Thinking about Colouring your Hair? – 6 Things to Consider Before your Appointment

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If you’re new to the world of hair colour, you probably have a seemingly infinite number of questions. You might be wondering: will bleaching my hair change it forever? Is bleach bad for my hair? What’s the difference between a Balayage and an Ombre? Can my box dye colour be safely and completely removed? Will I have to spend a fortune to keep my colour looking fresh?

We’ve asked the pro’s – here’s what you should consider:

1. Can I go from brunette to blonde in one salon visit?

If you have virgin (previously uncoloured) brunette hair, it will be easier to lighten. However, processing hair too much at once can cause the hair to become dry and brittle, even with the best salon quality products. Since colour looks best on healthy hair, it’s not a good idea to over process and push hair past it’s limit. Everyone’s hair type and texture is different, so you’ll have to plan your colour journey and expectations with your stylist.

2. How often will I need to colour my hair?

The answer depends on the reasons you’re colouring your hair. Are you covering grey, going lighter to darker, enhancing your natural colour or playing around with various trends like vivid colours? Just like your style, your hair colour is an expression of your unique personality and taste. Whether you’re going for a natural look or a bold shade, your colourist can help you decide what’s best for you and your lifestyle. Afterall, if you’re looking for a low-commitment colour that doesn’t require frequent visits, you’ll want advice from a trained professional.

The freedom we have over our hair color may seem unbelievable, but there are things to think about.

3. What’s the difference between Balayage and Ombre?

Ombre refers to the finished look – this can either be a color that fades from dark to light, or light to dark. Balayage is the technique used to achieve it. Many colourists use a variety of techniques to achieve a custom colour for each client, so it’s best to go into the salon with an open mind and an end-result goal, allowing your stylist to decide which techniques they think are best for you. Balayage, ombre, sombre and others are ‘trend’ words that customers often use without knowing the full meaning or technique.

4. How can I keep blonde hair healthy?

Get into the habit of treating your blonde hair with care as soon as you’ve had it coloured. Use salon quality, protein-based products with each wash if you are lifting the shade, or a hydrating formula if your blonde is bright and bold. Once a week, include a hair treatment into your routine to help nourish your strands. Rather than trying to reverse damaged hair, focus on keeping hair strong and healthy from the beginning.

Before you think about jumping on the bold hair bandwagon, it’s important to know how often you should color your hair.

5. How often will I need to colour bleached hair?

There’s no simple answer, as this depends on the colour technique you choose. A scalp bleach, for instance is a high-commitment service and will require salon visits every few weeks. Compare this to a soft balayage technique, which requires far less frequent visits. In terms of cost, don’t worry too much about this as your stylist will work with you to determine how much bleach and upkeep you’ll need. Glossing services are quite affordable to keep your hair looking and feeling healthy and shiny.

6. Can I colour my hair if it feels damaged?

Colouring hair doesn’t always mean it will get damaged. However, if your hair feels dry, brittle or dehydrated, it’s best to book a consultation with a colourist before booking an appointment. Your stylist can do a patch test to see how your hair and skin will react to hair colour.

Armed with helpful tips and information, it’s time to book your hair colour consultation!

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