All About L’Oreal #COLORFULHAIR

Introducing the new in-salon temporary colouring range just in time for summer — L’Oreal #COLORFULHAIR!

We’ve got 8 brilliant new shades that you can intermix to create thousands of bespoke looks. These products are ammonia-free, and only need to develop for up to 20 minutes!

Mix a few shades together, or diffuse it for a more pastel effect. With so much versatility, we can guarantee that no one else will be sporting colour quite like yours. Use with L’Oreal Smartbond to maximize vibrancy and shine.

The possibilities are endless — rainbow plaits, oil slick fringe, pastel ombre, mermaid locks… You’ll be set for your summer festival, wedding, or holiday. And since it’s temporary, you’ll still look presentable when you get back to the office on Monday.

Tone it up and create a vibrant pop of colour, or tone it down and find your pastel personality.

 

#COLORFULHAIR lasts up to 15 shampoos*, so it’s perfect for keeping up with the trends, without a ton of maintenance. You will need a skin test with these products at least 48-hours before your appointment, so be sure to book with plenty of time.

Alessandra used these products for her entry into the L’Oreal Colour Trophy Back Stage Semi-Finals in Leeds in April. Take a look below for a glimpse at the results:

Model with pink hair coloured using L'Oreal #COLORFULHAIR

Before: model Sartoria came to us with home-made orange hair After: Alessandra gave her a 2-toned pink look using the L’Oreal #COLORFULHAIR range

*only a guideline. Durability may depend on a number of factors. Be sure to discuss what you can do to extend the life of your colour with your colourist during your appointment.

Jennifer Lawrence smiling with ice blonde hair

Hair Trend: Ice Blonde

The past few years have seen exciting and bold trends when it comes to hair colour. Now it’s more common than ever to see smoky grey, metallic pastels, emerald green, vivid rainbows, or even rock-inspired colours on all sorts of cuts and styles. And of course our favourite Hollywood stars are leading the charge, debuting their new looks left, right, and centre.

A great new trend we’re noticing is ice-blonde on shorter, edgier cuts. Pioneered by the likes of Miley Cyrus, Gwen Stefani, Pink, and Jennifer Lawrence, this cool trend is heating up for spring.

Recently, Cara Delevingne arrived at Paris Fashion Week with a new bold look to add to her history of bold looks — a bright, icy blonde bob. The actress, top model, activist, spokeswoman, and new novelist (!!) has become known as a trailblazer of ‘quirky beauty’. Many attribute the re-birth of the strong brow to Cara’s naturally striking brows. And she’s kept a naturally dark brow while rocking bright-to-the-point-of-white locks.

Cara Delevingne with ice blonde hair.

Cara Delevingne at Paris Fashion Week 2017 with a platinum bob. (Getty Images)

 

Actress Kristen Stewart has also embraced the short, bleach-blonde look. Her platinum buzz cut is reportedly part of her portrayal for a new role, and she has dubbed the new ‘do as ‘practical’ (fair enough). The buzz cut is just the latest in the star’s ever evolving beauty; from girl-next-door fresh, to glam-Goth, and now to platinum bad ass, no one can say that she sticks to a signature look.

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart at the premier of her new film Personal Shopper with a blonde buzz cut. (Getty Images)

 

Whichever works best for you — long and flowing or short and cropped — achieving an ice blonde look can take quite a bit of time and prep work, especially if you want to preserve the quality and health of your hair. Be sure to book in for a free consultation with one of our colourists before you make your appointment for your next big change.

The Importance of a Skin Test

A skin test is a must for every colour customer. Our customers’ health and comfort are our first priority; doing a colour service without a skin test would put our customers at risk, which we will never do.

This doesn’t mean that we use volatile products known to harm our customers — quite the opposite actually. However there is risk associated with any chemical service, and as members of the National Hairdressers’ Federation, we are committed to a code of practice that includes ensuring we are performing every service safely and within NHF guidelines.

What is a Skin Test?

The purpose of a skin test is to determine if a customer will have a reaction to the products or ingredients used during a colour appointment. A skin test is performed by a qualified hairdresser or colourist in the salon. It only takes 2-5 minutes, though most customers choose to do it as part of their colour consultation. It must be done at least 2 days before your first colour appointment.

The test consists of:

  • answering questions about the health and condition of your scalp and skin
  • answering questions about your hair colouring history
  • application of product to your skin the product must be left on your skin without interference for 48 hours. If you know you need to go swimming or wash the area in that time, please take this into consideration before planning a time for your skin test
  • filling out your NHF Colour Record Card

If you notice redness, rash, swelling, or pain, wash the area thoroughly with water and let us know. If you experience a severe reaction, such as blistering, bleeding, or swelling or itching in the throat, consult your GP straight away.

Do I Need a Skin Test?

Every customer who gets colour done needs a skin test; this must be performed at least 48 hours before your appointment, as any reactions may take up to 48 hours to appear.

Now saying that, there may be exceptions — perhaps if the colourist will be using bleach only — however we advise a skin test for all customers, just to be safe. Client records are not shared between salons, so unfortunately we won’t be able to call up your last hairdresser to request your last skin test results.

Do I Need One Every Time?

If you get your hair coloured regularly at the same salon with the same products, you probably won’t need to have a new test done each time. The results can be valid for up to a year, so we will keep your record card secure at our salon and let you know when it’s time to re-test.

