How To: Growing Out Your Colour

Screen Shot 2018-04-03 at 3.13.39 PM.png

image via Instagram/xoxotsumi

We love a good hair colour switch-up, whether we’re after that on-trend hue or just  some subtle highlights, nothing says new me more than a new do. Sometimes however, our clients want to give their hair a breather, and this step can be a tricky one. Whether you want a change in colour or just feel like your locks have had enough, we’ve lined up our best tips on how to make growing out your colour that much easier.

 

Get Planning

Going back to your natural colour can be a fairly long process that takes a decent amount of planning. We recommend working alongside your colourist to find out the best process, and be sure to let them know your entire hair history so they can know exactly what your hair has been through – that spontaneous moment when you bleached your hair really does matter! With a colourist you can plan the route, and while it may take a few salon visits, it’ll be worth that extra time to avoid damage to your hair and top notch results.

Ditching the Highlights

If you already have subtle babylights or opted for balayage, you don’t have to worry too much, but if your highlights go right to the scalp it will take a little more effort to keep things looking good as you grow your colour out.

The aim of the game is to create seamlessly grown out colour. The best way to do this is by using a mixture of highlights and lowlights, letting your natural colour blend seamlessly. This will darken your entire hair colour and over time create a natural ombre look.

A gloss or toner can also be used on the roots to create a middle colour between your natural locks and your highlights. This will soften the harshness between the roots and highlights and ease your natural hair colour back into the equation.

Reversing the Blonde

When going darker from blonde, we recommend starting with a natural caramel blonde shade, then at your next colour appointment go darker again. Repeat until you’ve got the colour you want. Alternatively, adding some lowlights will reduce the contrast of your roots for a softer and natural look.

From Dark to Light

While you can disguise dark roots and light hair as an intentional ombre, light roots and dark hair can be a more difficult challenge. To avoid damage it’s important to take things slowly and work with highlights to subtly blend your multi-tonal hair.

Ask your colorist to create a base that is lighter than the dye but darker than your natural hue, and then subtle highlights can be added to lighten your look. You may also want to consider balayage on the lengths of your hair to balance your roots and ends.

Saying Goodbye to Pastels

Whether you’ve gone electric blue or pastel pink, these striking shades take up a lot of time and upkeep.

Surprisingly, these colourful hues aren’t the hardest to ditch because dyes this bright are usually temporary. Faded pastels, however, can look dull and you may still end up with a slight tinge of colour.

Once your hair colour has faded, you may want to add in some highlights and lowlights to add back the depth to your locks. A gloss treatment will also restore shine and vibrancy to your hair.

 

Advertisements

How To: Going Auburn

Screen Shot 2018-03-04 at 9.04.17 PM.png

image via Love Kevin Murphy

So what is ‘auburn’? We define it as a balance of red and brown hair tones. And the best thing about this colour is it can look great on just about every skin tone.

Light and dark auburn shades tend to look good on most skin tones, ranging from fair to deep olive. Auburn hair colour neutralises pink tones in fair skin making the skin look creamier, while light to medium auburn warms up olive skin making it look glowy.

Because auburn is a balance of red and brown, it’s easier to make the switch to auburn hair if you’re starting with darker hair. This is because when you lift dark hair, it automatically has red tones that shine through. The darker the hair, the more auburn you’ll see.

Transitioning from blonde to an auburn shade is easy, however, blondes have a harder time keeping the red and auburn tones vibrant. This is because the pigments have a tendency to fade quicker. Blondes who opt for an auburn shade should expect their hair to require more maintenance, meaning monthly glossing treatments to help keep the colour vibrant.

Not sure if you want to fully commit? If you’d rather dip your toe into the auburn tress trend, try out highlights for a gorgeous, multi-dimensional finish.

 

 

How To: Caring for Brightly Coloured Hair

Screen Shot 2017-05-01 at 10.21.58 AM.png

image via Instagram/amanda_hairpassion

Given the continuing trend for brightly coloured locks, here’s our guide to keeping your colour looking vibrant and healthy.

