Introducing Holiday Hair

The new summer colours inspired by our favourite destinations

Top Colour Director, Seniz Aklan whose colour skills are called upon internationally and with the starlets of London, celebrates her new colour pod at Neville Salon. A safe sleek hub honouring her creative colour techniques that has her truly in demand.

Celebrating this, she launches Holiday Hair, by literally bringing the holiday to your hair. If you can’t or don’t feel like going abroad this summer, don’t worry. With the launch of her 4 top beach destination colours you can look like you’ve been on holiday with sun kissed, glowing and healthy locks.

You can choose to dip your hair into the following hues: Ibiza Golden Hour, Capri Cioccolato, Cote D’Azur Riviera Waves and Corsican Rosa. With Seniz’s artistic approach to colour and her creative colour placement your hair naturally dazzles in natural light. Her holistic technique means hair is nourished during your colour, so hair shimmers with hydration.

Lisa Snowden is a huge fan of the Capri Cioccolato whilst Jaqueline Jossa has dipped her locks recently into the Riviera Waves.

Capri Cioccolato picks up on the idyllic Italy. Rich in colours and texture with a fresh zesty feel a nod to the lemon groves scattered along the coast line. Seniz manages to mix chocolate browns with fresh lemon. This is a canny mix of 1/3 highlight and 2/3 lowlight – The placement depends on the haircut and style and how the hair is worn on a day to day basis.

Ibiza Golden Hour pays homage to the heavenly balmy golden rays towards the end of your beach day. Where the tunes begin to kick in but there is more relaxing to be done. Golden honey hair is what Seniz has created. Ibiza Golden waves is a beautiful blended ombré with a hairvenly honey base to achieve a new look. Ombré is achieved by backcombing the hair – Roots remain untouched – Low maintenance look

Cote D’Azur Riviera Waves creates a movement of waves in the hair with her clever colour placement. Seniz darkens the roots to give more body to flat limp hair and then the art is in her hand painting dimensions into the lengths of the hair using hair thumb and index.

Corsican Rosa - The softest pink with an undertow of butter yellow. Seniz goes to work on the lower base with bleach in foil mixed with hydrating Olaplex applied to mid lengths and ends depending on the quality of your roots. This is followed by root bleach and a deep hydrating olaplex treatment all over for added shine . The application on mid lengths and ends were applied in slices for even colour distribution.

If you can’t face the flying this year don’t worry you can still look hairvenly.

Summer Haircare Tips

Neville Summer Haircare Tips

With most people’s impeding departure to sunnier destinations, we thought we would pull together a list of invaluable haircare tips to see you through your holiday. After all, you have just come out from three months lockdown and have only just started to feel like yourself again. So, to avoid a repeat of lockdown locks here are 5 easy to follow tips to ensure you don’t compromise the health of your hair whilst on holiday:

1. Protect your hair

We’ve become pretty savvy when it comes to our skincare regimen and most of us know the importance of wearing UV protection daily regardless of the weather, yet we tend to overlook the importance of protecting our hair. Believe it or not, the effects of prolonged sun exposure on the hair are very similar to those on the skin. Left unprotected, the pesky rays can cause havoc to your tresses and not only for those who colour or bleach their hair. Hence why our hair can often feel brittle and lifeless when we return from holiday. To prevent damage for occurring, we recommend making hair SPF your new beach bag staple.

Our favourites:

Aveda Suncare Oil
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Kerastase Huile Sirène
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Kerastase Creme UV Sublime
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2. Accessorise

One of the biggest challenges our hair faces during sun exposure, aside from the obvious UV damage, is loss of moisture. By wearing a hat or head scarf you help your scalp retain moisture which is paramount for healthy hair. We all the more, recommend using accessories as a wind shield, particularly if you are planning to spend your summer island hopping around Greece, as those big gusts of wind could quickly turn your beach waves into unwanted matted locks.

