If you are thinking about colouring your hair at home then this is the list for you. Get all the tip and tricks from Grant Withnell, Schwarzkopf National Technical Educator and get it right!
Read Instructions – Before any colour application, number 1 tip is to read the instructions before you begin.
Test – Always conduct an Allergy and Strand Test prior to the application of any home colourant. This will avoid concerns with allergies and help you preview the suitability of the colour chosen. See packs for details.
Decide if you have regrowth – If your hair is already coloured follow the regrowth application instructions. Remember colour on top of colour, will always go darker.
For a natural look, stay within 2 shades of your natural colour. – Going too dark or too light will age you instantly.
A semi permanent can help you refresh – Use semi permanent colours between permanents to refresh colour and add shine.
Cover grey first – When it comes to covering grey, apply the colour first to greyest sections of the hair and always use a permanent colour to cover greys.
You can always ask a hairdresser for advice – For anything that requires a drastic change I would recommend seeing your hairdresser.
If you have coloured hair, always use a Colour protect product with a UV filter and try not to wash the hair too much – Normally the recommendation is to only wash your hair when it needs it, however, I believe that as long as you use a good shampoo you can wash your hair as often as it needs it, there is no thing as too much – it’s a personal choice.
When selecting the perfect colour, use the guide on the pack for best colour selection – simply match your skin tone and hair colour for a natural look.
If you can’t decide between two colours, always pick the lighter one as the end result will look more natural – If its not dark enough you can go darker, however, if you go too dark it is much harder to go lighter.
You don’t have to be hairdresser colour exculsive – People are often worried that there might be issues if you have had colour in a salon and then chose to at-home colour, however, it is perfectly safe to use any colour or lightening product over retail colours or visa versa, just always remember to follow the instructions for a regrowth application.
Many people ask how the number system works on the packet. It is based on a combination of up to 3 numbers:
- The number in front of the dash (7-65) shows the colour level of the shade. It indicates the ideal base to the use the shade on in order to achieve true-to-swatch results
- For the numbers aftere the dash (7-65), the first number shows the primary colour tone direction and the second number after the dash shows the secondary colour tone direction. Two identical numbers after the dash indicate an intense colour.
Hair colour can be nourishing – A myth that is often perpetuated is that colouring your hair will damage your hair. Although this may have been true many years ago, the technological advances in hair colour have allowed products to be introduced that will not only colour but also nourish and condition hair.
As you age, probably the most obvious change is the loss of melanin in hair, hair starts to turn white and this may result in coarser, white hairs that can look wiry – The hair can become drier, thinner and more fragile (similar to the skin) due to hormonal changes as well as the general effects of ageing.
Looking after your hair is key – That means using a good shampoo, conditioner and most important of all, a treatment. Treatments should be seen as prevention not a cure. They have the ability to soften the hair and create a smooth surface to improve shine & manageability. If you choose to colour then you will need to go down the path of a permanent colour to hide those greys.
I would recommend products with nutrients that have a moisturising benefit that specifically treats dull, fragile hair – Or products that contain co-enzyme Q10, to stimulate the root of the hair.
Consider a leave-in treatment after colouring – If the hair is coarse then I would recommend using a leave in treatment to add shine and smooth the hair surface and a shampoo & conditioner with a moisture component will add some softness to the hair.
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