In most cases, it’s Vic that’s doing the styling. Being a celebrity wardrobe stylist and costume designer, her curly natural hair plays a role just as important as the purse she carries and the outfits that she wears. Everything has to come together precisely. She was a wonderful treat for this makeover series. She presented us with the biggest challenge because she was a bit anxious coming in. “I’m the worst person for surprises,” she told us. “I hate surprises. No, really I hate them.” In for surprise she was because like all of the other ladies before her, she had no idea what hair color she was getting. It could have been swamp green for all she knew. But what we knew was that her hair color needed to say “banging.” It needed to speak volumes even when she was not saying a word.
During her hair styling consultation with Amena before everything got started, Vic learned that she has low porosity hair which is why she struggled with dryness so much. She also revealed to us that she thought she was a 3c when in actuality she’s more 3a and b. During her consultation, she got the chance to learn about what products work best for her hair and what to stay away from. From the outside, her hair looked supple but to the touch it was extremely dry. Her color would need to be gentle all while still being effective especially since she was going to have her hair lightened with bleach and then the color deposited.
It’s a common misconception that only women with tightly coiled hair can have low porosity hair. Low porosity can happen with any hair texture. Which brings us to Vic’s after comments. “My hair feels better and more moisturized,” she told us. In many ways that makes sense because her cuticles have lifted and are allowing easier access for moisturizing products to work on her colored natural hair. But that also has a lot to do with colorist skill and knowledge–basically, how Amena lifted her hair and the products she chose to use. Not all stylists understand the impact of bleach and developer on hair…especially natural hair, which can lead to brittle and dry hair that will surely break off and begin to look dull and lifeless. Amena took the time to lift Victoria’s hair in sections, applying just the right amount of developer and timing each section for the desired lift needed which lead to a head full of dimensional pink and lavender hair that still has lots of curl life and vibrancy.
Curls In Color runs through June 24 and is in collaboration with Hair Polish Natural Hair Studio in Los Angeles. The hair makeovers are sponsored by Pravana, a professional hair care brand and leader in creative color. The hair color used for each makeover is exclusively Pravana including ChromaSilk Cr?me and Vivids.