If you’re already a colour customer, you may need an early skin test if:

  • it’s been more than 6 months since your last colour
  • you’ve taken certain medications since your last colour
  • you have had a tattoo, henna, or permanent makeup since your last colour
  • you are changing brand or colouring product

Sometimes companies reformulate their products, or we may change the brand we use. Even if it’s something you’ve been exposed to regularly, you may develop a sensitivity to it over time. Certain medications or procedures can increase the risk of developing an allergy to colourants, so we are always sure to ask about them before we start your next colour.

 

All About L’Oreal Smartbond

Gone are the days when colouring our hair meant we had to accept the consequences — weak, dry, unhealthy hair. Introducing L’Oreal Smartbond — a product we use to help keep our customer’s hair strong, healthy, and happy during and after a colour service. 

Protect your hair while colouring. Add Smartbond for softer, stronger, shinier hair. Smartbond is our new generation bond strengthening system that has been specifically formulated to work in synergy with our pre-lightener and colour products. It is a two-step process which allows the colourist to protect the hair & prevent damage during a technical service. — L’Oreal

How Does Smartbond Work?

Your hair’s colour comes from pigments found at the centre of your hair shaft (the cortex). It is protected by the hard outer layer of your hair (the cuticle). Typically, bleach or tints work by opening the cuticle and depositing colour-changing chemicals into the cortex. When this happens these chemicals can create holes in the cuticle as it opens up, and also break apart the protein bonds in the cortex. Repeated colouring can cause even more damage as these bonds are opened and interfered with again and again.

Smartbond is added to the colour before application. When the colour is applied to your hair, it gets to work, strengthening the natural bonds in your hair, and taking some of the damage itself.

Does Smartbond Change the Colour?

In short, no, Smartbond doesn’t interfere with the way your colour looks. If you’ve been having your hair coloured for years, you won’t need to change anything.

However without any help from Smartbond, colour can sometimes look uneven as damaged hair may not take colour as well as it could.

Does Smartbond Add Any Time to the Appointment?

Smartbond is a system with at least 2 steps.  First we add the Smartbond Additive into the colour before we apply it to your hair, then develop as normal.

Second, we add a Smartbond Pre-Shampoo at the basin during the hair wash. This second step must process for 10 extra minutes before shampooing as normal.

An optional third step is the at-home conditioner, which you can use every day to prolong the effects and continue to strengthen your hair.

Who Should Use Smartbond?

Anyone undergoing a chemical service should use Smartbond.

If it is your first time colouring or toning your hair, it will limit the damage, leave you with softer, stronger, and healthier hair than you started with, and will get you closer to your perfect result.

If you regularly colour your hair, it will prevent further damage to the hair that has already been coloured and will protect and strengthen the new growth. As your hair grows you will notice the difference more and more as you continue to use it at every colour appointment.

Smartbond isn’t reserved for huge colour transformations either. While customers going from brown to pink will definitely feel the benefits, if you’re booked in for your 6-week root touch-up or some Tiger Eye colour you will still walk away with amazing hair.

Alessandra and Ruben use L’Oreal Smartbond on model Cara.

What do you think? Will you be adding Smartbond to your next colour service?

Hair Trend: Tiger Eye Colour

Tiger eye colour: Marie Claire has hailed it as THE hair colour for 2017, set to match the likes of the ombre and balayage as the go-to hair colour trend. InStyle has described it as the perfect transitional colour to bring you into the lightness and sweetness of summer. Celebrities like Jessica Alba and Chrissy Teigen have shown off their tiger eye-inspired locks on red carpets and social media. Are you ready to try the new favourite hair colour for 2017?

What is Tiger Eye Colour?

No, we’re not suggesting we add white, black, and orange stripes to your hair. Instead, we would add bits of gold, brown, and caramel through the lengths and ends of darker hair. This adds warmth, dimension, and intensity to what can be an otherwise flat colour palette.

Tiger eye gets its name from the tiger eye stone, which contains a mixture of browns and golds. In some cultures, the stone represents healing, balance, and protection against evil. Bonus!

Why Should I Try It?

Tiger eye is a perfect transitional colour to take you out of winter and into the warmer months. Starting with a deep base means that you won’t look to out of place while we wait for spring to spring, and your hair won’t lighten too much on its own without strong sunshine to bleach it. The placement of the different lighter tones mean you won’t have to completely overhaul your hair once you’re ready to start adding more lightness to it come summertime. All-in-all, it’s as low-maintenance as the ombre and balayage, but will give your hair a fresh update ready to greet the sun.

Who Should Try It?

Tiger eye is a form of highlighting, so naturally would look great for people with mid-length to long hair. However people with shorter hair can also rock this trend! Just be sure to book in with a colourist who is skilled at colour placement to avoid a patchy or striped look.

Folks starting out with a darker base would find it easiest to give this trend a try. However if you’ve got lighter colour and want to venture to the dark side too, book in for a consultation with a colourist before making your appointment. And no matter what you’re starting with, always be sure to ask about adding a colour protecting additive such as L’Oreal’s Smartbond or Merlin Colour Protect.

What do you think? Will you be one of the first to try out this new hair trend? Call in to book a free consultation with one of our colourists today! xx