Three ways your hair colour is wrong

Do you ever wonder why your hair colour doesn’t sit quite right? Perhaps we can help

Not every colour suits every person, but if you know the three common colour trip-ups, then you can ensure a shade that stuns!

It’s the wrong tone

The nuances make all the difference between decidedly average and gorgeous, expensive-looking hair. It’s what the team at Salon Sloane pride themselves on, because with hair colour one shade definitely does not fit all.

Tony Culver, colourist at Salon Sloane, explains that the first thing to consider when colouring a new client’s hair is whether they suit either cool or warm tones. “This information can be achieved by looking at eye colour and skin tone, as well as by asking clients what colours in their wardrobes they veer towards. Clients intuitively know what works on them.”

If you’re cool-toned who likes to wear blue, grey and white clothes, then having a warm, honey blonde simply won’t look right. Try more ashy or neutral tones to sit harmoniously with your look.

It’s the wrong technique

Time to get your roots done? Take a second before asking for the usual tint. Claire Chell, creative colour director at the Francesco salon group, suggests going a step further for the most authentic blend.

“A blonde tint will never blend next to a previous scalp bleach application without it looking like root,” she advises. “To avoid this, ask for your colourist to add soft bleach highlights to the parting and hairline to soften the blend and hues of the new warmer shade throughout, to create the perfect transition.”

Don’t hide under a blanket

No one’s hair is one, uniform shade from root to tip. Anyone who has ever box dyed their hair knows that it’s rarely a good look, due to the lack of realistic shading. No matter what colour you’re going for, you want it to look seamlessly hyper real.

“Even if all the client wants is a single process, such as a chocolate brown all over, I would still make sure that the hair towards the ends is at least half a shade lighter than that of the roots,” says Tony. “It’s the same with grey coverage; there is no need to tint every hair to cover only 5% to 40% of grey hair. Have your colourist localise the grey hair and tint it independently to minimise coloured hair that can oxidise as brassy. There’s no substitute for your own natural hair IF a natural finish is what you’re desiring.”