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Old 04-21-2009, 07:22 AM
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I've posted here before about my very thick, coarse, wavy hair. I also have to add permanent color to cover all the grey, which I do myself at home. It was recommended to me to try Ouidad products & a Ouidad-trained hairstylist for the "Carve & Slice" haircut for curly/wavy hair. Luckily, here in the Charlotte NC area there's a Ouidad-certified salon w/ a couple of Ouidad-trained stylists. It's much more expensive than what I'd prefer paying but I'm willing to try it.

Then, the salon told me that at the first Ouidad haircut, it's a requirement that they do a Ouidad deep conditioning treatment (for $55!) right before the $105 haircut. So, in spite of the high cost, I was going to set it up but when I told them I was coloring my hair at home that day (day before the appt), they said "Oh, we apply heat & the conditioning treatment opens up your hair cuticles, so it would strip your color."

I postponed the appt because I couldn't get a clear answer on how this deep conditioning treatment would affect my hair color even weeks after the color is applied. Hopefully someone here, especially a professional hairstylist/colorist, can tell me about this: OK to get a deep conditioning treatment w/ heat a week after applying hair color? a week before applying hair color? Yes, my hair tends to be dry & coarse, but right after applying the permanent hair color & conditioner at home, my hair feels it's best: real soft & smooth for at least a few days. (So how about skipping the $55 conditioning treatment & just get the haircut??) Up till now, I've never used heat to condition, usually just shampoo/condition every 3 days (leave conditioner in at least 5 minutes, then rinse out.)

Does my having color-treated hair prevent me from getting any deep conditioning treatments which involve heat? And I'm assuming that a certain percentage of Ouidad customers have color-treated hair, so I can't be the first customer to wonder about this but the person at the salon kinda acted like "that's a new one-- not sure about that." (huh?) With such a high price for these services, you'd think they'd have a ready answer to what must be a common question, right? (And if the answer is uncertain, just give me the haircut without the "required" conditioning treatment!!)
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:13 PM
Location: Tampa, FL
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Me personally, the "required" deep conditioner for a haircut seems like an arbitrary upsell and I would balk. Then again, my hair grows so fast and is kept so short that I could never justify such expensive haircuts. That's just me, though. It sounds like this is just what you are after, so setting aside my personal feelings - why not just go for it? What's the worst that could happen? You wind up with a great cut, hair in lovely condition, and maybe your color fades. You could easily fix that with a demi color to fill it back in. I have had good luck with the Clairol Complements line.
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Old 04-22-2009, 11:58 AM
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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If you do this, do it a week or even a couple of days BEFORE you do your color. Your color will probably do really well a week after the treatment... I personally would try it...see if I like it. A hair cut can ALWAYS be duplicated...Once they do this cut, it will be easy to follow to trim it up.
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