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It's the only Hair Colour you'll ever need.
Hair Colouring can be a complex beast. Highlights, Lowlights, baby lights, ombre, balayage you know the rest and you also know your options are endless. So it comes to no surprise to me that the Single Shade is often swept aside for the pursuit of something bigger when if I’m honest, it is probably the MVP of Hair Colour, sent from the gods of Colour. Imagine a Hair Colour that is as Natural and glassy or as vibrant and glowy as you want, packaged all together in one single tube just waiting to be mixed in with a Developer and applied to your Hair. The Single Shade is just that and you’ll knock your socks off with how glossy it makes your Hair look and how super silky it feels combing through your fingers. Yes, the Single Shade is simple, low maintenance, easy to apply (all over your Hair for the first application, then to your Regrowth only during touchups) and perfect for grey coverage. When the rest of your Colour is looking a little flat, use the Colour Top Up Technique to bring it back to life. The hardest part of the Single Shade is deciding which Hair Colour you will choose and which will compliment your skin tone to completely blow you away. Warm Skin Tones (Warm, Olive and Bronzed Skin Tones with majority Brown, Golden Brown or Hazel eye Colours) should stick with Warm Shades full of bronzed Honey Golden Tones, rich Caramels and Chestnuts or fierce Copper hues. If you want your Hair to look thicker and voluminous the big double pigment Shades like Copper Blonde, Chocolate Blonde or Chocolate Brown will really bring your Hair Colour to life, while adding depth in the process. Cool Skin Tones (Light, Fair Skin Tones with majority Blue, Green or Emerald eye Colours) should avoid the Colours mentioned above and flock to Cooler Shades with sleeker Ash finishes, creamy Beige Shades or berry Plum and Violet Shades. If you’re looking for a classic, ultra glassy solid Colour you’ll find your match in a Natural Hair Colour. So if any of this is ringing true to you, I suggest you try the Single Shade and let me know how it goes.
The born-this-way-Blonde is a must and all-time team My Hairdresser favourite.
I’ve written before about the influence Pinterest and Instagram have over my Hair Colour choices. One scroll and that’s it, I’m on a bandwagon. And the problem? I work in an office with a f(h)airy godmother who works with a “your wish is my command” outlook. So you can imagine the trouble I can get into with our office Instagram inspiration group, where we fling posts backend forth with quick “OMG this”, “do you think I would suit her Colour” or “this gives me life” and alike messages underneath. Currently, there seems to be a real trend forming in this group, an outlier sitting way out above the rest that we’re all infatuated with at the moment — Dark Blonde. Oh, the middle child of the family we love you. You’re not too Light, just Dark enough, looks phenominal straight, curly, glassed up and is so Colour friendly and achievable for most Hair types. It’s the chic, effortlessness of this Colour and the way it perfectly harmonises with the skin tone that really sucks you in. She, Dark Blonde, comes in Naturally styled, creamed up with Beige hues or intensified with Violet, Copper and Red pigments, but it’s the Cool and Natural styles that are currently tickling our fancy. Take a scroll, I’ve added in some favourite picks from the ‘gram group and then let us know what you think! View this post on Instagram A post shared by hailee steinfeld (@haileesteinfeld) on Jun 9, 2019 at 11:52am PDT Colour Match: Dark Blonde We love: The low key-ness of her Colour and the born this way balance of the Dark Blonde in general. It’s smooth, it’s fresh, it’s so very loveable. Tip: This is the perfect Colour choice for any Light Blondes looking for a deeper, sumptuous Blonde. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Taylor Hill (@taylor_hill) on May 16, 2019 at 5:35pm PDT Colour Match: Dark Beige Blonde We love: How the Colour looks through the wave of the curls and that hint of crisp dirty Blonde through the ends. Tip: Use this Shade over a bland or a dull dirty Blonde to add some oomph and give your Colour presence. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Lily Collins (@lilyjcollins) on Jun 11, 2019 at 3:33pm PDT Colour Match: Dark Blonde We love: The simple opulence of this Blonde and how it so easily floats through the lengths of her Hair. Tip: If your Natural Hair Colour is Dark Brown use Dark Blonde with a 30 Volume Developer to get that extra lift. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Jun 5, 2019 at 10:48pm PDT Colour Match: Dark Blonde with Light Brown Lowlights and Honey Highlights. We love: The tonal variations humming throughout her Hair. Tip: If you’re Colouring already Lightened Hair, leave a few choice pieces of Hair out to create a sun kissed style. View this post on Instagram A post shared by R O C K Y (@rocky_barnes) on Jun 17, 2019 at 12:14pm PDT Colour Match: Dark Blonde warmed up with some Golden Blonde. We love: How diverse Dark Blonde is and how a hint of Golden pigment brings that bronzed buzz right out. Tip: A squeeze of Gold in your Colour mixture will bring that energy your Hair Colour has been searching for.
How to prevent them so you don't need to fix them.
If you haven’t experienced it you would have seen it on screen: girl determinedly wants to Colour her Hair, flash to her purposely walking into a store, grabs the box off the shelf, goes home, applies Product (always with a towel over the shoulders, tucked into the collar of her t-shirt, have you noticed?) washes Product out, looks in the mirror — cue screams. And so is the cycle of a Colour disaster — impulsive, dramatic, climactic. We have a saying in our office that goes something like — “your Hair will tell us everything” — and we literally mean everything. This is why your Hair history is the most important factor you need to consider when Colouring. Why? You know that Brunette Shade you threw over your Hair 6 months ago, that’s the reason your ends didn’t Lighten to the Blonde Shade like your fresh Regrowth did because, important tip, you can’t Lighten already Coloured Hair. So yes, those bleached Highlights and that henna you tried after reading that article will affect your future Hair Colour. Want to know the express lane to disaster-ville? Rash decision making. You know what else? The good ole chop and change. If you think that Black Hair Colour you’ve been Colouring with for the last 5 years will be shifted overnight, think again. If you think it’s a great idea being Ash Blonde one month then Golden Blonde the next expect a patchwork quilt of a Colour. Picking up whatever Red Colour to cover your roots is never a good idea unless you, by the grace of all the gods, miraculously pick out the exact Red you’re already rocking. But what happens when you are craving something new? Be realistic. If you want to Lighten your Hair more than 4 Shades you’ll need Bleach. Bleach is a serious Product and we only recommend it for those who really know what they’re talking about. If you’re struggling with your Colour choice narrow your options down to one that matches your Skin Tone by remembering this rule: Warm Skin Tones suit Warm Shades (Golds, Coppers, Bronzed, Chocolates). Cool Skin Tones suit Cool Shades (Ash, Silver, Beige, Violet). And also, while we’re on the subject of change, when you’re Light Blonde tells you she’s ready to become a bronzed Chestnut Brunette of sorts, it’s pretty likely you’ll need a Colour filler to prevent your Hair from getting a greenish tinge. Yes, it’s another step but you’ll regret it immediately if you don’t make that extra effort. Now onto your daily Hair routine. Be conscious of what you are using on your Hair. Clarifying shampoos will immediately strip your Colour of vibrancy and cause it to get brassy, whereas Colour lock shampoos and conditioners will block Colour Remover from successfully working. If you do use any Colour lock Products, ensure it's for your Colour Shade type. Oh, and don’t be tempted by whoever tells you — no treatment will put split ends back together that’s only something a Hair cut can fix. In conclusion, the key to a great Hair Colour comes down to your choices — be realistic, be consistent and only settle for the best Italian made Hair Colour.