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A low maintenance and easy to replicate Hair Colour? It's a winner.
Our Colour Hotline handles a lot of inquiries for our Colour Consultants to dig their teeth into. I need my Hair to look like this. How do I cover my grey’s? Will Colour Remover get rid of Black Hair? But I recently sat down with my f(h)airy godmother and head Colour Consultant, Hanna, who enlightened me with the most popular request they receive. Which, to be honest, I was completely prepared for because it’s basically one of the My Hairdresser trademark styles (and one I am personally wearing). We don’t have a name for this familiar style but I can best describe it as a Hair Colour with 2 Shades — a Darker Base Colour at the Regrowth and a Lighter Colour through the ends that are only slightly different but enough for a smooth blend. I love this Colour because it’s easy, low maintenance and simple to touchup Regrowth and maintain your ends, while still bringing dimension to your Colour. And it’s the #1 Colour style recommended by our Consultant team for those looking to update grown out Highlights or to smooth out stripy foils. So when it comes to choosing your two Hair Colours, stick to this Colour guide: Your Base Colour should be a Shade close to your Natural Regrowth Colour — this is what makes the style low maintenance. Keep your Colours within 2 Shades of each other. eg: 9.3 Light Golden Blonde ends with 7.53 Chocolate Blonde Base Colour. Your Colours should be in the same Colour family. eg: Ash ends and an Ash Base Colour or Golden ends and a Golden Base Colour. When you want bronzed, Warm ends choose a Golden Shade. If you’re looking for softer, cooler ends choose an Ash Shade or a Beige Shade if you want Colour a little creamier. Then follow these steps to recreate the Colour. Option One: When you’re starting fresh. Step 1: Choose your Hair Colours. Start by selecting the Lighter Colour Shade you want through your ends followed your Base Colour and Developers. Step 2: Paint your Highlights. Now you’ve selected your Colour and Developer it’s time to paint Casual Highlights through your ends. Casual Highlights are different because they start narrow and grow in thickness as you paint them through your Hair. Begin by turning your Tint Brush on the side and, starting a few centimetres from your scalp, paint your Highlights through to your ends as quickly as possible. Remember to vary the starting point so your Highlights start higher and lower through the back of your Hair. Once you’ve completed painting your Highlights in, allow your Colour to process and wash out as per the boxes instructions. Dry your Hair before applying your Base Colour. Step 3: Apply your Base Colour. Apply your Base Colour to your Regrowth, painting it down to the top of your Highlights and tapering where your Base Colour ends and your Highlights begin to give your Hair Colour a Natural look. During the last 10 minutes of processing, use a wide-tooth comb to gently comb your Hair to blend your new Hair Colour. Process and wash out as per the boxes instructions. Option Two: When you’re Colouring over Highlights or foils. Pre Colour note: As you already have Highlights your focus will be blending your Colour and Toning your ends. Step 1: Choose your Hair Colours. Start by selecting your Base Colour. As you’ve had Highlights we suggest choosing a Cool Ash or Beige Colour with a No Lift Developer to Tone your ends. Step 2: Apply your Base Colour. Apply your Base Colour to your Regrowth, staggering it down to soften the line between your Regrowth and Highlights. Step 3: Tone your Ends. After your Base Colour is on and processing, apply your Toning Colour to your ends. Once your ends are fully covered, use a wide-tooth comb to gently comb your Hair to blend your new Hair Colour. Process and wash out as per the Base Colour box instructions.
Every Home Hair Colourer Should Read This.
