I've applied hundreds of successful color applications in salon, so who could be more qualified than I to begin coloring my own hair at home? I understood the most important elements of hair color application, and had the skills to back those up. What could possibly go wrong? Exactly five things.
The 5 Elements of a Proper Application
1) Speed: As much as I liked chatting with clients in the salon, when it came to applying color, it was time to get serious. The clock starts ticking the minute the first drop of color touches the hair, where it begins processing. Ideally, the front and back will finish closely together. As I carefully applied my own color, by the time I finished the back of my head, the color on the front had now been on over 20 minutes. Because math: starting the timer to now process the whole head the recommended 30 minutes, meant by the end, the front had processed almost an hour! Sigh. Over-processed.
2) Precision: Overlapping, i.e., applying over previously colored hair, causes so much havoc! The results? Dullness, banding and damaged hair. During application, the color would accidentally seep down several inches of hair, when I only wanted it on my regrowth. Over a few months, this caused my overall color to gradually turn darker and darker. The culprit wasn't me, it was the messy bottle. I had to bend over to get it to work with gravity, which meant I couldn't see where it was landing half the time. I dyed my face, neck, and the floor. Within a few months my lovely tresses had zero dimension, and felt crunchy and straw-like straw from over-processing.
3) Parting: I knew I needed to take long, clean partings like I gave my clients so the color would place precisely and only on my roots, so I...
a) used a tail comb to part, b) put the comb down c) picked up the bottle d) turned it upside down to shake the contents down d) repeat for every section. This was a lot of slow maneuvers for what was once a clean swoop.
4) Spreading: I wanted the speed of a bottle, with the precision of a bowl and brush application. The average bottle is not designed to spread color with. Spreading color with hands? Ugh, so like finger painting! When I got color on my gloves and then picked up my next section of hair with the same gloves, I would accidentally color over my highlights.
5) Experience: I very soon began to dread (despise, hate, avoid) coloring my hair because of the tedious, out-of-control process, only to be frustrated with my so-so results. What was once a self-care service that I loved having done in the salon, was something I began to put off until my roots and I were in a stare down contest.
That’s when I began dabbling in the creation a better application system. There have been more prototypes and engineer meetings than I can count. Many moments of getting stuck and finding solutions. Slowly improving on every prototype. Fast forward twenty years. I don't rock my dark brown any longer, now I play with bleach and toning my silvers with a fully fledged, patented Hummingbird, and I'm loving it.
The Hummingbird has all five elements covered. It works upright so I can see what I'm doing, including helping to reach the hard parts, like the back. The angled beak is purposefully designed to both part and spread color. The patented valve system carefully controls the flow of color- no more random squirting! Now I speed through my color applications, hit the mark and have fun doing it. I think of the Hummingbird as my friendly, able little-helper. I clean her, dry overnight, and shes ready to re-use, looking at me longingly from my shelf or in the bathroom with her little eyes, patiently awaiting my next application.
I'm looking forward to hearing about your experience in our reviews!
---KathrynNote: The Hummingbird's technology works so well, shes become a tool used in salons. Her upright use and flow control are an asset everywhere. With my feet anchored in both worlds, the insight and experiences of having lived in both, the Hummingbird is truly powered by the imagination, regardless of where she flies.