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Yozusi Saray Hat
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Maison Michel Big Kate Hat
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3. Air Dry

Use this downtime to give your hair a break too by avoiding or reducing the use of heat appliances. During summer your hair will be exposed to substantial heat, so it’s a good opportunity to embrace your natural look. There are some great products on the market that can help you get the best out of your natural hair; whether you are seeking to define a curl or simply add some volume the combination of good product and letting your air dry au naturel will prevent damage.

4. Switch styles

If you are a fan of the tight pony, now is the time to switch things up. During summer your hair will be dry from the heat so it’s the perfect opportunity to try looser styles like a braid or top knot. Looser styles will prevent the hair from pulling and breaking. Also, consider your choice of ties. We are currently big fans of silk ties which prevent tugging and breakage. You can read about the effects of hair ties on hair in our previous blog post here.

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Slip Silk Tie
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5. Condition your hair

It’s evident that from the points above your hair will suffer from lack of moisture when exposed to heat, that’s why it’s very important to treat it with care and provide it with some extra TLC. Nothing beats a good conditioning mask after your usual shampoo and conditioner routine. Using a conditioning mask will restore the moisture in your hair as well as add shine to your lengths.

Our favourites:

Balmain Repair Mask 200ML
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REDKEN – The All Soft Mega Mask
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Common Hair Problems Debunked

Common Hair Problems Debunked

Regardless of any of our hair concerns, we all aspire for the same thing and that’s having great looking hair. With that in mind, we’ve picked out some of the most common hair concerns and how to overcome them the Neville way.

1. Dandruff

Dandruff is a scalp condition that causes flaky particles of skin to detach and linger on your hairline and clothes. Often embarrassing and difficult to treat, dandruff can also be triggered by stress or a poor diet. There are various ways to treat dandruff, but if this is a recurring problem you should seek medical advice. For those suffering from mild dandruff we recommend using Kérastase Specifique Bain Anti-Pelliculaire. Infused with Zinc Pyrithione and salicylic acid, this shampoo cleanses and eliminates impurities from the hair and scalp by targeting the bacteria responsible for dandruff and purifying the scalp of sebum known to cause dandruff. Visible flakes are removed for up to 8 weeks for both oily and dry dandruff. The shampoo can also be used in conjunction with the Kérastase

The shampoo can also be used in conjunction with the Kérastase Anti-Dandruff Scalp Treatment which restores the visible quality and suppleness of the scalp, while protecting against oxidative stress. This treatment leaves the scalp feeling soothed and diminishes itchiness due to dryness and redness.

Kérastase Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
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Kérastase Anti Dandruff treatement
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2. Hair Loss

Hair loss although frequently associated as a problem faced mostly by men, is also a common issue for women. Men’s hair loss often presents itself as a balding pattern whereas women experience a decrease in volume and increased shedding. The causes vary but can often be linked to stress, hormonal changes, menopause and daily aggressors. We recommend investing in a water filter for your shower which can help reduce the amount of lead and zinc that your hair is exposed to. In addition, you should try switching up your haircare routine. We love the new Kérastase Genesis Range which is formulated for weakened hair, prone to falling due to breakage. Enriched with Edelweiss Native Cells, Ginger Root & Aquaxyl this shampoo gently clarifies and helps reinforce fibre to reduce the risk of hair-fall due to breakage. Finally try and avoid heat appliances when possible.

Kérastase Genesis shampoo
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Vitaclean Shower Filter
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Kérastase Genesis Masque
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3. Dry Hair

Over washing your hair can be one of the main causes for it to dry out as it can strip away your hairs’ natural oils. To help prevent it from drying out we recommend using conditioning treatments regularly. At Neville’s we offer a variety of in salon treatments such as Fusio Dose, Olaplex and the Redken Gold mask to help restore your hair’s natural moisture. These can be booked in online via our website or via phone on 0207 235 3654. We also recommend using hydrating haircare treatments at home such as the Balmain overnight repair serum designed to repair and strengthen your hair against breakage or the Balmain repair mask for extra nourishment.

