COLOUR ME BEAU­TI­FUL Whether you’re go­ing lighter or pas­tel pink, dye­ing your hair is not for the faint-hearted. Here’s what you need to know

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - TRENDS -

1. Know your hair tex­ture It is im­por­tant to con­sider the tex­ture of your hair, es­pe­cially if you are dy­ing at-home without a pro. Did you know that curly and coily hair have a rougher feel to the cu­ti­cle com­pared with other hair types? The strand is por­ous and, gen­er­ally, drier. So while hair colour is ab­sorbed quickly and easily, this hair type is more prone to dam­age, es­pe­cially if you’re go­ing lighter. The same ap­plies to ne hair – the al­ready thin cu­ti­cle will be eroded down, caus­ing break­age. Thick, straight hair will nd it a lit­tle tougher to achieve a par­tic­u­lar colour, es­pe­cially when go­ing lighter. If you have chem­i­cally pro­cessed hair, rather visit a colourist, since fur­ther colour­ing could spell dis­as­ter. 2. Know your nat­u­ral hair colour ‘The trick to get­ting your de­sired colour just right is know­ing what your nat­u­ral hair colour is rst, as that forms the start­ing block,’ says David Gill­son from Carl­ton Hair. The tone of your nat­u­ral hair colour will make a dif­fer­ence to the nal re­sult: if you have a nat­u­rally warm hair colour, like golden blonde or auburn, the re­sult will be dif­fer­ent than on a cool hair colour, like plat­inum blonde, black or ash brown. 3. Know what you want Are you go­ing darker or lighter? Go­ing from light to dark is al­ways eas­ier, and a sub­tle change of two shades darker can make the world of dif­fer­ence. The key is to know ex­actly what you’re af­ter, and be­ing fa­mil­iar with the ter­mi­nol­ogy of new tech­niques, such as bal­ayage, baby­lights or ood­lights so you can com­mu­ni­cate ex­actly what you want. 4. Have a plan The eas­i­est, fastest and cheap­est way to shake up your colour is with at-home box dye. It’s great for touch­ing up roots, adding sub­tle high­lights and maybe go­ing one or two shades darker – all to­tally man­age­able. Some­thing ex­treme, like go­ing from black to blonde, re­quires a lot more ex­per­tise, so don’t try it at home. Work with your colourist to un­der­stand the process and learn about what hues work with your skin tone and hair­cut. Ad­vance­ments in tech­nol­ogy mean that you can go from one ex­treme to the other overnight. Treat­ments like Olaplex help to re­build the bro­ken bonds of chem­i­cally treated hair to pre­vent dam­age – bear this in mind if you’re con­sid­er­ing pas­tel pink, sil­ver or grey as you would have to go plat­inum rst. 5. Know how to main­tain and pro­tect It is im­por­tant to know the main­te­nance sched­ule of your new hair colour, David says. If you can’t visit the salon reg­u­larly, go­ing plat­inum might not be prac­ti­cal for you – un­less you have curly or coily hair, which takes longer to show dark roots. Reg­u­lar main­te­nance will help pre­vent dull, fad­ing colour and brassy tones. Use deep-con­di­tion­ing treat­ments, pro­tect your hair from the sun and avoid wa­ter for a few hours af­ter colour­ing. Chlo­rine and other wa­ter min­er­als will also al­ter the colour, and al­ways use heat pro­tec­tion, leave-in con­di­tion­ers or oil when heat-styling your hair.

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