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Top 5 Tips for First Time Colourers

COLOURING AT HOME

Hair colouring is fun and is a great way to change up your style. Don’t be intimidated if it’s your first time; Clairol Colour Experts share the tips you need to know to make your hair colour a success — and you might even have a little fun!

TIP #1: DON’T DO ANYTHING DRASTIC.

The colour of your hair is possibly the most dramatic change you can make to your appearance. If it’s your first time, try colouring your hair with your current shade, just to add some depth and shine. Too much of a change of hair colour can be a bit shocking. Start with a non-permanent shade to maximise your hair condition.

TIP #2: START WITH A DEMI.

If you are colouring on a whim, “try before you buy” with a non-permanent colour. This is good for two reasons: 1.) It washes out faster, so if you don’t like it, it will wash out. 2.) The colour results you can achieve with a non-permanent are usually closer to naturally occurring shades, so it keeps you from too drastic a change.

TIP #3: WHEN IN DOUBT, CHOOSE A LIGHTER SHADE—BE CAREFUL GOING TOO DARK.

It’s so much easier to “fix” a lighter shade if you are not happy with the result. Most pack colours turn out darker than what you think anyway, so unless you’re certain, choose a shade that looks a bit lighter than you’d like the final result to be. “Fixing” a darker shade is more difficult, and will generally require a visit to your hair colourist in a salon. For example, lifting colour that has been coloured black requires heavy bleaching, which can do more damage than good and will need to be done by a colour expert at a salon. Also, it may take several steps to correct colour that’s too dark vs. a single intervention.

TIP #4: REMEMBER, COLOUR IS DIFFERENT FOR EVERYONE.

Love your best friend’s hair colour? You can get that colour for yourself, but don’t assume you should buy the same shade. How the colour develops on one person is completely different than how it will look on someone else. You have to take into account the condition of the hair, the starting colour, and how much other processing has gone on. It’s never the same twice. Also, it’s important to understand that this also means that the colour result you get may not match the model’s hair on the pack. Remember to check the starting colour/resulting colour grid to see the colour result that will be closer to what you will get based on your starting hair colour and to always do a strand test first.

TIP #5: CHOOSE A SHADE FOR YOUR SKIN TONE & EYE COLOUR.

Women with more colour in their skin can get away with much warmer shades. You want to play to your strengths. Blue and green eyes take cool shades very well. Don’t forget to consider eyebrows, too. You don’t want a sharp contrast between hair colour and eyebrows, because that’s a dead give-away that you’ve chosen the wrong shade.