Changing Hair Colour – A plunge that needs prep work

As the seasons change, some of us are tempted to make a drastic hair colour change, also inspired by celebrities who seem to pull off the transformation with ease.

Hair stylist and salon owner Kate Sefton from The Last Tangle Hair Company Albury offers her advice on those wanting to take the plunge.

There are a few decisions in life which warrant research and time – purchasing a house, moving to a new city, and finally, changing your hair color.

“The general rule is warmer colors suit warmer skin tones and cooler, ashy tones suit cooler skin tones”

I’m not talking about a few highlights in a brighter tone, I’m talking about an actual colour change – blonde to red, dark brown to platinum, light brown to pastel pink.

The key to a stress-free overhaul is to know exactly what you’re in for before you take the plunge. Take note.

Know your skin tone – Your hair and skin go hand in hand. The colour of your hair has the ability to make your skin look like it’s just had a relaxing holiday, or alternatively, like you’re combating the latest illness going around the office.

The general rule is warmer colors suit warmer skin tones and cooler, ashy tones suit cooler skin tones

Maintain it – While your hair previously may have only needed a wash every other day, your new do may warrant a little more TLC.

Your shampoo and products such as leave-in conditioner will all change. If you’re going from dark to light, it will weaken your hair so you need products that are protein based to strengthen the hair.

“A drastic colour change does demand some ‘live-in’ time”

Keep in mind that heat styling can lift ashy tone out of the hair, so limit blow-dries to no more than twice per week and use a good heat protection spray to maintain those icy blonds

Good Condition – You wouldn’t attempt a marathon without being in peak performance, so the same applies when prepping for colour.

Strands need to be in optimal condition before the overhaul, otherwise you may find your hair’s condition rapidly deteriorates after colour is applied – or worse, breaks.

The condition of the hair is paramount, a color will hold and look shiny and healthy if the condition is there, so this may require a treatment program before the change is done

Shock Factor – When colour is first done, it’s a big shock. When hair is wet, it looks darker. Within the first three or four washes, it will change. A drastic colour change does demand some ‘live-in’ time.

If your initial reaction is to book for another appointment to reverse it, then give it a day or two and chances are you’ll warm to your new look. People do settle into it and eventually love it. Subtle changes can be made if required to make your new look PERFECT.

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