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20 03, 2019

Everything Nice about Pumpkin Spice


Pumpkin spice hair is beautiful, elegant and rich shade and a hot contender for our favourite Autumn colour. Pumpkin spice hair was one of the hottest hair colours last year, but, unlike many trends, this one has all the elements of a classic. Pumpkin spice hair is definitely not over-done (we can’t get enough of it) and it’s perfectly placed to be one of our [...]

Everything Nice about Pumpkin Spice2019-03-21T11:15:14+00:00
14 03, 2019

Blue Shampoo to Help Banish Brassy Tones


Unwanted warmth or brassiness is not just a challenge for blondes - If you colour your hair anywhere in brunette range, you may have stumbled upon the dreaded unwanted brassy tones too. Brunettes with brassy tones have a reddish, coppery orange tone through their hair. In some lighting this can look straight up red, which is perfectly fine if you want warm brown tones with [...]

Blue Shampoo to Help Banish Brassy Tones2019-03-21T11:18:33+00:00
8 03, 2019

Pre-softening to Colour Very Resistant Greys


Grey hair lacks the pigment that is present within naturally coloured hair. Lack of colour pigmentation is usually age related (sometimes due to stress as well) and it not only causes a change in colour, it also usually also changes the texture and coarseness of the hair cuticle. Grey hair frequently has a thicker, ‘tighter’, layered cuticle, making it harder for the colour to penetrate [...]

Pre-softening to Colour Very Resistant Greys2019-03-21T11:33:29+00:00
8 03, 2019

Lightening Your Colour: Bleach Washing Your Hair


Bleach washing is an easy, effective, hair-friendly way to lift your colour and achieve a lighter colour result. If you want to lighten your hair, your options are generally limited to colour removal products or bleaching processes. Colour removal products will not lighten your hair, but they will lift out permanent colour pigments, although you may need to repeat this process several times to get [...]

Lightening Your Colour: Bleach Washing Your Hair2019-03-21T11:35:09+00:00
5 03, 2019

Colour Selection: Managing Unwanted Green tones in Your Hair


  Green is great. We love green. On trees, plants, my sweet little indoor succulent garden by the window. Not so much in our hair. Green tones are usually seen in the damaged ends of darker colours such as brunette shades which have been coloured with cooler, Ash tones. Blondes who swim or shower (so, all blondes) or who use cool colours or toners are [...]

Colour Selection: Managing Unwanted Green tones in Your Hair2019-03-21T11:40:12+00:00
31 01, 2019

Is your colour safe to use during pregnancy?


That’s exactly the kind of question a great mother-to-be would ask, so well done for being fabulous at the mothering gig already! Firstly, congratulations on your pregnancy! We hope you’re feeling well and you’re all keeping healthy. Secondly, the good news – studies to date do not show there to be any reason to stop colouring your hair during pregnancy. Whilst some of the chemicals [...]

Is your colour safe to use during pregnancy?2019-03-21T11:45:19+00:00
16 01, 2019

My colour result is darker than I expected. Why?


Aah, the surprise darker colour result. We do wish it didn’t happen, and that all colouring outcomes were perfect representations of their particular colour, but, alas, it doesn’t always work that way. Why does this happen? Why do some clients get a darker outcome than the pics and description? Let’s delve into the dark side. Hair colour results are affected by several factors: 1. Your [...]

My colour result is darker than I expected. Why?2019-03-21T12:02:40+00:00
14 01, 2019

Lightening Your Lovely Locks


How much can you lighten your hair colour? Good question! The answer depends on whether your hair has been previously coloured. If your hair is natural, virgin, uncoloured, pure as the day you were born, then you can use our low chemical, salon grade colours to lighten your hair up to two levels. That means a medium brunette is now a dark blonde, or a [...]

Lightening Your Lovely Locks2019-03-21T13:26:58+00:00
10 01, 2019

Colour Build-Up is the Worst


So you’ve been casually colouring for years. Ok, there was that time when you thought you were more professional than amateur and you really stepped it up with some interesting new colours, but you’re much more sensible now and you’re just looking for a reliable, utterly fabulous colour which you apply at home, watch Netflix, rinse and look like you just stepped out of a [...]

Colour Build-Up is the Worst2019-03-21T13:28:12+00:00
5 01, 2019

Hair Colour Allergies – PPD Reactions


When someone has an allergy to hair dye, they are most likely allergic to one of the chemicals in the dye rather than the entire product. The most common cause of these allergic reactions is para-phenylenediamine, also called PPD. PPD (paraphenylenediamine) is a chemical used in many hair colour brands (not ours!), particularly in the darker colours, as it is a very effective colouring agent. [...]

Hair Colour Allergies – PPD Reactions2019-03-21T13:30:37+00:00
31 12, 2018

Travelling and Colouring


  Travelling around the world is all well and good if you have super low maintenance hair or you colour just for kicks every 2-3 months. Pack sensibly, learn a few niceties in the local language and see you at Base Camp! It’s a touch more fiddly if you are need to look slightly more high maintenance (read: need to look great and professionally groomed) [...]

