Af­ter years of home-dye­ing, 49, from Kent, wanted a softer, fresher colour

The Sunday Telegraph - Stella - - #ONE DAY - Rachael Anderson,

‘Rachael’s blonde hair and bold lip­stick are cen­tral to her look. She wanted her hair to have a bit more vol­ume and shape. With two daugh­ters and a grand­daugh­ter, though, she doesn’t have lots of time to spend styling it.

Rachael’s hair is par­tic­u­larly thin, and years of dye­ing it have taken their toll on the ends. I took about an inch off the length and cut in around her face to frame it and ac­cen­tu­ate her cheek­bones. I also re­duced the weight all over to give her a softer, wispy fin­ish. This makes it much eas­ier to style.

In terms of prep, I used a vo­lu­mis­ing, tex­tur­is­ing spray be­fore blow-dry­ing to give it the wow-fac­tor, but Rachael could rough dry and go, if need be.

I rec­om­mend any­one with blonde hair to use prod­ucts that help pro­mote shine, to stop the colour look­ing faded. It’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween good- and and great-look­ing hair.

‘Rachael had been colour­ing her own hair, re­sult­ing in a very un­even colour mix of yel­low and brassy blonde tones. She was keen for a softer, fresher look, so I toned down the brassi­ness, while still main­tain­ing the blonde that she loves.

Us­ing clean blonde, hon­ey­gold and soft-mocha shades, I placed slices of colour all over to even out pre­vi­ous tints. I then added some smaller foils to en­sure her colour looked healthy, ef­fort­less and su­per chic. While her pre­vi­ous hair colour was too warm for her skin tone, the re­sult left her com­plex­ion look­ing much softer.’

‘The colour is spot-on and I like the ef­fort­less­ness of my new cut. I’m not sure the softer lip­stick will be a keeper, though, as I miss the bold­ness of my red.’

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