So many fab hairstyles, so little time.
Ladies, please raise your hand if you wash your hair daily?
Now, give your wrist a gentle slap if you answered “yes” – and unhand that shampoo this autumn/winter!
Confession: I’m a newly reformed daily hair washer after my beloved hairdresser recently scolded me for the needless damage it’s doing to my fine, blonde hair. And here’s the crucial bit: we do not need to be washing our hair – or our bodies, according to a recent study, but I digress – half as often as we think we do, particularly during autumn/winter.
And it’s a sentiment espoused by hair guru, Schwarzkopf’s national technical educator, Grant Withnell (pictured), who says no matter what your hair type, we should be keeping the washing to a minimum this autumn/winter to prevent our locks from drying out too much.
“People think they have to wash their hair every day or every second day, but this is just not the case,” Grant says. “Of course, hair types vary, but I’d advise women to lay off the hair washing in autumn/winter to better protect their hair.
“And always make sure you dry your hair before leaving the house – not only to prevent getting a cold, the combination of moisture and cold air will dry out your hair and make it brittle. Also, as much as we love the feeling of a warm shower in the middle of autumn/winter, try not to have the water too hot – this is another cause of dry, brittle hair.”
The hair guru’s other top ways to combat autumn/winter damage to our manes is to make like a celebrity (pictured) and only use high quality hair care products. “Autumn/winter can be treacherous for hair!” Grant says.
“My best recommendation for autumn/winter hair care is to treat your tresses once a week with a deep conditioning treatment or mask. Try the Schwarzkopf Ultimate Repair Anti-Damage Mask; it’s the best at repairing damaged hair and strengthening it from within. It also leaves your hair feeling soft and shiny.
“For an intense treatment, take some time to wrap your hair in cling wrap or a shower cap after putting on the mask. This will really allow the product to penetrate deep into the hair. Give it about 15–30 minutes.”
And if you’re concerned about how to protect your hair colour this autumn/winter, and thereby prolong expensive salon visits, Grant says the Schwarzkopf Extra Care BB Cream is the bomb. “This is really the holy grail in hair products!” he says. “It is the ultimate multi-tasking product containing all the essential benefits you need, in order to achieve and maintain beautiful, healthy hair.
“Refreshing your hair colour is always one sure fire way to give your hair a healthy shine and keep it looking vibrant in the autumn/winter months. Warmer, mocha colours are always more popular during that time of year, but if you’re feeling adventurous, you can always try a dip-dye look with the new Schwarzkopf Brilliance Fashion Lights range.”
So, there you have it ladies. Think of all the money you’ll save on shampoo and, hopefully, salon visits, too!
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Have you ever walked into a hair salon and flicked through the pictures in the magazines, finally pointed to a picture and said “I want that colour!”? I think most of us have been there. Wouldn’t it be so nice if everyone suited every hair colour? Unfortunately it’s not so, and if you get it wrong the result can be a washed out, tired and older looking you. If you get it right however, your hair colour can not only help you to look younger, but it can also make your best facial features shine.
Firstly, hair colour can be plotted on a scale from one to ten, with one being black and ten being platinum blonde. As a general rule, it is suggested that you don’t go more than two levels or shades above or below your natural hair colour. If you do choose to step outside that range you could risk the colour looking fake and you’ll most likely have a hard time maintaining it because it is so different to your natural colour.
Also, before you decide on a colour you need to determine whether your skin tone is cool or warm:
- Cool skin tones are normally accompanied by blue, grey or dark brown-black eyes, the veins in your wrist have a blue tint and your skin looks healthiest when you wear pure white
- Warm skin tones are normally accompanied by green, hazel or warm brown eyes, the veins in your wrist have a greenish tint and your skin looks healthiest when you wear off-white or beige
So, with that in mind, here are some of the best colours for your skin tone and colour:
If you have a warm skin tone then consider colours such as mahogany, coffee or maple brown and if your skin tone is cool then colours such as espresso and black should work best for you.
If you have a warm skin tone then ebony brown, mocha and violet based hues will work best for you whilst those with a cool skin will suit chestnut, auburn and cinnamon.
If you have a warm skin tone colours such as copper or golden caramel will compliment your skin while people with cool skin tones should stick to colours such as ash, walnut and wheat blonde.
If you have a warm skin tone consider colours such as golden, honey and strawberry blonde. If you have a cool skin tone then platinum and buttery shades will work best for you.
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If you’re looking to save some cash on your next fabulous hair-do, why not colour your hair at home. It has to be said that colouring your own hair takes a lot of practice and persistence, but don’t let this stop you from giving it a try. Even flawless hair can come from an inexpensive box, just follow our top tips before you re-touch or completely colour your hair at home.
Suffer from broken hair, split ends and heavily damaged locks? Colouring your hair at this point may not be an option since it could damage your roots and ends even more. Wait until your hair is healthy again, or snip off the ends before colouring. Peroxide could thin out and damage hair, so be careful and keep your hair healthy by treating it to an intense hair masque every few weeks.
If this is your first DIY hair colouring experience, choose a temporary colour instead. These dyes only last for a few weeks (or washes), and if you’ve made a mistake along the way, you won’t be required to live with it for months on end. This is a great starting point to build your technique and practice before going for the real thing.
