Yet again our salon is closed and the country is in our third national lockdown! Whilst this lockdown is a necessary move and are all praying that we
that this time is going to allow us to say goodbye to COVID-19 once and for all, it goes without saying that the impact on all our lives is unbelievable.
The impact on our is by no means in the same category as many of the devastating effects of lockdown but, for those of us with high-maintenance hair routines, it still leaves us wondering what we can do in the interim to deal with unsightly regrowth and the unwelcome emergence of grey.
There is no denying that DIY hair dyes may have sprung into your desperate mind but be warned….they can be extremely tricky: when you grab a box of colour off the shelf in a supermarket, we really have no idea what will happen because we aren’t schooled in the chemistry that is involved
in the process.
As your professional hairdressers, we feel that it is important that we make you aware of the consequences that may occur when you box dye your hair at home!……..
The results will always be disappointing
Your hair is unique in how it responds to colour, no matter what the box tells you. Your hair
has a unique texture too, someone with fine hair versus someone with coarse hair will get a
completely different result, even if they use the same colour.
Then there’s the issue of application. Again, just because professionals make it look easy, it
doesn’t mean it is easy. The colour needs to be applied using techniques that your stylist has
spent years learning and perfecting, these techniques can vary, not just by person but by
each section of hair. When you DIY, it really is hard, not easy to see the back of your head!
One size does not fit all
A box colour is a bit like a ‘one size fits all’ product, and in the world of professional
hairdressing something like this is just not imaginable. In order to achieve the colour you
want your stylist will consider several factors and customize a formula to create the perfect
Box colour is made so that it can potentially be used on a wide range on hair types and
shades with no guarantees.
Hair colour needs to be customised
We are all unique in so many ways and the same applies to our hair. For those who don’t
realise the thought process it takes to come up with a colour formula we will give you a brief
overview before you go ahead with colouring your hair at home.
Here are the main factors that’s we consider when customizing your colour:
Natural base and undercoat
Level of porosity
Previous artificial pigment
Percentage of grey
There is nothing like professional application
Bottles are only good for one thing – toners, which is also something that should not be
attempted at home! There is no such things as a good bottle application of colour. To avoid
banding of colour it must be applied precisely from the new re-growth to the demarcation
Do you think you can do this in a poorly lit bathroom leaning over your sink by using a
Even if your do try to use a brush, you can’t see what we can see. If the colour overlaps you
create banding (darker areas) which is never pretty.
Box colour can damage your hair
Your hair should not feel like straw when it has colour on it, when you experience
professional hair colour your hair will feel better than it ever has. The conditioning
properties that are found in pro hair colours are exceptional.
The same cannot be said for box dyes……
Will hair become dry and brittle? It might, especially if you’re haphazardly applying a
bleaching product on top of already bleached hair.
Will your hair turn orange? Yes, this is entirely possible.
Will it stick around, even if the box says it will wash out in 10 shampoos? Also, likely.
Plus, the box doesn’t say how much ammonia is in the product; as a result, you might be
applying far more ammonia than is necessary to get the job done, and that can
be very damaging.
Colour-treated hair requires extra special care.
Correcting home colour mishaps will be costly
Between colour, highlights, haircuts, home hair care, and tools, clients invest a lot of money
into their hair over the years. That cheap box of colour may seem like a good idea at the
time but the price of a professional colour correction can run into hundreds of pounds.
The exact cost is hard to say as it mainly comes down to time. Wouldn’t you rather spend
that money on a few regular hair appointments once this is all over?
The best short term solution grey root cover up solutions?
Root-cover ups are possibly the hair savior of the moment because they are temporary, cause no damage to your hair, they are a small investment and are pretty easy to use.
We’ve done our research on colouring your hair at home and here is a little summary:
Josh Wood Colour root smudger
Created by celebrity favourite hair colourist, Josh Wood, this root touchup artfully disguises hair growth with its innovative sponge applicator that mimics in-salon colouring techniques used by the man himself. For best application, simply lift hair upwards and away from the scalp to ensure all regrowth is well-covered, twist and squeeze to load the product and apply to roots. Then style as usual. Lasting three washes, our tester was pleasantly surprised at just how well her hair was covered for so long and loved the fact that it can be used on both dry or damp hair. During this pandemic we seem to need to constantly extend the life of our visits to the salon and this little root smudger is definitely a savior until we can make it to our next colour appointment.
Color Wow root cover up
This slimline compact makes root touch-ups nice and quick, with a lightweight mineral-rich powder that’s easy to apply. The brush applicator lives up to the brand’s “no-mess-just-press” tagline, distributing pigment without being sticky or chalky. Its clever formula contains reflective particles which create a seamless and natural finish. And the double-ended brush allows you to play with different hair looks, such as highlights. This is particularly great for anyone that may experience hair loss around the hairline – simply sweep in thinning areas to pump up the volume effortlessly.
Switch your parting
If you need to dash onto a zoom and need a quick and instant grey-root disguising fix with no root spray to hand, try switching your parting! Sounds bizarre but when you wear your hair the same way every day, your hair actually becomes flatter and your roots look darker. Switch the parting and it’s like an instant blow dry or fresh colour injection.
Go easy on the heated tools
Just like how the powerful rays of the sun can damage your hair colour, heated hair styling tools have a similar side effect. This doesn’t mean you have to give up using your curling irons and hair straighteners entirely. However, it’s a great idea to use them more sparingly during lockdown to sustain the longevity of your hair colour.
Steer clear from hot showers or baths
When you take a hot shower (or soak your hair in a hot bath), the cuticles in your hair will open, allowing the dye to dissolve into the water and wash away. In order to keep your hair colour longer, it’s much better to take showers at a milder temperature. You may also want to consider rinsing with icy cold water. This will close your hair cuticles, keeping your hair beautifully coloured for a long amount of time.
May sound bizarre but, while you might be used to wearing your hair down or in a ponytail, consider now the time to try something different. The best styles are those that are made to show highlights, like braids and twists. Milkmaid braids are also a great option to make the most of what is still coloured underneath.
Filter your shower water
You probably all know the benefits of filtering your drinking water but truly, there are definitely also benefits of filtering the shower water to reduce those nasty and harmful chemicals that contaminate our water. Look into getting a filter for your shower head to keep your beautiful colour lasting longer.
If you are looking for a colour specialist hairdressers in Formby then we would love to hear from you as soon as lockdown is over. In the meantime you can book online using our website, you can send an email to email@example.com or you can follow us on social media @artelierhairformby