Information & Advice
Skin-tone-friendly shades are instantly flattering, but get it wrong and you’ll look washed out. The key is to work out whether your skin is cool or warm-toned and then choose your shade according to the advice on your home hair colour pack. “Most people in the UK have cool skin tones,” says Sean Tetlow, Clairol’s Creative Director. “If you have fair skin, blue eyes and tend to suit blues and pinks, the likelihood is you have cool skin tone and need to select hair colours with ash tones in them, avoiding any warm or golden tones,” says Sean. “However, if you have green or hazel eyes and a slightly freckly complexion and tend to suit peach, orange, cream and warm brown colours in your clothing, then it’s likely you have a warm skin tone and should opt for warm golden and red tones in your hair colour, avoiding any ash-toned colours.”
Mrs Beckham might be able to switch effortlessly between brunette and blonde, but most of us are better off without such a bold colour swap, according to the pros. Instead, the experts say, it’s all about the two shade rule – never deviating more than two shades lighter or darker than your natural hair colour. “Go too dark and you’ll look tired and pale, while going too light from a dark base will look unnatural and will risk a very unnatural ‘orange’ result,” warns Sean. Our advice: check the shade indicators on the packaging when colouring at home, or speak to your salon colourist for advice.
One-dimensional colour? It’s so yesterday. Today’s colorants mimic hair’s natural tonal variety for super-natural results. “Natural hair is made up of three colour tones that blend together to give three-dimensional tone, highlights and shine, and for great results, your home hair colorant needs to replicate this,” says Sean. Try the Clairol Nice ‘n Easy range , which has been designed to mimic the multi-tonal colour of natural hair.
For the best shade results, the pros start laying the foundations for their hair colour before they hit the bottle. “Hair that’s in good condition will take and hold on to hair colour more effectively,” says Sean. To get your hair to its optimum colour-friendly condition, use a deep conditioning treatment twice a week before you colour. “This will strengthen the structure of your hair and smooth the hair cuticle, making your hair soft and shiny,” explains Sean.
Scraggy ends and tired-looking colour don’t cut it. To maximise condition and vibrancy, your coloured hair needs TLC. “When hair is coloured, its structure is chemically changed to allow the colour to be deposited into the hair shaft, so after colouring the hair cuticle needs to be re-sealed and smoothed to lock in the colour and add shine,” says Sean. To keep your colour tip top, look for nourishing conditioners and colour care ranges that help fight fading
Too shy to dye? Give your natural hair colour an ultra-glossy boost with a gloss treatment. Inspired by salon gloss treatments, which act like a varnish top coat to add super-shine and a hint of wash-out pigment, gloss and glaze treatments give hair a no-fuss, no-maintenance gleam. Alternatively, soup up the shine by using one of the colour-specific ranges which boost light reflection and condition to enhance your natural colour.
Spoil that gorgeous colour by showing your roots? Tsk. With the smart new root cover products you’ve got no excuse to be lazy between dye jobs. Swift and simple to use, most only take ten minutes and (like Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Root Touch Up) many now work with competitor’s colours, too. No roots, no excuses!
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