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  1. Haircutz

    Illumina help

    If it’s starting to go like chewing gum, the next stage is uneven broken clumps, if you don’t take good care now. Use a quality moisture mask as often as possible and an occasional protein based conditioner. Don’t over-do the protein though as too much protein can also cause breakage.
  2. Haircutz

    Guy Tang direct dye

    I also suspect that the hairdressers recommending bleach haven’t used a colour reducer when removing oxidised colour either. :oops: ;)
  3. Haircutz

    Guy Tang direct dye

    It’s a tricky one because the colour molecules in direct dye semi’s sit on the outside of the cuticle layer but the molecules in an oxidising colour go under the cuticle layer so don’t actually cover over it, strictly speaking. Try the direct dye remover, maybe twice on the blue, and see what...
  4. Haircutz

    Guy Tang direct dye

    Be really firm about not using bleach as it probably won’t budge if you do. :( Most of the colour houses that sell their own fashion colour direct dyes offer a direct dye remover now. I think the last one I used was by Joico? Pulp Riot do one too and I think they’re sold in either Capital or...
  5. Haircutz

    Bleached my hair with highlights but not light enough

    Bleach always needs toning in my opinion but there are lots of products you can tone with, including a mousse (semi) and it won’t deposit too much pigment.
  6. Haircutz

    Guy Tang direct dye

    You should always use a direct dye remover, never bleach, otherwise you risk it staining the cuticle layer. If you can’t remove it, try to neutralise it with tint but you‘re very unlikely to get it to Platinum.
  7. Haircutz

    Colour disaster

    Your post is very confusing. Are you a qualified hairdresser? I’m assuming the 60% is a typo? You said you used a 10 to start and it was too light and a coloured mousse toned it to a perfect blonde. Now apparently, it’s orange, ginger and red. This is the confusing part. If it’s orange and...
  8. Haircutz

    Allergy or irritation

    You’ve likely developed an allergy to the gel due to it not curing properly. Being hard to the touch and being fully cured are NOT the same thing. It’s also not a matter of leaving the hands in the lamp for twice the length of time because if the lamp isn’t matched to the product, it simply...
  9. Haircutz

    Illumina help

    Sounds like your hair is very porous if it washed straight out. How’s the elasticity?
  10. Haircutz

    Help with a copper formula please?

    I love your current colour BC. It’s gorgeous. 😍 Your best bet is to do some slim strand tests on hidden sections because then you’ll see how well it covers your bleached hair. You could also try using a direct dye instead?
  11. Haircutz

    Bleached my hair with highlights but not light enough

    Possibly. Although it’s very tricky to re-do recent highlights taking care not to pick up any bleached hair when weaving. You don’t want to risk adding more bleach to recently bleached hair. Too late now, but it might have been better getting colour painted between the foils to lift the rest...
  12. Haircutz

    Best toner for cool, yet not too ashy hair?

    You need to address why that’s happening as it shouldn’t get too brassy between colour appointments. It’s probably because your hair is porous and you’re washing it too often and/or using heated styling tools. The brass is the natural colour underneath showing through because the artificial...
  13. Haircutz

    Help with a copper formula please?

    What’s your starting point? Has the client got a lot of red and copper naturally?
  14. Haircutz

    Commission pay

    Also, have a read through this thread. https://www.salongeek.com/threads/hmrc-guidelines-for-determining-self-employment.295298/ If you struggle with assertiveness, it is something that you can improve with practice and there’s lots of support online too.
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    Commission pay

    You’re self employed so it’s UP TO YOU to negotiate the best rate for you. There is no set rule or entitlement but in general, the person who is supplying the majority of the products/advertising/laundry services etc. receives the 60%. As a self employed worker you need to be confident...
  16. Haircutz

    Highlift blonde going back to highlights, is it possible?

    You could ask to have a few lowlights put in to give your colour more dimension at this stage. That might be a workable solution. Either using a demi with a very low strength developer or a semi that doesn’t need developer adding. A semi on porous hair can last quite a few shampoos.
  17. Haircutz

    Self employed beauty therapist

    Oh that doesn't sound great as you’ll probably be classed as an independent contractor in those circumstances. The salon owner is either clueless or (more likely) dodgy. I recommend you either be fully self employed managing your own clients, taking their monies directly and paying rent to the...
  18. Haircutz

    Highlift blonde going back to highlights, is it possible?

    Highlift tints generally use 12% peroxide solution which is far harsher than using bleach with 6%. They’re good in some circumstances but if your natural hair colour is light brown or darker and you want to be a light blonde, your hair is always better off using bleach with a low strength...
  19. Haircutz

    Highlift blonde going back to highlights, is it possible?

    Why do you prefer highlift to bleach? Do you mistakenly believe it’s less damaging?
  20. Haircutz

    Toner for blonde hair

    That depends on the hair it’s being applied to. If it’s quite yellow, the violet tones will neutralise the yellow first and so the finished result will be very muted.
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