How Colour Consultants Can Help With a Change of Hair Colour

Colour consultants are experts in looking at your colouring in its entirety; they understand how your natural colouring (hair, eyes and skin tone) works together and they know what will work and what will not. They will be able to advise you on the options that will look great and can explain why some shades need to be avoided.

It is a good idea to book a brief appointment with your colour consultant before you have your hair coloured but also to return to see them for a longer session when the colour has been changed. When you change your hair colour, it can sometimes mean that you will need to alter the shades of clothes you wear and how you wear your make-up. So, for example, if your hair has been high-lighted and fair during the summer but you would like to go back to brunette for winter, some darker shades of clothes and make-up that would have been too heavy for you before might be perfect with your new brunette look.

So what are the main things to keep in mind when having your hair coloured? Firstly, if you are a natural blonde whose hair has gone a bit “mousey”, highlights would be the easiest option to return your hair to its original tone. Your colour consultant will be able to tell you if you have a warm or cool skin tone therefore whether it is better for you to go for a golden blonde look or more of the ashy tones. An all-over platinum blonde look is popular at the moment but consider whether you will find the look too dramatic for your personality.

If you are a red head then hopefully you embrace your rarer colouring and don’t try to fight it. Adding ashy highlights would really work against your warm skin tone, so if you want a lighter look opt for golden, strawberry blonde shades. When you were younger your hair might have been much more vivid but might have become more muted as you’ve matured. If you would like to take it back to it vibrant past, then an all-over copper shade in a semi-permanent or permanent shade may be the answer. Permanent shades are usually more damaging than semi-permanents and remember if you want to make sure that you’re absolutely happy with the colour, a semi-permanent is easier to change.

For the brunettes, your darker colouring is usually perfect for your eyes and skin tone but if you feel your dark hair is a bit flat, why not consider making it livelier with lowlights. These fine strips of muted, bright and dark shades look like filtered light and give flashes of brightness. Again an all-over permanent or semi-permanent shade can give more of a solid and shiny look but ask your colour consultant if you have a warm or cool skin tone to know whether it would be best to go for a warmer shade such as mahogany or a cooler shade such as an aubergine.

Changing your hair colour can be exciting and just the lift you need as winter draws nearer, but do remember to get good advice before you go ahead with a drastic change.

If you have a friend who has already changed their hair colouring and is now wondering what colours she should be wearing in her clothes and make-up, why not treat her to a colour analysis for Christmas?