Maintaining your hair colour

Picture you leaving the hair salon with a beautiful newly fresh shiny hair colour and you feel amazing, but unfortantly when not looking after your hair it turns all dull faded and you feel awful. I am here to help you! Here are a few tips to help you maintain your hair colour!

Good colour starts with healthy hair.

HYDRATE!! W hile bleaching your hair isn’t the best way to start, it is necessary to do in order to achieve a lighter or bright colour.  Unhealthy, damaged hair will not hold colour well and being dry it loses its colour quickly. You may make it from black hair to blue in a week by bleaching your hair twice a day but that blue won’t hold because your hair is in awful condition. Be patient with your journey from dark hair to light hair. Make sure to nurture your hair. Hair masks and repair products are your best friends!

High quality hair colour

After healthy hair, the next most important thing is a very good hair colour product. I highly recommend going to a salon to get your hair done as we know what we are doing. . Since salon brands are gentle on your hair, it’s totally fine, and really highly recommended as they know when enough is enough with your hair.

Rinse with cool water.

This is actually a best tip if you have a funky colour in your hair. If you skip all other tips (please don’t, especially healthy hair!) this is the one to follow. Warm water opens the hair cuticle allowing colour to escape. I’m not saying you need to wash your hair with ice cold water, but in reality, the colder the better. Just use cold water for your hair and crank the heat up when doing your body.
While we’re on the subject of water, it should be noted that swimming in chlorinated water is awful for your hair colour. For good measures, just keep your hair dry as much as possible or smother your hair in conditioner before going in.

Use the right shampoo & conditioner!

The main step to long lasting colour is to use a colour save/protecting shampoo and conditioner. Depending on your colour you may need toning (e.g. for blondes that tend to go brassy, a purple shampoo is needed!) Stay away from a clarifying shampoo this stripes and gets rid of the colouring in your hair (i.e head and shoulders).

Sulfates and alcohol based products are another two huuuge things that will fade any hair color. Sulfate free shampoos can be kind of tricky to find sometimes, but they’re definitely worth switching to. Even with sulfate free shampoo, you should still try to cut back on shampoo use. Shampoo strips your hair of it’s natural oils, as well as the colour. If you’re lucky enough to not have super greasy hair skip washing every other day and use a dry shampoo on your off days. My dry shampoo of choice is Wella “Dry Me” It’s a little bit more expensive than others I’ve found and tried but easily the best!

Avoid heat styling.

If you must heat style (hey, I feel ya!), use a protectant! This Wella one is my personal favourite, I’ve been using it for a while now.

Wella heat protection spray - thermal image

Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.

Just like your skin, the sun isn’t necessarily good for your hair colour. The sun rays will bleach your hair which makes your colour fade. Try wearing a hat if you’ll be spending a long time in the sun. Highly recommended applying conditioner to your hair or even a leave in spray!

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Low maintenance hair colour?

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Balayage has been around for quite some time now but its one of the most popular hair colouring techniques today. There is a lot of people wearing this but Sarah Jessica Parker is the queen of this colouring technique.

What is Balayage?

It is a French word meaning sweep or to paint. It is a sun kissed natural looking colour for your hair, the principle idea is less is more! This can all be done freehand without foil or meche. A lot of celebs are wearing this hair colour technique, its all over the place even catwalks and red carpets. Balayage works for all lengths except very short cropped hair.

Does it require a lot of maintenance?

No, very little actually! It grows out beautiful and naturally so there is no obvious growth line which can be worn longer between appointments. Balayage isn’t all about the blondes, it can be any colour you want! (red heads, brunettes, crazy colour tend, ANY!) To protect this style hair using a colour protection shampoo and conditioner really helps, I recommend Wella SP Colour Save, Regular treatments and heat protection when styling the hair. For blondes I would recommend Wella SP Silver Shampoo to clean up the blonde and get rid of any brassy tones. This hairstyle can be worn both straight or curly!

 

Heres a look through a few I found on Pinterest and see if you find one you like 🙂 –>

Pinterest: @eighthhorcruxx. Chocolate caramel #balayage #hair #beauty:   Ask your hairdresser for this Color Personality A Touch of Tuscany | Brunette Hair | Balayage | #whatsyourcolorpersonality:

Balayage example! Check out me out on Instagram @nicctastic:

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Check out this chart and share with your client to determine the perfect shade. Let's all get on the same page! Fo Sho!:

Blown Hair Style http://www.luxaddiction.com:    long+brown+bob+with+balayage+highlights:  Cooler temps are getting closer to arriving to Charleston and as that happens I’m getting inspired to change my hair color from a caramel balayage to an auburn ombré or balayage. I know I’ve told y’all before, but I love changing my hair from time to time. I’m still very much in love with my lob...Read More » »:

 

 

 

 

 

Debs Hair Tips & Inspo

Debs season is upon us and I had one of my followers ask me to do a small blog post about debs hair. You may be going to a debs this year and your unsure on what to do with your hair!

