Hair Answers: Jennifer Lopez

Posted in Answers, Celebrities on October 14th, 2010 by Reagan

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Q from Newbie- so i am a hairdresser my self. but i am still a baby at it. and i love love love jennifer lopezs color. i just cant seem to understand how they get her all over color so light with lifting with color. i know she has foils but her natural is probably a level 3 or 4 and her all over looks like a 6 with blonde foils. i need someones elses imput. or how you think they acheive such a pretty color. thank you so much. it would be awesome to hear a response back from you.

A from Reagan: Dear Newbie, great question. Im sure you are right about JLos natural color. There is no way she is anywhere near a 6 or 7 naturally*. One of my dearest friends from beauty school and I have a huge pet peeve of people trying to be blonde with only highlights when their base color is so dark. You have to lift your base first. If you dont, my friend will call you calico hair. And shell have a right to. Because your roots will look like a coat pattern, or a scarf at best. Lift your base first!

Although I am not Jennifer Lopezs colorist, I can tell that Jenny gets her base done. A lot of times, if you are just lifting one or two shades, you can still use 10 volume. But I would guess for J.Ls color, she uses a 20 volume developer. And most times when I have gotten my base done, they only leave it on 10ish minutes before rinsing.

After the base is lifted and the color is rinsed, THEN you throw in the foils.

The beauty of a two process color, is that you dont always have to have highlights every time. Someone as dark as JLo, probably has to get their base done every few weeks, but only needs foils every 8-10 weeks.

This hair lingo might be foreign to everyone besides me and newbie.

Here is a translation for you hairclients on fire.

You: Help! I think I have calico hair. The coat kind!

Me: Not for long. (rubs evil hands together). Lets start by lifting your hair to at least a level 6, but for you dirty blondes, lets go an 8 or a 9. If you already have highlights, you can just have the color applied to your roots. Since the color is touching your scalp and lifting slightly, it will probably tingle/burn a little bit. After rinsing the color, you might worry that you look like the singer, Vitamin C (you wont, I just think its a funny comparison), this is just because you arent used to having light roots!Β  Next, blow dry your roots and add the foils.

When you are all done cooking, you are going to be amazed, because for the first time in your life you will look like a natural blonde with subtle highlights. Most blonde celebrities do this, that is how they basically never have roots (except for when theyre doing Ombre!). Think Jessica Simpson, Reese Witherspoon, Gwennyth Paltrow all those light blondies.

A base isnt necessarily needed if you have light hair naturally. When Im not getting my ombre on, and Im foiling to the roots, I like to have a base done just to change the tone of my color since naturally Im so ashy. I want to be flashy, not ashy. That was bad, dont laugh at that.

A base is especially awesome if you have grey hair that needs to be covered. Something to think about ladies (and I guess maybe a man or two).

*Levels are how we describe how dark/light your hair is. Black is a level 1, Platinum blond is a level 12 (right? why am I not sure?).Β  My natural color is about a level 8. Is this helpful? Or confusing?

Im easily all over the place with these hair answers, because I get really excited when I talk about hair. Super sorry. But youll have to like me the way I am, because I just cant help the excitement. hooray.

4 Responses to Hair Answers: Jennifer Lopez

  1. lisa Says:

    when you are talking of lifting the base you are talking color, not bleach right????? I almost never do hilites without coloring the base, it just doesnt look natural at all.

  2. Sarah Says:

    So happy to see this!
    No one talks about this. Ive had countless stylists in the last 10 years as a blonde and every single one has steered me from an all over color before highlights. I love being a bright blonde, but I am sick to death of the Sarah Jessica Parker dark root contrast that is there even as I walk out the salon after a new highlight. Thank you for taking the time to cover this. I feel enlightened (pun intended). :)

  3. Jasmin Says:

    J-Lo has dark brown/bleack hair (look at her old films and photos).

    I have the same kind of hair, and some hairdressers recommend that I highlight it, whilst others recommend that I color it, but they never offer both; guess theyre wrong coz Ive had excellent results by following the technique Reagan mentioned.

    Depending on the original hair color (if its warm, neutral or cool) you can use a shade that cancels out any reds in the hair (my natural hair is almost black and any attempt to lift it yields orangy-shades unless I use a cool/ash based hair colour to neutralise it). Once Ive colored it (I use 20 volume developer with my hair color, otheriwse it just doesnt lift it) I then move on to do the highlights.

    Another technique of getting the base hair color lighter (pre highlights), but without using a hair color, is a technique that a hairdresser in Paris did on my hair: she used a peroxide-wash, which (from what she told me) is a low volume developer, peroxide power and water all shampooed into my hair, for about no more than 10 minutes, then washed. It basically lifted my hair by about two shades and looked great.

  4. Lydia Says:

    My hair is dark brown with some greying & I have been using Matrix Socolor 6MM Light Brown Mocca Mocca with 20 volume. Ive tried other brands of Light Brown also & they all seem to pull a reddish tint. I would like the outcome to be Light Brown. Any suggestions?


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