Are you a bit of a hair colour addict? If you regularly empty your wallet to get a gorgeous new do, or wish that you could, you’re in the right place. We have the solution to your hair colour woes: do it yourself – at home!
While home hair dye used to have a bit of a bad reputation, nowadays the advances in hair colour technology mean that you can easily recreate some of your favourite on-trend looks yourself. All you need is a little direction.
We’ve hand-picked three of the hottest trends for you to try. All you need is the dye!
Take hair-spiration straight from the bakery aisle this spring. No, really. The Cinnamon Swirl is 2016’s take on Balayage, a bronde blend (bronde being the new ombré) that’s been growing in popularity season after season. It’s a casual but defined blend of honey, nutmeg and cinnamon tones, with a deep blonde thrown in (think Elle Macpherson meets J.Lo). The browns and caramels warm up complexions while the blonde streaks bounce light off the face for a flattering finish.
To create this 3D-effect yourself, go for an old-school Balayage kit. We love L’Oréal Préférence Glam Highlights No2 Permanent Hair Colour. This colourist in a box makes mixing and matching blonde and cinnamon tones super-easy. Get extra ‘pro’ points by using the kit’s brush to really swirl the colour in – yep, do think of that bakery item. Instead of just running the bristles down the hair shaft, work the mid-lengths to ends around in a little circle as you add the colour to really create definition.
Not blonde enough? Top up your lighter bits every few weeks by smoothing L’Oréal Casting Sunkissed Jelly over your blonde sections. And to keep your Cinnamon Swirl colour ultra-shiny, spritz on Aussie Miracle Recharge Take The Heat Leave-In Conditioner every time you reach for the straighteners or tongs.
DIY RATING: 3/5
The Ronze age
Copper and bronze have teamed up to create this hot red hue. Ronze is a lot more wearable than its auburn cousins, which is why it’s big colour news this spring. It follows on from the lighter rose gold versions that have been filtering down from the catwalks over the last few years. It’s easy to achieve, washes out gently (so you won’t be left with an obvious colour change overnight or stained bath towels) and complements all skin tones.
Mixing bowls at the ready. It’s time to concoct a beauty treat – and you’re the Head Chef. To create the perfect shade of Ronze, mix Clairol Nice ’n Easy Natural Golden Permanent Hair Dye with Nice ’n Easy No Ammonia Light Golden Red 93 Hair Dye. Blend the two together using an old wooden spoon and plastic bowl.
Make sure the colours are well combined (to ensure an even tone all over) before smoothing over the hair, then combing through. Prevent fading and nourish every strand by using an intense conditioning treatment, Garnier Ultimate Blends Colour Illuminator Balm once a week – it works extra-hard if you use it while you’re in the bath, thanks to the steam.
DIY RATING: 4/5
There’s one hair hue that never goes out of fashion. Blonde. From old-school Hollywood stars (think Marilyn) to current celebs like Rita Ora, it’s a classic. It gets an update every year, though, so there’s always a new shade to style out.
This spring, all hail Platinum Blonde. Seriously light and seriously bright, it’s the shade of the season – but not one to go for if you don’t like being noticed!
The easiest of our spring shades to recreate at home – Vidal Sassoon Salonist 9/1 Light Cool Blonde Permanent Hair Dye is our go-to – you can’t get much brighter than this (honestly).
However, the aftercare can be trickier. If you don’t use the right products the tone can fade and you’ll wind up brassy. Play it safe with John Frieda Sheer Blonde Tone-Correcting Shampoo and add a moisture injection with John Frieda Sheer Everlasting Blonde Deep Conditioner
DIY RATING: 5/5
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