It’s a New Year - and what better way to start 2019 than with a change of hair colour? But a fresh look doesn’t have to mean enduring hours at the salon.
With the right tips and tricks, it’s possible to get the same results from the comfort of your own bathroom. Celebrity hairdresser Lee Stafford is on hand to show us how to totally transform our colour, add some highlights and try one of this year’s hottest colours - bright coral.
Lee's top tips for getting a professional dye at home
- Coral is the Pantone colour of 2019 and it’s a fab fun colour to experiment with on your hair. For the best result it’s all about getting as much product penetration in to the hair as possible.
- Apply the colour sections to make it more balanced, avoid patchiness in and more manageable. Once applied, make sure to leave the colour on for the full development time. Rinse with cool water and style as normal
- Don’t worry about the colour becoming too bright as a couple of washes will take it to a softer more pastel version
- And the best part? It fades out in just 1 - 4 washes depending on the colour intensity and the condition of your hair.
Blonde to brown
- When taking hair from blonde to brown, often the challenge can be finding the right colour on the shelf
- Don’t go by the picture on the box as this can be misleading
- It’s really important to be mindful of the fact that there are two areas of colour to think about. The porous lightened mid lengths/ ends and the natural regrowth at the roots.
- Spreading the colour from roots to tips all at once may seem like the logical approach, but that's exactly the wrong thing to do. If you cover your whole head for the full processing time, you will create a very dark block colour. Natural looking hair colour means the ends should be slightly lighter, so apply the colour through the ends only for the last five minutes of processing.
- Section off your hair and apply at the roots, gently blending on the colour with fingertips
- Rinse with lukewarm water after the full development time, wash and style as normal
Balayage / ombré
- This is a subtle sun kissed look, so when recreating this effect always remember that less is more
- A simple technique is to create small ponytails along the hairline using the natural parting
- Create lines of little ponytails that go back as far as the ear in three vertical lines on each side
- Backcomb the ponytails so you are taking half of the strands in the ponytail away
- Use a toner to gently blend out any warmth, softening the blonde from the raw bleach colour. We used theJosh Wood Keep Me Cool shot which neutralises unwanted yellow or brassy tones.
- Leave for the specified development time then wash again - style as normal
- Always do a patch test 48 hours before doing ANY colour to ensure there is no allergic reaction
- Always do a strand test to ensure the colour is right before applying all over
- Always buy two boxes of colour to ensure you don’t run out half way through