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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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

31 01, 2019

Is your 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 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 [...]

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. [...]

17 12, 2018

We Care About More Than Hair

We Care About More Than Hair Yes, we do! We also care about the environment and, you know, our children's future on this planet. 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 as light afootprint on the environment and we use with as many reuseable or recyclable [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]