If there is one thing I really love, it’s getting my hair done.
My hair has changed more than I can keep track of… I’ve had platinum blonde hair, long hair, short hair, purple hair, violet hair, green hair, red hair, black hair, pink hair, ginger hair, ombre hair, bronde hair, a mohawk, you name it…
It is such a fun way of reinventing yourself. I asked Mel from Hair Mobile to come over to my home and do something fun with my hair… yeah you read right, she comes to you. It works great for me as I have a little baby and it is such a mission to organize a babysitter and pack his stuff.
We decided on trying something new – Blue/Tealish and brown ombre… I love it! I just cannot take a photo that properly represents how awesome the colours are! Anyway, you are just going to have to take my word for it. This is how it turned out…
Thinking of doing a funky fashion colour? If you’re not completely sure which color is for you, you can always opt for a dye that’s semi-permanent, or go for an ombre look that’s a bit more subtle. Here are some of they latest trends in fashion hair colours followed by some tips and FAQ from Mel…
The biggest trend is Grey… and it looks HOT!
Next we have the blue shades, a firm favourite amongst the celebs…
Another stunning colour trend is Pink on Blonde…
Aubergine is also huge for the upcoming Winter month..
So which one are you going to try?
Here Are Some Tips and Answers To FAQ from Mel…
Q1: How Do I Care For Fashion Colour Hair?
When it comes to lasting color, you’re better off being discerning about which color you choose. Going from blonde to raven can be a fun switch up, for example, but a color so far from your own is likely to require more frequent maintenance. Plus, the fading will be obvious. Red for example is the color most prone to fading because the molecules are larger than other colors and less stable.
Do not wash your hair a few days before a color the natural oils your scalp produces help strands hang on to color. Also, try to avoid washing your locks for a couple of days after you have a color. You’ll be giving your hair a chance to completely absorb color. The better and more locked in it is at the start, the better it will look over time.
Avoid Alcohol-Heavy Products – You may have figured out by now that the name of the no-fade game is keeping hair healthy, absorbent and hydrated. Dried out hair loses color fast and makes what color is left look sad and tired. Before you apply any product like hairspray or gel, look at the label. If alcohol is listed within the top five ingredients, skip it.
The shampoo you use is a big deal – I can not stress this enough! Shampoos and conditioners that claim to protect color-treated hair aren’t just an ad gimmick. They’ll help prevent fading, unlike other hair cleansing products. Look for those that are made for your shade and use them if you can. Definitely avoid using a “clarifying” shampoo right before or after your hair is colored. Try cut out the shops shampoos that’s filled with sulphates, rather opt for a professional shampoo – it will hydrate your hair, protect your color and make it soft and shiny.
The sun, drying products and heat-styling are definitely to blame for fading color, but there’s usually a bigger culprit: just plain water. When you shower and how you shower makes a difference. Keep your hair out of the direct line of water your shower head emits, unless you’re rinsing. Hot water dries out hair, making it more porous and more prone to color being washed away. So when you’re rinsing, take the temp down to lukewarm or even cold, if you can handle it. The less you wash your hair with shampoo (even color-protecting shampoos), the more color you’re keeping on your strands. Invest in dry shampoo to use in between washes and consider wearing a shower cap on days you’re not washing.
Q2: How Long Until It Washes Out?
All the fashion colors I use last between 4-12 weeks. But this is not to say yours will last this long, all our hair is different – the texture, porosity and how much we wash and heat style varies.
The more often you color, the better it lasts, the color kind of builds on each other making it more intense and longer lasting.
Q3: Is It Bad For Your Hair?
All the fashion colors I use is conditioning or vegetable based and does NOT contain ammonia, lead, PPD (Arylamines), Sulfonamides, sulfones, sulfa drugs, and Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), to name but a few . Some of the shades is vegetable-based rinses which act by coating the hair shaft with botanical extracts such as blackberry, boysenberry, licorice root, chaparral, nettle, red sorrel, black walnut and other color pigments. These substances do not penetrate the hair shaft, plus they give the hair more shine and make it feel thicker and fuller. The coating action may also aid in protecting the hair from environmental elements such as sun, salt, chlorine and assorted pollutants. The down side is that the effect is short-lived, lasting a few weeks.
Q4: Is the products natural/safe?
As mentioned above the fashion colour is chemical free and made out of veg extracts and condition based.
• Aloe Vera
• Bergamont Fruit
• Citric Acid
• Citrus Extracts
• Coconut Oil
• Coconut Plant
• Organic Comfrey Root
• Fennel Seed
• Grapefruit Seed Extracts
• Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
• Jojoba Seed
• Organic Lichen Extract
• Organic Orange Peel Extracts
• Licorice root
• Black walnut
• Sea Mayweed
• Soy Oil
• Sunflower Extracts
• Sweet Almonds
• Organic Vitamin B5
• Organic Vitamin C
• Organic Vitamin E
• White Willow Bark
• Organically Grown Geranium
• Amino Acids
I have never had a problem as far as safety is concerned, I don’t always wear gloves (and recently I have developed a severe allergy for hair color with chemicals) and haven’t had any allergic reactions to the color, nor has my clients. I will however not try and eat/ drink it just to be super safe 😉 .
Q5: So How Much Will This Cost?
R180-R350 (Half to full head)
R 20 Per foil (Just a touch of amazingness)
Price depends solemnly on the length and amount of hair being colored, not on the color.
Please be advised that colors are subject to availability, there might not always be stock in the shade you desire.
Q6: Do I Have To Pre-Bleach/Lighten My Hair?
It is not always necessary to pre-lighten the hair, many clients already have amazing blond locks and we can use the fashion shade of their choice directly onto their natural blond hair.
Here is a guideline to knowing if you should bleach or not:
For Red Shades
• If you have blonde hair, and are aiming for a vibrant red, you won’t need to bleach it.
• If your hair is mid-brown or darker, and you’re aiming for a vibrant red, you’ll need to bleach it a shade lighter
• If your hair is mid brown and you’re aiming for a vampy, darker red, you won’t need to bleach it, as long as you’re using a bright red hair dye.
• If your hair is mid brown and you’re aiming for a vampy, darker red, and using a dark red hair dye, you will need to bleach it.
• If you hair is black and you’re aiming for any colour, you will need to bleach it.
Red based colors are the easiest to color your hair with to get the desired result, because the hair’s natural colour is already red-based. When black hair is bleached, it goes through various stages of brown -> orange -> yellow -> white, because hair’s underlying tones are red/yellow. Therefore, when you color your hair red, the colours don’t cancel each other out as much as say, blue hair color.
When you apply blue color to your hair, two things happen:
• The blue color darkens, because red (the natural underlying tones of your hair) will cancel out the blue wavelengths.
• The blue colour combines with the red/yellow tones, and doesn’t stay that same shade of blue anymore – it usually starts leaning more towards green.
So for any cool shades ( blue, green, lilac, turquoise etc)
• If you have blonde hair, and are aiming for a vibrant blue, you won’t need to bleach it.
• If your hair is mid-brown or darker, and you’re aiming for a vibrant blue, you’ll need to bleach it lighter
• If your hair is mid brown and you’re aiming for a Teal/ navy blue, you will need to bleach it a shade lighter
• If you hair is any shade of orange/copper/red and you’re aiming for any cool color, you will need to bleach it.
I hope you found this helpful!