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Three Commonly Asked Questions About Going Blonde For The First Time

Three Commonly Asked Questions

About Going Blonde For The First Time

Trigg Hair Studio | Hairdresser Trigg Scarborough North Beach Watermans ay Karinyup Duncraig Carine Sorrento

Three commonly asked question about going blonde for the first time by you are….

Will the lightening process dry out my hair?

Great question!

Hair lightening products are not all created equal. This means some lightening products are of a much better quality than others. To be sure your hair stylist is using premium products rather than the cheaper more drying ones, just ask them. You can even ask them for the brand and do some research yourself. Ideally having a stylist that you know and trust is the easiest way.

We use Premium Davines colour at Trigg Hair Studio, you can see more about Davines here

It’s also important to know that the process of lightening the hair will swell the hair fiber. Swelling causes damage to your hair even if your stylist is using the most amazing and gentle products on the market. If your hair is in good condition and premium products are used, your hair will still feel amazing. In fact, you may find that the increased body after the lightening process, will make your hair easier to style and stay cleaner for longer.

Can I still use my hot tools?

Hot tool use in your hair is all about how often you do it, the type of hair you have and the protection you’re giving your locks.

Hot tools take moisture out of your hair every time you use them. Once you’ve had a lightening process your hair is a more susceptible to damage so you want to do it as little as possible.

Part of this is not just the fact you’ve lightened your hair but what sort of hair you have on your head in the first place. If your hair in fine and wispy it will be more prone to damage than if you have thick hair fibres.

Lastly you can use a heat protection spray before styling to help protect your hair from the heat. Chat to your stylist about a great recommendation here.

We recommend Juuce Heat Shield RRP 28.95

If you’d like to read more about what the effect of hot tools on your hair, you can read our previous blog here

I swim regularly, is that ok?

You have to live your life and swimming is great for the mind and body. However, without protection your hair can suffer. You can use a defense type product before and after swimming which can help repel chlorine or salt from your hair. Combine this type of product with rinsing and cleansing your hair as soon as possible after the swim and you should be fine.

We recommend Juuce Solar Endz for this RRP $28.95

There you have it, the three most commonly asked questions about going blonde for the first time. If you have any others you can book below for a complimentary consultation at Trigg Hair Studio.

If you’d like to book an appointment to discuss going blonde in our Trigg WA location, the details to make a booking can be found here.

Booking link here

Whats A Toner Anyway?

What’s A Toner Anyway

Sam Macdonald Hair | Hairdresser Trigg Scarborough North Beach Sorrento Karinyup Carine Duncraig City Beach Wembley Downs | Hairdresser

A toner is used in typically used in two ways on blonded level hair.

1. To counteract unwanted colour. For example if your hair is brassy, we can neutralise it.

2. To change the shade of the blonde in a playful way, we might want to put pastel tones in, or a soft gold or beige. There are way too many options to write down here but you get the idea.

Typically I try not to use a toner to counteract unwanted colour. Toners typically only last between 1 and 15 washes, depending what product you have used and more importantly, the condition of your hair.

I prefer to try and get the tone right without the toner, so your colour will look good between visits. Then when we put the toner on at the end, its makes it look AMAZING!

In the salon I offer a range of toning options.

We start out by doing one on your colour visit to start you off looking the best you can. Then ideally you take a home toning option, to keep it looking great as the salon toner slowly eases out of your hair.

If you prefer to come back in between visits, we can re-tone for you. I even have some incredible treatments in the salon now, where I can customise the tone within the treatment service.

If you have any toning questions please just ask me.

Educating you guys is what I love to do!

If you’d like to book an appointment to give your hair or scalp some love, I’d be happy to talk through it’s current condition as part of your initial consultation. All the details to make a booking can be found here.

Why Does Your Brown Hair Fade To Orange Or Red?

Why Does Your Brown Hair Fade To Orange Or Red?

Sam Macdonald Hair | Hairdresser Trigg North Beach Scarborough Karinyup Sorrento | Why does my brown hair fade

One for all the brunettes out there today.

