31 01, 2019

Is the 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! 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 that regular hair [...]

Is the colour safe to use during pregnancy?2019-01-31T12:51:47+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?2019-01-18T12:36:16+00:00
14 01, 2019

Lightening Your Lovely Locks


If your hair is natural, virgin, uncoloured, pure as the day you were born, then you can lighten your hair up to two levels with our low chemical permanent colour range. That means a medium brunette is now a dark blonde, or a darkest brown is now a warm, nuanced chocolate brown. Colour changes within 2 levels will look natural, and soft, with an easy [...]

Lightening Your Lovely Locks2019-01-14T14:41:18+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 Worst2019-01-16T12:44:52+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 Reactions2019-01-05T16:13:11+00:00
31 12, 2018

Travelling and Colouring


  Skipping 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 doing slightly more high maintenance (read: need to look great and professionally groomed) travel and [...]

Travelling and Colouring2018-12-31T14:47:33+00:00
27 12, 2018

Salon colour without animal products


Not only is our colour range cruelty free, it is also free from all animal products. Our salon grade permanent colour is made in Italy ingredients which are completely free from any products with animal origins. Our manufacturer has obtained written confirmation from all their ingredient suppliers confirming that there are no animal products in any ingredients which they supply to our manufacturer. We are [...]

Salon colour without animal products2018-12-27T17:36:05+00:00
19 12, 2018

Lightening Previously Coloured Hair


Here’s the big news: You cannot lighten hair colour with 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 colour removal process.   What [...]

Lightening Previously Coloured Hair2018-12-19T20:59:10+00:00
17 12, 2018

We Care About More Than Hair


We Care About More Than Hair Yes, we do! 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 a light environmental footprint with as many reuseable or recyclable parts as possible. Our Colour Kit cardboard boxes can be completely recycled. They are just the right size to fit [...]

We Care About More Than Hair2018-12-17T10:09:19+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 Vibrant2018-11-24T10:26:59+00:00
20 11, 2018

10 Pro Tips For Your Best Blonde Hair Colour


We know that blondes love their hair and they know how to have fun. 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. [...]

10 Pro Tips For Your Best Blonde Hair Colour2018-11-21T15:17:09+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!Maintaining ColorFirst rule [...]

How to Colour Hair Which Already Has Colour In It2018-11-21T01:24:53+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 Fresh2018-11-17T19:39:11+00:00
16 11, 2018

5 Super Simple Steps to Colour 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. We often get asked so we thought it’s we’d break it down in an easy to use guide to help you out with this common home colouring predicament. The good news – it’s easy, really! So read on to shed some light on this home colouring [...]

5 Super Simple Steps to Colour the Back of Your Hair2018-11-20T12:14:25+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 The 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 auto-shipping [...]

6 Ways to Get the Most out of Your Hair Colour Plan2018-11-20T12:19:44+00:00
13 11, 2018

Expert Tips on How to Colour Someone Else’s Hair


Been asked to colour your friend’s hair? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with top tips on how to apply hair colour 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 fabulous new colour?  Step up and lend a gloved hand in their time of need. [...]

Expert Tips on How to Colour Someone Else’s Hair2018-11-20T12:14:56+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 money2019-01-14T14:04:00+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 ways which describe the characteristics and properties of different hair colours: Warm Warm Hair Colours refer to colours [...]

The Definitive Hair Colouring Dictionary2018-11-20T12:15:36+00:00
9 11, 2018

Cruelty Free Colour


All of The Shade's colour products and our shampoo and conditioners are made in Italy. In accordance with European law, our products are never tested on animals. In the EU there is a total ban on animal testing for cosmetic products and its raw materials, which the Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009 reflects in its provisions. This ban affects two aspects of cosmetic products: –          Testing Ban: any animal testing in [...]

Cruelty Free Colour2018-11-16T11:17:50+00:00
6 11, 2018

How to stop colouring and start embracing the greys


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 we cover grey(white)’s we are emotional hostages to them, and we risk mortification [...]

How to stop colouring and start embracing the greys2018-11-16T11:25:55+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 Blends2018-11-16T11:27:17+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?2018-11-16T11:28:27+00:00
6 11, 2018

Anatomy of Great Colour


We don’t just want gorgeous, multi-dimensional 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 are [...]

Anatomy of Great Colour2018-11-06T19:34:40+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 in amongst your hair 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 women get their [...]

Spotted your first greys? We’re here to help you through this milestone moment2018-11-04T13:48:46+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?2018-11-16T11:30:09+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 Spring2018-11-16T11:36:58+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?2018-09-16T18:29:19+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 Ginseng2018-09-07T18:55:39+00:00
24 07, 2018

5 Tips To Colour Resistant Grey Hair at Home


Grey roots can be unwanted and difficult to cover. If you are looking to colour resistant grey hair, follow some simple tips to make sure your greys are covered and that your new colour is consistent, with total grey coverage. Grey hair isn't actually grey - it's white and the pigment loss which occurs naturally in hair as we age. Grey hair is often [...]

5 Tips To Colour Resistant Grey Hair at Home2018-11-12T09:36:15+00:00
24 07, 2018

5 Reasons Why Every Colourist Uses a Tint Brush and You Should Too


Ever walked into a salon for a colour appointment and sat back and relaxed while your colourists zig zagged a squeezy bottle through your hair? So, no. Colourists always use a tint brush and bowl and are very careful with their colour placement. Their results (and job!) depends on them placing the right colour in the right place. There’s very good reasons why we [...]

