Let’s face it: color correction doesn’t always come out perfect. It’s even more unpredictable with damaged or over-processed hair, so the result may be far from what you imagined. Hair texture, thickness, length, and the previous hair dye affect how your next color correction plays out.
Sammie Jones also relies on her instincts, experience, and a handful of luck when taking on color correction services. Her viral TikTok video with 17 million views and tons of likes proves her magic color correction recipe works so well her fans are booking their next hair appointment in her comment section! We at The Right Hairstyles join the waitlist, too.
Color blocking technique is a Michelin-star level among hair colorists because of the vibrant contrast between hair tones that must equally stand out. The technique involves sectioning the hair and choosing different colors for each section for a playful and expressive look. Sammie Jones opts for a coppery brown base and blonde front for a subtle yet nifty color transition. She also works with a single quadrant of blonde hair at the front as a variation of split hair coloring with darker and lighter sides.
The darker section is done in two steps – filler and color – to cover previously bleached ends and get rid of color banding. The lighter section goes in three steps – mids, roots, and tonner – for a naturally warmer tone and radiance. The trick is to do both sections simultaneously, so the hairstylist uses some help from an assistant to make the hair dye stick before washing everything out.
Using different color developers allows the hair professional to play with the color palette for a long-term result. She lifts the roots with the developer of the higher volume, giving a noticeable lightening to the original hair color. A low-volume developer is then pulled through the ends to open the hair cuticle and deposit pigment. It helps achieve a subtle lightening of the yellowish section and avoid a stark warm band. This combo also prevents further damage from bleaching since the color will wash out evenly before the next touch-ups.
Although the hairstylist admits the second appointment is still needed to smooth out the blonde front, her fans are beyond excited with the results. “You saved her life omg,” one comment says. “I need you to do my hair like 911,” another fan joins in.
While the hairstylist handles her client’s previously-colored hair like a real pro, taking care of dyed hair is what makes this beauty last. Hair care routine is a holy grail for colored locks. Deep conditioning, hair oiling, and regular trimming will maintain your hair’s health and make a new color pop. Minimizing shampoo days is also a good way to protect dyed hair from dryness and fading color.
There is no perfect color correction recipe. Every case is unique and requires an expert touch from a professional hairstylist. So, be sure your locks are in good hands before hopping on your next transformation train.