Top 10 Colouring Tips for Your Best Hair Colour Results
COLOUR LIKE AN EXPERT
Hair colour is one of beauty’s most complicated sciences. Follow our Clairol Colour Expert’s Top 10 colouring tips to help you get your home hair colour just right.
- FIND COLOUR FOR YOUR UNIQUE HAIR
Know that colour is different for everyone. Just because you and your best friend use the same shade doesn’t mean you’ll have the same hair colour result. Colour develops a bit differently on every person, so consider hair condition, starting colour and how much processing has gone on.
- USE THE SHADE GRID AS GUIDE
Don’t go by the model on the front of the colour pack to predict your colour result. Check out the shade starting colour/resulting colour grid on the back to see how your starting colour influences your end colour result.
- YOUR SKIN TONE MATTERS
Choose a colour that suits your skin tone. For instance, if your colouring is cool (fair, rosy skin with blue, green or grey eyes) go for ashy blondes and mahogany brunettes, and avoid warm or golden hair colours.
- WHEN IN DOUBT, GO LIGHTER
It’s much easier to “fix” a lighter shade if you are not happy with the result. Most box colours turn out darker than you think, so unless you’re certain, choose a shade that looks a bit lighter than you’d like the final result.
- TRY A NON PERMANENT FIRST
If colouring on a whim or just trying something new, go with a non-permanent colour. This type of hair colour will wash out faster (from up to 8 to up to 24 shampoos dependent on the product to use). So, if you don’t like it, it’ll wash out sooner. Plus, the results you achieve are usually closer to your natural hair colour, which keeps you from making too drastic a change.
- START WITH SMALL COLOUR CHANGES
Don’t go for a dramatic change—stay within one to three shades of your current or natural colour. For instance, if your hair is dark and you want to be platinum blonde, leave it to the professionals and visit your hair salon.
- KEEP YOUR GREYS TOP OF MIND
Remember that the more grey hairs you have, the lighter your overall shade will appear. Be careful when choosing a colour. Start off with a tone one to three shades lighter than your natural colour, slowly re-introducing warmth and intensity back into your hair.
- HAIR TYPE MAKES A DIFFERENCE
Coarse hair (large in diameter) generally takes more time to absorb colour, so it requires longer processing time. Fine hair (small in diameter) generally takes less time to absorb colour so it requires a shorter processing time.
- COLOUR-TREATED HAIR PRODUCTS DO THE TRICK
Use hair care products specifically designed for coloured hair. Also try hair treatments that help keep your colour looking great between colourings such as nice’n easy ColourSeal Gloss, which should be used once a week.
- DO A STRAND TEST
Since several factors—including hair texture, dryness or whether it’s permed or not—affect timing, a strand test will help you estimate the colouring time to ensure the colour result you want.