New to Hair Colour?

Top Tips For First Time Hair Colour Clients From Michelle Marshall Hair Salon In Cardiff

Are you fed up with your hair colour?  Perhaps you’re feeling your natural colour needs a boost or considering covering the first signs of grey?  We know it can seem pretty daunting when you first consider colouring your hair, which is why at Michelle Marshall hair salon in Cardiff we’re ready to answer all your questions about colouring hair for the first time… 

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Step One – Book a Hair Colour Consultation

The first step to take on your new hair colour journey is to book in for one of our in-depth hair colour consultations.  The aim of the service is to help you fully understand what’s involved in transforming your hair colour and maintaining your new look.   One of our expert team will talk you through your hair history, hair goals, budget and preferences, and then recommend the services we can offer to you.   Find out more about our consultations here.

A Skin Test Is Essential Before Your First Hair Colour Appointment

It’s important that you have a quick patch test at least 48 hours prior to your colour appointment to test for any allergies to the Redken hair colour products we use.  The test only takes seconds, and will be carried out at your consultation appointment.  All we do is dab a small amount of colour behind your ear which you should wipe away after 30 minutes (or sooner if it feels itchy or sore).  If you have had no reaction within 48 hours, we can go ahead with your hair colour.  Please note that we won’t be able to colour your hair without a record of a patch test.

If you suffer from sensitive skin we recommend  Redken Chromatics colour range, which is ammonia-free.  The range delivers radiant multi-dimensional colours whilst strengthening your hair and leaving it in fantastic condition.

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First Time Hair Colour – Which Hair Colour Will Suit Me? 

There are many reasons why people decide to start colouring their hair.  Some people love a change and trying an exciting new colour is a perfect way to revamp your look.  Others just want to boost their natural shade or might simply want to blend in a few grey hairs.  Whatever your reason for deciding to colour your hair, this will help you decide on the right colour for you.

During your hair colour consultation, our expert colourists will work with you to help you choose the shade that will work perfectly with your skin tone, hair condition, aspirations and budget.  Here are a few suggestions for you to consider.

Fashion Hair Colours – Brights & Pastels

Women of all ages – and increasingly men too – are making a big statement when it comes to their hair colour with vibrant fashion shades.  If you are new to hair colour and want to turn heads, you could consider an array of bright colours including vivid blues, mint greens, pretty pinks and fashionable corals.  These can be used alone or together to create totally unique colour combinations! 

Natural-Looking Hair Colouring – Balayage 

If you would prefer a more natural-looking hair colour, consider balayage.  Balayage is a popular technique that involves colour being hand-painted painted onto certain sections of the hair with a brush. It can give your hair instant brightness via fashionable face-framing highlights, or through a lighter colour being applied toward the ends of the hair, leading to slightly darker roots.

Boost Your Natural Hair Colour & Hide Grey Hair

If you love your natural hair colour but want it to look richer and healthier, consider trying highlights or lowlights.  These can also be a great way to blend in grey hairs.  With several Master Colour Experts at Michelle Marshall Salon, we have the experience to find precisely the right colour combination to suit you best.

Should I Choose Temporary or Permanent Hair Colour? 

Temporary Hair Colour – A temporary hair dye will wash out after a few shampoos, so this could be a good option if you are new to hair colour and aren’t sure if it’s for you. Remember, though, that you can only go darker than your natural shade with temporary hair colour product.  If you want to lighten your hair, you will require a semi-permanent or permanent dye.

Semi-Permanent Hair Colour – You can achieve longer-lasting colour with a semi-permanent shade.   This is an ideal solution if you want to subtly boost your natural hair colour or cover your first grey hairs.

Permanent Hair Colour – Permanent hair dye works by lifting the cuticles along the hair shaft and depositing the colour inside each hair strand.   Your colour will not wash out and will be permanent.  As your hair grows, your roots will need re-touching, usually every eight weeks or so.  

How To Care For Coloured Hair 

Once you’ve had your hair coloured for the first time, you’ll want to keep it looking glossy and vibrant.  Your Michelle Marshall colour technician will supply you with full details, but these are a few pointers.

Hair colour care starts in the salon as part of the dyeing process itself, where we can add specialist treatments during the process to protect the bonds of the hair from damage.  

One of the latest innovations for Redken is the Flash Lift pH Bonder, which allows us to lift your hair colour whilst simultaneously protecting your hair’s strength and condition.  We have introduced Redken pH Bonder into all of our colour services in salon to protect your hair.  We also recommend the pH Bonder at home Post Service Protector which should be used weekly for optimum results.

Book Your Hair Colour Consultation at Michelle Marshall Hairdressing Salon in Cardiff

Call Michelle Marshall Salon on 029 2061 1566 to start your hair colour journey today. Alternatively book online using the pop up button to the right of the screen. 

We look forward to making your life more colourful!