Travelling and Colouring2019-03-21T13:29:28+00:00
27 12, 2018

Salon colour which is completely free from animal products!


Salon colour which is cruelty free colour and also completely free from animal products! Not only is our entire colour range cruelty free, we are also very proud to report that it is also free from any ingredients which are derived from animal products. Our salon grade permanent colour is made in Italy with ingredients which are completely free from any products with animal origins. [...]

Salon colour which is completely free from animal products!2019-03-21T13:43:15+00:00
19 12, 2018

Lightening Previously Coloured Hair


Here’s the big news: You cannot lighten hair which has been previously colour with permanent hair colour. That includes hair coloured with permanent colour, semi-permanent colour or henna. It can’t be done. Let’s break down the options for each colour: Henna: Needs to be grown out Semi-permanent colour: Will wash out with time. Permanent colour: Can only be removing through growing out or through a [...]

Lightening Previously Coloured Hair2019-03-21T13:45:15+00:00
17 12, 2018

We Care About More Than Hair


We Care About More Than Hair Yes, we do! We also care about the environment and, you know, our children's future on this planet. We try to tread gently and our packaging has been designed to be minimal and where possible recyclable. We have designed our product packaging to have as light afootprint on the environment and we use with as many reuseable or recyclable [...]

We Care About More Than Hair2019-03-21T13:47:12+00:00
20 11, 2018

10 Tips to Keep Your Red Hair Vibrant


Red, copper, strawberry, oh my! Shades of red can be deep and rich, or they can go soft and understated—but they all seem to come out quickly in the wash. While the picky pigments in reds require a little extra upkeep, these top tips from our color pros will keep reds happy and vibrant between applications.   01 INGREDIENTS MATTER We have a better understanding of [...]

10 Tips to Keep Your Red Hair Vibrant2019-03-21T13:48:29+00:00
20 11, 2018

10 Pro Tips For Your Best Blonde Hair Colour


We know that blondes love their hair. We also know that blonde is the highest maintenance colour around. We’ve put together our top ten tips to keep your blonde hair maintenance as simple as possible, so can spend less time on colour maintenance and more time for whatever else you would like to be doing instead of hairwork. 01 INGREDIENTS MATTER We have a better understanding [...]

10 Pro Tips For Your Best Blonde Hair Colour2019-03-21T13:50:15+00:00
20 11, 2018

How to Colour Hair Which Already Has Colour In It


If you're currently home colouring, or thinking about it, chances are you have coloured your hair before. Colouring hair which has been coloured previously adds a few more factors into the mix which can affect your colour result. As always, knowledge is power and we're here to help you understand the colour-on-top-of-colour situation and to help you colour with confidence in your home salon! [...]

How to Colour Hair Which Already Has Colour In It2019-03-21T13:51:40+00:00
17 11, 2018

Top 10 Tips To Keep Your Brunette Colour Rich and Fresh


Brunette colours are popular, beautiful, versatile and easy to live with and love. While they are easier to maintain than red or blonde colours, every brunette can benefit from a few colour boosting pro tips. These top ten tips from our hair colourists will help keep your brown brilliant, rich, and fresh as can be.   01 INGREDIENTS MATTER We have a better understanding of ingredients [...]

Top 10 Tips To Keep Your Brunette Colour Rich and Fresh2019-03-21T13:55:19+00:00
16 11, 2018

5 Super Simple Steps for Colouring the Back of Your Hair


  If you’ve ever wondered how you can colour the back of your hair by yourself, you’re not alone. It's not necessarily obvious, but you can get it right and get even, consistent colour results with a few handy pro tips. We're breaking it down for you in an easy to use guide to help you out with this common home colouring predicament. The good [...]

5 Super Simple Steps for Colouring the Back of Your Hair2019-03-21T14:00:36+00:00
16 11, 2018

6 Ways to Get the Most out of Your Hair Colour Plan


Wait, on a Colour Plan you can fine-tune your custom colour, control your delivery schedule, and you kick this off with a Free Trial with reuseable salon accessories to deck out my home salon? Harness the power of your colour plan with this no-miss list of ways to stay #winning.   Have you heard? You’re in total control of your hair colour plan. From finding your perfect shade to [...]

6 Ways to Get the Most out of Your Hair Colour Plan2019-03-21T14:03:32+00:00
13 11, 2018

Expert Tips on How to Colour Someone Else’s Hair


You know what can be fun, efficient and rewarding? A colour session with your friend/ daughter/sister. Double up, pour yourself a kombucha/hot choccie/mojito and follow our top tips on how to apply colour on someone else's hair like a total pro. Some of you have, some haven’t but you all can. Colour at home like a pro, that is. Got a friend in need of [...]

Expert Tips on How to Colour Someone Else’s Hair2019-03-21T14:04:35+00:00
12 11, 2018

Let’s talk about hair colour, time and money


  Let’s take a look in the mirror and a moment to think about what we spend, in terms of time and money on our hair colour. Aussies are spending $3.5 billion (with a B) a year on professional hair colouring, and no prizes for guessing the majority is spent by women. That’s a big number.   That comes straight from the pocket of your [...]

