Start your hair colour jour­ney by join­ing the cool hair gang with these easy tips. By Grace Man­tjiu

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Start your hair colour jour­ney with these easy tips

Gone are the days of peo­ple be­ing con­ser­va­tive with their hair colour. Celebri­ties such as Babes Wo­dumo, Somizi and Ri­hanna have been ex­per­i­ment­ing with colour and set­ting trends for a while. If you are ready to step into the craze this fes­tive sea­son, then these tips and tricks will help you choose your pop­ping hue. The process is not as easy as wash­ing and blow-dry­ing. So, if this is your first time, do it at a sa­lon. Your hair might not come out look­ing like the colour on the box. And, that’s be­cause the model’s orig­i­nal hair colour might have been dif­fer­ent to yours. Al­ways do a strand test be­fore putting dye on your whole head.

Limit the use of heat

Fre­quently blow-dry­ing or straight­en­ing your hair on high tem­per­a­tures can dam­age it. The re­sults can be se­vere for colour-treated hair as heat also causes colour to fade quicker. So, rather use non-heat straight­en­ing meth­ods such as bantu knots.

Use proper hair­care prod­ucts

Fre­quent colour­ing, chem­i­cals and UV rays can leave your hair feel­ing frag­ile. Sul­phate-free sham­poos and those specif­i­cally for colour-treated hair are gen­tle, and help pro­tect the colour and hair.

Do your re­search be­fore DIY

If you al­ready have colour on your hair, re­search how light or dark you need to go to get your de­sired colour. For ex­am­ple, chang­ing from black to grey then red in­volves dras­tic changes where red tones might turn the grey into orange. Get pro­fes­sional help if it goes com­pletely wrong.

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