Hair Colour 101: How To Find Your Dream Shade

Finding Your Perfect Hair Colour at Wigs & Warpaint Salon in Sheffield

At Wigs & Warpaint salon in Sheffield, our client’s satisfaction is what we value most. One of the biggest hair colour trends in 2019 is ‘personalisation’ where we help our clients find their unique, one of a kind hair colour. The trend of ‘personalisation’ allows us to create a colour that is totally personal to you – that perfectly suits your skin tone, face shape, hair type and hair length. Not only does it have to suit you though, as it has to be something you love and feel confident about! 

Here, we breakdown the process of finding your dream hair colour at Wigs & Warpaint to ensure you are fully confident before booking your appointment…

So, How Do We Help Find Your Dream Hair Colour?

We find your dream colour by basing it on your skin tone, the colours you tend to wear, specifically whether you lean towards cooler or warmer tones. We also assess your hair and consider the hair history, as we want your hair to be healthy and strong.

If we feel your hair may not be strong enough to be a certain colour, platinum blonde for example, this may be due to a history of bleach, colour and heat treatments, resulting in dry and damaged hair. In cases such as these, we do our best to adapt in the circumstances and find a colour that you will equally love, while restoring your hair so they you go on to try more colours in the future.

I Want To Re-Invent My Look In 2019 – What’s Your Advice?

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First of all, if a client comes into our friendly Sheffield salon with a set idea of the colour or style they want, we want them to be absolutely sure they want it, and not just because it is the latest trend. Trends are constantly changing and evolving – we would hate for a client to spend time and money to achieve a style that they may not be happy with.

We make sure our clients are clear on the level of commitment a style will take and how it might look on them, as we want our clients to make informed decisions when it comes to their locks. Click here to read more on 2019 hair colour trends at Wigs & Warpaint.

What Service Would You Suggest For First-Time Colourers?

It is totally dependent on the client! A client’s personality, age, budget, natural colour and the time they have for upkeep and maintenance are all important factors to consider. Why not start with something simple like just getting your roots or highlights done as, while these services aren’t necessarily all that adventurous, they can really change your appearance and a lot of clients experience a real confidence boost after the service. That said, if you’re after a more long-lasting colour, we would recommend balayage as the style has a regrowth time of 3-6 months and is extremely versatile and easy to maintain.

Hair Colour Techniques – Explained

So, you hopefully now know a lot more about how we get the hair colour process started. Now it’s time to learn more about the techniques involved! Here, we explain some of the more popular hair colour techniques used at the salon…

 Balayage, also known as hair painting, is the process of free-handing or sweeping hair colour, lightener or toner downwards in soft strokes directly on the surface of the desired section. this method is used to create dimension with a natural, softer look.

Highlighting hair means isolating select strands in the hair and treating them with a hair colour or lightener to make them lighter than their base/natural colour. highlights can add dimension by contrasting with the rest of the hair and are created with foils, a cap or special combs or brushes used for “painting on” the colour.

Lift is the chemical process of lightening the colour of the hair. different hair colour formulations have different lifting abilities.

Lowlights are created by using colour with foils, caps, or painted on to darken specific pieces and create dimension. generally low lights will be 2-3 levels darker than your base colour and slightly warmer. this can be used for a more natural look or create accents within the hair.

A double-process colour refers to anytime two colour services are done in one visit. generally this is done by doing the first colour service, washing and drying the hair, then doing the second colour. this can include lightening the hair then applying a toner, or doing a permanent colour followed by a glaze like redken shades eq gloss to give that perfect finish!

Express highlights
Express highlights are done by applying a small amount of foils or painted-on pieces, usually focused on framing the face just like how you would contour with makeup to bring out your best features.

Glazes involve using a semi-permanent colour to enhance, enrich, change, match, tone down or intensify natural or colour-treated hair while harmonising contrast.