Question: My hairdresser left town without giving notice, and this left me with trying to find someone to replace him within a couple of weeks.

After talking with several friends, I settled on a hairdresser who came with excellent credentials.

My hair has highlights, and, when I went for my appointment, I was asked if I wanted to be lightened up a little. I answered yes since my hair really needed to be treated.

However, this blue stuff was applied to my whole head, and, when it was finally taken off, I had light blond almost white hair and no highlights.

What was this blue stuff, and did it harm my hair? How soon can I have my hair treated and highlights put in? What should I do in the meantime to get my hair healthy again?

Answer: This is a little like diagnosing a problem over the phone but probably a ďtonerĒ was used to counteract the yellow in the hair.

This is a bit of an old-fashioned way of highlighting hair where the colorist bleaches the hair almost white and then applies another color over the top of it.

When I do highlights, I make them the color that they should be in the first place, preferably without the use of bleach. By doing so, very little damage takes place, and it doesnít fade while still maintaining a shiny, silky appearance.

You asked me what you should do to get your hair back in shape so you already answered the question as to whether the blue stuff damaged your hair, in part.

If you feel that your hair is damaged, then it probably is, but the damage was most likely from the bleaching process that was done in the first place.

Toners are low volume peroxide ďtint,Ē and they will eventually fade from the hair, leaving behind odd shades after it disappears.

It is possible that the toner will fade off, and it will look all right to you, but I doubt it.

It would be best for me to see this project in person to advise you about conditioning, and consult about your options for corrective color.

Bring a lot of money in your pocketbook, just in case. Expect to pay top dollar for corrective color services, but upkeep should be back to an expected amount in as little as one visit.

Be sure to let any colorist know if you are on a budget so you donít get stuck with a bill you canít afford.

Get an estimate before you give the go-ahead. Then, if it costs too much for your budget, they can go over other options to bring the cost back to an affordable price.

Question: My kid goes, and they take out the clippers and shave his head.

He hates it, and I do to, and it looks terrible. Can you give a boy a decent hair cut?

Answer: I can if you have $25.Tip of the week: Donít expect a good kidís haircut for $5.

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