How To Look After Your Hair Colour
Nicky Clarke offers expert haircare advice on how to achieve vibrant colour – and how to look after it after your treatment…
Where do you start with hair colour and care?
You can only truly achieve vibrant hair colour if hair is in good condition in the first place. You have to get your hair coloured professionally with good quality products to achieve long lasting, vibrant colour. Using products with a lot of silicone content are one of the biggest reasons for dull lank hair and lifeless colour. Using silicone-based products gives hair a false impression of healthy hair and will leave a gradual build up on the hair follicle that will weigh it down. When exposing your hair on holiday to the elements of the sun, chlorine and the sea rinse with fresh water regularly and cover up with a scarf or hat to keep your colour tone perfect.
What are the best products to care for colour-treated hair?
Use a sodium free shampoo and conditioner as these don’t dry the hair out or strip it of colour. Nicky Clarke Stop Fade Colour Mask keeps the cuticles closed, locking in essential moisture and colour. Going to see a professional colourist is your best bet as they specialise in this day to day. A professional colour technician can advise you on the tones that will work best with your complexion, skin tones and eye pigmentation.
“Invest in good heat protection”
What are your top tips for someone who has never dyed their hair before?
Have it done in a salon professionally. Make sure you have a thorough consultation with a colourist and make sure you are both on the same wave length. Ask as many questions as you feel comfortable. Bring in examples and really spend time talking about what you would like. Colour charts are a very vague template to work from as the charts comprise of synthetic hair and are very basic. So communication is the key. Don’t go for anything too drastic your first time round! Ask your stylist to talk you through the method of colouring. There are so many ways to implement a colour or look you are going for. You might also find that the technician can advise on a more impressive technique. Don’t rush.
How can you repair hair damaged by constant colouring?
Start by having a good hair cut-this is key to get rid of dry and split ends. Use intensive hair treatments on a weekly basis and switch to either colouring hair less frequently or using different products\methods. Finally make sure the new hair/regrowth is the only parts coloured in the future! Invest in good heat protection products if you are using heated styling tools regularly.
“All about the technique”
What are your colour no-no’s?
Anything unnatural looking that makes you look washed out or doesn’t fit with your overall style. Unnecessary use of bleach – this is pure laziness! Home dye kits are a no-no – the quality of the products are less than half as good and the application is nowhere near as thorough – results never as effective, nor do they last.
What are you favourite hair shades for spring/summer?
Summer shades always tend to be lighter – for blondes I’m loving beige, suede and sandy tones. For brunettes, caramel, toffee and chocolate tones are the ones to be asking for. It’s all about the technique. It’s about softening dramatic looks to suit the client.
Spring-Summer key looks with colour
Blushing: This technique is great for anyone having highlights! A slightly lighter semi-permanent is used in-between the foils to soften any dark regrowth so it makes unsightly roots appear softened.
Chalking: This is a great in-between highlights service. This application of glazing returns any brassiness into beautiful shiny blondes and can be achieved in your lunch break as it is a speed service.
Re-basing: When highlighted hair becomes too over highlighted sometimes we need to give the hair a bit of a holiday and bring it back to reality somewhat! Applying a glossing in-between new highlights can make the hair appear much more glamorous and expensive looking.
Tonal drifting: This is where we see the roots darkened and the ends lightened giving slide of depth through the hair! The ends should still contain separation as to avoid the dip dye effect which is so last season!