Colouring your hair can be amazing. It can turn dull, mousey hair into a shimmering, glossy new you.

Depending on what process you choose, you can alter your hair shade by 3 tones comfortably in one sitting, giving you a dramatically changed look in one day. With only a few practical rules to follow your hair colour world could change forever…


Skin Test You shouldn’t ignore the fact that colouring your hair involves applying chemicals to your scalp (highlights excluded)! NEVER do this without having a skin test done 48 hours beforehand, adverse reactions to hair colour can be extremely serious.

Hair Condition Your colour results will depend on your hair’s condition. Dry, damaged and therefore porous hair absorbs colour faster, therefore you may no get the full benefit of your new tones/shade and colour may fade faster. We always recommend that your homecare regime should incorporate professionally prescribed shampoo and conditioners to address the condition and safeguard against colour fade.

Sun Exposure Exposure to the sun will fade/lighten your colour no matter how you have coloured it. Protect your hair through the summer months with sun protection sprays/creams and where possible wear sun hats/bright scarves.

Top Colour Options
Temporary – Comes in spray or mousse forms and washes away immediately.
Semi – Usually lasts between 8-15 washes.
Quasi – Usually lasts between 15-22 washes.
Permanent – As you would imagine this colour is permanent and lasts until it’s either grown/cut out. This is the most suitable for hair that is 60% or more grey.
Highlights – This involves much higher levels of lightening individual strands, weaves or slices of the hair. Also lasts until grown/cut out.

Find Your Perfect Colour Match
Your Skin Tone – If you tend to go pink in the sun, you are likely to have cool skin tones, and if you go brown easily, then you are likely to have a warm skin tone.
The Perfect Match – If you are pale skinned you should look to cool-toned colours like biscuit, beige, creamy tones and natural/neutral shades of brown, darker brown can work if the tone of the colour is very cool.
If you have warm skin, warm based reds, coppers, copper gold and golden blondes look fab.
Honey, caramel and cocoa bronzes look good on all skin types.
Dark to Light – A top colourist will always check if it’s technically possible to get you blonde from brown without ruining the condition of your hair. If you have very pale skin, a dark to light transition could look great, but if you have very dark skin, a slightly warmer blonde may look better.
No No’s – Copper paired with pinky skin can clash very badly, and very warm golden, coppery browns against mature skin can be very draining. Black hair against all skin tones can look very harsh unless 100% natural.

Hairdressers are visual people and we work well with imagery, so bring us pictures. We wont think you are asking to look like a celeb, so don’t be embarrassed. Also, one persons idea of red maybe someone else’s idea of copper, so using pictures means that both you and the hairdresser are both talking about the same shade.
Next time I will tell you all about maintaining that fabulous new colour, how to combat the dreaded colour fade, the perfect products to use, the ones to avoid and how to anti-age your hair.
In the mean time, why not click on my appointment diary and make your next colour appointment or alternatively contact me to arrange my complimentary consultation and free skin test.
P.S. All my new colour clients require a skin test before proceeding with colour services. This must be done a minimum of 48 hours before the service. It’s no big deal as I will call to you.