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I get a lot of questions that I hang onto, and every once in a while I like to put a few together in a 'Dear Gina' format for you. Please don't hesitate to contact me with your questions or comments at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or on twitter @getginafied. Enjoy.

Q: My hair color changes from the salon to the next visit...what the heck am I doing wrong?

A: All hair color is going to fade between visits no matter what. How much it fades depends upon a few things. Is your stylist using a semi, demi or permanent color? How healthy is your hair? Are you using the right products at home to support your color? It is hard to narrow in on exactly what your specific problem without seeing your hair. I would recommend using the products your stylists suggests that you use. It really does make a difference in longevity of your color as well as condition of your hair. Are you washing too frequently? Maybe you have well water (with hard or soft water issues)? Another suggestion is maybe to adjust time in between visits or schedule a glazing (color top coat) or toner (quick service to rid hair of brassy or unwanted tones for lighter hair color) for your hair in between your scheduled color. I hope this helps a bit.

Q: How can I make my hair look shiny?

A: Isn't this the million dollar question? We all want Barbie doll shiny hair! I can only speak from my personal experience here and tell you that what you put in your body comes out on your hair. So start with a healthy diet and vitamins. Secondly, use good products. Over-the-counter products are just too harsh. This goes for box color too. Beyond that, Paul Mitchell The Color has the least amount of these chemicals of any on the market. Contact your salon for a deep-conditioning treatment followed by a clear glaze for healthy hair that starts from the inside out.

Q: Why does my hair look good when I leave the salon and I can't duplicate it at home?

A: I love when clients say, 'Can I take you home with me?' Such a great compliment to get. The truth is, you can. You have to listen to your stylist and do what they tell you and purchase the products and tools that they recommend in order to achieve your look at home. With that said, don't expect to be able to give yourself the same type of blow-out that your stylist gives you at the salon. It is impossible, and your arms would fall off trying. Your stylist should be telling you how to do it at home in an easier way. If they aren't doing that, ask them next time to show you.

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