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.
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.