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With advice and tips from our head Colour Consultant.
Photo: Google Images They say men are from Mars and women are from Venus and nowhere is it more apparent than when it comes to their Hair. Where woman want to flaunt their Colour, men want their Hair to look like it always was, so of course, the approach to Colouring one's Hair will be quite different if you are from the opposite sex. We vigorously support men Colouring their Hair and wish it was something spoken more openly about without it involving highlights. But, alas, when the time comes and you feel the need to start Colouring your Hair we asked our head Colour Consultant, Hanna, who is championing the men's Colouring movement, what is the most important advice she wishes for you to know. When it comes to Colouring Hair, where do you think men go wrong? I believe that there are two key areas where men go wrong with Colouring. The first involves the Hair Colour choice. Men tend to attract to Colour Shades with names like Chocolate because they’re looking for a sun kissed Hair Colour but these Colours immediately scream I’ve Coloured My Hair and have an orangey tinge. The second is they choose a Shade that is way too Dark for them, so their Hair just sits there on top of their head like its alien to the rest of their body. Photo: Google Images So do you recommend any particular Hair Colour Shades to avoid this from happening? The best Hair Colours for men are Natural Shades that are the same Lightness as their Natural Hair Colour, although one Shade Lighter is also generally ok. In contrast, Colouring your Hair Darker is a big no-no as it creates a disconnect between your Hair and Skin Tone and we want them to blend together as if they’ve always been there. Plus, Natural Shades also offer the best Grey coverage (when mixed with a 20 Volume Developer). Photo: Google Images Is there any budge room on this? Yes, well, slightly. If you do feel like a Cool or Warm Colour is better suited to you, you can adjust your Colour mixture to 1/2 and 1/2 ratios. So 1/2 is a Natural Shade and 1/2 is a Cool or Warm Shade. For example: Mix 1/2 a tube of 7 Medium Blonde with 1/2 a tube of 7.1 Ash Blonde or 1/2 a tube of 7 Medium Blonde with 1/2 a tube of 7.3 Golden Blonde. Again, stick with a Shade that is the same Lightness as your Natural Hair Colour to ensure your Hair and Skin tone blend seamlessly together.Tip: Mix your Hair Colour with a 20 Volume Developer. Photo: Google Images And is there anything else you want our male Colourer's to know? Don’t freak out, over complicate it or go crazy with your Colour choice. And if you have any questions, email our Colour Consultant team — that’s what we are here for!
The most important GOT synopsis you'll ever read.
Photo: Google Images After an eternity Game of Thrones is back baby and rather than give you an episode synopsis that you can easily find anywhere on the internet by people who are far better equipped at dissecting each and every second of the show with its hidden meanings, we’re here to offer you our Hair roundup, a far more important synopsis of the lead ladies and their manes. Before you comment at the bottom, yes, we left Cersei out because isn’t it about time that horrendous wig was retired? Photo: Google Images Sansa Stark / Sophie Turner Her characteristic Copper isn’t as bright as previous seasons and with the real threat of what lies beyond the wall growing her Red has deepened into a serious I mean business Shade with more Gold than Copper for a woody, Chestnuty Sansa Stark 2.0. Copy her Colour: 3/4 x 7.3 Medium Blonde + 1/4 x 8.44 Intense Copper Blonde. On the flip side, free from her GOT contract, Sophie Turner 2.0 has shed the Red and proclaiming the beginning of her new career life with an electric Platinum Blonde with Cool, smokey nodes that can be as appealing with diamonds as jeans. Copy her Colour: 901 Extra Light Ash Blonde. Photo: Google Images Arya Stark / Maisie Williams The free spirited pocket rocket needs a Hair Colour as strong as her and nothing channels her kick arse character quite like a Brunette with big, bold Natural hues as straight forward as her kill list.Copy her Colour: 5 Light Brown Real Life Maisie has dove headfirst into Colour, relieving herself of monotone hues for vibrant and animated Rose Gold ones to add some sprightly energy through her ends that she’s been lacking while fighting her way through the seven kingdoms. Copy her Colour: Rose Gold Photo: Google Images Daenerys Targaryen / Emile Clark Her frosty Blonde braids are as synonymous with her as her dragons and we have loved every minute of her trademark super sleek, Silver Blonde on screen with big brushed eyebrows for a look only fit for a queen. Copy her Colour: 908 Extra Light Silver Blonde And at the other end of the Colour ladder, you’ll find Emile Clark with her deliciously feminine, Natural Brunette cropped perfectly around her ears to Highlight her cheekbones and soft features. Either way, we’re into both. Copy her Colour: 5 Light Brown And when it all comes to end, we hope to see a Queen sitting on that Iron Throne.
The nitty-gritty details, you need to know.
Coco Chanel once said “A woman who cuts her Hair is about to change her life”. True Coco, but have you ever Coloured your Hair such a different shade that when you walk past the mirror you don’t realise you’re looking at you? Thrilling. So when that Colour change starts calling, it’s worth reading about the nitty-gritty details regarding such a big change, so you can finally pull the trigger and satisfy that new Hair craving smoothly. Before you start: How many Shades are you travelling down the Colour ladder? A big Blonde to Brunette Colour transformation can cause the Hair to have a Green tinge. Basically, if you’re Colouring your Blonde with a Brunette that is more than 3 shades Darker, you need a Colour Filler. A Colour Filler is an in-between Hair Colour that you apply before your Brunette Shade to build pigment back into your Hair so the two Colours can connect and blend into one, smooth Hair Colour. When you need a Colour Filler. A Colour Filler needs to have a Warm pigment, regardless of the Brunette you want to be and 1-2 Shades Lighter than your goal Brunette.For example: The best Colour Filler is a 7.3 Golden Blonde. Mix with a No Lift Developer and apply your Colour mix to your pre Lightened Hair only, not your Regrowth. Once your Colour Filler has processed, washed out and your Hair dried — you can apply your goal Brunette. Now to Choose your Brunette Brunette’s are far more diverse than they are given credit for with a variety of hues to choose from to compliment your Skin Tone. For a pure Brown with an ultra glossy finish that is also super shiny — a Natural Brunette is a straight up Hair Colour with no added pigments, just smooth, dewy hues courtesy of each Hair Colours hydrating ingredients. Warmed skinned beauties looking for a Brunette as full and balmy as their Skin Tone will love a Warm Brunette that's full of flavour. Nothing enhances your Hair and complexion quite like a Warm hued Hair Colour with its bounds of energy that counteract dull flat Hair with copious amounts of rich, gleaming bronzed hues. Hot Tip: Warm Brunette Shades, like 5.53 Chocolate Brown, Golden Chocolate pigments work as a mirror making your Hair look thicker and shinier. At the other end of the spectrum lie Cooler, Light Brunettes (Dark Blondes) to flatter our Cool Skinned visions. The allure of their creamy Beige Tones (6.2 Dark Beige Blonde combo) and their trademark nonchalant vibe make a perfect match with the Cool Skin Tone as do crisp, smokey hued Shades like the Dark Ash Blonde. How do you feel about going from Blonde to Brunette — yay or nay?