There may be a chemical in the dye you may be allergic to which is rare, but a strand test is highly recommended. If you’re using a new colour for the first time, do a strand test on a piece of inconspicuous hair to test how it will look like once developed.
It is best to use dye on hair which has been unwashed for 2-3 days. This is because oils are released onto the ends and all over the scalp, which help to hold the colour better and absorb it over time. It is best not to colour hair which has been freshly washed, since the colour may not set very well into the follicle.
Colouring kits aren’t usually equipped with brushes, but you can find these products in convenience stores or supermarkets. Sometimes gloves make it difficult to distribute hair dye evenly across the length and roots, but using a brush will get those hard to reach places with ease.
Long and thick hair
You may find that thick or longer hair requires two boxes of dye instead of one. Only you can determine if you’ll need more than one box, but it’s better to be safe than sorry! Buy a box just as a back-up if it is the first time colouring your hair at home. It will save you another trip to the supermarket or chemist if the formula isn’t enough.
Start with colouring the roots, then move down to the length of your hair. Section off your hair, and start from the front of your head then make your way to the neck. Don’t forget above the ears! Place another mirror at the back so you can see which sections of your hair need to be coloured.
This time may vary from each hair colour you use, but most require 25-45 minutes for the colour to actually work. Section off your hair with clips or even use a shower cap to keep it all together in one confined space. Don’t start to worry if your hair is turning an odd colour, it usually does not represent what your true colour will look like. Simply wash hair with lukewarm water until the water runs clear, then use the conditioner supplied. It will leave your hair feeling silky smooth and shiny.
- While waiting for the dye to develop, any itchiness or irritability on the scalp is usually due to the peroxide. If this pain increases and feels unbearable, wash off the dye completely. There are many dyes which are peroxide and ammonia free if you are allergic.
- If you spot some dye on your face, neck or hands, simply apply some moisturiser and wash off with soap and warm water. This will remove any stains on the skin.
- Use older clothes and towels since the dye could potentially stain your clothes.
- For very long hair, don’t be afraid to bring along a friend who can help you out. An extra set of hands will be much appreciated since colouring your own hair can be stressful and tedious.
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By Felicia Sapountzis
Autumn is the perfect time to experiment with your hair colour. Look for colours with plenty of warmth such as rich reds, deep browns and golden blondes. Before you head for that bottle of dye, take a look at some of our favourite celebrity hair colours to inspire you.
Amy Adam’s Strawberry Blonde
Red is perfect for autumn: think the change of leaves, bottles of wines by the fireplace, and deep berry lipsticks. Not everyone can pull of this hair colour though because it tends to cast a yellow tint to the skin. Women with fair skin, like Amy’s, tend to look best with shades of red. Red has so many tones from coppery red to deep burgundy, so speak to your colourist about the right colour to match your skin tone and eyes.
Tina Fey’s Rich Brunette
Tina Fey’s golden brown hue is perfect for autumn because it has a lot of richness and warmth mixed with the brightness of golden highlights. This hair colour is perfect for women who have light to medium skin, but it can also work on deeper skin tones. Ask your hair colourist to run toffee and cinnamon-hued highlights through your hair for depth.
Lea Michelle’s Chocolate Brown
Lea’s rich chocolate brown hue is infused with shiny golden highlights throughout to add dimension and bring out her skin’s warmth for autumn. If you have brown hair, getting this hair colour is simple. Just highlight and lowlight sections of your hair with cafe latte shades for the right touch of contrast. Because of the depth, this hair colour can also easily transition to winter.
Emma Stone’s Auburn
Emma’s beautiful dark auburn colour is perfect for girls with fair skin who want to experiment with darker shades without looking washed out. These hair colors are perfect for fall because they brighten the skin. If you have dark hair, look for a colour 1-2 shades lighter, with an auburn tint. Always use a colour protectant as auburn and red tones tend to wash out quickly.
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Warm brunette tones
Luscious golden brown bases are great as they highlight multi-dimensional colours. The more your hair is exposed to the sun, the more your base will start to look as though it’s naturally infused with warm hazelnut and honey caramel tones and highlights. Need hair colour inspiration? Jessica Alba is our favourite brunette babe.
Try: Clairol Nice’n Easy ColourBlend Shades: Natural Lightest Brown or Natural Medium Caramel Brown
Creamy vanilla blondes
Compliment a sun-kissed glow with this season’s hottest blonde look – creamy vanilla or baby blonde shades, just like Reese Witherspoon. Pair with soft waves for an instant laid back look.
Try: Clairol Nice’n Easy ColourBlend Shades: Light Neutral Summer Blonde or Natural Cool Summer Blonde
On the opposite end of the colour spectrum, there are some bright and vibrant hues that should definitely be considered for those who are daring and like to be a little more experimental. Think fiery auburns, deep purples, or red wine.
Try: Clairol Nice’n Easy ColourBlend Shades: Natural Burgundy or Natural Light Auburn
Say goodbye to regrowth
After seeing a strong trend for two-toned balayage, beautiful, solid colours are becoming popular again, particularly on the red carpet, meaning it’s time to cover up dark roots and regrowth.
Try: Clairol Nice’n Easy Root Touch-Up Shades: Medium Blonde or Light Golden Brown
What hair colour are you going to try this summer?
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.