Over a 13 year period I have worked for some of Dublin city centre's top salons , reaching the L'OREAL colour trophy final in 2006 and was voted colourist of the year 2007 and 2008
while in the employ of my last company . I've been lucky to train with some of the best , both here and in the UK with courses including advanced colour at L'OREAL Kensington , alternative
colour at TONI & GUY and creative colour with Carolyn Newman of CHARLES WORTHINGTON LONDON
I now work as a freelance mobile colourist available for home visits across most of Dublin offering a full range of colour services
The most common complaint I hear from new clients is an unwanted yellow or orange tone . There are several reasons for this , the number 1 being an overuse of golden tones .
These can come from low-lights or hi-lift blondes which when used on natural hair below a certain depth or with an already naturally golden tone will produce a yellow appearance .
If you're looking for a clean blonde the way to solve this is to combine ash low-lights with your brighter blondes . Many people can be put off by the mention of using ash tones ,
fearing that this may give a dull or greyish appearance . However when used correctly ash will simply nuetralise the existing yellow or orange tones leaving you with a clean and striking blonde .
The tones in your natural hair are very important when it comes to choosing a low-light to accompany your blonde and far too often the same 3 colours are used regardless , which in many cases leads
to that dreaded yellow tone . This is where in-depth consultation and the knowledge of a colourist will give you a better result .
Full Head : 60 . 00
Half Head : 40 . 00
Baliage : 50 . 00
With tinting it's all about working in tandem with your natural skintone and percentage of grey . With a higher percentage of grey , vibrant colours should be avoided as they will fade more quickly ,
exaggerate your regrowth and often not give full coverage . Choosing the depth of colour is important too in that you won't usually want to go any more than a shade darker than your natural colour as
this can make you look washed out and once again exaggerate your regrowth
Tint / Semi : 25 . 00
Fashion colour typically involves placing slices or blocks of colour to hi light certain aspects of a cut. These can range from loudly vibrant to a subtle glow with the idea of giving you an individual
look . Layered or choppy cuts can benefit hugely from carefully placed sections of colour with curly hair in particular gaining dimension and depth . One advantage of this approach is low maintanence .
With colour placement usually sitting underneath the bulk of your hair you don't need to be concerned with tending to a regrowth every 6 weeks . But the main advantage really is getting a tailored look to
suit your own style .
Prices range from 50 . 00 to 90 . 00
Colour correction will usually involve going from blonde to a darker colour or vice versa . In the case of swapping your blonde for a darker shade there are numerous factors to consider .
The condition of your hair will be the main one that determines the outcome . If your hair is porous or damaged from overhighlighting or straightening , a darker shade will fade very quickly
leaving you with a washed out looking tone . If you are considering such a change and feel your hair is a little weak it will need to be strengthened 1st to achieve the best results .
The Kerastase Resistance Range is ideal for the job . For more information head to the products section . The most important factor in darkening your hair is replacing the pigment which is lost
when highlighting . Your hair consists a certain amount of invisible red and orange tones and if these are not replaced the result is a dull and flat tone .
This is a bit of a miracle product . If you're wondering how celebrities manage to go from dark to blonde in a short space of time this is the secret . It comes into its own if you're looking to go for a second application of bleach but is worth the investment even if that's not your goal . With no silicone or oils it links broken bonds and will add strength and shine . Primarily used during colour application the range also offers an aftercare treatment which massively benefits processed hairWHERE TO BUY
Without question one of the best product ranges I've come across . From time to time I'll have to refuse colouring a client's hair because of damage caused through over processing whether it be from colouring or GHD use . In those cases I always recommend the Resistance range which will in the space of a month strengthen the hair enough to be colouredWHERE TO BUY
If you've got curly hair you'll know all too well how difficult it can be to find a product that can hold a style without being heavy or greasy .
TIGI have got it nailed with the curls rock range . Super definition and hold without being uncomfortable to wear
I've suffered with dry scalp in the past and working in a salon I've come across numerous shampoos . While I won't claim that everything in the Kerastase range is amazing , this is the second one on my list of essential products . Generally shampoos that treat dry scalp or dandruff can be very harsh on the hair itself but not so with Bain ExfoliantWHERE TO BUY
Daddy-O works to add volume and shine to your hair. It's the lemon and organic lime juice which allow the cuticles to lie flat and reflect more light, helping the hair to shine. Includes an infusion from toothed wrack seaweed and organic lemons, that cleanses and softens.WHERE TO BUY
Brighten your blonde with Oribe's illuminating shampoo infused with the label's signature complex to defeat deterioration of keratin, pure violet pigment to keep tone intact, and coconut cleansers for optimum shine.WHERE TO BUY
Pureology concentrates on color with this ZeroSulfate shampoo specifically made for redheads. Infused with essential oils, including coconut, olive, jojoba, and an OLEO Anti-Fade Complex, each cuticle is sealed to prevent loss of pigment.WHERE TO BUY
When looking for new colour ideas be prepared to widen your search . The latest movies will often have interesting and fresh takes on both style and colour . Coverage of fashion shows can often be found on youtube . Central St Martins college of fashion and design is one search that will always yield new ideas . To stay ahead of the curve remember that like recurring fashions , hairstyles and colours are recycled .
A classic example is the recurrence of the bob , a la Jennifer Aniston , or loud and vibrant colours which are then slightly altered to be made more modern . Recent years have seen a trend towards more natural and subtle colours but sooner
In much the same way that a pair of glasses should suit the shape of your face or the colour of clothing should suit your complexion , when it comes to your hair , choosing the right shade to compliment your skin tone will immediately make you look more healthy and vice versa for the wrong shade. For example if you have a pinkish skin tone and are looking for something warm , red should be avoided.
A mahogany tone would be softer and more complimentary . When it comes to fashion colour , choosing a technique to match your cut and using colour placement to complement the shape of your face are the keys to creating a tailored look.
To get the best from your colour the right shampoo and conditioner is a must and Loreals Kerastase ( click for Irish suppliers ) range covers every need. For hair coloured blonde or regularly straightened (ghd) the Resistance range helps to strengthen and replace the moisture lost during these processes. For darker shades, particularly reds and coppers Bain Mirroir helps to prevent fade and maintains vibrancy.
If you're lucky enough to take sun holidays the Soleil Range will protect and condition your hair and colour against the elements . If you swim frequently this will also be of benefit. Lighter blondes may often find their colour taking on a yellow or greenish tinge . This is most likely caused by a build up of lime or zinc in the water supply . Bain Exfoliant which is normally recommended to treat dry scalp will prevent this build up and should be used once a week
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