5 Reasons Why Every Colourist Uses a Tint Brush and You Should Too2018-08-15T16:40:34+00:00
24 07, 2018

Colour Your Hair at Home: 5 Tips from the Professionals


We all know someone who wouldn’t dare colour their own hair at home —or maybe you’re one of those people yourself—certain that you’ll mess it up. Well fear no more, because straight from professional colourists, we have the 5 tips you need to know if you think you can’t colour your hair at home. Hint: YOU CAN. 1. HAVE REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS WHEN CHOOSING YOUR [...]

Colour Your Hair at Home: 5 Tips from the Professionals2018-11-12T09:35:17+00:00
3 07, 2018

Prevent home colouring disasters with The Shade


Considering colouring your hair at home? Sounds great in theory, and we all love a convenient DIY solution, and really, exactly whose schedule can accomodate regular 3.5 hour salon appointments? With a sprinkle of knowledge and some simple preparation (don’t worry, we’ll take care of the details for you) you can be a home colouring queen, happily covering greys and processing that perfect shade [...]

Prevent home colouring disasters with The Shade2018-11-12T09:37:10+00:00
3 07, 2018

Colour Protection Shampoo and Conditioner


Protect, pamper and lock in luxurious, lasting colour with our nourishing Colour Protection Shampoo and Conditioner. Our Colour Protection Shampoo and Conditioner is specifically formulated to meet the needs of coloured hair.  They are blended with botanicals and advanced ingredients which seal and lock in colour pigments, leaving your hair with a soft, silky smooth, high shine finish. The Shade's Colour Protection Shampoo and [...]

Colour Protection Shampoo and Conditioner2018-11-01T14:27:34+00:00
3 07, 2018

Why choose The Shade for your home colouring?


The Shade's home colour system sends you Italian made PPD, paraben, phthalate and ammonia free colour together with the salon accessories you need for neat, precise, controlled colour application and salon results. Here's how The Shade can help you lift your home colouring to new heights of happy, healthy gorgeousness: • Avoid unnecessary exposure to chemicals such as PPD, parabens, phthalates and ammonia. Off-the-shelf [...]

Why choose The Shade for your home colouring?2018-08-15T16:54:41+00:00
3 07, 2018

Healthy hair is back!


We have reached peak hair processing and more of us are realising that a kinder, gentler relationship with our hair (amongst other things!) is healthier. Over-processed hair doesn’t look or feel good. We want hair that looks alive and which reflects a happy, healthy you and we want from our at home colour to give us beautiful, natural looking colours, as well as soft, [...]

Healthy hair is back!2018-11-06T16:13:21+00:00
21 06, 2018

Why are more women colouring their hair at home?


“Who’s got the time for this?” was on repeat loop in my head for about 3 hours of my last 3.5 hour salon appointment. I wasn’t alone. Far from it. 37% of women aged 35-49 have bought hair colouring products in the past 6 months, and more women on salaries of more than $100k are choosing to colour their [...]

Why are more women colouring their hair at home?2018-08-15T15:14:25+00:00
21 06, 2018

The Shade Launches With a Splash of Colour


It’s grey and overcast morning with a crisp wind in the air, but inside the doors of RAW Anthony Nader, the mood is warm and vibrant. Fresh flowers are scattered in minimal vases around the salon, and a beverage station serving fresh coffee, juice and bliss balls stands against the exposed brick wall. Hanging lamps cast a sunny glow over the room, and the [...]

The Shade Launches With a Splash of Colour2018-08-14T18:05:55+00:00
21 06, 2018

Section your hair like a pro


Hair sectioning is a simple, professional technique which helps you manage your colour application, helping you achieve even, full colour coverage and better colour results at home. Sectioning helps you organise your colour application, helping you keep track of the areas you have coloured, keeps your hair manageable throughout, which makes it easier for you to apply the colour exactly where you need it [...]

Section your hair like a pro2018-08-14T17:31:47+00:00
21 06, 2018

How to avoid the halo effect


Colour banding (otherwise referred to as the halo effect) is a term used by colourists to describe the band or halo which can be seen when you overlap colour onto previously coloured hair, leaving you with a darker colour stripes which wrap around your head, and a not so angelic halo effect. It usually occurs when you have stretched out your re-colouring applications and [...]

How to avoid the halo effect2018-08-15T11:11:57+00:00
21 06, 2018

Avoiding: Hot Roots


Colourists use the term hot roots to describe the effect where your hairs roots are visibly warmer, than the rest of your hair colour. Hot roots may appear lighter with an orange effect. It’s not a great look and is one that is best avoided. Why does this happen? Hot roots occur because the heat from your scalp causes [...]

Avoiding: Hot Roots2018-08-15T17:00:05+00:00
21 06, 2018

Salon accessories, application and results


Ok, so you have sectioned your hair and you have your hot cross bun in place.  You are now ready to apply your colour just like a colourist, using the salon accessories we shipped in your Free Trial. After mixing your colour and with your salon accessories at hand, you are ready to get this started and get closer to your beautiful, fresh new [...]

Salon accessories, application and results2018-08-15T16:58:20+00:00
21 06, 2018

Your Home Salon


The secret to professional home colouring results is…salon colour and accessories. A few tools, techniques and the right colour selection and you too can be a professional home colourist, achieving salon worthy results in the comfort of your own home salon. Salon appointments take days (ok, hours, but it feels like forever), which can be tricky to schedule in [...]

Your Home Salon2018-08-15T16:31:33+00:00