Balmain Overnight Repair Serum
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Balmain Repair mask
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4. Split Ends

Unless you follow a diligent regime when it comes to hair cutting you are most likely prone to split ends. These can occur as a result of overbrushing or excessive heat application. It’s important to remember that you should treat your hair with the same care you would treat your skin. Here at Neville, we offer a thermal scissor cut. Using heated scissor blades to round off and seal the hair tip to lock in moisture and minimise the damage that is caused by pollution, sunlight and heat styling. Expect your thermal scissor cut to last an extra month, split end free. Great for stretching out time between appointments. In addition, we recommend using a good quality hairbrush such as our Neville Paddle brush.

Neville Paddle Brush
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5. Greasy Hair

I’m sure you’ve heard of the word sebum before which is the name of the natural oil your scalp produces. At times your scalp can produce too much of it, which is when you are likely to experience greasy hair. You might be tempted to try and strip the oils using harsher shampoos, however these natural oils are primordial to maintain healthy luscious locks. So what’s the solution ? Try spacing out shampoos and replace every two washes with the use of dry shampoo. When applying conditioner try and avoid putting any on the roots, instead focus on the ends of your hair. When possible try using a cleansing shampoo to remove any product build-up on your scalp. We are particularly fond of Kérastase Specifique Bain Divalent which is a scalp shampoo for oily roots. It treats the hair fiber from lengths to tips to nourish dry and sensitized ends for hair to regain softness and shine. Hair at the roots greases less quickly while lengths remain nourished with split ends sealed.

Kérastase Bain Divalent Shampoo
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Feel free to leave us a comment below if you have any questions, we’ll be happy to help.

How to determine your hair type

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Understanding your hair type is just as important as understanding your skin type. Without making a careful analysis, you will struggle to come up with an effective routine.

The first thing to know about determining your hair type is that there are 4 main categories: straight, wavy, curly and coily. What is more, there are other key elements to take into consideration such as porosity and scalp moisture which permit you to identify your unique hair type. Feeling lost yet?

When we talk about hair texture, we refer to the natural shape of your hair strands. There is an easy way to determine into which category you fall: next time you wash your hair you should let it dry naturally without adding any products. If your hair is bend and curl free and has a straight appearance, you can pretty much guarantee you have straight hair. Alternatively, if it dries with a slight bend or has an S shape, your hair is considered wavy. If your hair dries with a pronounced curl or loop pattern it means you have curly hair. Finally, a tight curl or spiral shape means you have coily hair.

When considering your hair, it is important to think about its structure and particularly its thickness. This is a deciding factor in how well your hair will react to products and which hairstyles you will be able to adopt. The best way to assess which category your hair falls into - either fine, medium or coarse - is to take a single strand of hair and place it next to a piece of thread. Thin hair will generally be finer than the thread and sadly probably won’t hold curls. If it appears thicker you most probably have coarse hair, and this will be further confirmed if you have difficulty styling it. If your hair is more or less the same size as the thread it is considered medium, making it easy to style and hold curls.

Porosity is another key aspect of your hair, which ultimately determines how much moisture or product your hair can retain. This is generally not how you determine your hair type but mostly to give you an idea of which hair products you should be using. There is an easy spray test you can carry out to determine your hair’s porosity. In order to carry the test out you will need a small water bottle with a spritz nozzle. Take a small section of naturally dried hair and apply water on small section. If the water appears just to sit on top the hair, chances are you have low porosity. This basically means that the cuticle lays flat preventing moisture to be absorbed, it is therefore recommended to apply any haircare on wet hair. Normal porosity is if your hair absorbs the water slowly, this is the lowest maintenance type. If your hair soaks in the water immediately, you have high porosity which means your hair is dry and brittle. For anyone that has high porosity we recommend using a lot of nourishing treatments and to avoid heat styling. Leave in treatments are also a great option to prevent further damage to the cuticle.

Repair and fix damaged hair from home

How to repair and fix damaged hair from home

Even with the best of intentions and a cupboard full of hair products lockdown has undoubtedly taken its toll on your tresses.

If the sheer sight of yourself in the mirror makes you scream ‘dry hair’, ‘split ends’ or ‘frizz’ then you’ve come to the right place. All of these words indicate that there is some damage that requires your attention. Damage is mostly noticeable on the outer layer of the hair or cuticle and generally happens as a result of the cuticle opening.

