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From Black to Boho | A Colour Journey vol. 3

From Black to Boho | A Colour Journey vol. 3

OVERVIEW - Colour Corrections Are No Joke

I can officially state that my hair is definitely not black anymore! 3 lightening sessions later and I'm *that* much closer to matching our Boho extensions. The last month has been quite labour intensive for our stylists and it really made me realize how much work colour corrections can be. Let's break it all down...

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LIGHTENING SESSION 1 - Full Head Foils

For round 1 we did a full head of foils using Redken Flash Lift lightener with 20 vol developer. Kim did back to back babylights to lighten as much of my hair as possible, while still leaving some hair out to avoid over processing. She then toned everything with Redken Shades EQ in a level 7.

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We didn't quite get as much lift as Kim expected but overall we managed to avoid a really awkward colour. Typically when you lift black you'll have to live with reddish/orange hair for a period of time while you're in between lightening sessions. I was grateful that we managed to get to a shade that I could live with!

My ends were a bit dead and actually lifted slightly green due to the blue colour that was in my hair. After we took the photo below, we trimmed the dead ends off and I lived with Olaplex in my hair for the next few days. 

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LIGHTENING SESSION 2 - Full Head Foils

One week later we dove into round 2. It required a full head of foils using Kevin Murphy Color.Me lightener (which is a bit more gentle) with 30 vol developer to try to bump more of the colour out. Ivette used the same approach as Kim - back to back foils to try to lighten as much of the hair as possible. 


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LIGHTENING SESSION 3 - Half Head Foils

Finally, a couple weeks later we kicked off round 3. Ivette just colour corrected a few areas that were uneven and continued lifting specific areas that were getting closer to our desired tones. We're hoping that we can achieve our desired look with just one more lightening session!

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AFTERCARE

I truly don't think my hair would have survived all of these lightening sessions without Olaplex. At home I've been using Olaplex shampooconditioner, plus the No. 3 treatment 2 times per week. I apply the Olaplex oil to my hair after styling and before bed each night.

Ultimately my hair is more dry than it was when it was black, but with ongoing treatments and trims, I know it will be completely fine in a few months!

COST TO DATE $209

Session 1
Full Head Foils - $250
Olaplex Add On - $30
Extra Lightener - $30
Extra Olaplex - $10
Cut with Colour Service - $50

Session 2
Full Head Foils - $250
Olaplex Add On - $30
Extra Lightener - $30
Extra Olaplex - $10

Session 3
Half Head Foils - $190
Olaplex Add On - $30

SUB TOTAL $960

TOTAL SO FAR $1,169

*not including taxes + gratuity 

As you can see, colour corrections can be time consuming & pricey. We should also point out that this is almost a best case scenario. Often colour corrections can go sideways, especially when box dye is involved. There is always the chance that there will be odd colour shifts, banding and uneven lifting. The key is patience and realistic expectations. 

We still have another lightening session to go, plus extensions. Stay tuned for the final blog post with the end result! 

xo Janelle

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From Black to Boho | A Colour Journey vol. 2

From Black to Boho | A Colour Journey vol. 2

Well here we are - the first official processing stage of transitioning my hair from black to a lived in blonde! As mentioned in the first post, we want to maintain the integrity of my hair as much as possible through this process. A few things to note:

- We are using Olaplex through each stage of the journey, including take home treatments in between

- We are leaving 1-2 weeks between processes to allow my hair to recover 

- Everyone's journey will be different & will likely require a slightly different approach

BLEACH BATH

I've been using classic Head & Shoulders every shampoo to lift the colour when we kicked off the journey. This lifted it from a pure black (or level 1) to a black with brown tones. The next step: gently lift a few more shades with what we call a 'Bleach Bath'.

A bleach bath can be used to lift colour or freshen/brighten blondes. It's gentler and more monitored than foils, but can have uneven results. 

Emily mixed Kevin Murphy Color.Me 20 vol. developer with ammonia-free lightener  at a 4:1 ratio (typically it's a 2:1 ratio) and some Olaplex No. 1. The service was performed at the basin to make sure the lightener can be washed off quickly to minimize any unnecessary damage. She worked through my hair one section at a time, applying the lightener and monitoring it until the colour bumped a shade or 2. The lightener is then rinsed and she moved on to the next section. 

