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Choosing your next hair colour is no easy feat, do you go lighter, darker, a different colour all together? Then you have to consider the spectrum of tones that exist within each colour. Do you pick ice blonde, ash blonde? And just to top it off, when you finally find a colour, you have to check that it will actually suit you, rather than washing you out *kisses ice blonde dreams goodbye*.
Quite frankly, it’s exhausting. But it helps when you have basic knowledge of what cool and warm hair shades actually look like, as well as an understanding of your skin's colouring. That’s why we’ve put together a handy colour guide to help you on your way. So go crazy girl, become that blonde bombshell or that fiery redhead that you’ve always dreamed of.
Identify your skin tone
To uncover your undertones, look at your wrists. If you see blue or purple veins, that’s an indicator that your skin tone is cool. If you see greenish-looking veins, then your skin has warm undertones. For those that see both, you’re most likely neutral, lucky devils.
If you’re still unsure, here’s a little trick to try. Put in silver earrings or a silver necklace and look in the mirror, then switch to gold. What colour looks better? Cooler skin tones look more radiant in silver, but gold jewellery pops against warm skin.
Now that you’ve identified your skin’s undertones, you can pick a colour that will suit you. A good rule of thumb to follow is to choose a colour that is opposite to your undertones. So warm skin tones should pick cooler colours and vice versa.
So what colour should you go for?
Platinum, ice, silver, ash, sand, beige, champagne
These shades are great on porcelain skinned gals (and guys) with reddish undertones, since those icy hues tend to neutralise redness. They also look fab if you have warm skin with warm undertones.
Gold, caramel, honey, butterscotch
Fair skin with cool undertones looks better with warm tones. We’re thinking strawberry blondes, copper, honey, and gold. These colours also tend to be better for those with olive or deep skin.
Red, dark auburn, burgundy
Red is a really great option if you have pale skin with red in it. Those with warm, peachy complexions will also see their skin pop with cooler, auburn reds.
Strawberry blonde, copper, amber
Strawberry blonde colours are great on fair and neutral skin tones. A light, warm red colour counteracts cool tones in pale skin. If you have deep skin and you’re wanting to become a red head, opt for a cooler, brown-tinged auburn instead.
Dark chocolate, chestnut, dark auburn, mocha
It's pretty hard to go wrong with brown as it’s very flattering for most skin types but cooler browns look particularly striking on those with warm skin. For those with deeper skin, lightening from black to deep mocha brown can look really gorgeous.
Caramel, honey, golden brown, amber, mahogany
If you have medium skin, picking one of these colours that contrasts with your complexion will look amazing. Caramel brown shades look best with skin tones on the lighter side of olive, with a bit more yellow and green tones to them. These colours look really beautiful on a base or roots that are naturally dark.
True black, espresso, blue-black, Liquorice
Just like everything, black comes in all kind of shapes and sizes (well just colours, but you get the drift). Different tones of black look completely different and suit different people. A cooler shade can be a tad harsh on those with fair, cool skin, but for those with warmer or neutral undertones, it has a dramatic, porcelain effect on the complexion. The same applies to olive skin.
Dark mocha, brown-black
Cool blacks look great on deep skin, but adding chocolatey tones is a flattering way to warm it up. Those with fair, cool skin who really want to go dark should opt for a warm black, rather than something cooler.
All the colours of the rainbow
For rainbow or unicorn hair, there is no rule. We fully encourage you to be as crazy as you possibly can and let your creativity shine through. Darker skin tends to look washed out if paired with paler shades, while saturated hues enhance deeper skin tones. Just remember that these colours will fade quicker so make sure you are armed with good quality, colour protecting products.
If you’re still unsure, pop in for a free consultation.
We all love beautiful, bouncy curls. But do you know what’s better? Beautiful, bouncy curls that don’t drop after five minutes.
To make sure your curls last all day, we’ve put together our top tips and tricks
1. It all begins in the shower, or not
The perfect, long lasting curls start in the shower, or rather not the shower. Grit and texture in your hair is more likely to make your curls last, so if you can avoid if, don’t wash your hair before curling it. Dry shampoo can work wonders if you are worried that your hair looks oily.
However, if you do need to wash your hair, skip the conditioner as this can make your hair too soft and slippery and will lead to your curls falling out faster.
2. Preparation is key
As we mentioned above, it’s important for your hair to have the right texture to hold curls and this can be achieved with the right products. Before you start curling your hair, apply a voluminising, thickening mousse from your roots to your ends. Mousse, like hairspray contains alcohol, so it removes moisture from your hair and enhances grit and hold.
3. Use the right products
The way most women cause the majority of damage to their hair is through heat styling so it’s really important that you use a heat protectant before you start curling.
Help your curls last all day and night with a good holding hairspray.
Once you’re done curling, finish with a texturising spray. It’s light so won’t weigh your curls down which will allow them to stay bouncier for longer. If you feel you need more volume, add a small amount of styling powder.
4. Invest in your tools
If you aren’t already, switch to using good quality styling tools. If you think your hair drops quickly, this might be the reason why.
High-end curling irons and wands are usually coated with tourmaline or ceramic, which are proven to cause less damage to your hair. They may be more expensive but they are less damaging and they heat up better so you will apply heat for a shorter period of time, plus they will last you years - worth the investment. If you’re not sure what to go for, just ask one of our stylists next time you’re in or drop us a message.
5. Size is important - barrel size that is
Barrel size is really important because the tightness of your curls goes hand in hand with how they will wear and fall. Generally speaking, the smaller the barrel size, the tighter the curl and the longer it will last.
You should also consider the difference between a warn and an iron, which will give you different types of curls. A curling iron is usually ideal for those tight curls, while a curling wand gives you more freedom to customise your curls. Sometimes though, all you need is a different technique to achieve larger or smaller curls, using the same tool.
6. Cool your curls
One of the most effective tricks on how to get your curls to stay is to let the curl cool down and set before letting it go. Take each fresh curl and secure its spiral shape with a clip, take the clip out once your hair has cooled down. The longer you can leave it, the better.
Don’t have time? Hit that cool button on your hair dryer.
7. Keep your curls tight
Once your curls have cooled down and you’ve unclipped them, toss your head back and gently shake out the curls. Run your fingers through your hair to break them up but be sure to leave them a lighter tighter than you want them as your curls will drop out slightly. Leaving them a bit tighter will ensure your curls last longer than they would have and when you’ve got to where your want to go, they will be perfect.
8. Your curls still aren’t holding?
This could be a sign that your hair is overly damaged as damaged hair doesn’t hold styles well. It’s time to give your hair some much needed TLC. Pop in for a good trim and a conditioning treatment. You can book any service online using our booking system.
At lk hair we love to keep people up to date, either with a text message/email before to remind you of an upcoming appointment or sometimes a quick question about your experience at the salon. We hope you enjoy using our services and please always feel free to let us have your thoughts.
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