Q: When heat is used to accelerate the coloring processes how should the time be adjusted? I know without heat it should be
about 25 minutes so with heat is it like 15 minutes heat and 5 minutes cool down? Also I have naturally light brown hair and super
dark brown/black eyebrows, and I recently dyed my hair a dark red color. A lot of people have said I need to make my eyebrows match,
but a stylist friend of mine said it would be a bad idea, because it fades so fast and dark red isn't natural to begin with so
matching eyebrows would be strange. What do you recommend with dark red hair and black eyebrows?
A: First of all, the timing of hair coloring and bleaching is primarily affected by the strength of the developer and bleaching agent
used, and the porosity/resistance level of the hair. Heat is generally used when the hair proves to be more resistant to color and
bleaching, or to make the lightening process faster with darker hair.
Itís not possible to exactly quantify the timing with or without heat in a color/bleaching process.
An experienced hair colorist can often gauge the timing intuitively, but that is only because he or she would have performed the process
many times before. If you plan to use heat to help process a service youíve performed on yourself before, you need to watch the hair closely.
As for the idea of coloring your eyebrows, a good rule of thumb is to keep the color of your
eyebrows and hair within a few shades of each other. It isnít necessary for the hair and eyebrow color to match exactly. In fact, most
peopleís brow color and hair color donít match. If you feel that the color of your brows is too dark compared to your hair color, you
can use a red based color with some lifting action to add a reddish tone to your brows. Just remember to be careful using any color around the eyes.
Your stylist friend is correct in that dark red hair isnít natural, but I know that many clients
of my own are not comfortable with their color service Ė particularly when dealing with red hair color applications Ė unless we treat
their eyebrows as well, to keep the colors in the same range.