Why you should leave hair colouring to the pros
Step away from the dye box and take a seat in the salon chair to achieve a more personalised result. Your hair will thank you for it...
If you’ve ever dyed your own hair at home and a stranger tells you it looks great, that one compliment can be enough to turn your whole day around as you ooze with self-accomplishment.
But what happens when it all goes horribly wrong? What if the colour on your head is 10 shades off to the glossy shade on the box or your hair is damaged beyond repair? Salons are often lampooned for being pricey and timeconsuming, but when it comes to applying chemicals to your hair, it is often best to leave it to the professionals.
As Adem Oygur, winner of the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Afro Award 2019, explains: “A colour technician can help you create a finish that is personal to you. Your salon hair colour will have dimension and even be multi-tonal, because salons have an unlimited spectrum of colours.” Trusting your colourist is crucial, so Adem recommends having a consultation before taking the plunge: “A consultation achieves many things, but perhaps most importantly it means that you can be sure you’re treating your hair in the best possible way,” he says.
Any chemical hair treatment comes with a risk wherever it takes place, however the chance of something going wrong is lessened in a salon environment. A professional will know how to balance colour application to save your hair from dehydration while they’ll also be equipped with the right products to achieve the best results. “The use of protective bond builders, like L’Oréal Professionnel Smartbond, strengthens the curl before processing any colour,” says Adem. “Plus, I always finish with a gloss as the reflective qualities of curly hair are lower and give a great glossy finish.” So for results that can’t be recreated at home, it’s a salon visit for us every time.
Colour terms worth knowing
Often called a block colour, this is where one shade (usually permanent or semipermanent) is applied all over the head. This term is also used when stylists refer to a full head of highlights.
Semis last up to eight washes and do not contain ammonia or peroxide. With the right products the colour can be prolonged for longer. It is not designed to cover greys and is best used to refresh a tone.
This is where the ends of the hair are coloured, usually with a bright contrasting tone, going from dark to light. The effect mimics dip-dyed clothes and is a popular colour technique for human hair extensions.
This is a new technique where multiple tones are seamlessly blended into the hair using a method called palm painting, whereby the dye is applied by hand. Ideal for highlighting naturally curly hair.
Another newbie, this creates the effect of scattered raindrops or speckled colours that give the overall shade dimension. Developed by Schwarzkopf, it pushes the boundaries in colouring.