigment stop working, the hair grows out gray or

Who hasn’t noticed big brands touting “ammonia-free” hair color, claiming it’s safer and healthier than color containing ammonia. But is this all truth or just hype? What does “ammonia-free” mean? Big companies may claim to have “ammonia-free” color, but most simply substitute the ammonia with equally harsh chemicals. They’re “silent” ingredients that act the same way as ammonia, but don’t have the standard ammonia smell. What companies don’t disclose is that these substitutes can often be worse. One common substitute is ethanolamine (also called monoethanolamine, or MEA). MEA is already used in many