Tasar­nia Dhu­loo, @thegild­ed­hanger, in­flu­encer and fash­ion blog­ger

CHAMELEON

Women's Health (South Africa) - - BEAUTY -

“I was prob­a­bly about 21 when I started ex­per­i­ment­ing the most. I tried light brown to be­gin with and be­fore I had time to try any­thing else I went back to black. Once I was tired of that, I did the Kylie Jen­ner blonde om­bré with a cut – this is prob­a­bly the point at which I de­cided to go lighter and try the greys and blues. I tend to use my hair as a way to ex­press the life point I’m at. I am al­ways chang­ing and al­ways rein­vent­ing my­self and it shows in my hair. My big­gest re­gret? Go­ing black, but only be­cause I couldn’t go lighter un­til I had grown out the black. I hon­estly don’t like my plain black hair, it doesn’t ex­press my per­son­al­ity enough. I think a lot of peo­ple are scared to do any­thing dras­tic to their hair be­cause they could dam­age it and there are so many risks in­volved with hair colour, but I would say go­ing to the right stylist helps ease the worry when you want to spice up your look. Your hair pulls your look to­gether and it is best to rein­vent your­self with a style and colour that you love.” “I don’t fol­low hair trends, I sim­ply do what­ever I want and if I don’t like it, I change it.” |

RAIN­BOW CON­NEC­TION

Un­nat­u­ral shades are hot right now – but also high main­te­nance. These hues have the largest colour mol­e­cules, mean­ing they fade fastest, says colourist Kyle White. As in: your lilac could take a grey tint in two weeks! A low-main­te­nance way to try wild colour? Streaks un­der­neath hair, which the world sees only when hair is pulled back. | Reg­u­lar colour changes can make your head hurt. To keep your colour healthy... Up­date your base colour no sooner than ev­ery four weeks, says colourist Ge­orge Pa­paniko­las. “And wait at least 10 weeks to high­light – a process that’s no­to­ri­ously harsher on hair be­cause the lighter the colour, the more it strips your hair.” “When hair is dam­aged, the cu­ti­cle gets holes in it and colour mol­e­cules slip out,” says colourist Kyle White. Do a deep­con­di­tion­ing treat­ment once a week. “Heat a ta­ble­spoon of co­conut oil in the mi­crowave for 15 sec­onds and sleep with it in your hair. Then sham­poo out the ex­cess in the morn­ing.” The re­sult? Ultra-soft locks.

“Metal bris­tles heat up from your blow-dryer and be­come an iron,” says White. “You sac­ri­fice the bright­ness of your hair colour and risk tons of break­age.” In­stead, go for ny­lon brushes.

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