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8 Things You Should Know Before You Colour

GETTING READY TO COLOUR

The process to getting your best colour starts even before you open your pack. Here are a few things you need to know before you colour.

DOES HAIR LENGTH AFFECT THE AMOUNT OF COLOUR?

Yes. If your hair is longer than shoulder length or very thick, you may need two packs to fully saturate your hair. Also, keep in mind that the ends of long hair tend to absorb more colour, so the processing timing may be different for your ends.

DOES HAIR TYPE MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Hair type makes a difference to the timing required for the colouring process. An important consideration is hair's texture—when the individual hairs are coarse (large in diameter) or fine (small in diameter). Coarse hair generally takes more time to absorb colour, so it requires longer processing time; fine hair generally takes less time to absorb colour so it requires a shorter processing time. Hair that's dry or permed may absorb colour quickly too. Because several factors affect timing, we recommend a strand test—it's a good way to predict the colouring time.

SHOULD I CUT OR PERM BEFORE I COLOUR?

At home you should generally colour your hair first before cutting – primarily because most hair is best cut wet, and you shouldn’t shampoo hair straight before colouring, as it will remove the natural oils on your scalp, that protect it during the colouring process.

However with perming – it’s best to perm first to ensure that the perming process will not interfere with your newly applied colour. If you're using a permanent hair colour (lasts until your hair grows out or you recolour), wait 7-10 days and shampoo at least once before colouring.

Non-permanent hair colour that lasts up to 8 shampoos (if the product does not contain either ammonia or peroxide) can be used the same day as your perm—as long as your scalp is not irritated and is in good condition. Check the instructions inside the box to be sure – as types of non-permanent hair colour that lasts up to 24 shampoos and contains peroxide should be left 7-10 days after perming. Either way, make sure you do a strand test before colouring your hair. Perms and relaxers can leave hair more porous and allow colour to be absorbed faster.

SHOULD I SHAMPOO BEFORE COLOURING?

You generally shouldn't shampoo immediately before colouring because this will remove the natural oils that protect your scalp during the colouring process.

It's best to shampoo 12-24 hours before colouring with a non-permanent product; and 24 hours prior to using permanent colour (lasts until your hair grows out or you re-colour). But be sure to check the instructions inside the box because it can vary by product.

CAN I MIX AND MATCH SHADES?

No, we would not recommend customising your hair colour shades at home by mixing shades together – as this is best left to a professional hair colourist to ensure a good colour result. nice’n easy has 54 shades of permanent colours to choose from – the largest shade range in the UK! - so there’ll be just the right shade for you, to give you a beautiful natural-looking colour result that’s right for you.

WHEN SHOULD I START MY TIMER?

Set your timer as soon as you’ve finished applying the hair colour, Set it to the time indicated in the pack instruc tions and your strand test.

SHOULD I CONDITION AFTER COLOURING?

It's best to use the conditioner that comes with your hair colour. We give this hair advice because the conditioner that comes in the colouring package has been specifically tested for use with that hair colour to help create softness and shine.

WHEN SHOULD I RE-COLOUR?

Non-permanent hair colour will last from up 8 to 24 shampoos dependent on the specific product you use —if you wash your hair every day, that's up to about 4 weeks. Permanent (lasts until your hair grows out or you re-colour) hair colour should be refreshed when your roots start to show - about 4-6 weeks.