Growing up in the Hair industry I have been asked millions of questions about Hair Colour. Friends, family, strangers at parties are always eager for some free Hair advice and it always gives me a buzz when I have shared a piece of information with them that helps them action into trying something new. Breaking down barriers is a major part of what I do, and what really excites me, and my latest challenge is not a small one. Oh Hair cliches, a royal pain in my side and hopefully after this, there will be less out there to grind my gears. So I’ve tackled 7 Hair cliches head on that I hope will help you breakdown those barriers and put your mind to rest about Colouring, so you can just get on with the job. You can’t go Blonde at home. Ugh. Blondes are as easy to Colour as Brunettes, it’s just when you’re lightening it’s more likely you’ll hit a snag. That’s because more often than not, many make the mistake of using Bleach to reach their Blonde goals. We’ll never recommend Bleach to anyone that isn’t a seasoned pro because it’s a serious product with serious consequences, so if you’re not a pro we recommend staying well away from it. Also, there’s no need to rely on Bleach when there’s a range of Blonde Shades that offer so much more variety than Bleach ever could and without the damage. There’s only one Blonde and that is Platinum. Double Ugh. You are not limited to one Blonde Shade. Blondes extend from Dark Blonde to Extra Light Blonde encompassing different hues to fill your dreams. See Blonde Shades featuring creamy Beige pigments or dewy Natural hues or smooth Ash Tones or Blonde with big hits of vibrancy or buoyant with Warmth. And unlike Bleach, these Blonde Hair Colour Shades feature deep conditioning ingredients that hydrate your Hair, leaving it glossy and shiny. What is the point of Colouring if you’re not Grey? Why wait until you see Silvers to start Colouring? It doesn’t make sense! Colouring doesn’t need to be an extreme sport. If you’re into classic Shades, the Naturals Range will deliver the glossiest, shiniest Hair of your life while sticking in the Colour Range you’re used to. To add a little punch to your Colour, a Golden Shade adds a healthy glow to your Hair Colour without going overboard and on the flip side, a Cool Ash or Beige Shade will smooth your Colour right out with calming Colour pigments. Gold is a Hair Colour nightmare. If your Hair Colour is sun-bleached, brassed out and tarnished by the water and sun, of course, that’s when Gold has gone astray and needs to be Toned down, immediately. But that delicious Golden hue will revitalise your Hair, flushing it with Warm, radiant energy and giving your skin a healthy glow. In addition, Golden pigments absorb Light for a glossier, thicker Hair Colour. A Dark Shade can cover up any Colour disaster. Please. Stop. Now. Before. You. Regret. It. So you’ve had a shocker, don’t run to the chemist and pick up another Colour to cover it all up, especially with a Dark Shade. You’ll just coat your Hair with another product, adding another layer you’ll have to Colour Remove out at a later date. Especially with a Black Hair Colour because it will take a lot to budge it out. I can throw whatever Brunette over my Hair and it will work. And while we’re at it — picking up whatever Brunette hue you’ve got and throwing it over your Hair makes our blood boil. Brunettes are so diverse. You’ll find rich, classic Shades, glossy Natural hues or bronzed Chocolate pigments that each come with their own unique characteristics. Can you imagine having glowing, Chocolate ends and then picking up a Black Hair Colour for your Regrowth. You’ll have a patchy, hopscotch Hair Colour and a healthy dose of Colour Banding. Please, commit to a Colour, touch up your Regrowth when necessary and when you need to use the Colour Top Up Technique to reignite the vibrancy through your ends. When you're Colouring, you use the full box. Whoever said this was a good idea?!?! Who! Sure, a new Colour application requires it to be applied to your full Hair, but when it comes to your Regrowth touchups stick to your Regrowth! If you apply your Hair Colour to your entire Hair with every Regrowth touch up, you’ll accumulate Colour Build Up, Colour Banding and an all-round drab Hair Colour. Like I mentioned above, if you do need to bring the Colour back to your ends use the Colour Top Up Technique to reinvigorate your Hair Colour without loading up with product. Now that’s off my chest, are there are cliches you know and need some clearing up? Leave them in the comments below.
Shocker. Copper strikes again.
Photo: Google Images You might have noticed this year we’re having a big Copper moment (see How to Colour Hair Copper and Why Coppers Will Rule the World This Year) and that you’ll quickly see we’re transfixed by this Colour hue with that a kind of vigour that leaves us wonderstruck over its versatility. And so we’re constantly experimenting with Copper hues — a squeeze more Gold, subdued with Natural, bolstered with double Copper pigment — and recently our Colour Consultant team struck gold with their latest Colour creation that will make the case for any Copper lover to reconsider their style. Introducing the Peach Pearl. A Copper hybrid that’s darker than a Peach Blonde, more Coppery than a Golden Blonde but not as bright as a Strawberry Blonde. Unlike a lot of the other Copper combinations we work with, the Copper segment of the Peach Pearl can be overlooked or mistaken for another Warm hue. That’s because the Peach Pearl has a majority Natural base that creates a glossy, lustrous appearance and brings the smoothness of the Hair Colour. But when the sprinkling of Copper is added in, mind you a double Copper pigment, it has a high level of intensity that makes its way through the Natural Blonde Colour base, mellowing into a deeper, watercolour style hue. Photo: Google Images As with other Coppers, the Peach Pearl is for Warm Skintones and similar to other Copper hybrids (The Chestnut Brunette, The Peach Blonde, The Strawberry Blonde) it will be more appealing to a wider range of your warmed beauties who love the russet family sans the intensity and maintenance required of a Colour rich in vibrancy. So when you’re looking to take a break from the fieriness for a subdued Natural-looking Shade, the super smooth Peach Pearl won’t need to take much convincing. Peach Pearl Colour mixture: 3/4 x 8 Light Blonde 1/4 x 8.44 Intense Copper Blonde