Colour Solutions

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 [...]

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) [...]

27 12, 2018

Salon colour which is completely free from animal products!

Salon colour which is cruelty free colour and also completely free from animal products! Not only is our entire colour range cruelty free, we are also very proud to report that it is also free from any ingredients which are derived from animal products. Our salon grade permanent colour is made in Italy with ingredients which are completely free from any products with animal origins. [...]

19 12, 2018

Lightening Previously Coloured Hair

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 [...]

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 [...]

20 11, 2018

10 Pro Tips For Your Best Blonde Hair Colour

We know that blondes love their hair. 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. 01 INGREDIENTS MATTER We have a better understanding [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

16 11, 2018

5 Super Simple Steps for Colouring 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. 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 [...]

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 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 [...]

13 11, 2018

Expert Tips on How to Colour Someone Else’s Hair

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]