A CHANGE OF SEASON, A CHANGE OF COLOUR?
Do you find come summer you’d like your locks to be a little lighter? Maybe you want to make a big party season splash with a complete colour transformation Kim Kardashian style? Before you go charging ahead like a bull at a gate, put the brakes on and read these tips from Salon Yazbek colour director Kristin Harvey on how to best achieve colour change nirvana this summer. Brunette to blonde
“Firstly, it is important to work out what type of blonde you are wanting to achieve,” says Kristin. “This can be done by having a consultation with your colourist, so they can see your hair prior to your service and work out the best way to achieve the change. Depending on how light you are looking to go, it could be as straightforward as a full head of foils; a more complicated process may require a longer period of time, such as spending the day in the salon with several colour applications. If you are very dark, it could take three separate sessions to achieve your perfect shade of blonde. But regardless of how mild or dramatic the change, a professional consultation will provide you with the right advice on the steps required for your transformation and what products and treatments you will need along the way.”
Blonde to very light blonde
“Depending on which shade of blonde you currently are, it is important to work out how much maintenance is involved in your colour update and if that fits in with your daily routine and lifestyle. It could be as simple and low maintenance as doing lighter highlights, or perhaps changing your colour service completely to something more involved. Whether you have dark skin and dark eyes or fair skin and light eyes will help determine your suitability for which type of blonde you should aim for, such as golden or ash tones. Usually, darker skin tones will look best with golden and warmer shades and fair skin will suit creamy, cooler blondes. However there is ALWAYS the exception to the rule.”
What is involved in taking hair lighter?
“There are so many ways that we can colour hair to make it lighter. If you want to go from brunette to blonde, it may involve a tint and highlights, a full head of highlights, or maybe even a colour correction. A colour correction will take several steps to cleanse the existing colour out of the hair, then putting the new tone back into your hair. All this will depend on just what look and how much lighter you want to go. Blonde to very blonde could be as simple as making your highlights lighter or moving into an all over blonde. To achieve this, a highlift tint with highlights or scalp enlighteners are always great. Scalp enlighteners take a little more time and are higher maintenance, but are always worthwhile for all over blondes, from platinum through to deep gold. It really gives an all over blonde that stand out wow factor.”
How will lightening my colour affect the condition of my hair?
“Any form of colouring will most likely dry your hair a little. Aveda Full Spectrum Hair Color is up to 96% natural derived, so the hair is kept in the best condition – this can only be achieved at a professional Aveda hair salon. It is important to use the correct products at home to keep both strength and moisture in your hair and make your colour last longer. The Aveda Color Conserve range is ideal – the shampoo helps prevent hair colour from fading, the conditioner locks in colour and the strengthening treatment improves the strength of your hair and illuminates colour. This combination will make your hair easier to manage, beautiful and shiny.”