Prevent Damage

Bright shades require a very light base hair colour, which usually means that your hair needs to be lightened. It’s important to maintain the health of your hair as much as possible before going bright. Super-porous, brittle hair does not hold onto colour well. So maintain the health of your hair and the longevity of your colour, by asking your stylist to use Olaplex when lightening your hair.  Olaplex is a protein bond builder which is added to the lightening mixture to avoid damage when lightening.

Cleanse

Each time you wash your hair colour can fade – especially when not using a colour protecting shampoo. Stretch out time between washes with a dry shampoo like Kérastase Powder Buff and when washing use a shampoo designed specifically for coloured hair like L’Oreal Vitamino Colour.

Pro tip: When washing your hair, use tepid to cool water. This helps to keep the hairshaft closed, meaning that you’r less likely to lose colour when you wash.

Protect

A heat protectant like Kérastase Ciment Thermique will help to maintain the health of your hair and the vibrancy of your colour. UV rays also fade hair colour. The Kérastase Soliel range is specifically designed for sun worshippers to protect the health of colour-treated heat-exposed hair.

Go for the Gloss: All you need to know about the Reds Glossing Service

Glossing_CopyBlock_protect.jpg

Are you in need of a colour and shine boost? Bring your hair back to life with a Glossing service.

A Glossing service is a fast and demi-permanent colour service that enhances, enriches and tones natural or colour-treated hair.

Used on blondes it brightens and tones dull or brassy colour. It also adds shine and provides intense care for coloured hair, leaving it looking soft and beautiful. We recommend a Glossing service about 4-6 weeks after your regular salon colour appointment to enhance or maintain your colour.

Typically, a Gloss will last 6-8 weeks and will fade gradually – perfect timing for your next  salon visit!

Here are three reasons why a Glossing service is a must-have.

#1 Super Shine

We all love the sun, but sometimes the great outdoors can be harsh on your hair. Adding a Glossing service to your hair regimen will give it beautiful shine and also provide intense care for dry hair.

#2 Set the Tone

You loved your golden blonde six weeks ago, but now rose gold is all the rage. Ask for a Gloss to enhance or alter the tone of your current colour. A Gloss is also the perfect service to help neutralise your colour if it is looking a bit brassy.

#3 Protect Your Investment

A Glossing service in between colour appointments will help maintain your colour for longer. Due to daily washing and elements like sun exposure and heat, it’s only natural that your colour may start to look dull. With a Glossing service, you can give your colour the boost that it needs.

Glossing_CopyBlock_setTheTone.jpg

Reds Glossing Menu:

Our Reds Glossing service includes a beautiful blow wave finish that will have you feeling fabulous.

Colour Gloss – $67

Add shine and depth to your colour or tone your lightened hair. Service takes 30 minutes.

Add up to 6 foils – $30.00

 

Offer is available with any stylist, available Wednesday to Friday, before 3pm.

Glossing_CopyBlock_shineBlock.jpg
The fine print:
* Additional charge may apply for extra thick or long hair, but this will be quoted before your service is started.
* Express Colour service does not include corrective colour services. We can discuss your options in salon and you will receive a free quote for getting your colour back in order.

All images via L’Oréal Professionnel

How To Care For Your Colour

Screen Shot 2017-02-20 at 11.30.27 am.png

image via L’Oréal Professionnel

A new hair colour always looks amazing, but some people struggle to keep their colour looking fresh between colouring. So here’s our guide to keeping your colour looking gorgeous for as long as possible.

1. TREAT YOUR COLOUR WELL

Coloured hair does need a little more care than normal hair. Change your shampoo and conditioner to a colour protect formula and add in a weekly treatment to nourish your hair as well.

2. DON’T WASH AS OFTEN

If you have a darker hair colour, every wash can slightly fade your hair colour. Along with a specially formulated shampoo and conditioner for coloured hair, dry shampoo can help to space out the time between washes and preserve your colour.

3. DROP THE HEAT

Really high heat can fade your colour right before your eyes. It’s still okay to heat style your hair, but just drop the temperature a little to make sure you keep your colour looking its best and always use a heat protectant.

4. SUNSCREEN FOR YOUR HAIR

UV rays don’t just damage our skin, they can also damage your hair leading to colour fade. If you know you’re going to be outside for a long time, pop on a hat and apply a product with UV protectants to keep your hair looking its best all summer long.