Have you ever dyed your hair brown and its faded out to orange or red tones even when you told the stylist you wanted no warm tones?

Well my friends the answer is simply science based.

All hair colour has what we hairdressers like to call, ‘underlying pigment/tones’.

This is a fancy way of saying that underneath the colour you have chosen, there is a warm colour hiding there, just waiting to get out!

One of the big differences with artificial hair colour and natural hair colour, is that natural hair does not fade as quickly as artificial, so you see that underlying pigment less often. This is why we automatically assume the hairdresser has put some sneaky warm colour in there.

Blonde hair has an underlying pigment of yellow and we have previously covered the yellow of blonde hair. A quick recap is that we need violet/purple to counteract the yellow, which is why so many blondes use a shampoo of this colour.

Mid brown hair has orange underlying pigment. Your hair can start out a beautiful cool mid brown shade and slowly through washing, those orange tones can start to peak through. Its the same for the darker brown tones except you will see more of a red colour coming through.

Yes you can have a combination of 2 of these colours, it simply depends on the level of the colour you and your hairdresser have chosen.

So what can we do about this?

Firstly your skilled hairdresser will know what colours to put into your hair colour to try and counteract these for you.

Now don’t freak out when I tell you this secret, but when we want less orange we use blue and less red we use green.

Green and blue, yup you heard me right!

Do you remember art at school when you mixed 2 colours together and they turn brown? This is what we do in hairdressing, we counteract the unwanted colour with purple for blondes, blue for mid brown and green for dark brown.

What else can we do?

Use professional products to nurture the hair colour you have had. If you’re not using the correct products, this fading process will happen even faster.

Sometimes there are special shampoos or conditioners that can be used in conjunction with your normal shampoo and conditioner that will stop the fade happening so quickly, your hairdresser will show these to you at your appointment.

The best thing to do is chat with your hairdresser and see what options they have available to you and as always please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

If you’d like to book an appointment to give your hair or scalp some love, I’d be happy to talk through it’s current condition as part of your initial consultation. All the details to make a booking can be found here.

Purple Shampoo

Purple Shampoo

Sam Macdonald Hair | Hairdresser Trigg Scarborough North Beach Carine Sorrento City Beach | Purple shampoo

I would say that every blond out there knows that they need a purple shampoo to keep the colour looking fresh between visits but is it that simple?

Have you ever used a purple shampoo on your blonde hair and it’s gone a flat kinda greenish colour?

Let’s start with a bit of simple colour theory that we all learned in primary school. Before I go on if you don’t remember it, don’t worry, primary school was how long ago and like trigonometry, only those of us that need to know it have remembered it!

Do you remember in art class mixing certain colours together and they neutralised each other, effectively turning them brown?

Still don’t remember, don’t worry because I’ll explain it.

There are 3 primary colours, yellow, blue and red. Primary means you can’t make them from another colour.

There are 3 secondary colours, which come from mixing together 2 of the primary colours, purple, orange and green.

When we mix together yellow and purple, they neutralise each other. The same thing happens when we mix blue and orange together and also red and green.

With all this in mind it makes sense that a purple shampoo will keep light blond hair toned and neutralised but what about when the purple shampoo we are using starts going that flat greenish tinge?

Not all purple shampoos are created equal.

Let’s go back to the 2 colours that makes purple, red and blue.

When the ‘purple’ in the shampoo is actually more of a purple with extra blue in it, what can happen is the blue from the shampoo mixes with the yellow of the hair and makes it…… that’s right green!

Have I lost you completely?

To simplify, some purple shampoo is just purple and will gently tone out the yellow in your blond hair, whereas some of the stronger stuff has blue pigment which with extended use can put a slight green tinge in your hair.

The good news is that shampoo colour isn’t permanent and you can simply wash with your normal shampoo until the overtones colour is gone.

Not sure what kind of purple shampoo is right for your needs? Check with your hairdresser as that’s why we do the 3-4 year apprenticeship, so we can help you look and feel amazing!

If you’d like to book an appointment to give your hair or scalp some love, I’d be happy to talk through it’s current condition as part of your initial consultation. All the details to make a booking can be found here.