|Sophie asks: |
My hair is naturally a very dark brown, almost black shade. I have been getting highlights for years, usually caramel coloured but after a while the colour starts to look very dead-a mousy colour which does not suit my complexion. I get bored with it and end up putting in a medium brown semi myself to get back to my natural colour. Recently, I have had copper highlights done which I really like but know that eventually I will start to feel I do not look like me anymore and will go back to the dark brown. The problem is that the highlights add a touch of glamour but I always end up feeling it looks too false. I have damaged my hair in the past trying to get to a lighter shade that will suit me, I do not understand how some brunettes can get to a lovely shade of blonde but I always stop short of it, either because it dries my hair out or I do not have the patience to wait until I get the colour I want. Should I just stop messing about with my hair and accept that I will always look better! As close to my natural colour as possible? The dark brown is very striking on me, but I am not the classic brown eyed brunette-I have bluey-green eyes and although I have a sallow, tanned look I do get some freckles. I worry that when it is really dark it might look too drastic?
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It seems you are in a bit of a quandary about your hair. I think it is great that you quite like your natural colour but variety is the spice of life! I think that when you visit any salon you should have a consultation and be very happy with what the stylist is suggesting to you. If not then ask what the alternatives are. All of our stylists have extensive training on finding your requirements and then recommending a style and colour to meet all your needs. Two options you have are: Have a semi permanent colour through your hair that will not lighten your hair but it will add warmth and change the tone. There is a vast range of semi permanent colours to suit all needs and the great thing is that they last approx 20 shampoos so you will not have the feeling that your hair looks false. It will also give your hair fantastic shine and feels and looks in better condition. You could also have some subtle highlights weaved throughout your hair so you gain more interest and glamour through your hair without the feeling of your hair looking false. Once you have got used to the colour you can always have more colour put through.
|Megan asks: |
I have recently coloured my hair a natural dark brown colour,
from my normal bleached blonde highlights. I bought a shampoo which is
meant for brunettes, but after I used it the first time, my hair was
greasy looking within a day of washing it. I decided to persevere for a
couple more washes but the same thing kept happening, so I bought another
similar shampoo to try, but this has not made a difference, neither have
any of the other shampoos I have used. My hair is now getting so greasy
it needs washing again within 12 hours of the last wash. I am at the end
of my tether as I cannot be bothered to wash my hair every day! Please
|Answered By: |
Excess greasiness like this may be caused by a hormonal or dietary imbalance. I would suggest that you visit your doctor or a trichologist for advice before trying any more shampoos.
|Belinda asks: |
I am 34 and have had a very stressful year my hair has started to show noticeable white particularly on the left side. I rushed in and
had some highlights but you could still see the white ones so I asked for a permanent dye to match my hair but due to crossed lines the hairdresser put some more highlights in I left it for a while but the colour difference between the hair that is not coloured and the highlights bothered me too much so this time I did get it dyed to match my own colour just after this I put some coconut oil on which I have been doing for a couple of years now then I used a blend of oils with neem in it and the first time I washed my hair most of the colour came out so I had to get a home kit and do it myself so how can I keep the colour in I am using Redkens Colour range at the moment I also have very long hair it is just on 40 inches and (doní t laugh)
I want TO grow it TO floor length it hasnít got far TO go AS I am ONLY 5 ft 2 " so how can I keep it protected so it can keep on growing without breakage so I can be a mini Crystal Gayle.
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If you look after your hair it will grow to around 46 inches but you need to keep it trimmed and conditioned or it will split and break. Very long hair is not very fashionable though and I would suggest a shorter more modern style. I do not advise using coconut oil as it will sit on the outside of the hair as it is too vicious to penetrate. To counteract breakage, intensive treatment sprays and alternating repair shampoo and colour shampoo will help. Also, invest in Mason and Pearson brush for your correct hair type ie fine, medium or thick hair and a wide tooth carbon comb which will help minimise damage to the hair as it grows.
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