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How Do I Get Hair Color Without Damage?

Color Without Damage

 
 
 

All hair coloring is damaging to your hair, but not necessarily bad.  Doing nothing and not taking care of your hair is worse.  In fact, if you have long hair, most of your ends are already damaged from various environmental factors and routines.  (e.g. sun, dry air, brushing, tying, tangling, washing, wet hair etc.)

So, if you want hair color, the question to ask isn’t how do I get hair color without damage?, it should be how do I get the color I want while avoiding or minimizing damage?

 
 
 
  So how do I get the color I want while avoiding or minimizing damage?  
  To answer this question, you need to know a little about how hair coloring works.  
     
     
  HOW HAIR COLORING WORKS  
 

Hair is made of protein called Keratin in shingle-like structures named cuticles.  And like shingles on a rooftop, it protects the structure below from weather and external contaminants including color, stains, or other pigments.

So, to get hair colored, color can be either (A) painted / coated on the outside temporally; (B) get inserted / deposited below the cuticles with the help of a chemical Developer, which softens the cuticles and opens the shingle-like structures, so that color pigments become part of the hair permanently; or (C) a varying degree of both. 

Since Temporary or Semi-permanent color is only coated on the exterior of the hair cuticle it does not require a Developer and tends to be gentler to the hair, but partly washes away with each shampoo.  Demi-permanent, to a degree, and Permanent color needs to be deposited inside the cuticle with a Developer, hence damaging to the structure of the hair, but lasts longer.

 
  TYPE OF HAIR COLORING PRODUCTS  
 
  • Temporary Color: Covers the hair in liquid or powder form. Intended to be used for a single event use. Washes out in one or few washes.

  • Semi-permanent: Coats the hair with pigmentation with a developer that lasts a few weeks to a few months. Begins vivid, but fades over time. Good for short periods, non-permanent, and less damaging results.

  • Demi-permanent: Coats and deposits (usually with a peroxide based Developer) to give a few months of results. Tone fades over time, but is more effective than Permanent for porous / damaged hair. Great for toning highlighted or bleached hair.

  • Permanent: Deposits (usually with an ammonia based Developer) inside the cuticle to give a permanent result. However, color may fade or wash out easier than Demi-permanent with porous / damaged hair with open cuticles.

 
  BLEACHING, LIGHTENING, LIFTING, AND DE-COLORING  
 

Bleaching, lightening, lifting, and de-coloring is the opposite of coloring in that the purpose of the process is to remove or strip out the color pigments that are currently existing on or in the hair, be it natural or previously colored.  Like permanent coloring, this process requires opening of the cuticles to remove the color pigments from the core of the hair; hence, it’s very damaging to the structure of the hair.

However, if you’re wanting to go much lighter, blonde, or go to an ash / cooler tone, there is no way around it than to bleach, lighten, or de-color. 

 
  COLOR FORMULATION  
 

Getting the hair color that you want isn’t as simple as applying that color and getting the result.  Most hair is already pigmented naturally with a blend of pigments that mix with the color being applied to create a different color / shade.  So, to create the color result that you want, one must know what pigments are already in the hair shaft, as well as how much, and understand how the new color being applied will behave and react to create the resulting color.  Sometimes certain color pigments need to be offset, enhanced, or even removed because the result cannot be achieved with any formulation with the existing pigments. 

Remember in grade school when all colors got mixed on the paint pallet or in the rinsing bowl everything turns dark gray brown, not the vivid primary colors that it was before.  Hence base color preparation, new color formulation, understanding the hair as a medium, and understanding how the specific color product and pigments work, is critical in getting the exact color result that you desire.

 
  GLOSSING, GLAZING, AND KERATIN  
 

Opposite to the Developer which opens the cuticle for color pigment depositing, the purpose of glossing, glazing, and keratin is to seal up the cuticle so the hair becomes less porous and thus shinier and healthier looking and feeling as a post permanent coloring application.  Glossing products are usually semi- or demi-permanent products that partly deposit into the cuticles to help seal in the pigments and the cuticles, and can last from weeks to over a month.  It may also be used with color pigments to tint or tone the hair at the same time.  Glazing products fall into temporary color category which coats the exterior for the shine, but lasts only few weeks as it wears off after each wash.  Results of glossing and glazing may depend on the existing damage and porosity of the hair.  Keratin treatments, are similar to temporary in that it is a coating on the exterior layer; however, are different in that its usually heat activated and chemically bound to the hair structure for a lasting result, up to few months.  It may also partially smooth or straighten any existing texture or curls, but fade out any color during the heating process.