One of the first things you should do is assess your hair, if you have trouble detangling your hair, if it’s suddenly unmanageable, lacks lustre or feels rough, chances are your hair is damaged. This can be the result of a combination of factors such as heat styling, bleaching, hot showers, sun exposure, chemical dyes etc…

Like with any problem there is a personalised solution, however before addressing the different types of hair damage and the best way to tackle them it’s important to reassess your haircare routine.

These are a few simple ways to prevent further damage from occuring:

When washing your hair, apply a 50 pence coin sized amount of shampoo into your hands and apply on the scalp only. Do not rub the actual hair strands. These will wash themselves when you rinse your hair.

Brush your hair in the shower whilst your conditioner is on using a wide tooth comb. This will untangle your hair and prevent it breaking. Your hair is at its weakest when damp.
Avoid using hair ties particularly when going to bed. These can have a really terrible effect on your hair. Please feel free to check out our latest blog post here.
If limiting heat styling is not an option for you, make sure you are using a heat protector.
When possible let your hair air dry.

Now, back to personalised solutions here is our advice for your specific hair type.

If your hair is Dull and Dry, it’s most likely being deprived of natural oils. This can happen as a result of using the wrong shampoo for your hair type. Particularly if you are using a shampoo which contains harsh chemicals. We would in this case recommend limiting the amount of times you wash your hair weekly to give your natural oils a chance to regenerate. In addition, we recommend replacing your shampoo for one of the following options:

Option 1:

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A highly-nourishing and reparative shampoo that leaves hair easier to manage, shinier and healthier with each use. It repairs and protects hair from everyday stresses — including damaged hair, split ends, and frizz — by re-linking broken bonds. N°4 is color-safe and proven to reduce breakage and strengthen all types of hair.

Option 2:

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This deeply nourishing shampoo is enriched with pure organic Argan oil and is suitable for both natural and coloured hair. The shampoo creates strong, shiny and manageable hair and is intensely nourishing for the hair.

If your hair is extremely knotty, it’s a sign your hair needs TLC. Hair gets tangled when raised cuticles rub together. The best way to reverse this is to use detangling sprays and moisturising masks and conditioners. It is also recommended to brush your hair working from the bottom up not to tighten the knots.

Option 3:

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When your hair needs some extra nourishment every once in a while, this is the product you need. The name says it all; the Repair Mask repairs dry and weak hair and gives your hair a soft, luxurious feeling. The mask is enriched with the signature Balmain fragrance and feels like the instant salon treatment.

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The Neville boar bristle paddle brush is great to massage the scalp and help detangle your hair.

Another effect that you might be experiencing as a result of damage is fizziness , this happens when the cuticles aren’t lying flat. You are most likely to notice frizz around the crown. The best way to deal tame frizz is to use serums. We recommend:

Option 5:

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Treat yourself to a 10 minute moisture makeover at home. This weekly one-time use mask offers an intensive at-home treatment. Inspired by K-Beauty and trendy hydrating facial masks, the All Soft Mega Recovery Tissue Mask delivers much-needed moisture to severely dry, coarse hair. It leaves hair with increased hydration and manageability.

Option 6:

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A highly-concentrated, weightless styling oil that repairs damaged and compromised hair. Dramatically increases shine, softness, color vibrancy, and manageability. Minimizes flyaways and frizz while restoring healthy appearance and texture. Provides heat protection of up to 450°.

Finally, split ends which we are all prone to is when the hair splits in two. Split ends can lead to breakage. This will be most difficult to reverse from home, particularly during lockdown as haircuts are not an option. However, you can minimise the breakage by using a specific treatment such as:

Option 7:

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A luxurious rich hair serum for an intensive overnight repair treatment. The concentrated formula repairs and strengthens the hair. Enriched with natural oils and extracts the serum reduces visible signs of damaged hair and protect the hair against split ends.

