We asked our readers to send in their hair colour problems so we could consult with the experts at Clairol. Here’s what they said.

Problem 1

Problem: My sandy coloured hair is going quite grey. I have been having it streaked as that blends the re-growth areas better. However with more grey, how can I maintain good colour and condition without showing the grey re-growth??

Solution: Clairol suggests using Herbal Essences Colour #22, Medium Blonde, which gives the best grey coverage while still keeping as close as possible to your natural hair colour.

Problem 2

Problem: My hair is naturally a reddish brown. If I use a warm brown colour, approx 2 weeks after I colour my hair is brown with orange overtones. If I use a straight brown shade, the same thing happens. How do I get rid of the orange overtones?I need the warm colour for my complexion otherwise I look ill.

Solution: Exposure to the sun causes haircolour to fade fast, so it’s very important to keep hair covered when you’re outdoors – wear a hat to prevent fading. Clairol recommends you use Herbal Essences Colour #63 Medium Rich Brown for a naturally warm brown result that will liven up her complexion.

Problem 3

Problem: I have thick, dark brown hair. I would love to lift the colour with a red shade, but every red I have tried fades within a couple of washes – even permanent colour. Can you help?

Solution: Clairol Herbal Essences Colour #44 Dark Red is one of the red shades in the Herbal Essences Colour range that is formulated with exclusive patented dye technology to maximise the vibrancy of the colour and minimise fading. Also, because red shades fade faster than other colours, it’s essential to use the correct shampoo for coloured hair – try Herbal Essences shampoo for coloured/permed/dry/damaged hair.

Problem 4

Problem: Since having my son 5 months ago my hair is dull, dry, and it seems to be falling out a lot more than usual.

Solution: Hair loss can be a common occurrence after having a baby, so you

should see your GP for medical advice about this condition.

Your natural dark brown hair can be given a colour boost with Herbal

Essences Colour #48 Burgundy, which will add rich burgundy tones. At the

same time the her hair will be beautifully conditioned thanks to the Colour

Seal Conditioner – a breakthrough dual silicone conditioning system that

delivers an incredible shine.

Problem 5

Problem: I have been dying my hair for the last five years and I seem to have naturally dry hair. My hair is frizzy and is neither very curly or straight. I find many hair dyes seem to dry my hair further. I want a hair dye that will make my hair shinier and healthier looking, with colour that won’t dull after the first week of washing.

Solution: Clairol Herbal Essences Colour #63 Medium Rich Brown. Clairol recommends that you do a strand test beforehand; if the hair is dry the colour can take less time to develop so it is important to determine how long to leave the colour on. Because Keryn has been dying her hair for the past five years, she should apply the colour on the root area first and then out to the ends for the last 5-10 mins of the developing time.