After months separated from our hairdressers, many of us are champing at the bit to try something new and fun – and one of the best ways to experiment is with colourful hues and highlights.
But if you are new to hair dye, don’t worry, help is on hand. Here, hair stylist and owner of BLOW salon in Glasgow, Fallon Carberry, shares her advice for getting on-trend tresses.
Skip the shampoo
If you are heading into the salon for your first ever dye appointment, it’s tempting to get your hair looking tip-top, but Fallon advises leaving your hair unwashed for better results.
She explained: “Don’t wash and style your hair the day of your colour appointment, instead try washing it one to two days before. Freshly washed hair isn’t the best palette for hair colour. If possible, use a clarifying shampoo to reduce build up before coming to the salon.”
You might be lusting after blonde locks worthy of Brigitte Bardot or Marilyn Monroe, but if your natural colour is far from platinum, remember it can take time to achieve your dream colour.
“Be realistic with your expectations about what can be achieved in one appointment,” said Fallon.
“Be patient, listen to your stylist’s advice and guidance, and, if you’re after a dramatic change, make sure you have a consultation in advance.
“Your stylist will be able to advise what to expect, and what length of appointment you require.”
Can I DIY?
Next time you’re in Boots or Superdrug, Fallon recommends avoiding at-home dye kits, which can damage your hair in the long run. She said: “Step away from the box dye! It’s full of paraphenylenediamine (PPD) and other nasty chemicals, it’s hard to apply evenly, and most of the time it won’t match your colour.
“Plus, it can be really difficult for us to correct any mistakes afterwards. You’re safer in the hands of the professionals.”
Care and condition
Fallon continued: “In between salon visits, Olaplex is a girl’s best friend. Sleep in the No. 3 Hair Perfector (£26) overnight at least once a week for virgin hair condition.
“And invest in a salon quality shampoo and conditioner, as cheap products will strip your lovely tone in a couple washes, leaving it brassy and dull.”
Looking for the hot new look? Fallon recommends balayage. She said: “People love it because it’s so low maintenance – clients usually only come four times a year for balayage, and it’s totally customable to each person.”
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