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Award-winning colourist Lisa Whiteman
Lisa Whiteman, award-winning colourist at London salon Webster Whiteman, knows what’s what when it comes to beautiful colour. Here are her top five tips to ensure you get the colour you want.
Before having a colour service it's a good idea to prep your hair to ensure it’s in the best condition possible. This helps the colour absorb and stay locked in for longer. Not all salons offer pre- and post-colour treatments so if you’re already spending lots on your colour it’s wise to prepare your own hair at home with a weekly or bi-weekly treatment a few weeks before your colour. How often you apply it depends on the existing damage to the hair or its moisture levels.
Once you’ve had your colour service, ensure it lasts longer and stays gorgeous by choosing a shampoo containing fewer detergents. Strong cleansing shampoo will strip your colour and wash it all away, down the drain. Try a sulphate free, organic shampoo or one specially formulated for coloured hair. There are many to choose from so take advice from your colourist or choose a shampoo made for coloured hair maintenance – the difference in colour longevity is amazing!
If you want to make a drastic colour change but are feeling a little nervous ask for a consultation with a colourist to make sure you are both singing from the same song sheet! If you are unsure then ask for a strand test (the colour is tested on a small section of hair from underneath at the back of the head) to make sure the result is exactly what you have in mind.
try something new
If you’re a diehard blonde who gets a bit fed up from time to time, donʼt be afraid of adding some new tones to your colour. There is a whole spectrum of tones that your colourist can use, from peachy pinks to biscuit blondes and smoky ash tones. If you want to try something new remember to ask for a strand test!
To freshen up highlights that you donʼt want to re-colour or have become over-processed opt for a pigment toner shampoo. If you’re toning down your holiday hair then go for a caramel or biscuit tone or if you like that clean, white, salon blonde but your ends no longer match, use a silver or creamy white toner to freshen them up.
Webster Whiteman, www.websterwhiteman.com