Sunday, October 23, 2011

The color wheel of hair!

What Is a Hair Color Wheel?

Hair color wheel can be defined as a chart of reference, showing the relationship between colors, while red, yellow and blue are considered as primary colors.
Picture of Primary Colors - Red, Yellow and BlueYes… Red, Yellow and Blue are the three basic colors in the palette of hair dyeing.
They are termed as Primary Colors, because…
They cannot be formed by mixing other colors together. and all the other colors (secondary and tertiary, which we will discuss in a moment) are derived from these three primary colors.
Picture of Secondary Colors - Orange, Green, and PurpleOrange, Green and Purple (violet) are called Secondary Colors. Why? Because…
They can be obtained by mixing the primary colors red, yellow and blue.
The equations below tell you exactly how…
Red + Yellow = OrangeRed + Blue = PurpleBlue + Yellow = Green
Last but never the least are the Tertiary Colors. These are the colors created by mixing together, various combinations of primary and secondary colors.
Tertiary Colors are six in number, namely red-orange, red-violet, blue-violet, blue-green, yellow-green and yellow-orange.
When you mix a primary color with an adjacent secondary color in equal proportions you get a tertiary color eg red + violet = red-violet.
That is the reason they are in between a primary and a secondary color, on the hair color wheel picture above.
Go here if you are curious to explore the nitty gritty of colors in general in details.
In short hair color wheel is at the root or at the core of hair color chart system in general.

Relationship Between Neutralizing Colors and the Wheel

Picture of neutralizing primary and secondary colorsNeutralizing a hair color in general terms of coloring equals darkening a color.
It is done by mixing a primary color alongwith a secondary color opposite to it on the hair color wheel.
These two opposing colors are commonly called as complimentary colors. In the hair world however, they are refferred often as neutralizing colors. (Refer to the picture above)
In the world of hair colors, it's the wheel in action behind the scenes that…
  • When you mix all the primary colors (red, yellow and blue) equally, you get a brown.
  • When you want to nullify (neutralize) a primary color you are told to look at a secondary color exactly opposite, on the wheel… and vice versa.
You will better understand what I am telling, once you read and understand the levels system.

Examples of Hair Color Wheel in Action!

The hair color wheel exhibits it's power by making RULES OF THE GAME OF COLORING.
How? Through the hair color levels system, which is in common use.
And yes… it's not just the hair, rules of the wheel system remain the same universally, no matter where they are applied.
And this brings us to the ultimate boon of the wheel besides hair or coloring… and I simply can't resist my temptation to tell you what!
For a trendy fashionista learning the color wheel is worth all the hardships and is well worth a thousand bucks…
The wheel could help you become the ultimate chic in everything you wear and carry!
Ask How? You can apply this 'not so common' know-how of colors while choosing your clothing, an eyeliner, mascara or a gloss. Think about it and the rest as they say come to light!

Saturday, October 8, 2011



Are both the DOCTORS in?

 Found this posted at one of the many sites I frequent online when doing research about products I've used in the past and products that I've thought about using. Before using most brands or products I do my sniffing around to see what works for others then I become the test person if I feel the product is safe but this my dears is another one of those no-no's! ****side eye to this one**:(
I work in the hair care market and Dr. Miracle & Doctor Wonder are owned by the same company, just using different names and selling the products at different price points, so as to get more of the market.  Also, the company is white owned, by a guy named Mark Brian, he created African Pride and now created the two Doctor brands, to get more of the Black dollar.  I was a little offended by the images of Black women they used in their ads, the women looked like slaves. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Natural or Straight U Make the Decision


Anatomy of Hair

Hair itself is made up of 3 regions:
  • the lower segment (bulb and suprabulb)- The lower segment extends from the base of the follicle to the insertion of the erector pili muscle (also known as the arrector pili muscle)
  •  the middle segment (isthmus)-The middle segment is a short section that extends from the insertion of the erector pili muscle to the entrance of the sebaceous gland duct.
  • and the upper segment (infundibulum)-The upper segment extends from the entrance of the sebaceous gland duct to the follicular orifice.
Hair also grows in 3 phases:
  • Anagen, the growing phase-this starts at the moment it begins to grow and lasts for up to 7 years, without interruption, and can grow as long as a meter or approximately 40 inches.
  • Catagen, the hair follicle shrinks and the lower part of the hair breaks away. This lasts for up to 2 weeks.
  • Telogen,  the hair does not grow but stays attached to the follicle while the dermal papilla stays in a resting phase below. Approximately 10-15 percent of all hairs are in this phase at an one time.  If the old hair has not already been shed the new hair pushes the old one out and the growth cycle starts all over again (anagen).
Hair growth depends on a number of factors:
If you have parents who have naturally thin or fine hair, it is possible that you will have the same type of hair. Although skipping generations does take place, you can also inherit receding hair lines, cowlicks, thin temples, and male pattern baldness.
Hormones do play a part in hair growth. During pregnancy, quite often the hair grows faster and thicker, but after the baby is born, many women experience hair loss.
Learn about hormones & hair health/growth here! Age
While an infant’s hair starts off growing slow, and is often thin, it usually changes throughout their early years into puberty. After puberty, this is when the normal hair texture will remain almost the same until aging sets in. During the teen years and throughout adult hood, the hair is most often at its strongest, but elders will see a change in density, color and length in their latter years.
Analogy: It’s almost as if t here are 2 sets of the three phases of growth based on age. The youngest being the anagen phase while in early adulthood, catagen and elderly, telogen…
Ethnicity, Hair Texture, Hair Type

Caucasian hair grows at a rate of about 1.2cm a month and has the greatest density of all three hair types. Blondes have about 146,000 hairs on their heads, black-haired beauties about 110,000 hairs, brunettes 100,000 hairs and redheads roughly 86,000 hairs. Afro-Caribbean hair is predominantly black and a healthy person possesses about 50,000 to 100,000 hairs on their head but they have the slowest growth rate of about 0.9cm per month. Asian hair – the most dominant hair type in the world – out speeds the rest with a growth rate of 1.3cm per month, and despite an estimated 80,000 to 140,000 scalp hairs, it usually has the least density.
There are times when hair can grow down to there. Hair locking is one of the most natural ways to grow long hair in spite of genes and age and still,   there are those who have long, loose natural hair as well.
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