10 Things to know about go­ing for bold colour

Rain­bow-coloured hair is a state­ment! Here’s what you need to know be­fore you dye.

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Colour­ful hair shades are the ul­ti­mate way to ex­press your­self,” says hair pro She­lene Shaer of Tanaz Hair Beauty Nails. “It evolved nat­u­rally from the grey trend into pas­tels into in­tense colours. And just as makeup for men is be­com­ing more main­stream this look is not for a se­lect few any more.” Celebri­ties like Kylie Jen­ner, Katy Perry and Ke­sha have made it look easy, but bright shades come with chal­lenges. Here’s what you need to know.

1 You need to bleach your hair first

“First, for the colour to work, your base hair colour needs to be white,” ex­plains She­lene. “This can take hours to achieve on a blonde but will take mul­ti­ple bleach­ing ses­sions on a brunette.” If your hair is golden blonde and you choose to go blue with­out bleach­ing first, your hair will go green. Add blue to brown and the colour won’t show. “A con­sul­ta­tion is es­sen­tial,” says Jes­sica Brown from Carl­ton Hair. “That’s when we dis­cuss your shade, how long it will take, af­ter­care, cost and – most im­por­tantly – your hair his­tory. We need to know what chem­i­cals you’ve used be­fore.”

2 You must go to a pro

To main­tain your hair’s in­tegrity, a pro will work with you to lift your nat­u­ral colour safely. “We also add a bond-build­ing prod­uct in the dye to give your hair strength,” adds She­lene.

3 It’s ex­pen­sive

The bleach­ing process is what costs you. Be­cause it takes hours in the sa­lon, it’s a labour-in­ten­sive task. “Ex­pect to pay from R3 000 for shoul­der-length hair to R6 000 for waist-length hair,” says She­lene. “This would in­clude the bleach, colour bond-build­ing prod­uct in the dye and a bond-strength­en­ing treat­ment that is used at home with ev­ery wash.”

4 Your hair tex­ture changes

Bleach makes your hair thin­ner and frag­ile, and it knots more eas­ily. It also feels dif­fer­ent: more straw-like and dry, than silky and soft. “I tell my clients to treat newly dyed hair as if it’s a sick puppy – it needs love! Be gen­tle with it and go back to the sa­lon a week later for an in­ten­sive treat­ment,” sug­gests Jes­sica.

5 Choose your shade care­fully

Con­sider your skin tone. If your tone is cooler (the veins on your wrists seem more blue) go for warmer shades like red and orange. If your skin tone is warmer (your wrist veins seem more green), try cooler colours like blue and turquoise. “Rain­bow shades aren’t nat­u­ral,” adds David Gill­son from Carl­ton Hair, “so just pick your fave!”

6 Green takes com­mit­ment

Green dyes don’t come out! And adding colour on top sim­ply makes it murky. Think twice! .

7 The colour stains

When your hair is freshly dyed, it’ll bleed colour for the first few washes. Wash out your shower with bleach and stay away from white.

8 Home care is vi­tal

Use a treat­ment at ev­ery wash – a bond builder is es­sen­tial. And avoid heat styling – if you can.

9washes, The colour fades

These shades only last six

ex­plains She­lene. “Be­cause of the bleach­ing, your hair is drier so you may only need to wash ev­ery three days. Talk to your stylist about mix­ing some dye into your con­di­tioner to help it last.”

10 To go back is also a process

“You need an­other chem­i­cal treat­ment to lift the colour,” says She­lene.

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