I’m getting spring fever to update my hair color, an undertaking that makes me endlessly nervous. No matter how subtle the change, or how much I trust my amazing stylist, I can’t help but worry that somehow I’ll go in a brunette and come out a Barbie. Which is why a quick Q & A with Clairol professional Nico  really put my mind at ease. The Mizu Salon  master colorist has celebrity and editorial credits a mile long, so he knows all about high maintenance.
Nico: I find it most helpful when clients bring photos or celebrity references with them to the salon. I love when clients email me a photo prior to their appointment so that I can do some research ahead of time. Once I see a picture, it opens up the dialogue about whether or not it’s the right direction for that client.
Q: What are the latest application tricks or techniques I should ask for?
Nico: Not only has hair color technology changed over the past couple of years, but the way we color hair has changed too. We’re constantly using new strategies to obtain the most natural results. The latest is incorporating a gentle demi-permanent shade and subtle highlights to strategic areas both during and after the single process application.
Q: How can I maintain my color once I leave the salon?
Nico: Shampoo less! When you do shampoo, be sure to purchase products from a salon or beauty supply store since drugstore shampoos and conditioners often have high pH levels that can cause color to dull. Look for products with a pH of 4.5 to 5.5. Also, stay away from color-enhancing products. I’ve seen how these can transform my $300 highlights into what looks like a shoddy at-home dye job. Eek!
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