Stuart Ross, Vidal Sassoon Atelier Colourist Answers Important Hair-Dying Questions #PGMom

Are you enjoying the first glimpses of spring?  I am!  As a PGMom it’s extremely easy to get ready for Spring: cleaning, laundry, personal care, and personal grooming too!

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

I was given the opportunity to experience Vidal Sassoon’s products, and was also given the chance to interview Stuart Ross, Vidal Sassoon Atelier Colourist:

  1. Can a permanent color be applied over a semi-permanent color? And also the reverse?

Yes, but the easiest tip is to follow the instructions carefully when coloring at home – you’ll get the best result by sticking to the guidance in the pack.

  1. Can I buy different color hair dyes and mix them?

The Vidal Sassoon Salonist™ has a specific technology where the roots and the lengths are treated separately to ensure both get the optimum color level needed for rich hair colour full of depth and tones. The formula is designed to get the optimum hair color results.

  1. Can I dye over my previous hair color using a supermarket box dye?

Yes, NEW Vidal Sassoon Salonist™ features an innovative 2-step technique. This smart, flexible color technology has been specifically created to give the perfect consistency for use with a brush and bowl, as done in salons – so women can achieve a precise application at the roots and the right balance of depth and tones on the lengths. Scientific insights into hair fibres, structures and surface properties provides customised formulas for the roots, and then for the lengths so that both areas of the hair receive the right amount of color.

  1. Can you mix hair colour one day but use it the next? If not, why not?

No, the products create a chemical reaction once mixed together to offer the best hair color results.

  1. Does it affect the dye job if my hair is clean?

It is best to apply colour to hair and scalp that has not been shampooed 24 hrs prior to the service,

Your scalp has natural oils that protect the skin during the colour process. In the case of the hair having build up of styling products, shampoo the hair the day before for best result

  1. How can I avoid my hair color fading so quickly?

In terms of maintaining your colour, water is the biggest factor in color fade, due the oxidative minerals in wash water that can cause free radicals and affect hair quality. Make sure you use a shampoo and conditioner designed to protect colored hair. Sun protection is also a big factor so don’t forget to protect your hair, VS Leave In Conditioner is a great way to do this. Heated styling can also play a part so try using a lower temperature when styling, and always use a heat protector product.

  1. How can I remove hair colour stains from my skin?

To avoid color staining the skin, the application of Vidal Sassoon Salonist™ is an innovative 2-step technique. This smart, flexible colour technology has been specifically created to give the perfect consistency for use with a brush and bowl, as done in salons. The ‘Rich Color Cream’ is designed with the right concentration of dye, specifically to be used on the roots so the product does not run on skin and the brush makes it easier to apply colour on the roots.

  1. I have dark brown hair and I want a caramel brown. [I’d like blonde but we both know that the upkeep of that is absolutely insane]  How is that made possible?

Whether you are dyeing your hair darker or lighter, you should only lift two levels lighter or go down two levels darker. If you’re going lighter, a cool or ashy tone will counteract brassiness, which is an unwanted side effect of the lightening process. Since you are adding pigment when you go darker, hair can appear thicker and glossier. Lightening hair can have a similar effect but is caused by the texture of the hair shaft changing rather than the cuticle filling up.

9.         What hair colour would match an olive skin tone?

It’s not necessarily that simple, it’s really about a confidence and an attitude – if you have these you can pretty much carry anything off. But the usual rules apply obviously. If you have cool skin, then try for a little warmth in your hair color, if you have warmth in your skin try for a cooler tone in your hair. If you’re blond and have warm skin, lean towards cooler ash shades. As a rule, warmth and warmth or cool and cool don’t mix.

Interview With Cityline Host: Tracy Moore

Since posting my Activia Challenge Giveaway [ Activia Challenge Kits #Giveaway CAN 25/03 via @MyBitsandBleeps ]. I was given the opportunity to interview Tracy Moore (Cityline host) and I couldn’t pass it up.

A big thank you goes out to Tracy for scheduling time for me in her busy day!

Q1) Do you often have time to dedicate just to yourself (me time) and what’s your idea of a relaxing time?

A1) The genius way for ‘me time’ is to disguise it as working out.  Me time = Fitness time.  I work out 2 mornings and 2 afternoons, and Saturday morning the kids stay in their rooms until the treadmill beep.  A perfect day for me would include: going to the restaurant with the family or just with my husband, having a good conversation with my husband without interruptions, or reading for a couple of hours.

Q2)  It’s not easy to always eat right as an average mom. How does a busy one; like you, manage and maintain a nutritious diet while always on the go?

A2)  I’m good about forgiving myself.  For example, I had a busy day yesterday and by 6 pm I was famished.  My dinner was a protein shake and half a loaf of whole wheat bread with peanut butter and went to bed.  It’s ok.  I’m busy, I’m tired, I workout.  Every day is a chance to get it right.  I just turned 40 in January.  It’s ok, stop beating yourself up.  90% of the time it’s major organization.  My meals of the next day are done the day before, along with the kids lunches.  Our family doesn’t have the traditional roles.  My husband cooks the meals.  He enjoys cooking.  He includes lean meats (protein), vegetables, and complex carbohydrates.

Q3)  When did you become interested in being fit?

A3)  I was always into training my body in high school.  In University, I fell off and gained weight.  I was having fun, I was carefree, it was the only time I was unfit.  While taking my Masters, I realized it was a superficial field so to shape up my body.  In 2000 I graduated with my Masters.  Regardless of my weight, fitness has always been a concern.

Q4)  How do you balance family and career?

A4)  My husband has a lot to do with it.  I am realistic about limitations.  I can’t be the “control freak”.  I learned to let go.  Life can be messy.  Expectations have to be realistic; it’s ok if things aren’t perfect.  Balance is about mental state.  Perfect balance is about getting through it as best as you can.

Q5)  How do you fit your health routine into a busy lifestyle (going to the gym etc.)?

A5)  It’s about scheduling.  My husband and the kids understand it’s for my mental state.  I have a list for everything and it’s all in my calendar. 

Q6)  Why trust Activia?  How will it help you?

A6)  I started the challenge on Wednesday.  With my diet, I’m usually hungry at 3 pm so I’m using the challenge to feel filled up.  I haven’t done yoghurt in a long time.  I snack at 10 am and at 3 pm.  It’s a portable protein.  I’m hoping it’ll fill me up.  So far it’s good.

Q7)  What are your current fitness goals?

A7)  I’ve had a bad back for 4-5 years now.  My trainer and I are working on correcting it.  So (1) for my lower back pain, and (2) to increase my strength.  I like feeling strong, and for carrying the kids.

Q8)  Do you have any advice for busy moms wanting to start-up a health routine?

A8)  Don’t be scared of doing something specific.  Start by scheduling time in day to move and make it work within your life.  Make it enjoyable, and simple.  You shouldn’t have to do something you hate.  If you like dancing, try Zumba.  Jog when you go pick up the kids from school, walk back.  I hate going outside in the winter, but my husband does.  He goes out with the kids.  I love the summer so we’ll stay outside.  Kids learn by example so be an example for your kids.  Do it with your kids.

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