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7 07, 2019

Living With Hair While Being Female

2019-07-07T14:42:29+11:00

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 [...]

Living With Hair While Being Female2019-07-07T14:42:29+11:00
7 07, 2019

Can Phthalates Cause Harm?

2019-07-07T14:53:49+11:00

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 [...]

Can Phthalates Cause Harm?2019-07-07T14:53:49+11:00
8 06, 2019

Ongoing, flawless grey coverage – Less colour, more often

2019-06-09T14:34:10+11:00

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 [...]

Ongoing, flawless grey coverage – Less colour, more often2019-06-09T14:34:10+11:00
8 06, 2019

Ask our Colourists!

2019-06-09T14:28:20+11:00

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 [...]

Ask our Colourists!2019-06-09T14:28:20+11:00
31 05, 2019

Customised colour – Duo Colour Kits

2019-06-27T14:19:06+11:00

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, frankly, 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 [...]

Customised colour – Duo Colour Kits2019-06-27T14:19:06+11:00
22 05, 2019

5 Tips for Flawless Hair Colour at Home

2019-05-23T09:44:34+11:00

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 [...]

5 Tips for Flawless Hair Colour at Home2019-05-23T09:44:34+11:00
10 05, 2019

How Hair Porosity Affects Hair Colour

2019-05-24T10:55:24+11:00

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 absorbancy or porosity of your hair depends on the natural the natural texture, colour history, styling, [...]

How Hair Porosity Affects Hair Colour2019-05-24T10:55:24+11:00
8 05, 2019

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

2019-09-24T20:02:11+11:00

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 [...]

Q. Where does brassiness come from? A. Natural Contributing Pigment2019-09-24T20:02:11+11:00
26 04, 2019

5 Tips to Help you Care for your Colour

2019-06-06T20:19:19+11:00

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, [...]

5 Tips to Help you Care for your Colour2019-06-06T20:19:19+11:00
4 04, 2019

Damaged Hair + Colouring

2019-05-24T11:58:03+11:00

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 [...]

Damaged Hair + Colouring2019-05-24T11:58:03+11:00
28 03, 2019

Please don’t fry your hair

2019-04-14T14:21:05+11:00

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 [...]

Please don’t fry your hair2019-04-14T14:21:05+11:00
8 03, 2019

Pre-softening to Colour Resistant Greys

2019-07-26T11:41:30+11:00

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, [...]

Pre-softening to Colour Resistant Greys2019-07-26T11:41:30+11:00
8 03, 2019

Lightening Your Colour: Bleach Washing Your Hair

2019-08-13T11:15:01+11:00

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 aren't effective for everyone, and they will not lighten your hair, but they may lift out permanent colour pigments, although you may need to repeat [...]

Lightening Your Colour: Bleach Washing Your Hair2019-08-13T11:15:01+11:00
31 01, 2019

Is your colour safe to use during pregnancy?

2019-03-21T11:45:19+11:00

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+11:00
16 01, 2019

My colour result is darker than I expected. Why?

2019-05-24T12:31:33+11:00

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 [...]

My colour result is darker than I expected. Why?2019-05-24T12:31:33+11:00
14 01, 2019

Lightening Your Lovely Locks

2019-04-14T14:34:08+11:00

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 Locks2019-04-14T14:34:08+11:00
5 01, 2019

Hair Colour Allergies – PPD Reactions

2019-03-21T13:30:37+11:00

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+11:00
31 12, 2018

Travelling and Colouring

2019-04-09T21:10:25+11:00

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 Colouring2019-04-09T21:10:25+11:00
19 12, 2018

Lightening Previously Coloured Hair

2019-03-21T13:45:15+11:00

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+11:00
20 11, 2018

How to Colour Hair Which Already Has Colour In It

2019-04-15T09:21:43+11:00

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 [...]

How to Colour Hair Which Already Has Colour In It2019-04-15T09:21:43+11:00
16 11, 2018

5 Super Simple Steps for Colouring the Back of Your Hair

2019-03-21T14:00:36+11:00

  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+11:00
16 11, 2018

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

2019-03-21T14:03:32+11:00

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+11:00
13 11, 2018

Expert Tips on How to Colour Someone Else’s Hair

2019-03-21T14:04:35+11:00

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+11:00
12 11, 2018

Let’s talk about hair colour, time and money

2019-06-14T13:40:26+11:00

  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 money2019-06-14T13:40:26+11:00
12 11, 2018

The Definitive Hair Colouring Dictionary

2019-03-21T14:38:26+11:00

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+11:00
9 11, 2018

Cruelty Free Colour – Our Colour is Free From Animal Testing

2019-03-21T14:39:58+11:00

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+11:00
6 11, 2018

How to stop colouring and start embracing the greys

2019-05-26T16:34:54+11:00

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 greys2019-05-26T16:34:54+11:00
6 11, 2018

Anatomy of Great Colour

2019-03-21T14:45:18+11:00

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+11:00
27 10, 2018

Please explain – What is Nude hair?

2019-03-21T14:51:52+11:00

  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+11:00
16 09, 2018

Why choose PPD-free colour?

2019-03-21T14:53:54+11:00

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+11:00
7 09, 2018

Three Reasons Your Hair will Love Ginseng

2019-03-21T14:57:55+11:00

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+11:00
24 07, 2018

5 Tips To Colour Resistant Grey Hair at Home

2019-03-21T15:03:07+11:00

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 Home2019-03-21T15:03:07+11:00
24 07, 2018

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

2019-03-21T14:56:05+11:00

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 Too2019-03-21T14:56:05+11:00
24 07, 2018

Colour Your Hair at Home: 5 Tips from the Professionals

2019-03-21T14:59:22+11:00

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 Professionals2019-03-21T14:59:22+11:00
3 07, 2018

Prevent home colouring disasters with The Shade

2019-03-21T15:04:47+11:00

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 Shade2019-03-21T15:04:47+11:00
3 07, 2018

Colour Protection Shampoo and Conditioner

2019-03-21T15:08:39+11:00

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 Conditioner2019-03-21T15:08:39+11:00
3 07, 2018

Why choose The Shade for your home colouring?

2019-03-21T15:10:23+11:00

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?2019-03-21T15:10:23+11:00
21 06, 2018

Why are more women colouring their hair at home?

2019-03-21T15:14:55+11:00

“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?2019-03-21T15:14:55+11:00
21 06, 2018

Section your hair like a pro

2019-03-21T15:16:55+11:00

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 pro2019-03-21T15:16:55+11:00
21 06, 2018

How to avoid the halo effect

2019-03-21T15:18:51+11:00

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 effect2019-03-21T15:18:51+11:00
21 06, 2018

Not Hot Roots

2019-04-18T15:21:30+11:00

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 [...]

Not Hot Roots2019-04-18T15:21:30+11:00
21 06, 2018

Salon accessories, application and results

2019-03-21T15:50:37+11:00

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 results2019-03-21T15:50:37+11:00
21 06, 2018

Your Home Salon

2019-03-21T15:52:05+11:00

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 Salon2019-03-21T15:52:05+11:00