Before you Colour

//Before you Colour
16 03, 2020

Home Colouring for Men

More than 70% of women colour their hair. We are all used to seeing different tones and colours in women’s hair. It’s a little bit different for men. We’re not so used to seeing men who colour their hair for a fresh look, and any missteps in colour selection can be quite noticeable. Men don’t have the benefit of shared knowledge which builds up over [...]

22 10, 2019

Ten tips to reduce porosity in your hair (and avoiding darker colour results or colour fade)

We would all like to maintain peak colour – that hair highpoint when your fresh colour looks great. However…for a variety of reasons, some of us are more likely than others to experience colour fade. My own hair wilfully obstructs my efforts to do pretty much anything to it, including retaining consistent colour. I rolled the ‘super fine, flat, porous hair’ with a dash of [...]

7 07, 2019

Living With Hair While Being Female

In completely non-surprising news, a Moneysaver HQ investigation has found that hair maintenance for women typically costs between $160-$250 every 6-8 weeks, compared to the average outlay of $30-$80 for men in the same time span. Yup, nothing we didn’t already know or could not have very easily guessed there. We love righting some wrongs and we have put together our top tips for keeping [...]

7 07, 2019

Can Phthalates Cause Harm?

Many of us are actively trying to avoid exposure to unnecessary chemicals. Some chemicals are established allergens which can trigger unpleasant allergic reactions from either single use or repeated exposure, other chemicals have a less direct but still very concerning broader health public health impact, such as phthalates. Some chemicals which don't directly cause irritation have not yet been studied extensively, following the 'if it [...]

8 06, 2019

Ongoing, flawless grey coverage – Less colour, more often

If you love your greys, then full power to you. Keep them and enjoy the liberty from home or salon colouring. We admire and respect non-conformist silver foxes.I’m talking about you, utterly fabulous mum at school with full length greys, head held high, who I instantly want to befriend.And yet. Some of us are just not ready. My friend who went grey at 18, or [...]

8 06, 2019

Ask our Colourists!

Expertise, included! We don’t just bring you better hair colour with healthier ingredients, we include personalised expert colourist advice too. Colour selection and home colouring are just so much easier with a professional colourist guiding you along your home colouring journey. Let us know your hair history, colour, challenges and goals and one of our colourists will follow-up, giving you personalised colour suggestions which consider [...]

31 05, 2019

Customised colour – Duo Colour Kits

Perfect, Personalised Colour Blends Looking for a colour which is a little bit this, and a little bit that and 100% you? Sitting on the bronde fence and you want both light brown and a little dark blonde? We’ve got this. We are super excited to announce new Duo Colour Packs which lets you customise your colour to perfectly match your hair goals. Blend half [...]

22 05, 2019

5 Tips for Flawless Hair Colour at Home

Getting flawless colour isn’t as hard as you think. Here are a few tips to help your hair colour look perfect.Timing really is everything when it comes to achieving a balanced, cohesive colour result.Hair has different porosity at different sections. The more porous hair is, the faster it will absorb colour and the darker your colour result will be.Think of your hair in three sections; [...]

10 05, 2019

How Hair Porosity Affects Hair Colour

Most non-colourists have never heard of porosity before when dealing with hair. It is always good to learn something new, so we’re letting you know a bit more about porosity and how it can affect your colour. What is Porosity? Porosity refers to hair’s ability to absorb moisture. The absorbency or porosity of your hair depends on the natural the natural texture, colour history, styling, [...]

8 05, 2019

Q. Where does brassiness come from? A. Natural Contributing Pigment

Why, why do we battle brassiness? What is actually going on? To understand brassiness, we must understand Natural Contributing Pigment (NCP). Natural contributing pigment is the varying degree of warmth exposed during the lightening process. Natural pigment is the pigment which remains in the hair after lightening or applying colour and these pigments contribute to the final colour result. When lightening hair colour, the natural [...]

26 04, 2019

5 Tips to Help you Care for your Colour

Well done! You’ve got the colour, tools and techniques to achieve gorgeous colour results at home. Now you just need to keep it looking it’s best by preventing damage which can compromise your colour results. Damaged or porous hair won’t absorb or process colour correctly, leading to inconsistent or unwanted colour results, and damaged hair will also cause faster colour fade. Keep your colour glossy, [...]

4 04, 2019

Damaged Hair + Colouring

Straightening and drying and lightening and colouring and balayaging and straightening and heat styling and…. Friends, it’s a lot. Honestly, from glancing at hair (in a non-creepy way) at the supermarket, kids school (insert more glamorous locations I may or may not actually go to), there’s a lot of you doing a lot to your hair. Too much. Really. I have ranted before about over-processed [...]

28 03, 2019

Please don’t fry your hair

I see over-processed hair everywhere I go. Hair whose condition is so terrible that it frankly doesn’t matter how nice the colour is, there’s no getting past the damaged, brittle, dry, broken condition of the actual hair.There is a serious case of false equivalency going on here. Nice colour at the cost of healthy hair that actually looks and performs like nice, healthy, real hair [...]

8 03, 2019

Pre-softening to Colour Resistant Greys

Why is grey hair sometimes resistant to colouring?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 [...]

8 03, 2019

Bleach Washing Your Hair

Bleach washing is an easy, effective, hair-friendly way to lift your colour, remove darker pigments 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 aren't effective for everyone, but they may lift out permanent colour pigments, although you may need to repeat this process several times to get [...]

31 01, 2019

Is your colour safe to use during pregnancy or when breast-feeding?

That’s exactly the kind of question a great mum or mum-to-be would ask, so well done for being fabulous at the mothering gig already! Firstly, congratulations on your amazing new creation! 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 or [...]

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? Let’s delve into the dark side. Hair colour results are affected by several factors: 1. Your natural hair colour. That’s the hair colour at your roots, not the mid-section [...]

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 darkest brown is [...]

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. [...]

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) [...]