 
  COLORING DESIGNS, STYLES AND TECHNIQUES  
 

Same color can look tacky and cheap, or luxurious and attractive depending on the design, dimension, and tone.  It’s this finer difference of hair designing using different color application techniques with tone and shade blending that makes hair color seem more natural, dimensional, and attractive.  Flat single solid color and blonde bleached-out look of highlights on top of highlights is not in fashion.  As with the general publics’ acquired taste for fine wine, cheese, and chocolate, with the advent of social media, people have come to expect hair color designs (e.g. sun-kissed balayage, soft subtle ombré, micro- babylights, etc.) that not only look like the stars, but beautiful when its freshly colored to looking natural until the day they are up for their next color touch up.  Hence, hair colorists spend years mastering application techniques, and make it their full-time job to learn and keep up with the latest design trends.

 
     
  So how do I get the color I want while avoiding or minimizing damage?  
 
  1. Know the current condition of your hair

  2. Minimize lightening and developer use for the desired color result

  3. Treat it to seal the cuticle and protect the hair structure

 
 

Knowing the current condition of your hair and the limits to what can be done to it is the first step in minimizing the damage.  For example, the condition of your hair may limit whether you can go from a dark brunette to a blonde in one appointment, require multiple appointments in phases, or not at all without risking breakage.


Minimizing lightening or developer use will depend on how bright you need to get to, desired color and tone (more lightening is required for cooler colors and tones), and whether you choose to go a certain color in one process, one appointment, or over multiple processes and appointments. If you’ve got healthy hair and want to do a fashion color for one-time only, it may be ok to use a stronger developer if needed. However, if you’re wanting that multi-dimensional balayage, doing it over multiple appointments will result in a better outcome, less damage, and lower cost.


Treating the hair with a post cuticle sealant like glossing, glazing, or keratin may improve the effects of damage to a point where it tangles less, looks shiner, and feels silkier than your natural condition. Hence, its not necessarily eliminating damage, but treating it to look, feel and seem like less or no damage, and in some cases healthier.
 


For a customized hair color and design with reduced damage, make an appointment to see one of our experts who can guide you to a healthier color.

 
     
 

About Emily J Salon

Emily J is one of Atlanta's top full service hair, makeup and skin care salon located in Duluth, GA and Atlanta, GA (Emory University).  Our expertise is in precision haircuts, custom color & balayage, keratin treatment, permanent waves & straightening, skin care, makeup, and bridal services. 

Emily J's team is comprised of top international master hair stylists, makeup artists, and estheticians.  Each and every one of the servicing professionals are trained in the finest techniques and recognized as leaders in their disciplines.  Just observe and you'll see the difference in how Emily J's stylists cut and feel the difference in how Emily J's estheticians treat.

 
 

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How Do I Get Hair Color Without Damage?
Blog 3
 

  Hair Color Without Damage  

How do I get the color I want while avoiding or minimizing damage?

Learn the different type of color products and how hair color works.

 
           
           
           

Box Color vs. Salon Color: What’s Better?
Blog 2
 

  Box vs Salon Color  

Pro's and Con's of Box Color vs. Salon Color

Learn how to select the right one for you.

 
           
           
           

Blow Dry versus Air Dry, What's Better for My Hair?
Blog 1
 

   

True of False?

  • Blow Drying your hair is BAD.
  • Air Drying your hair is GOOD.

Learn from the experts. Separate fact from fiction.

 
           
           
           
EMILY J AVEDA - EMORY SALON PHOTOS
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  Emily J Aveda - Emory   PHOTO TOUR OF OUR EMORY SALON

Take a look at our new modern, luxury salon in Atlanta located near Emory University and the CDC. 

 
           
           
           
EMILY J AVEDA - DULUTH SALON PHOTOS
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  Emily J Aveda - Duluth   PHOTO TOUR OF OUR DULUTH SALON

Take a look at our original luxury salon located near the Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth, GA.

 
           
           
           
2017 AVEDA COLLECTION
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  Illuminate Yourself   ILLUMINATE YOURSELF

NEW FACE-FRAMING ECLIPTING HAIR COLOR SERVICE

Take a look at our new illuminating collection, and come in for a free consultation to see how we can brighten your appearance to match the true you inside.