The truth about hair ties

The truth about hair ties

During summertime it can get extremely hot, and you may feel compelled to tie your hair up. Whether it is for comfort or practicality, we are all prone to tossing our hair up in a messy bun. Some may do it to hit the gym, others as a result of hitting the snooze button one too many times, either way it’s causing damage. You may not know it because you can’t see it but tying your hair up several times a day or even a few times a week causes unwanted friction. When you tie your hair up, you are ultimately eroding the hair shaft which in turn causes breakage that cannot be fixed or reversed.

The damage caused will often go unnoticed, until your next haircut of course. As a hair salon, we notice the damage caused by hair ties, when the stylist parts the hair at the nape of the neck only to reveal it is inches shorter. You can spot a ponytail wearer the minute they sit in the chair.

So, what can we do?

Luckily for us, the scrunchie has made a comeback and now more than ever is the time to invest in a high quality scrunchie. I will link some of my favourites below. Alternatively, you can opt for bobby pins or clips instead to keep those flyaway hairs at bay.

Elena’s edit:

Silk Hair Ties:

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Clips:

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Thairapy during Isolation

Hairapy during Isolation

Feeling distant from your hairdresser? We have some top tips from the dream team - Jack Merrick Thirlway, senior stylist known for his razor cut, killer blowdries and fashion week looks, Seniz Alkan senior colourist renowned for ombre, ombrayalage and more, and Tom Cruickshank senior colourist and the blonde king.

THE CRAFT OF CUTTING

We generally encourage regular haircuts to help maintain the health of your hair, however cutting your hair yourself will most certainly result in a bad haircut and bad self-esteem. Neither of which would do wonders to the morale at the moment. Besides the obvious, attempting to cut your own hair, could potentially lead to long term damage such as uneven lengths, unwanted layers or shredded ends if professional scissors aren’t used. A DIY cut could also mean your stylist has to end up cutting a lot more than you’d bargained for to rectify the overall look. Hair cutting in general can look easy, however it really isn’t. Experts undergo many hours practising how to hold their scissors and position their body to perfect the correct angle. They also, practise on dolly heads for years prior to qualifying. Aside from their technical skillset, hairdressers have a real understanding of what style will suit your personality, appearance and lifestyle. Interestingly enough, none of our stylists cut their own hair either. So instead of a botch job, try these tips to keep your hair in condition and colour hacks…

Top tips to maintain your hair colour and style whilst in isolation?

Don’t assume you need box dye. Look at other products such as L’Oreal’s root touch up, Colour Wow, Mascara Power and also dry shampoo that will blend your regrowth. Being in isolation is also the best time to be using treatments such as Olaplex Number 3, 4 & 5. Another favourite of mine is the Philip Kingsley elasticizer which will do wonders to the quality and health of your hair. – Seniz Alkan

During isolation why not take this time to give your hair a well-earned rest, try not to use too much heat and if possible let your hair air dry after its washed, better still use a nice hair treatment that can be left in for 20-30 mins before rinsing. Being on lockdown can be used as a time where your hair can be treated with love and care ready for when you get to have your first appointment at your salon after quarantine. Maybe it’s a time to work with your natural textures and watch some tutorials on the @nevillesalon Instagram page to see some quick and easy updo’s and styles that will not take long to achieve with very little equipment. Regardless of whether you are going to use heat on your hair or not I would always suggest using heat protection creams such as L’Oreal Liss control. This will give your hair, most importantly the ends the moisture it needs. As we know it is impossible to get a haircut or colour during this period but the worst thing you could do is try and tackle any problem yourself. Please wait until it is possible to get to your stylist/technician, as a bad job done at home could take months to fix. – Jack Merrick Thirlway

Ways to stop Blonde going brassy?

The best way to stop blonde going brassy is to use a violet or silver shampoo to neutralise yellow and brassy tones, such as the Kerastase Blond Absolu Bain Ultra Violet Shampoo. Depending on your hair type it’s probably best to use it once a week to avoid build up over time and actually turning violet. The good news is it won’t affect any future colour process so when we get back to normality your colourist won’t have to carry out major repair works.- Tom Cruickshank

Grown your own ombre?

