Week three of being open has been great, exhausting, challenging, and many other adjectives to describe life in general and in the salon.

Still, though, many of my regular clients have not ventured out. I assure you we are sanitized and sterilized. I truly understand the hesitation, however.

I’m pleased that more than three-quarters of the people I’ve seen have not been kitchen magicians. Thank goodness! It is so much easier to touch up new growth and give a good, healthy haircut than to fix some of the overdone, flat color.

It’s so bad when that boxed color is used. I am not sure what the manufacturers use to make your hair so dead looking. It’s impossible to break through to make it happy again.

Color will not lift color (a good FYI to remember), therefore, any color that is on the hair – both professional and out of the box – needs to be bleached or taken out with bleach. Even then it’s a challenge to remove without damaging the hair.

There are times it doesn’t look horrible when experimenting at home, but it will eventually come back to haunt you. When applying color, we as professionals know that it will lift your existing color a bit to deposit the color from the bottle or tube into the hair. This “lifting” reveals the orange, i.e., brassy color in the hair.

Of course, then the color is applied to camouflage the brass. As the artificial color washes out, the brassiness begins to appear. And then, it’s time to do all again.

A professional covers only the new growth so it doesn’t lift twice (once on the already processed hair and once on the new growth). At home this is difficult to prevent from happening. Hence, Hair Color Hell.

I know it’s a bit much to understand. Just don’t do it. Plain and simple.

Call a pro. You’ll be prettier and happier in the long run.

Joy Ross is owner of Style It Salon in Old Town Bluffton. styleitsalon.com