What it really takes to colour your hair

Thanks to social media; it appears your favourite celebrity or vlogger goes from raven black to peachy platinum blonde in an instant and vice versa. The reality is that colouring hair just doesn’t work like that and hair colouring experts need to educate clients about achieving the look they want. All this while maintaining optimal healthy hair!

To start with, us hair colouring experts like our Maz at Sogo have spent years learning about hair colour. She swallows a chill pill when a client comes in demanding the latest rainbow colours. Maz then gets down to a bit of detective work to uncover the history of the clients’ hair. Taking time to screen and understand an individual’s hair ensures results exceed expectations and maintain or improve its condition.

At Sogo, this screening process gives us an accurate picture of a client’s hair history, even before we touch their hair. It involves us looking at your selfies (social media can be helpful), understanding your goals, unlocking your hair’s history. We do this by testing hair strands.

Check out a test strand we have completed

Image of natural brown strand of hair taken from client

Natural brown hair taken from a client

Image of original strand  4 shades lighter

We took the original strand 4 shades lighter

Image of the original strand 9 shades darker to black

Here we’ve taken the strand 9 shades darker to black

Image of original strand of hair with various colour processes worked through

Now we stripped out the black. On the left we used a gentle colour eliminator to remove artificial colour and on the right we used bleach with 20 vol. Notice that it’s not as even colour and it’s darker. We never recommend bleaching out preexisting colour.

Image of original strand that's been overbleached and is fried

Over bleaching the strand to remove old dark colour – it’s fried!!

A desire for a dramatic change in colour requires communication and commitment. Honest communication from your hair colour expert to understand whether the look you want to achieve is actually achievable. Where the desired results are achievable, commitment to understanding that it may take more than one go to achieve those results. Commitment to using recommended products and undertaking the additional steps to a daily/weekly routine to maintain the best condition, wellbeing of hair and look. This takes time to put together, yet it helps expert hair colourists know steps to take to give clients the look they want.

Going to a salon which does not offer a screening service when looking to colour hair, could have drastic consequences.  Worst case scenario is hair strands could quite literally fry and compromise the structural integrity of a client’s hair. Our rather strict screening makes sure that we will know how your hair will react to a particular colour treatment. We can then experiment to find the right colour options for you.

To recap, share your hair goals with your hair colour expert and make sure they test strands. It’s a small price to pay to get the colour you want. All good hair colouring experts can let off a sigh of relief and hold their heads up high when clients understand that they take this precaution for the respect they have for themselves, their work and their client’s hair. It’s all about your hair after all.