Every month or so, I head back to the salon to have my grays/whites covered.
I tried doing my hair at home, but made a giant-sized mess of the bathroom, my old t-shirt I had on to do the color job, and everything I touched.
Yeah, I know there are tips for doing it yourself, like wear real rubber gloves to protect your hands, the ones in the package are bogus and flimsy, etc. But, because my hair is thick AND long, it’s just a major pain in the rump.
So, there’s a couple of new things happening at Winam Studio. One is not so new, one is new. Kristie/Christie (sp) joined Winam Studio last year as Hillary J’s apprentice. As you may know, apprentice stylists are fully trained, but they need to accumulate hours, working along side an experienced stylist. (In my years over at Marsha Nadalin, the apprentices were usually sweeping-sometimes shampooing).
Anyway, K/Christie likes to do the color work at Winam, doing glosses, color and highlights.
XG, is Paul Mitchell’s new demi-permanent, no ammonia color. More than a gloss, but not as harmful as old-school ammonia based full on color. I guess this is similar to Affinage’s demi-color which also has no-ammonia.
When I first started covering my grays, ammonia-based product was used on my entire head, and then used for root touch-ups. I noticed my hair getting drier and drier, and frizzy crackly. My old stylist would color, then use a gloss to cover everything and add shine, but it just seemed like too much.
When I met Hillary J over in the original space, she introduced me to glosses and PM Shine, which has worked for me for the 2 years I’ve gone to her. My hair found its way back to shiny and soft, with no frizz unless it’s rainy.
XG, is similar but different. The new Paul Mitchell product was formulated to cover stubborn grays with more opacity, or cover grays translucently so grays can be “highlights”. I’m not sure if this is true of everyone, but my color or gloss doesn’t fade in -between appointments, rather, I have new grow out each time, while the hair that had been treated, just continues to be black.
I don’t know if that is the organic shampoo I use, or that I go once a month or so, but the only time I had trouble with fading was when I used permanent ammonia based color.
Why would anyone use something other than non-ammonia? I’ll leave that up to the professionals to advise.