Ottawa Salon Your True Colors
Ottawa Salon “Your True Colors” explains a few things about hair. What the stylist is doing when you go to the salon for highlights is called a ‘two-process color’. When you are dealing with very dark shades of hair as you might find on individuals of Latin, Asian, Middle Eastern and African descent, is that it is necessary to pre-lighten the hair in order to get a good color result. This is especially true if the desired color is more than just a shade or two lighter than the natural color. The second stage of the ‘two-process color service’ is the “toner stage’. This just means that the stylist will then apply a color to give the pre-lightened hair the desired shade. You can use most any permanent color formulation in the toner stage as long as it is the desired color. There ARE color products that are called “toners” which are deposit-only colors and are designed to be translucent to allow the natural variation of the hair’s natural color to come through. Of course, there are color formulas that aren’t listed as “toners” that are also translucent formulas for the same reason. The multiple uses of terms like “toner” are one of the more confusing aspects of what we do. So, in short, almost any haircolor can be a toner if it is used in a two-process color service to give the final color result, these may or may not be considered “toners” based on their formulation. There are specific toner formulas designed to create a gentle shift in color results, such as adding a strawberry blonde tint to naturally blonde hair, or an auburn tone to a neutral brown shade, or to shift the color from a brassy shade to something more natural. These products may be used during the “toner stage” of a “two-process” color service.
Scientists may have figured out why hair turns gray, and their finding may open the door to new anti-graying strategies. New research shows that hair turns gray as a result of a chemical chain reaction that causes hair to bleach itself from the inside out. The process starts when there is a dip in levels of an enzyme called catalase. That catalase shortfall means that the hydrogen peroxide that naturally occurs in hair can't be broken down. So hydrogen peroxide builds up in the hair, and because other enzymes that would repair hydrogen peroxide's damage are also in short supply, the hair goes gray. Putting the brakes on that chemical chain reaction "could have great implications in the hair graying scenario in humans.