While growing your ombre may seem like a good opportunity, it’s not going to be hit colour this summer. People will be over roots by then and be desiring block colour or soft tones I call it Subtle Dimension - we will be moving in the direction of an allover colour with multifaceted tones and hues. It's a very natural look. Says Tom Cruickshank

Roots Manoeuvre

Either embrace your roots during isolation or adopt a nifty new parting. Simple as that. Pick a new way to part your hair, depending on where most of your greys are.

Or simple idea is a bun or top knot that hides a thousand sins. A lovely chunky Alice band or elegant silk scarf.

How to maintain your hair colour and condition during isolation

During isolation it is important to look after your hair, if it is possible to order online of if you already have at home, using “Kerastase Masque Intense” every few days, particularly on the ends but also on any dry fragile bits of hair will help maintain the condition until you get back to your salon after lockdown.

One of my favourite products is Olaplex No3, which is an at home use conditioning treatment that helps to rebuild the bonds that have been broken over time due to colour, heat and general wear and tear.

Olaplex also have a formulation called Olaplex No6, which you apply to your hair before blowdrying, this will protect from the heat and also help to keep the bonds protected. If it is not possible to find these products online at the moment, Tesco has a Masque called “Pantene Gold Repair”, this helps keep your hair moisturised. Once rinsed and towel dried. Use Schwarzkopf guardian angel heat protection spray. This will protect your hair from heat damage from the hairdryer. Do be careful when blowdrying your hair, make sure to take most of the moisture out with a towel and then rough dry 90% dry give or take for your hair texture before applying heat directly down the hair shaft. This will save the hair from heat damage.- Jack Merrick Thirlway

Elena Lavagni’s Beauty top tips:

Use shampoo and conditioning from the same brand, they have ingredients that complement each other, and you will end up with a better result even with a budget product.
Sleeping on a satin pillow is known to reduce hair breakage. Cotton and other materials are quite rough in texture due to which they also cause more friction against your hair.
Rinse your hair with cold water as hot and warm water opens up the hair cuticles and the pores on the epidermis. If the water is too hot, it can damage your hair. Use warm water for shampooing. After you have conditioned your hair, rinse it off with cold water.
Use clarifying shampoo once a month. It helps to clear your scalp from products build up and leave the scalp clear and easy to breathe.

Do or Dye

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To be stuck at home is challenging, even for the ultimate home lover. Now that we are in a lockdown situation, constrained to stay in, albeit for our safety, it can make us feel very self-critical. Catching those pesky greys in our reflection in the morning can be so frustrating and might even lead those of us who have never attempted box dye, to think the unthinkable!

We asked Senior colourist Tom Cruickshank to give us some insight as to what could go wrong and to explain the processes you will need to reverse the damage:

What most colourists are not telling you is, for those of you who have only ever had your hair professionally coloured, you will be appalled by the results of box dye. Firstly, the application process is messy, and it will most likely not end well for you, your bank balance or the condition of your hair…

The first likely scenario is that you select a colour that is too dark for your complexion. Not only will this affect your morale more than the greys did, but you will need a colour correction appointment as soon as the salon reopens. What you need to appreciate is that unlike professional colour, home colour products are extremely challenging to remove. Firstly, to remove the colour requires a large quantity of bleach before re-colouring to the desired shade. What is more, your hair will be extremely sensitive, meaning you will likely, over the next year, spend a fortune to stop it from fading and turning a brassy shade of orange.

The second scenario is for those attempting to do a home lightener. Whilst daffodils are a great indicator of spring, yellow hair isn’t the solution! You will most likely end up with a colour you hate or a chemical hair cut (i.e. broken hair). Either of these outcomes will make it near impossible for us to correct, without asking you to invest heavily on long-term treatments and that’s before we even discuss sorting out the colour. Remember trained colourists can do marvellous things with your disasters, but ultimately, you have to remember it is a colouring brush, not a magic wand.

In the end the choice is yours, would you rather spend your summer crying over a short haircut you didn’t want or covering your roots, badly, to go nowhere and see no one?