Choosing the right hair color ~ Guest Blog by the Bernardi Sisters

| January 30, 2013 | 5 Comments

Since our mother is a retired hair stylist, it only seems fitting that our first post for the Ottawa Mommy Club be about hair.

At some point we will or have all faced the dilemma of choosing the right hair color. It can be overwhelming. There are so many factors to consider: skin tone, natural hair color, color levels, color tones, color shades, highlights, low lights, foiling, cap method, tri-color method, color charts and understanding the natural pigment in your hair and the end results of adding artificial pigment. It’s exhausting. And have you been down a hair product aisle lately? There are so many different brands and products to choose from.




We have had trouble, in the past, picking the right shade of foundation, let alone picking the right hair color. Neither of us has ever colored our own hair and the thought has never crossed our minds. Why? If we ever did attempt it ourselves, it would be a complete and utter disaster. Picking the wrong foundation is one thing. You can just wipe it off and go back to the cosmetics counter. Correcting a bad hair color could cost more than if you had gone to a salon in the first place.


We read a few articles and here are two common mistakes they listed:
It will most likely come up green. When we read this, we instantly thought of the scene from Anne of Green Gables, where Anne tries to dye her hair and it comes out green so Marilla has to cut Anne’s hair short.


Grey is very resistant and needs to process longer. What does that mean? If you leave color in too long it can damage the hair. If you don’t leave it in long enough, it might not cover your grey and you’ll have to do it all over again.
“Hair style is the final tip-off whether or not a woman really knows herself.”


Hubert de Givenchy
We know ourselves. We know our limitations. We can do many things in life but coloring our own hair is not one of them. Our advice? Avoid the trouble. Avoid the stress. Go to a professional. Hair stylists are skilled, trained, professionals. They do this for a living. Let them be the ones to help you find your own personalized hair color.


This is also a chance to get pampered. Think of it as a mini get away from your husband and the kids. Enjoy having someone shampoo and blow dry your hair. Read a magazine or book. Enjoy a coffee or glass of wine. Is there any better feeling? You’ll leave the salon feeling refreshed and looking radiant. Treat yourself. You deserve it! You only have one life – live it to its fullest and be happy!
Communication is the key!  Yes, this post offers great advice. I always do a very thorough consultation with my guests. I find this helps me understand what look they are trying to achieve and what the steps are that I need to take, to ensure that satisfaction is reached. It’s a process that should be fun, easy and professional. It’s important that my guests feel very comfortable and confident that I am the right stylist for them. Communication is very important and the desired color and cut will only be reached this way. Once you find your stylist and you are happy. Never let them go.
(Even though our mother was a hair stylist, that does not qualify us as experts. So we turn to our resident Bernardi Beauty Blog hair guru Ramsey Sayah, Master Stylist and owner of Texture Hair Salon for his advice.)
The Bernardi Sisters


We’re two sisters. Consuelo and Natasha. The number one beauty lesson

we have had engrained into our brains growing up, by our mother, is

that you should always make the effort to look good (hair, clothing

and make up). Granted we’ve had our heinous moments in fashion…the 80s

in general, bad hairstyles and lipstick colour choices. But you live

and learn from your mistakes and fashion and beauty is all about

trying this out…until you find your own signature look and being

comfortable in your own skin.


Together, we blog about all things fashion, style, hair, beauty and

Celebrities things that we love and the things that make us wonder why

it ever made it to the sales rack to begin with. As kids we loved

playing dress up and I guess we never grew out of that and that’s how

we came to create our blog.

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  1. Save-at-Home-Mom says:

    oh my! i felt weak in the knees reading your post, gals, and you’d FREAK if I shared how many corners I cut when it comes to hair colour!! (think coupons, sales and taking an extra minute to meausure out just 1/3 of the mixes (uber short hair!) so it works out to about $2 each month). That being said, I enjoyed your post and you’ve inspired me to add a glass of wine to the mix … even the frugal need a little pampering! Fun post – looking forward to more!

  2. K says:

    I must be boring – I don’t colour my hair! I love the idea of having time to get it done regularly though. It would be a mini vacation!

  3. Natasha + Consuelo says:

    A mini vacation + wine are the added perks! Have a great weekend ladies!

  4. kathy downey says:

    We have a hairdresser training school in my area and for $25.00 I can get a colour /foils and a cut

  5. kathy downey says:

    There are so many names and colors its hard to choose

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