Hair colouring: from colour to care
If you’re thinking about trying out a new hair colour, you’re probably wondering how to go about it. Our guide to summer hair explains the process of colouring your hair safely. Outlines some of the biggest colour trends and techniques, and also details the aftercare routine including how to make your hair soft and maintain your new hair colour.
Colouring your hair: the process
The process of colouring your hair depends a lot on your dream hair colour (We call it your target shade). Firstly we need to do a patch test and strand test to make sure we can lift your hair safely. Colouring very dark hair lighter is a long process, which can potentially take three to four visits to your colourist before it’s complete. Bear in mind that the faster you rush through the processes, the more damage you will do to your locks. Slow and steady wins the hair colour change race!
Hair colour: the trends
Hair trends are always changing, but recent years have seen a few stand the test of time:
- ‘Rose gold and Pink Ombre’ – blonde and peach tones that are an inspiring alternative to traditional shades
- Ice-cream pastels and rainbow – big colours, perfect show stoppers
- Denim – where grey meets navy for sophisticated, subtle colour as seen on beauty and lifestyle guru Danny DeFreitas
Of course, it’s not just specific colours that are popular – certain colouring techniques are also in vogue. Why not try balayage which involves freehand painting bleach onto the hair to create a very natural looking sun-bleached look? Or how about ombré (hair that is dark at the root and blends into a lighter shade towards the end) or sombré (a softer version that blends colours from higher up the head) for a more natural look? One benefit of all these techniques is that your colour commitment is very low! Meaning less visits to the salon.
Colouring your hair: the aftercare
Switching the colour of your hair is a fun way to bring a fresh new look, but you need to take extra care of your hair once you’ve coloured it.
- Wash your hair less frequently, and with cool water, to protect your hair colour
- Try using bond multiplying products such as olaplex before and after colour treatments to repair broken bonds in the hair shaft and help maintain the integrity of your hair
- Use specialist shampoos and conditioners to help keep the colour stronger for longer. (We really love mane tamer by EVO)
- Apply an intense, nourishing treatment weekly. This is one of the answers to make your hair soft again after colouring it – ideal if you’re worried about dry ends!
- Pay regular trips to your salon for touch-ups – your stylist can advise you on how often you should book yourself in. Or book in now for a free consultation
If you’re colouring your hair in time for summer then it is worth remembering that chlorine and salt water and the sun can damage coloured hair. Be sure to rinse your tresses thoroughly BEFORE and after hitting the pool or sea. you can also protect them with a sun protection spray or wear a hat while outside.
Now that you know what to consider before making a big change to your hair colour, plus how to take care of your hair and keep it healthy, the only question left is: which colour?
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