I know I’m not alone in missing being able to get my hair done. My roots are long (and filled with greys) and my highlights have gone brassy and faded. It’s not a good look. Also Andrew has been asking me to trim his hair, Henry NEEDS a clean up and I figured that I’d reach out to my own stylist of several years, Nick Penna, who is the owner of Salon Capri (locations in Boston, Newton and Dedham) for some advice. It also allows me to support their small business in a small way, as they have completely closed down, as all salons have, and that is so difficult.
ERIN: What can you do for a brunette with faded highlights that look brassy (I.e ME!!!)? What about roots??
NICK: A good trick is to use a blonding shampoo and conditioner… it will help remove brassiness without over toning your hair. I recommend Masque Ultra Violet purple hair mask from Kerastase … wet hair, apply from roots to ends… it’s like a two for one, conditions while it tones and it works on blondes AND brunettes with brassiness. For the roots, Oribe root touch up spray (enter SalonCapri at checkout) actually works really well! It is the best way of hiding those grays and preventing you from spending big $$$ for color correction in a few weeks when your back at the salon!
(P.S. Personal note from Erin: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PERMANENTLY DYE YOUR OWN HAIR! I once had a major color screw up and had to have color correction done twice in a row and not only did it cost a fortune, it ruined my hair (this was pre-Nick)!
ERIN: For blondes- what about dark roots? Any at home root kits that aren’t impossible to use? NICK: So this one is a bit trickier… Should we just channel our inner 90s grunge and do the blond ends black roots two tone look??? If not and your feeling a bit artistic I recommend Color Wow root cover up… match your shade of blonde with their selection of colors, using the brush applicator follow the line from where the highlights start to the top of you roots. There are great tutorials on the Color Wow web site for this beauty hack!
ERIN: Does this work for grey roots too in darker hair?
NICK: Yes, you can also try this new kit from Christophe Robin , which seems to be the hot item out there right now.
ERIN: Best methods for trimming your own bangs?
NICK: Ahh, have ya seen all the bang memes out there on IG that is no joke!! Every time a client with bangs sits in my chair they ask, should I grow out my bangs? Well here’s your chance, give it a try and keep in mind, its way easier to cut them back then it is to grow them out!
ERIN: Andrew wants me to trim his hair. Best methods for trimming a guy’s haircut?
NICK: When it comes to the haircuts we really do recommend waiting it out… come on guys, channel your inner Jeff Bridges, who doesn’t love “The Dude”?? But most guys have grooming trimmers in their dopp kit… so if you must, keep the neck line, over the ears and eyebrows clean and you’ll feel fresh!
ERIN: How about kids? I’m SO nervous to trim Henry’s hair but he looks like a ragamuffin.
NICK: Keep in mind, you want to leave the hair longer than you’d usually have it cut. When you get back to the salon (and you will) your stylist may have to go a bit shorter to fix all the little mistakes that you will clearly NOT make ;) Start at the nape of the neck and trim straight across, work around the perimeter of the head and over the ears, in small sections pull the sides straight off the head and trim, for the top starting from the forehead in small section pull the hair straight up and trim, if you want to get fancy… hold the shears at a 90 degree angle and take small snips across the section for the “lived in look”.
ERIN: Any specific hair scissors that are a good buy? I assume having specific shears is important even for trims?
NICK: So the shears thing is real. Kitchen shears just won’t cut it (see what I did there!?) Stylists instruments are very expensive and we keep them well maintained… even the sharpest of craft shears will leave your hair with split and damaged ends. So if you have to do that at home cut get a professional pair like these or this kit.