 
           
           
           
2016 EMILY J MAKEUP AND HAIR COLLECTION
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  2016 Emily J Makeup and Hair Collection2016 Emily J Brial Makeup and Hair Collection   2016 EMILY J MAKEUP AND HAIR COLLECTION

This collection focuses on blending a mix of classic styling with a modern twist.

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Traditional and casual bridal makeup and hair

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Editorial updo styling

> Men's haircut and coloring

> Textured and wavy styling
 
           
           
           
PINK HAIR AND MAKEUP MAKEOVER
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  Pink Hair and Makeup MakeoverCONDITION:  Natural brunette hair with light makeup and bright red/orange lip coloring.
DESIRE CHANGE:  Pastel pink hair with slightly violet highlights, and pinkish contouring makeup for smoothing out facial features.
 
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Color stripped natural brunette coloring once with Aveda Enlightner, and erased makeup with Aveda makeup remover and cleanser.
STYLE
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Colored overall hair pastel pink and added violet highlights to add a little depth.
> Used pink makeup accents to match the hair coloring, along with contour shading to smooth out the facial features.
> Cut female style, two block haircut for as stylish short cut look with ease of handling.
FINISH
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Blow dried with Aveda Flax Seed Aloe near the roots and completed the styling with Light Elements Texturizing Creme for a light natural look.
 
           
           
           
FEELING PASTEL BLUE
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  Feeling Pastel Blue.CONDITION:  Previously colored lighter brown with dark brown new growth.
DESIRE CHANGE:  Pastel blue up top with a short cut around the sides and back.
  PREP
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Sectioned and enlightened top part of hair with Aveda Enlightener with slight adjustment for new growth and previously colored hair.

STYLE
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Colored with Aveda Full Spectrum Blue and low color catalyst to ensure a lighter pastel blue.
> Short cut around the sides and back with a longer cut at top.

FINISH
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Completed style with Aveda Men Pure-Formance Pomade for pliable control and shine.
 
           
           
           
BRUNETTE TO BLONDE
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  Brunette to BlondeCONDITION:  Dark brown with previous orange/brown coloring.ark brown with previous orange/brown coloring.
DESIRE CHANGE:  Blonde with healthier and smoother hair.
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Applied Aveda Damage Remedy Treatment to address previous heat and color damage.
STYLE
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Color stripped orange/brown 2X with Aveda Enlightner, and colored overall hair light champaign blonde and added shadow lighting front top (for depth movement) with Aveda Full Spectrum.
> Cut single length with slicing on the inner sides for lighter weight, improved flow, and satin look.
FINISH
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Styled with Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener for the smooth, polished look.
 
           
           
           
BLACK TO CELTIC RED
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  Black to Celtic RedCONDITION:  Black / brown with frizzy dry hair.
DESIRE CHANGE:  Healthy natural flowing hair with Aveda Celtic Red coloring.
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Pre treated hair with Aveda Dry Remedy Treatment.
STYLE
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Added lighting and color stipped with Aveda Enlightner for a natural blended effect, and colored overall hair with Aveda Full Spectrum Deep in Celtic Red.
> Only trimmed damaged ends in single length for a healthier look.
FINISH
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Blow dried with Aveda Brilliant Damange Control and applied Aveda Light Element Smoothing Fluid for a weightless shine.
 
           
           
           
AVEDA SPRING / SUMMER 2014 CULTURE CLASH COLLECTION
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  Emily J Aveda Salon Spring Summer 2014 Culture Clash CollectionTake a look at the Aveda Culture Clash Collection here and get inspired to update your style and makeup with Emily J Salon.
  CULTURE CLASH COLLECTION
Inspiration from around the globe.  The looks are a collision of gritty and glamorous – tribal, folkloric, futuristic and chic.
 
           
           
           
CURLY TO STRAIGHT
WITH VOLUME
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  Emily J Aveda Salon Curly to StraightCONDITION:  Hard to manage curly hair.
DESIRE CHANGE:  Smooth permanent straight hair with volume to ease daily morning preparation.
  PREP
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Conducted pre-perm tests (elasticity, porocity, and incompatibility) to determine correct strength of lotion, development time, and feasibility.
STYLE
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Applied customized permanent straigtening solution and utilized volumizing curved iron to straigten hair.
> Cut volume straightened hair with a stylish bob cut for desired look and management.
FINISH
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Finished styling with Aveda Brilliant Damange Control and Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener for a smooth textured look.
 
           
           
           


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