Let’s talk about hair colour, time and money2019-03-21T14:37:11+00:00
12 11, 2018

The Definitive Hair Colouring Dictionary


Did you know that increasing your vocabulary can increase your IQ? We’re going to raise your colourist IQ through the roof by getting you across the colouring lingo. It’s all a bit easier when we actually understand the words we used. No more winging it! There’s several terms which describe the characteristics and properties of different hair colours: Warm Warm Hair Colours refer to colours [...]

The Definitive Hair Colouring Dictionary2019-03-21T14:38:26+00:00
9 11, 2018

Cruelty Free Colour – Our Colour is Free From Animal Testing


We love great hair, and making womens' lives easier. We are also quite keen on making animals lives easier. The Shade is opposed to animal testing and we support a global ban on animal testing in cosmetics. All of The Shade's colour products and our shampoo and conditioner products are made in Italy. In accordance with European law, our products are never tested on animals. [...]

Cruelty Free Colour – Our Colour is Free From Animal Testing2019-03-21T14:39:58+00:00
6 11, 2018

How to stop colouring and start embracing the greys


Are you sick of the grey hair battle and thinking about going grey? If Sarah Harris, deputy editor of British Vogue can do it, while shaping beauty and fashion trends with her uncanny insight into truly cool and chic things, then then it Can. Officially. Be. Done. Let Sarah Harris be our guiding light, our voice of reason, and our natural grey hair inspiration. When [...]

How to stop colouring and start embracing the greys2019-03-21T14:41:30+00:00
6 11, 2018

Single Tube Super Blends


There are a few approaches to colouring - Some colours have a solid colour effect. Some colours are neutral colour (think Nude hair) and their colour results are generally easy to achieve, either in a salon or at home, and their upkeep can be pretty straight forward. Totally doable. Other colours require the whole three ring circus – hours long salon appointments, colour corrections and [...]

Single Tube Super Blends2019-03-21T14:43:06+00:00
6 11, 2018

What is Ash Hair Colour?


Ash tones are hot right now, and for quite a while yet we suspect. And why not? Ash tones are in demand, chic, super versatile, on trend and suit many complexions and colourings. To know Ash tones is to love them, and many of you do. Let’s break down what Ash tones are, how they work with your natural colourings and what is so great [...]

What is Ash Hair Colour?2019-03-21T14:50:33+00:00
6 11, 2018

Anatomy of Great Colour


We don’t just want gorgeous, multi-dimensional great colour, we want our colour to promote hair health. A pretty colour with over-processed and tired looking hair isn’t going to cut it. The biggest trend is hair colour now is healthy hair colour. We now have a better understanding of many of the ingredients that have been used in colour now than we used to have. We [...]

Anatomy of Great Colour2019-03-21T14:45:18+00:00
31 10, 2018

Spotted your first greys? We’re here to help you through this milestone moment


Spotted an unwanted glint of grey hair in amongst your roots? Ok, breathe. The good news is you’re alive. Remember, the alternative is worse. You are allowed to a brief, mini-existential crisis – it goes with the territory and now is as good a time as any to over-dramatically reflect on your life. We’ve all been there. Bear in mind that the average age [...]

Spotted your first greys? We’re here to help you through this milestone moment2019-03-21T14:48:16+00:00
27 10, 2018

Please explain – What is Nude hair?


  We have done the cyber-stalking legwork and the scoop is: tis the season for Nude hair. Nude hair is super flattering, easy to achieve, live with, love and maintain colour trend which perfectly flatters your hair and complexion. It’s also easily done at home too, upkeep is low, chic factor is sky high. Nude hair is the low maintenance hair colour look which the [...]

Please explain – What is Nude hair?2019-03-21T14:51:52+00:00
23 10, 2018

The 5 Biggest Hair Colour Trends for Spring


Spring has sprung and its do-over time for our wardrobe, make-up and hair colour, and we might up the effort on food/exercise too. The change in light and weather sees us tweaking our make-up and styling at least occasionally away from our winter look , as we update our look for our 'coming soon' sun-kissed skin. We are getting ready to bare [...]

The 5 Biggest Hair Colour Trends for Spring2019-03-21T14:52:52+00:00
16 09, 2018

Why choose PPD-free colour?


Many consumers prefer ammonia-free colour, whether for salon or at home colouring, as ammonia has a pungent, harsh smell which can irritate the skin, eyes and nose, but there is little consumer awareness of the upside of PPD-free colour.   What is PPD? Paraphenylenediamine, is commonly known as PPD, is an aromatic amine compound and is often used in hair dyes because it is effective [...]

Why choose PPD-free colour?2019-03-21T14:53:54+00:00
7 09, 2018

Three Reasons Your Hair will Love Ginseng


Used in traditional Chinese medicines for centuries, ginseng is a powerful ingredient with a wide variety of uses. In fact, researchers from The Mayo Clinic and National Center for Biotechnology Information have found that is ginseng is associated with improved energy levels, metabolism rates, and even improved cognitive function. However, recent studies have also found that this humble root vegetable can now have profound effects [...]

Three Reasons Your Hair will Love Ginseng2019-03-21T14:57:55+00:00