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Bella Book: The Hair Color Mix Book

How many times have you tried to color your hair at home, only to be "rewarded" with spotty highlights and a hue that's not quite right? (Or is that just me?) If you need a little help with your hair color, you might like The Hair Color Mix Book ($24.95), out next week.

Author Lorri Goddard-Clark is a salon veteran who has worked with celebrities including Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Brad Pitt, Kate Winslet, Heidi Klum, Madonna, Kirsten Dunst, and Drew Barrymore (who wrote the book's foreword). While it'll cost $150 and up to have her highlight your hair at Neil George Salon in Beverly Hills, the book shares her techniques and tricks for a lot less money.

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This book isn't for women who want a quick, simple solution for hair coloring. Instead, it's for anyone who's willing to mix different colors and try various application techniques to get the perfect color. (Goddard-Clark admits that buying all of the necessary supplies can be a little costly, but over time, it will be less expensive to color your hair at home.)

The book is separated into three sections: techniques, recipes, and post-color care. You'll definitely need to read the first section thoroughly to understand Goddard-Clark's techniques; they're not difficult to follow, but it's important to understand how to mix different dyes to get the right look. One quibble: The instructions are clear, but I wish the book used photos instead of illustrations to demonstrate the proper application techniques. But in general, if you're committed to learning how to do more than apply all-over color to your hair, consider this your textbook.

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amiotica amiotica 8 years
so.. first everybody has to remember... even if the box says it will work... colour doesnt lighten colour... the best results you will get is to bleach/lighten your hair to like one or 2 shades lighter than what you wanna go and then dye it your colour.... when you go to the beauty supply store.. look at your hair colour you wanna go and then look for the basic colours in the book and look at 2 shade levels higher (brighter) than your desired and you need to lighten to that before you dye your hair.. that way you will et as close to your desired colour... and also... read and follow the directions.... cause as much as hair dyeing is an art.. its a science... and there is a right and wrong way of doing it.... oh yeah.. if your hair is already lighter than your desired.. you dont have to lighten any further.. but always ask the people at the store.. they know what they are doing and they can help you...
Beauty Beauty 9 years
I would definitely enlist a friend to help. I think you could do the dying yourself, but it would be a lot easier with a helper. And you'll see, the author suggests drugstore brands of hair dye, so it isn't one of those sneaky "Oh, do it yourself... using expensive, fancy, hard-to-find stuff." Totally do-able.
cleegiants cleegiants 9 years
i've used the drugstore brands to dye my own hair and it didn't turn out too well. i currently go to an aveda salon that does a great job, but doing it myself would probably ssave money in the long run. however, are these techniques easy to do on yourself or is it more of..get someone else to do it on you and you on them?
Allytta Allytta 9 years
there's usually few stores in town for professional hair-dressers, i go to get my professional brands there. if you don't know where the store is just ask your hair-stylist where they get all of their supplies. sometimes it's only for proffesional entry, but you can talk your way in, especially if you promise to buy more than one product.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
never had a problem with dying hair at home. i have wonderful colour adn everyone compliments on it. i use garnier dye. loreal is also great. but the best is proffesional hair care line echo. it's the salons that ruinded my hair.
gloomyle gloomyle 9 years
i be purchasing this! i love hair colouring!
fashiontoronto fashiontoronto 9 years
Hey lollipop girl! If you live in the Toronto area at all then I know that quite a few beauty supply shops (in particular Toronto Beauty Supply at Bay & Dundas in the downtown core) sell the professional products and the staff there are all EXTREMELY helpful and qualified. Hope that helps :)
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I use L'Oreal Color Gems (about $5 a box and the activator is pretty inexpensive for a large bottle). I really like the color pay off but you have to be careful because your hair will end up about two shades darker than the sample and what you were expecting. But if you can find Wella products I suggest starting with that
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I go to Sally's Beauty Supply. But really any beauty supply store will have professional lines. I just find them to be better in quality and they are not that expensive. A really good brand of demi/semi color is Wella- it was recommended by my old hair dresser. It gives a really natural color
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Yep, virgin hair is covered in the book! And I believe it will indeed be available in Canada. :)
lollipopgirl lollipopgirl 9 years
I use normal drugstore brand dyes to color my hair, but yeah they sometimes turn out...not that great =[ Do you know if this book will be available in Canada? and speaking of haircolor...JessNess, where do you get your professional color? i cant seem to find any except the frugstore ones =[=[=[
JessNess JessNess 9 years
Does it tell you how to dye virgin hair. I didnt dye my hair all summer to give it a break (I use a demi) so I had a bit of new growth. So when I finally did dye it not all of the new growth took the dark brown color. So I have a little blonde here and there. Luckily it blends in but still. Im hoping my next dye job will cover it all. Oh yeah I dye it myself...well my mom does but we use a professional brand
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