By Chloe-Meyers Published 09/15/2015 08:56:00 | Views: 914
Working in Color: How to have a little fun with color and still keep your job
 

One of the greatest things about hair is that you can be as experimental with it as you want since all colors and styles are just temporary. Color fades, your style grows out or you decide you want something new. It's only natural to eventually want to ditch the world of browns, blondes and reds for something more exciting.

Celebrities have been wearing all shades of the rainbow on the red carpet, and the fantasy hair color trend has seeped into regular, everyday life. Women and men alike don everything from vibrant shades of green to the cool, smoky shades of lavender-gray.

These hair colors may not be acceptable in some workplaces. If your day job has practical limits on how far you can go with your color, you might be feeling left out. Obviously, you want to avoid looking inappropriate or breaking any rules, but if you still want to express your personality and have some fun with your hair, there are a few ways to go about it.

Tina Dizon is owner/stylist at The Private Room in Beverly Hills, CA a boutique salon with a reputation for superior client services, trendsetters cuts and modern color that speaks true to what the client wants

"when it comes to bold color in the workplace, there are some subtle ways to be playful and bold but still maintain an 'office' personality," she said.

To achieve such a look, Dizon offers tips that let you have some fun with your hair while still looking polished and professional.

Commitment-Free Color

If you work in an environment that strictly forbids "unnatural" hair colors, Dizon suggests trying clip-in hair extensions or hair chalking to give your hair a risk-free color boost.

"Clip-in colored extensions are great for a non-commitment approach," she said. "You can use either a wide weft clip in the back underneath the widest part of the hair or one single stripe of color around the front." Clip-in colored extensions are available in several colors and textures for a variety of looks, and can be reused.

If you want something even more temporary, opt for color chalking. "The Private Room's signature Colorado service (which offers color chalking) is one of our most in-demand services: a temporary, wash-out soft pastel is rubbed into the hair strands, and colors chosend can be bold or soft," Dizon said. "The effect washes out after an evening of fun or whenever you shampoo your hair."

Peekaboo Streaks

Another great way to have fun with bright, bold colors is to have your stylist hide them in your hair. With this technique, placement is key. "A few peekaboo streaks in fashion colors add a touch of drama without going over the top," Dizon said.

Pastel shades can be achieved in any color family, but are most popular in shades of pink, blue and purple. If your hair is light, try a colored shampoo for a temporary soft wash of color - the effect is so subtle, co-workers may just think the lights at your office are playing tricks on their eyes

The Ombre Option

Most workplaces don't condone showing up with a full head of purple hair a la Katy Perry. However, if you work in an environment that's a little bit more progressive when it comes to color, your options become much more flexible. These effects aren't as subtle as the ones above, but most can still be covered when necessary.

If you have long hair, Dizon recommends using the ombre technique.

"This is a great trend for fashion colors, especially on long hair, as the hair framing your face doesn't change," Dizon said.

Since the color is mostly on your ends, it can be easily hidden in a topknot or ballerina bun.

For something less obvious, you can add a panel of color—ombre or not—underneath your hair. This option works for stricter environments: The effect is easily hidden by keeping your hair down at work, especially during important presentation or client meetings.

Finally, if you're feeling more adventurous, and if it doesn't violate the rules, Dizon proposes putting some color into your bangs.

"Adding color to your fringe doesn't look too dramatic, but still offers some fun," she said.

The effect can be easily obscured in those with layered bangs, and it's also somewhat temporary, as you can cut the color out as soon as your next bang trim

 

 

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By Chloe-Meyers 09/15/2015 08:56:00
 
 
 
 

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