I get it - sometimes you’ve got a special event coming up, or time or finances just won’t allow for you to get your hair coloured as often as you’d like. You’re doing your food shop and that box dye is just calling out to you. DON’T DO IT! It won’t end well and will end up costing you more time and money in the long run when you do go back to your stylist. We’re not ogres - we aren’t going to ‘tell you off’ but we do get a bit disappointed, mostly because it makes both our and your lives a bit more difficult. And ultimately, we never want you to be disappointed with your hair.

But with that in mind - here’s 5 ways you CAN refresh your colour without upsetting your stylist:

1. Talk to your stylist about a glossing treatment, semi-permanent colour or toner in between your main colour appointments. These are both time and cost effective ways of keeping your colour fresher for longer - and often mean you can stretch the time between your big colour service a little bit longer.

2. Find out if your stylist offers a ‘take home’ product designed for freshening up colour in between appointments. Or if not, can they source you one? They are ‘wash in’ colours that are easy and safe to use at home. Great to keep in the cupboard for that ‘quick fix’ when you can’t get to the salon or for keeping those vibrant colours vibrant.

3. If you have vibrant colours, they’re most likely semi-permanent and fading is something that comes with the territory. Ask your stylist if they can put a dollop of your colour into your conditioner to take home to help keep your colour fresh - be prepared that your stylist will ask you to purchase your professional conditioner from them if they’re going to do this. We’re not being greedy, we just need to know you’re using the right aftercare and the colour is going to do what it’s supposed to when we add it in.

4. Try a temporary root concealer. These come in a variety of shades and types, from sprays, sticks to eyeshadow-like powders. Find the type that works for you and apply it just to those ‘problem areas’ the hairline and parting. But be warned, some of them will build up in the hair and all of them need to be thoroughly washed out before a salon colour is applied. If you aren’t able to do this before your salon visit, be sure to let your stylist know so they can allow extra time to do it before your appointment, and be prepared for a small extra charge for this.

5. DON’T rely on Google for advice - ‘cheap ways to refresh your colour’ advise everything from coffee grounds, to Kool Aid, to various condiments, herbs and spices! Whilst they may be ‘natural’ these products aren’t designed to colour your hair. They can stain it irreversibly so even bleach won’t shift it, give unreliable results, and affect the result of your next salon colour. Leave that stuff in your kitchen cupboard where it belongs!!

Ok, so that last one was a don’t, not a do, but it was kind of important.

And last but not least, if you have done ANYTHING to your colour since your last appointment with your stylist. Even if you fell off the wagon, got desperate and put on a box colour. Or used a ‘wash in, wash out’ colour and it’s all gone now. Please, please, please BE HONEST. Tell your stylist before they work on your hair again. We’re not going to get mad or tell you off - I promise! But we do need to know in case we need to change our approach to your colour or perform extra tests to make sure we get the result we were expecting without compromising condition.

Remember - our main goal as colourists is to give you the beautiful colour of your dreams, without compromising the condition of your hair. But we need your help to do that.

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