Dyeing For A Change

Sandy Spencer

Dyeing your hair is always a very tricky thing to do. Get it right and it’s often fabulous; get it wrong and you can end up with a colour range anywhere from Astroturf green to Popsicle pink.

Our resident expert Sandy Spencer gives us the low-down on how to avoid the pitfalls of the “rainbow effect” and achieve the look you really desire.

  • Before you colour your hair, especially if you have never coloured it before, always have a sensitivity test
  • When colouring your hair make sure it is in good condition.  If your hair is dry and porous on the ends the colour will not take as well. Think about having the ends cut for a more even colour.
  • Coloured hair needs to be looked after, especially if it is long.  It’s a good idea to have an intensive treatment once a week, this will also preserve the colour
  • When choosing hair colour ask your stylist if the colour contains ammonia, as ammonia breaks down the hair, 
  • Organic colours do not contain ammonia; they do not take the hair as far away from its isometric point on the ph scale as chemical colours do. The hairs isometric point is between 4.5 – 5.5 Plus.  By using organic colours we are able to return the hair to its natural ph.
  • In our colours there is a reduced risk of allergic reaction as we use the lowest level of PPD’s (pigment) 0.06% as opposed to the legal limit of 6%
  • If you are slightly sensitive to colour it is possible to still have highlights or lowlight, providing the colour does not have contact with the skin.
  • If you think your highlights are becoming too light and you have a build up of colour on the ends, try having some highlights and lowlights. This breaks up the colour on the ends and gives more depth to your hair.
  • Choosing a hair colour can be difficult. It is good to try a coloured sample from the shade chart next to your skin.  As we get older our skin tone gets lighter so your hair colour should go a shade or to lighter also. If you have pinkish skin tones it is also a good idea to stay away from the red shades.
  • Keep your coloured hair conditioned every time you wash it, from mid length to ends. Preferably with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner, preferably organic I would recommend mop c system to keep your hair in tiptop condition. 

Look out for Sandy ’s contributions to our site in the forthcoming weeks and if you would like to know more about her salon or even call in for a hair styling then visit the website at www.mohairandbeauty.com.

George R Vaughan