I’ve been getting A LOT of questions about my hair colour lately so I thought I would create a blog post dedicated to answering some of them – with a few added tips as well!
Firstly, I would like to remind everyone that I am a fully trained hairdresser even though I haven’t been working in a salon this past year. So I am a bit snobby towards any non-professional products and do not recommend colouring your hair at home if you aren’t a professional.
I know, I know, all hairdressers say that. And while admittedly for some people it works just fine, especially with more natural colours and in cases when you are simply depositing colour and not lifting, most of the time, trying to do your own hair colour at home can end in disaster – and getting it fixed in a salon will always be far more expensive than if you’d just gone there in the first place.
So basically what I’m trying to say is that if you like my colour and you aren’t already something similar, then I would NOT recommend trying to replicate it yourself. Go see a professional as I promise there is so much more to the process than just slapping some colour on.
Also your hairdresser will probably not appreciate it (and end up hating me!) if you march in demanding my exact formula. Depending on your natural colour, the level of colour you have in your hair and the porosity of your hair will mean that things will have to be tweaked in order to get it perfect for you. And of course, every hair colour brand varies too!
Right, now that I’ve got my rant out of the way…
The most common question I get is what colour I use. As mentioned before, I use a professional brand and it’s actually one from The Netherlands called Keune. The salon I worked at in New Zealand switched to this colour brand in the year leading up to when I left and I’ll be honest, it took me probably 4-5 months of trialling different formulas until I finally found the perfect shade that I wanted.
After that, there was no way I was going through the stress of trying to switch to a different brand so I was very happy to find I was able to order Keune colour from a website called Barber Store in The Netherlands when I arrived in the UK.
The exact formula that I do is 2/3 of 9.43 and 1/3 of 7.43. I use 30volume (9%) on my roots (I’m a natural level 6-7) and then mix the same formula but with semi developer for my ends. To be fair, I could probably get away with just using 20volume on my roots but I want to ensure it lifts light enough. I also buy the full Olaplex system from Sally’s which is only available if you are a professional and have a trade card. I add some of the Step One that into the mixture for the ends and do Step Two after rinsing the colour.
I do a full colour of roots and ends every 4-5 weeks depending on my schedule. If I’ve got a really busy month of photoshoots then sometimes around the 2-3 week mark I will do a quick touch up of my roots along the hairline and parting.
Because the shade of copper that I go for is quite a golden copper, it does tend to fade out a little bit and I don’t feel like it suits me as much when it gets too light and golden. So to keep it fresh and vibrant looking, I create a pastel orange conditioner and use that with every wash. I make sure whatever conditioner I buy is white in colour so that I can add a small drop of Keune Colour Craving in Sunset Copper into my hand and mix it together to create a pastel orange conditioner. I’m careful not to be too over-zealous with the copper as otherwise it gets too bright for my liking. I also ensure that I mix it really well so that there’s not any hidden globs of bright copper that will create a uneven patch.
After shampooing, I will squeeze out as much excess moisture (or sometimes even towel dry) before applying the conditioner to mainly the midlengths and ends, being reasonably generous and combing it though to make sure it’s evenly distributed. I will leave that in for a few minutes before rinsing out.
The Colour Cravings range are basically a coloured conditioner. There is a more pastel, peach shade but it’s far more cost effective to buy the high pigment version and dilute it with regular conditioner. This is what I recommend for keeping any kind of bright colour maintained – not just for copper.
Buying Colour Cravings in the UK isn’t quite as easy as the colour funnily enough. I have had my bottle for 18 months and am only just getting to the end but I think when I do need to replace it, I will have to turn to eBay as I can’t seem to find many Europe or UK based online retailers.
In order to prevent my colour from fading too quickly, I avoid using heat when possible and if I do, I will always use a heat protector. I also don’t wash my hair particularly often- usually just once a week, sometimes twice.
Having healthy, soft hair has always been of the upmost importance to me, hence why it took me so long to pluck up the courage to strip out the black colour! When Olaplex came onto the scene a couple of years ago it was a real gamechanger and it allowed me to make the switch quicker and with less dire consequences than if I hadn’t used it.
However, since that process, my hair is still not back to the state it was when it was all lush and shiny and dark. It’s certainly improving but I am diligent about using good products and treatments. I could use getting a trim more regularly but since the hairdresser I trust here in the UK is 3 hours from me, it’s a little hard! (sometimes I’m naughty and trim it myself).
I use salon quality shampoo and conditioner and always love to have a few different types to choose from and keep my hair ‘guessing’. Your hair can definitely get used to one particular product so it’s good to mix it up. Currently in my bathroom I have the Davines Oi Shampoo & Conditioner (light on the hair but makes it feel lovely!), Davines Melu Conditioner (lots of moisture and protein) and the Caviar Replenishing Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner.
I also use Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three for the first out of two shampoos when I wash my hair – this helps to fully remove all product build-up but be aware that it is a clarifying shampoo so if you have super bright hair, it could make it fade. I don’t notice it too much though on my hair.
I also try to do regular treatments- my hair gets a Olaplex treatment everytime I do my colour and I will also try to do another treatment in between. Overnight coconut oil is a great one and I also love the Keune Keratin Smoothing Treatment which can weigh the hair down a little for that first wash but it makes it feel incredible!
Another thing to remember in regards to my particular colour is that with most photos I post on social media, I’ve used a filter which usually alters the colour of my hair slightly. Sometimes it will make the colour seem brighter, sometimes a little duller and darker.
Even if I weren’t to use a filter, the colour still changes drastically in a picture depending on the light and sometimes even my hairstyle – I find for instance when my hair is smooth and straight, the colour looks much lighter and brighter.
So just bear that in mind <3
I hope this has answered some of your questions! Let me know if there’s anything I’ve missed out that you’d like to know.