Change is as good as a holiday, right? Well, with day number – erm, we’ve lost track! – in lockdown, we sure could tap into that holiday vibe! One of the easiest beauty changes to try? At-home hair colouring! We reached out to the Garnier hair-colour experts to get the inside scoop on what to consider before committing to a new look…
Get the right level
This refers to how dark or light the hair colour shade is. Level 1 is black and level 11 is the lightest blonde. Most permanent hair colours only lift your hair by two to three levels, while bleach can lighten strands up to seven or eight levels.
Garnier Nutrisse brand manager Jessica Prissman’s advice? As a rule of thumb, and for best results, only go two shades darker or lighter than your base shade. The further you move away from your hair colour, the more dramatic your results will be, meaning your roots could be noticeable more quickly than if you’d stayed closer to your natural hair colour.
Check the colour chart
Before you buy your colour, check the box to make sure the shade will give you the result you’re looking for. There are pictures on the side of the box with before and after results. Match the shade at your roots (not your ends) to the “before” picture and you can expect a colour result shown on the “after” side.
It’s important to note: using a second box of hair colour will not lighten your hair; the only way to do this is by bleaching, which you should leave to your salon experts to do for you. If you’re debating between two shades, try the one that’s slightly lighter so that if you do want to go darker, you can reapply another shade later.
Match your skin tone
Daniela Ramirez, fashion and beauty blogger and Garnier ambassador, explains: “Ash, iridescent and burgundy tones are best suited for women with cool skin tones. Gold, copper and mahogany tones, on the other hand, better complement people who have warm skin tones.”
Natural hair-colour tones (which are those that aren’t too warm or too cool) are a safe bet to provide the best grey coverage. Warm hair-colour tones can brighten your entire look, while cool hair-colour tones counteract brassiness, especially if you’re lightening your hair.
When to touch up
How often you refresh your colour depends on how fast your hair grows, how much grey you have, and how far from your natural colour you have dyed your hair. You generally need to touch up your roots every four to six weeks.
For an on-the-go, temporary root concealer for the times between colouring, use L’Oréal Paris Magic Retouch Instant Root Concealer Spray, which perfectly matches and blends hair colour, even salon colour.
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Handy tip for at-home hair colouring
Before rinsing out the colour, apply a little water to your hair and gently massage to emulsify the colourant. According to Garnier Nutrisse brand manager Jessica Prissman, this step ensures the hair has absorbed as much colour as possible, resulting in less fading down the line. Once this step is completed, rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear.