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Expert Tips on How to Colour Someone Else’s Hair

We know quite a few of our clients colour their mother’s, sister’s or friend’s hair, which is a lovely way to spend some time together and be super helpful.

Here’s a few colourist tips for successfully applying hair colour:

Before you Colour

Pop the colour proof cape on your friend, who should be wearing a front-opening robe or shirt. Find an apron for yourself to keep things tidy and professional.

Start by combing your friend’s hair to get rid of all tangles. We recommend a wide-toothed comb since it reduces breakage. Newly combed hair helps the colour go on smoother and assists colour absorption into detangled sections.

Sectioning helps keep hair and colour manageable and organised through the colouring process. We provide you with 4 clips in your full set of reusable salon accessories to clip your hair neatly up.

Separate the hair into four equal parts at the top of the head in the standard ‘hot-cross bun’ configuration.

Start by parting the hair down the middle with a comb and then part it from ear to ear. Twist and clip the hair in place for a more manageable colouring experience.

Apply your Barrier Oil Stain Guard

Use the Barrier Oil sachets to border your friend’s hairline and keep the colour from staining their skin. Open the sachet and wipe some of the oil on their forehead, ears, and neck to avoid skin stains.

Colour Mixing:  Follow the instructions and mix the colour and developer using the tint bowl and brush, and you’re ready to colour.

Apply colour like a pro for pro results

You know how the colourist in the salon uses a little bowl, brush and gets it just right? You can do that too, whilst keeping your benches super neat and your colour just where you need it.

We ship a complete set of reusable salon accessories, so you can have a complete home salon set-up. Salon colour and tools gets you a long way towards achieving salon results at home.

Here’s why.

The time to shine for the bowl and brush colour application technique is regrowth applications or colour touch-ups. The brush allows you to apply colour only on regrowth so you can avoid overlapping colour, which can lead to darker horizontal bands of colour in your hair where colour has overlapped.

Working with sectioned hair also lets you clearly see the line between new growth and old colour. The brush lets you take the colour right up to the line, so get your colour placement just right.

Working with two tubes of colour?

Our Extra colour orders include an extra colour tube and developer for clients with long hair.  If your friend has long hair, don’t be afraid to really massage the colour through their hair, removing tangles as you go to help the colour penetrate and ensure gorgeous, shiny results.

When you have finished applying colour, set an alarm on your phone to notify you of the end of the processing time before the colour is washed out.

Use the Colour Remover Wipe provided in the Colour Kit for removng any spots of visible colour on their skin. Simply wipe it across the skin and and any unwanted colour on their skin will lift right off, leaving a perfect finish and lots of Brownie points for you.

Congrats, you’ve been a great friend/sister/daughter/aunt and we hope your ‘client’ is very happy with their colour results!

Everything was supplied and worked great. Love the colour. A super awesome service as I live rural and can’t always get what I am after in town. I particularly liked the barrier oil… this was the first time my sister didn’t paint half my forehead 😀

E. Camiller

After using your colour my hair is the softest and shiniest it has been in ten years! Got very good advice on colour selection and grey coverage with excellent results. My sister did my colour using all the accessories, which was fun and I am delighted with the colour results!

J. Evander

I received brown and it was perfect. So easy to use that my 10 year old daughter coloured my hair! No issues at all and great mother daughter time. Would definitely recommend.

S. Harrell

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