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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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 also coarser [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]