Question About Blonde Hair Highlighting and Coloring

Posted on: April 3, 2009

Dear Eva,

Thank you for taking my call yesterday on Beauty Talk. You give such great advice and I would love to get your feedback on my hair dilemma. I need a recommendation on hair color.

I started out lightening my hair 15 years ago and I always used Clairol products which seemed to be pretty good with the exception of my hair turning brassey at times. I would like a variety of colors and a natural look. I think that just highlighting the roots and leaving some of my nautural hair color isn’t giving me enough of a variety of colors (my natural color is a light brown with a lot of red pigment) and is looking like white next to black .

Over the past 8 months, my hair stylist has applied a product by Chi (the same makers of that ionic hairdrier) and my hair is very frail and seems to be getting weaker.

My goal is NOT to lift to the highest light blonde, I am very light but I think it looks fake at times, but to lift to a color that looks good with my skin tone. I do not look good with gold tones and not enough lift drowns me out.

So….I would love to know what you recommend. I want to switch to a new product and keep my hair as long as possible. Thus, I need a good healthy product. I know that a medicine I took a year ago for fatigue (pharmaseutical unfortunately) did something to weaken my hair—its done this in the past.

Any help you have, I would be most grateful. Nice talking to you yesterday!! I would love to visit your salon in NYC one day!

Very sincerely yours,


Dear Cherie,

Thank you for your email, and I’m glad that you enjoy the show.

I would try to do a “base break”. This is when your colorist leaves a permanent color, ash based is best, for 5 minutes in the root area and then it is washed out. If you do this every month for 4-6 weeks to lighten your root area, you could get a way with highlighting your hair 3 or 4 times a year. This will really help the condition of your hair, as it is healthier than highlighting every time you have re-growth. I hope this helps!


10 Responses to “Question About Blonde Hair Highlighting and Coloring”

  1. lorrie johnson Says:

    eva i have a 17 year old daughter that wants to become a mini eva .she has always had a love for hair make up skin the whole works. what school would you recommand she start with.please help there is so many out there and i would love to send her to the best.thank you so much.

  2. evascrivo Says:

    Hi Lorrie,

    I love to hear of the aspiring stylists out there! I feel that New York is the ideal place to study the beauty industry. The Aveda Institute in NYC is one of the best out there, and I am consistently hiring graduates from Aveda as apprentices in my salon. I have had the pleasure of watching several graduates of Aveda move on from their apprenticeship to become a stylist and even senior or master stylist through the training program we have at my salon. If you are in a different part of the country, and not able to attend school in New York, let me know and I will try to find an equally successful school in your area. I hope this helps!


  3. kathy pollack Says:

    Eva, I have a question. I have dry, sensitive skin and I can’t find a moisturizer that doesn’t cause it to get worse. I put it on and within minutes I have even more lines. I once was able to use Avon Anew Night force but they changed their formula. This was approximately 5 years ago. Since then I have tried many different products with no success. Is there anything you could recommend that I could use? I will make a donation to your favorite charity if you can help me!!!

  4. evascrivo Says:

    Hi Kathy,

    I would try Yon-Ka’s Advanced Optimizer and Optimizer Creme. They both contain Hyaluronic Acid which helps plump, hydrate and smooth the surface of the skin. Moisturizer alone is not enough; you will need a combination of a healing serum and a protective cream. These products are only available through the salon at this time and are not yet on our website since they are brand new. Please call our salon at 212-677-7315 and we will be happy to send it to you.

    Best Wishes,

  5. Nancy Says:

    Hi Eva,

    I have brown to light brown hair that is going gray. I’ve always highlighted it. My former colorist told me he used a ‘no bleach’ formula, and it did seem to keep my hair in pretty good condition. I’ve moved and am looking for a new colorist. Since my old colorist doesn’t want to reveal his methods or materials, I’m wondering what to ask for at the salon to achieve the least damage. When I say ‘no bleach’ I’m always told its impossible.

  6. evascrivo Says:

    Hi Nancy,
    It sounds like your old colorist used a high-lift tint on you, which is what colorists often refer to as a “no bleach technique” when highlighting. A high-lift tint is classified as a level 11 or 12 in professional color lines. It is used with a higher volume peroxide and has the ability to lighted hair without bleach. At your new salon, you can specify that your hair has been highlighted in this fashion. If your former colorist will not give you your formula, perhaps he can help you find a salon in your area that carries the same color line(s). Hope this helps.

  7. Kate Sant Says:

    Please educate me on Keratin treatement Eva. I have heard alot of conflicting info.
    I would like to have the treatement done on my hair.My hairdresser informed me they use a New Zeland product which is free of Formaldehyde.
    My hair is coloured and very fine and freezy in humid weather.Do I qualify for this treatement?. I love your show on Sirius radio….Many Thanks…..Kate.

  8. evascrivo Says:

    Hi Kate,
    We also do Keratin treatments at my salon and have had great results with it. The brand we use is called La Braziliana which has a formaldehyde-free option as well. Since your hair is fine, that type of formulation, which is not as strong as those which contain formaldehyde, should probably work for you just fine. In the end, however, it’s always about the expertise and care of the professional performing the service. If you would like to read a bit more about my take on Keratin treatments, please refer to question #10 on the FAQ section of my web site:

    Hope this helps.

  9. lori mah Says:

    Need a very good blondhighlighting specialist. Can you recommend any in suffolk co.? Thanks.

  10. sheila leonhardt Says:

    Hi Eva,
    My daughter who is 13 also wants to be a mini Eva. She is mostly interested in make up. Is there any where in Chicago that you can recommend she can go to gain more experience?

Leave a Reply