Spring. At last!
The days are getting longer, the flowers are in bud and the birds have started their dawn chorus.
It’s a beautiful time of year and often inspires us to shed off our own winter dullness with a brighter coloured wardrobe and change of hairstyle.
And what better way to welcome the sun back into our lives than with a fabulous new hair colour too?
Right now, the trend is for multi-toned locks with slightly darker roots, gradually lightening up towards the ends and it’s an easy look to replicate at home.
You might have already heard of two of the most popular techniques, balayage and colour-melt.
For this look, we used a model with previously lightened hair who was looking for a more natural, sun-lightened look.
We picked Naturtint 10A Light Ash Blonde as it was a couple of shades lighter than her natural colour.
To begin with, we applied the colour to Sarah’s hair taking care to start about two-thirds of the way down the strands.
The easiest way to do this part of the colouring is with an applicator brush, taking care not to overload it.
Then to achieve a sun-kissed look we started to work some of the colour into small sections around the face, smoothing the dye into the hair with your fingers.
Finally, we took thinner sections of hair at the root and worked the colour down to the ends to create natural-looking highlights.
We allowed the colour to develop for the time stated on the box and then rinsed as normal.
This is a stunning look for naturally dark blonde hair as the highlights are scattered throughout.
To achieve this look we used two different Naturtint colours – 7C Terracotta Blonde and 5R Fire Red.
It’s a slightly more complicated technique but don’t be put off. It’s still easy to do at home.
First of all, you’ll need to colour your roots as this is the area that generally takes longer to develop.
It’s easier to do if you think of your head as a hot cross bun (trust us, it’s not as daft as it sounds!) and divide your hair into four sections – firstly from ear to ear and then from the forehead to the nape of your neck.
Using the brush to apply the darker shade, start with the roots in each quarter, making sure the dye covers at least the first half-inch.
Then, keeping your hair in the hot cross bun sections, start to work the colour into the rest of your hair, to about two-thirds of the way down.
Once you have done this, take your second, lighter colour and put on a new set of gloves.
Taking your hair (which already has dye on, so be careful not to get it on your clothes!) start to gently work the lighter shade into the ends of your hair.
Use a soft, gentle rubbing, or emulsifying, motion to work it into the strands all the way around.
Once that has been done, then take small sections of hair from the root and apply the lighter dye to achieve natural looking highlights, paying particular attention to areas around your face.
Leave the colour to develop between 20 and 40 minutes and then wash as normal.
This is a great look for slightly darker hair, especially with copper or red undertones.
SKIN SENSITIVITY TEST
Any cosmetic product can cause an unexpected allergic reaction and, for this reason, a skin sensitivity test must be carried out before each and every use, for 48 hours, before colouring your hair – even if you are a regular user of hair dyes. If your scalp is irritated, or you have damaged or broken skin, do not complete the skin sensitivity test and do not colour your hair until your scalp is fully healed. Be aware that even if a sensitivity test has been carried out you may still experience an allergic reaction when you colour your hair. The sensitivity test is an important precaution but it is not a guarantee to avoid future allergic reactions.
How to perform a skin sensitive test – Permanent Hair Colours
1. Remove any earrings. Cleanse a small area (1-2cm) of skin behind your ear and on your inner elbow and dry gently.
2. Put on the gloves provided and carefully unscrew the caps from the colourant and the colour developer bottles.
3. In a plastic bowl, using plastic utensils, mix a small amount (in equal measures) of the colourant and the colour developer until totally blended. Do not use a metal bowl or metal utensils. Reseal both bottles immediately to preserve the contents ready for full application 48 hours later.
4. Using a cotton bud, apply the mixture to the cleansed area behind your ear and on your inner elbow and allow it to dry.
5. Then apply two more layers, each time allowing the areas to dry in between.
6. Leave the test mixture on the skin for at least 48 hours without washing, covering or touching the test area.
7. If you experience any signs of a reaction, such as swelling, redness, blistering, rash or itching, in or around the test area, you are sensitive to one or more of the ingredients within the formula – rinse immediately and do not attempt to colour your hair. You might want to talk to your GP about allergies for further advice.