Wella Color Discovery Tour Event Recap And Hair Coloring Tips

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I finally attended the Wella Color Discovery Tour Event at Old Orchard Mall today and had such a blast! Not only did I get a free hair color consultation with one of Chicago’s bests, I sat down with Wella Professionals’ very own hair expert, Nicole, to get the lowdown on how to achieve great hair color.


Since I have not dyed my hair in over a year, the first thing I wanted to know is how to choose the right color. Nicole’s answer? Look at your complexion, natural hair color, eye color and even makeup. As much as you are tempted to go for a drastic change, the most fool-proof way is to stick to a few shades lighter or darker than your natural hair color.

She also pointed out that it is always easier to go dark than light. So what should those with naturally dark hair do if they want lighter hair? Nicole suggested using highlights and lowlights to create dimension and a ribbon effect instead of doing a lighter color all over to get the most natural look.

When I brought up the difference between at-home coloring and getting it done professionally, Nicole supported the latter but she has valid reasons. Since at-home dying kits are meant to cater to all hair types and colors, they do not have the ability to lift your color and correct your undertones. In most cases, you will end up with a color that is too brassy and risk having to pay more to get it fixed at a salon. At-home dying kits also tend to contain ingredients like metallics which are less safe and more damaging to the hair.

I will be getting a taste of the Wella haircoloring experience by Liza from Shear Elegance Salon in 2 weeks. Stay tuned for an update with before-and-after pictures!

Missed today’s event? The folks at Wella will still be around tomorrow (August 1st, 11am to 6pm) at Old Orchard Mall right by Macy’s. Hurry down there to get your free haircolor consultation, 25% off coupon for your next coloring service AND a free Sebastian Volupt Spray!

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

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