We followed the treatment with the Olaplex No. 2 treatment to rebuild any broken bonds so it's strong for the next phase of processing. 

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RESULTS

The bleach bath actually lifted more colour than we expected! We went from a 1-2 to almost a 4! My hair wasn't damaged or dry and it was a great way to get us through the first stage of lightening without over processing. 

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Colour corrections are never the same and each step has to be carefully executed to protect the integrity of the client's hair. We have turned away multiple clients because we felt their expectations were unrealistic given their budget and/or timeline. It's not about dramatic results, it's about healthy hair that looks amazing. It's a gradual process that requires patience and a few awkward hair colours in between (lol). 

COST TO DATE - $73

Bleach Bath - $70
Olaplex Treatment Add On - $30
Olaplex No. 3 Take Home - $36

TOTAL SO FAR $209

 

Next up: Foils! The next stage of the journey is to use foils to lift the majority of my hair more strategically. Stay tuned - it's probably going to get messy!

Don't forget that you have a few days left to save on all Olaplex products using the code QALIPLEX in our online store.

See you next week!

xo Janelle

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The Evo-lution of Good Hair

The Evo-lution of Good Hair

As someone who spent years using drugstore shampoo without a bottle of conditioner in sight, one of the biggest improvements to my lazy hair routine has been investing in the right hair products. Like filling in your eyebrows, you don’t realize how much of a difference it makes until you start doing it - and then wonder what you’ve been doing your whole life until that point. 

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When we were deciding which retail lines to carry at QALI, evo ticked all the boxes; it was something a little different than what you could find in every other salon, it had a dedication to sustainability and eco-conscious beauty and it had great products. The packaging was also perfectly on brand with its colourful labels and cheeky descriptions (love that Aussie humour). 

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evo®'s mission is to create innovative, salon-only products that are simple, luxurious and effective to use: to tell the truth; expose the frauds: keep the hair and beauty industry honest. 

Navigating the world of beauty products can be wild - it seems like every company claims to have the best this or the best that or some magical hair serum that will repair split ends, add 4 inches of length and get you back together with your ex. There’s nothing worse than being bombarded with pushy sales tactics to buy things you don’t need, which is why we carefully chose the product lines we sell and only recommend products that we use and love ourselves. 

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evo products are free from sulfates, parabens, silicones and other unpronounceable chemicals found on the back of shampoo bottles - they’re also accredited PETA cruelty free and substitute synthetic ingredients with natural ones when possible. To break it down, there are no cancer-causing chemicals that can damage or suffocate your hair, they minimize their environmental impact by using naturally sourced ingredients and no cute bunnies are ever harmed. They also purchase government carbon offset credits to make up for the unavoidable carbon impact that comes with any manufacturing process. 

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For anyone navigating the hair care world for the first time, knowing what products to buy can be tricky - the great thing is that we use all of the products that we sell.  When you come in for a treatment we’ll use the products best suited to your hair type and what you’re looking for so you can try them out before deciding if you want to buy some to take home. 

evo products are meant to complement each other so you can create whole new products by mixing and using multiple products together. You can take a moisturizing treatment and mix it with a volumizing lotion so you get hydration as well as volume, you can mix a texturizing clay with shine drops to get hold and shine or you can mix a volumizing mousse and volumizing powder to get maximum lift and hold - the possibilities are endless.

 

If you come down during a busy time, one of the first things you’ll notice when you walk in is that it smells so.fricken.good in here. The word on the street is that the person who develops evo’s scents came over from Tom Ford - there’s nothing better than great looking hair that smells amazing too. I avoided using dry shampoo because I couldn’t stomach the smell of most of them, but evo has managed to create one that I really like. If the Shebang-a-bang dry spray wax was a perfume I would wear it. 

Stay tuned for most blog posts showing off our favourite products and how to use them, drop a comment if there’s anything you want to see!    

xo Alyssa

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