It’s time to talk about rose gold. All the cool people have it, we all want it. But why does your hairstylist’s eyes roll in the back of their head when you pull out that one perfect “dusty mauve” or “champagne pink” picture from Instagram? I’m gonna be real, you guys. It’s one of the toughest colors our industry has come across and every stylist has tried to perfect it and give it a unique twist while trying to make our clients happy. There are cool toned rose golds, warm toned rose golds, some are super pink, and some are more “true gold”. I’m starting to sound like Dr. Suess, aren’t I? Don’t get me wrong, we want all of our clients to have their dream hair, and we all want to be crowned the Rose Gold Kings and Queens of our salons, but it takes a perfectly prepared canvas. When we explain to you that these fantasy colors may not happen in one appointment, that it may take 3, 4, even up to 6 visits to achieve - we are not saying we don’t want to do it. We aren’t saying it isn’t possible, either. But it takes commitment on both sides of the chair, and our commitment will always be to keep your hair healthy first.
As a stylist and a client myself, I decided to conduct a little experiment on my own hair so you guys can see what I’m talking about. I had a fellow stylist balayage my hair to what I would call a “natural light blonde” - no where near Gwen Stefani or Gaga - but light enough to be able to add the desired rose gold shade to my hair. This is what we got after the rose gold toner:
YASSS, am I right? I was so in love. This is what we would consider a “cool toned” rose gold because there is a hint of violet throughout. Now, like a good client, I used the recommended shampoos from the Davines “Oi” Line and only washed my hair about every 3 days. We agreed on this shampoo / conditioner combo because I don’t mind to see my color fade gradually, where as other clients may choose to use a color enhancing / pigmented shampoo and conditioner line to keep the color from fading and extend their time between appointments. All of this can be discussed with your stylist, depending on your natural hair type and texture, as well as it’s condition after being colored.
I’m not kidding when I say this, it MATTERS what products you are using at home. Rose Gold and every other fantasy color is a heavy investment. If you are willing to pay for the service and touch up appointments, please do not use drug store shampoos on your unicorn hair. This is a service that, in the long run, can cost several hundred dollars. We are not trying to up your ticket price when we offer shampoo. We know how much you have already sacrificed financially for your dream hair, and we only want to help you continue to be satisfied with it once you leave. That being said, let’s check out my fade after 4 weeks of using salon recommended shampoo and conditioner:
Not too shabby! There has definitely been some fading, it’s much lighter but I have enjoyed the transition from a cooler rose gold to a more “champagne” color. To me, this is still a very wearable color and I would expect my next service to be another 4 weeks, which puts me at a full 8 weeks in between colors. Of course, this is completely customizable to you. Some of my clients prefer to make an appointment between balayage services for a quick re-tone. This means we do not touch up roots, but apply the same formula to “tone” that rose gold down again.
The most badass thing about you can absolutely be your hair. As stylists, we enjoy the creative challenge of what fantasy colors can be. Rose gold, silver, or lilac, all of the same rules apply. As long as it is an attainable goal where the health of your hair is not compromised and there is just as much commitment at home as we put in behind the chair, nothing is impossible. Be sure to bring lots of pictures and a very open mind to your next appointment. We can’t wait to see you!