GET COLOUR CORRECTION CONFIDENCE

From hair neglect to those DIY box dyes, now is the time to brush up on your corrective colour skills.

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Never has it been more important to perfect your technical skills. With many salons across the Globe now open, this is the time to build your confidence and ensure you have the skills to create or correct your clients’ hair. Whether they’ve attempted a home-colour or have months of re-growth, you need to be confident when it comes to Colour Correction.

Fuse speaks to TIGI Education Specialists, Aaron Overton and Lucy Hicks to get their thoughts and tips to progress your colouring skills.

 

SO, WHAT DO WE MEAN BY COLOUR CORRECTION?

“Colour correction is a broad term referring to any form of colour service where an issue within the hair needs to be corrected,” says Aaron.

“And it’s often thought of as the hardest thing to do within our profession,” says Lucy. “In fact, every time we lighten, darken and change or add tone, we are correcting a colour, but because we are so used to doing these, we don’t think of them as colour correction.”

“The scary corrective jobs, such as patchy, un-even colour results are usually the hardest because, visually, they shock. Also, you typically have to fix a few different issues and respect the condition of the hair, so it all gets a bit crazy and panic sets in!” adds Lucy.

WHAT CORRECTIVE COLOUR SERVICES SHOULD SALONS OFFER?

“That is a difficult question!” says Lucy. “All colour corrections should have a full and in-depth consultation before the salon visit. Typical colour corrections would be:

  • Lightening
  • Darkening
  • Pre-pigmenting
  • Post-pigmenting
  • Colour removal (clean or cleanse)”

“Lucy’s right! Colour correction is such a broad term. It can be hard for a client to understand that the service they need is, in fact, a colour correction!” says Aaron. “It’s our job as hairdressers to educate clients and help them to understand why their normal service might not be possible. For example, if a client was blonde before lockdown, then applied a brown box dye over the top, chances are it will have come out as a khaki, patchy result. When they return to the salon, they’ll want to return to their usual blonde bombshell look, so we need to explain it may not be possible in one sitting. In a nutshell, that’s a colour correction, isn’t it!”

“Now is the perfect time to use social platforms and video calling to engage with clients and educate them on the services they will need when they return to the salon” adds Aaron. “That way, they can understand the process needed to create the desired effect. Knowledge is power, and the more the client understands the processes, the more they will trust you and feel confident.”

HOW CAN SALONS PREPARE FOR CORRECTIVE SERVICES?

Aaron explains: “Think about creating a concept that is unique to your salon. It is a fantastic way to guide clients through colour correction and helps you stand out from the crowd.

More than ever, with the likelihood of very busy columns, new ways of working and limited time in the salon, quick services and thinking outside the box are incredibly important.

And please remember, it’s never nice to feel shamed for applying a home colour! Your client may have needed their roots done to feel confident for important video meetings, for example. Be sensitive so you don’t create a sense of unease for the client. Light-hearted references and a solution-based approach is a fantastic way for clients to understand what they need, and not feel uncomfortable discussing it.”

 

HOW TO PROBLEM-SOLVE COMMON CORRECTIVE ISSUES

Here, the pair identify some likely corrective issues you will face when clients return, the causes from home hair colouring, and colour correction solutions using TIGI Copyright Colour. Use the helpful chart below to guide your services.

HOW CAN TIGI COPYRIGHT COLOUR HELP WITH COLOUR CORRECTION SERVICES? 

TIGI Copyright Colour is your perfect partner to combat any corrective issues. With the ability to intermix and layer colour, no result is unachievable so you can offer any solution to a corrective colour service.

“We boast hero products in TIGI Copyright Colour, such as the Gloss (demi-permanent) range which can be used to pre-pigment, or 10/0 in Creative (permanent) that can remove banding from the hair,” says Lucy. “And these are just two examples of what the range can do!”

“Plus, TIGI Copyright Colour Gloss, with its ammonia-free formulation and added coconut oil, requires 20-minute processing time,” says Aaron,” and can darken hair by three levels without the need to pre-tone. It’s a fantastic tool for quick, high conditioning services.”

“Also, the new True Light White, with enhanced lifting capabilities, is fantastic for drawing out unwanted colour from the hair,” explains Aaron, “and does so in a high conditioning and speedy fashion.”

WHAT DO WE MEAN BY LIGHTENING AND DARKENING TECHNIQUES?

Lightening techniques include:

  • Clean (removal of tone)
  • Cleanse (removal of level and tone)
  • Pre-lightening (lightening hair up to 8 levels)

These techniques take the hair to a lighter level than it currently is. The most popular techniques within this category are:

  • Highlighting
  • Balayage
  • Global lightening (bleach)

Darkening techniques include:

  • Depositing level
  • Depositing tone
  • Pre-pigmenting
  • Post-pigmenting

This involves taking the hair to a darker shade. But note, when taking hair more than three levels darker, you should first replace the tone taken from the hair during the lightening process; we refer to this as pre-pigmentation.

We know Colour Correction can sound daunting, and that’s why corrective services tend to make hairdressers nervous! But remember: If your client wishes to change something about any aspect of artificial colour to their hair, then it falls under the term of Colour Correction.

The TIGI Technical Education Teams are here to support you. For advice and information, contact us or message the team @TIGIProfessionals Instagram.