What’s the secret to foolproof hair colour? Our experts share a few beauty industry secrets to help you achieve your most amazing colour ever.
1. ASK YOURSELF AN IMPORTANT QUESTION…
Do you want to see noticeable roots in a few weeks? It’s the easiest way to choose between permanent and demi-permanent colour. Either route you take, you’ll notice roots after 4 to 6 weeks, but demi permanent colour softly fades and gives you some wiggle room in between touchups. Permanent colour requires more of a commitment. TryNatural Instincts.
2. APPLY COLOUR TO YOUR ROOTS FIRST
Hair that’s been previously coloured is porous and soaks up colour easily, but new growth requires more processing time. Leave colour on your roots for the full time and only process ends for half the required time. It’ll give you a nice even colour from root to tip.
3. DO THE MATH
Your colour is a result of your hair’s condition, your colour history and the new hair colour applied. One reason why the same shade looks different on everyone! If your hair isn’t in great condition, that healthy, glossy colour won’t last long. Do a deep conditioning treatment once a week.
4. CALL YOUR BFF
Ask her to come over and help you colour the back of your head so that you don’t miss a spot (that’s what friends are for!). You can also use a 3-panel mirror to help you see all sides.
5. USE YOUR BROWS AS A GUIDE
If your natural hair colour seems to be a distant memory, use your brows as a guide. For the best colour match, stick within two shades lighter or darker than your natural colour. Note: Platinum blonde hair paired with super dark eyebrows isn’t a combo most of us can pull off, neither is dark hair with mousy, barely-there brows (and who would want to?). If you’ve coloured your hair and your brows are a bit off, fill them in with a pencil that’s one shade lighter than your hair colour.
6. APPLY PETROLEUM JELLY TO YOUR HAIRLINE
It prevents colour from staining skin (Bonus: Dab a little onto your cuticles to soften them!). Touch up any spots you missed by soaking a cotton swab in some toner.
7. KNOW YOUR SKIN TONE
Cool skin tones look best in cool hair colours, while warm skin tones look best in warm hair colours. Not sure about your undertone? Read this: Hair colour for Your Skin Tone: Are you a warm or cool?
8. CONSIDER HIGHLIGHTS
Have you always wanted to go blonde, but you’ve never been ready to commit? Lighten your overall look by adding a few face-framing highlights or a DIY ombré. If your hair is naturally dark, using a high-lift blonde for the first time will result in golden not platinum highlights.
9. SET THE DVR
We know those reality shows can get juicy, but when time’s up set your TV on record. Over-processing hair is a common colour mistake that ends in colour not being what you expected! Check in with your colour a few times. This is especially important when bleaching. If colour turns white, your bleach has been on way too long, and it’s time to rinse.
10. USE FOILS
Not for your hair, but for your glasses! Wrap some foil around the temples of your glasses so you can wear them while you colour. Once you finish up, remove your glasses and just make sure to retouch the sides.
11. PREDICT THE FUTURE
The best way to predict your end results is to do a strand test on different strands of hair for different lengths of time. When time’s up, wipe the strands clean with a damp paper towel. Blow dry each strand, then place against a white paper towel so you can get the purest results possible.
12. CUT UP SOME LEMONS
Stained fingers? Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a small bowl. Soak fingertips for 30 minutes. Wash hands and apply your favorite moisturizer to keep hands smooth.