When choosing your debs hairstyle, make sure to keep your dress in mind. Your hairstyle and your dress should complement one another.

  • Arrive to the salon with clean dry hair. Wash hair night before with a volumize shampoo and no conditioner! This will give a great result for your hair style.
  • In the lead up to your debs try to keep your hair in tip top condition
  • Wear a button up top to the hair salon so you don’t have to take it off over your head afterwards. This will avoid messing up your hair style.
  • To keep your hair intact for the whole day make sure to pop a mini hairspray and a few bobby pins into your bag. Using these to fix any fly away strands that have come loose.
  • If you have extensions make sure they are clean, dry and brushed through. This is a time saver for your stylist and then can focus on your finished look opposed to be worrying about the extensions.
  • Bring as many images for inspiration!

Hope these tip have helped you. Have you any additional tips to share with us?

Here are a few Hair pictures for some inspiration:

 

 

Heres some that I have done:

 

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Healthy Summer Hair

Summer is nearly over but that doesn’t mean people are finished going on holidays! Or that Ireland might just get another few nice days in the month of August (Fingers Crossed). What can be better than warm sunny days, floral dresses and icy cold drinks?

That sounds amazing but summer brings a few challenges to our hair, Summer is hard on our hair! Summer heat can damage our hair, gives us oily scalps, make our hair lighter. But, fear not! I am here to your rescue and will share my amazing and simple summer hair tips! The heat and humitidy here has been hard so I thought now was the right time:

  • No Heat! First way of protecting your hair is avoid styling your hair with heat as much as possible. I know this could be a challenge for some people but there is a lot of heatless hairstyles ideas that can be done. If you find your hair will go frizzy than a serum is what your need.

 

 

  • Condition Condition Condition!! We see it to often, coloured hair that gets ruined and damaged from all the salt water and sun exposure.If you are going to be spending a long day in the sun than I would advise you to apply a conditioner  all over your hair when dry and leave it soak in. When you are home apply a treatment to your hair, a treatment can help revitalize and rehydrate your hair, bringing it back to life.

 

  • Cover it up! If your planning on being out in the sun for a good length of time consider wearing a hat or scarf to protect your hair and scalp. This also helps to keep coloured hair from fading and turning brassy.

       

 

 

  •  Chlorine Damage! If you spend a lot of time in the pool and find your hair goes green (yes that can happen!) than you need a clarifying shampoo to help remove the chlorine build up and stops it from going green. If your hair is dry it is like a sponge and would be 1 of the first to experience this!

Wella Professionals Pure Purifying Shampoo

  • Drink more water! We will never hear enough of this! This also does wonders to your hair aswell as body & mind. Water also hydrates your hair and scalp – Otherwise hydrate your hair inside out!

 

Let me know if you have used any of these tips or if you have any of your own!

Wishing you a very lovely summer and healthy beautiful hair!

 

 

 

Grey Hair Is Having A Moment!

Ok this colour hair is HUGE for spring summer 2015! Who would of ever thought about grey hair being in style? #GrannyHair is now trending. So it clearly does not matter if your 18 or 81, silver hair looks gorgeous!

This would be the most hardest colour to achieve. To get this look I would only recommend anyone being platinum blonde or a base of a 11 up! Where I work we use Wella and they have the perfect colour in there range – 8/81wela colour touch 8.81

When going into a hairdressers I would recommend you bring a picture, its very good to bring pictures in as it gives your hairdresser a visual idea and also better idea of what your looking for!

To keep the grey you need alot of tlc as it can fade very quickly so at-home maintenance is necessary! Keep toning! Put Wella silver shampoo, which comes out a purple colour, on dry hair for 10-15 mins and you will notice it being that bit silver. Best thing about being silver is it fades out to the colour you were before it – either it white or brassy or whatever tone!wella-sp-silver-blond-shampoo

If you are dark like me and would love this look of course you can get there but what a big process! it is super damaging and would not all be done in one season, not at all! You would want to be ok with some damage going silver…and say bye bye to no more silky hair!

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Will you be turning grey this Summer?