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So you can sound like you're a Hairdresser and impress everyone.
When I catch up with friends, it seems like a mandatory part of our time together is to be spent talking about Hair, like when you meet a doctor and want their advice about your suspect mole. It goes something like this. I listen to their issue, respond wearing my My Hairdresser cap, they stare back blank at me, I try to simplify my answer, we part ways. Next time I see them there Hair looks exactly the same because they didn't understand certain words I had said. So in order to break down this language barrier, I asked them the keywords they wanted me to explain, so our next appointment, I mean social gathering, can be successful. Lift Lift means to Lighten the Hair. You’ll hear this mentioned a lot around Developers and how many levels they lift - Example: 20 Volume Developer Lifts the Hair 2 levels, which means 20 Volume Developer will Lighten the Hair 2 levels. Deposit To deposit Colour is to do the opposite of lifting the Hair, you’re making your Hair darker by adding Colour to it. No Lift Developer has, as its name suggests no lift, so we use it to go from Light to Dark. Depth Depth can be interpreted in two ways. It can refer to the darkness of a Hair Colour - Example: 5.53 Chocolate Brown has a lot of depth. It also refers to the Colours that have multiple reflects, most commonly Dark Colours, that create the illusion of Volume or a fuller Hair Colour. Choosing a Colour with depth can make your Hair look thicker because of the dimension the Colour brings. Pre Lightened Pre Lightened Hair is previously Lightened Coloured Hair, most commonly done by Bleaching. We use it as the first step before applying another Light or Intense Colour. By Hair being Pre Lightened, it means those with a Darker starting point will more likely get a Lighter, Vibrant Colour. Reflect Reflects are Colour hues that are added to Naturals to add character and dimension, and help you understand the Colour. There are 2 types of Reflects: primary and secondary. The primary reflect will be the more dominant Reflect, the secondary Reflect is prominent in sunlight or with movement. Example: 6.4 Dark Copper Blonde has 1 reflect that is Copper. 7.46 Rich Copper Red has 2 reflects that are Copper and Red. A 3 Dark Brown is a Natural Hair Colour and therefore has no reflects. Reflects create depth through the layers they add to your Hair, through your Colour. In contrast, you can use reflects to help with Colour problems. Example - use 9.1 Light Ash Blonde to Cool down a Warm Blonde because of the Cool, .1 Ash Reflect. Vibrant A vibrant Colour is one that is bright, has great shine and is striking or intense. Colours like 8.44 Intense Copper Blonde or 7.46 Rich Copper Red.
Here is your express ticket to one of our top picks for Colour of the year.
Photo: Tumblr We recently proclaimed that the Colour of the year is Natural. Not Natural as in your Regrowth but Natural looking hues. Or as we like to call it the “I don’t Colour my Hair, Hair Colour”. We also introduced the arrival of the Peach Blonde, an energetic yet humble Colour, with so much enthusiasm it brings a glow straight back into your Hair Colour. What makes a Peach Blonde different to a Strawberry Blonde? Like Strawberry Blondes, Peach Blondes are subtle and soft but have a pastel Colour tone, almost like a peach sorbet. Imagine soft Copper hues that have been smoothed down with a classic, Light Blonde. How do we make a Peach Blonde? We need a base of Light Blonde - we use 9 Very Light Blonde - because of its Natural, Light sandy hue. Then we add a squeeze of 8.44 Intense Copper Blonde that will dilute beautifully with the Light Blonde, for that softer Tone we are looking for. Ratio 3/4 9 Light Blonde + 1/4 8.44 Intense Copper Blonde. Who will suit it? You fair skinned beauties, this one is right up your street and if you have those banging Blue or Green eyes, it will make them pop. Not to mention the wonders it will do for your complexion. Not forgetting those with Warm Skin Undertones, the Peach Blonde will make your skin glow. What is the best Colour starting base for Peach Blonde? Colours like these are most punchy with a pre-Lightened or Natural Light Blonde starting base. Mix with a 20 Volume Developer. If you’re a Darker Natural Colour, around a 5 Light Brown or 6 Dark Blonde, use a 30 or 40 Volume Developer to lift the Colour. Now go and create, and send us a picture of your Peach Blonde - pronto!
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The Colour of 2017 is ** Drum roll please ** Natural Yup, Natural. Not Natural like when you can’t really be bothered to keep up your regrowth so you grow out your Blonde and call it Balayage. And not Natural like the day you were born, Natural. We mean Natural hues. That means no to any Tones that are unnaturally vibrant or over processed and yes to glossy, Natural hues that embrace and enhance what your mumma gave you. We like to call it the “I don’t Colour my Hair, Hair Colour’. It’s about embracing your Colouring and bringing the energy back into your Hair and complexion, by creating a polished Colour statement. Here are the 4 Natural Colour variations you should be embracing, hard. The basic Light Blonde. 8 Light Blonde is neither Ashy or Cool or Warm - it’s Neutral - so it’s an incredible Blonde base. 8 loves to play off sunlight, bringing youthfulness and energy back into your Hair by adding depth back into your Colour. It's a pure Blonde hue that will have people believing you have never touched your Hair and when you’re in the sun, you'll find those little Highlights that will make you wonder too. Suits: Cool or Warm Undertones.Use this Colour: 8 Light Blonde. The blasé Blonde 7 Medium Blonde is underestimated, probably because the Natural (what you're born with) version of this Colour is unimpressive, I can say that because I have it. Instead, 7 Medium Blonde, from the tube, is an extremely versatile and low maintenance Colour that I use to pump up my Natural. Yes, it adds depth and is super shiny, but it also makes your skin glow like you have a permanent application of highlighter on. Plus its incredibly low maintenance. *highfives* Suits: Cool or Warm Undertones.Use this Colour: 7 Medium Blonde. The dirty Blonde Ash Tones are extremely popular and all too often we hear people struggling to find a nice, Natural looking shade instead of a Platinum Blonde. 7.1 Ash Blonde fills that void. Like all Ash hue’s it’s sleek and polished with a dirty Blonde edge and, thanks to its Medium Blonde base, gives the Hair a shiny, silkiness. We love to use it as a Colour booster to pump up a tired, Natural (what you’re born with) Colour, to add some style and glossiness back into the Hair. Suits: Cool Undertones.Use this Colour: 7.1 Ash Blonde. The Peach Blonde Forget Strawberry Blonde, we’re hitting a new fruit in the market - Peach Blonde. Peach Blonde is full of energy without being obnoxious and is sophisticated without being boring. It’s full of warmth courtesy of the Golden and Copper shimmers that make it an ageless hue. We love it’s enthusiasm, it’s depth and the way it brings a glow back into the Hair. Suits: Warm Undertones.Use these Colours: 9 Very Light Blonde with a squeeze of 8.44 Intense Copper Blonde.