Hair Colour 101: A Guide For Beginners

Top Tips For Having Your Hair Coloured For The First Time From REEDS Hair Salons in Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds & Sawston

Are you fed up with your mousey hair colour? Is it time to cover up those pesky grey hairs? Does your natural red hair colour need a boost? 

We understand it can be overwhelming when considering colouring your hair for the first time. Here, we answer any concerns you might have before going ahead and booking your hair colour appointment at the salon! 

A Patch Test Is Essential Before Your First Hair Colour Appointment

Our colour services are available to men and women aged 16 and over.  You must come in for a quick skin test at least 48 hours prior to your colour appointment to test for allergies to the colour range we use. 

There’s no need to book for this as it takes seconds, but we will not colour without a record of a skin test. All we do is dab a small amount of colour behind your ear which you should wipe away after 30 minutes. If you have had no reaction within 48 hours, we can go ahead with your hair colour.   

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

There are multiple reasons why people decide to colour their hair.  Some people LOVE trying exciting new hair colours, others want to boost their natural shade, and for others it might be a simple case of hiding your grey hair.  The reason behind your decision to colour your hair can, of course, help you choose the right shade. 

We recommend you book in for a complimentary hair colour consultation with a REEDS colour expert first so we can help you find the perfect hair colour for you. When it comes to your hair colour, we have a team of expert colourists who can create the hair colour you’ve been dreaming of.

Fashion Hair Shades – Bright Colours & Pastels

Women of all ages-  and, to a lesser extent, men too – are happy to make a big statement when it comes to their hair colour.  If you are new to hair colour and want to turn heads, try a vibrant hair colour. Multi-coloured shades including bright blues, mint greens, pretty pinks and sunset corals, can be used alone or together to create totally unique colour combinations!

Natural-Looking Hair Colouring –  Balayage

If you would rather stick with a more natural colour spectrum, but still want to make an impact, think about playing with multiple shades and types of application. For example: a balayage, where colour is painted onto certain sections of the hair, can give instant brightness, and an ombre technique creates a flowing flush of colour down the lengths.

Boost Your Natural Hair Colour & Hide Grey Hair

If you love your natural hair colour, but want it to look richer and healthier or blend your first grey hairs, consider highlights or lowlights. With decades of hair colour experience, we have the expertise can find a shade or shades that will really suit you.

Should I Choose Temporary or Permanent Hair Colour? 

Temporary Hair Colour: If you are colouring your hair for the first time, it might be sensible to start off with a temporary hair dye which will wash out over a few shampoos. Remember, however, that you can only go darker with temporary hair colour. If you want to lighten your hair, you will need to use a semi-permanent or permanent dye.

Semi-Permanent Hair Colour: You can achieve longer-lasting colour with a semi-permanent shade.  This is ideal 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 deeper within each hair strand.  Your colour will be permanent and your roots will need re-touching every eight weeks.  

How To Care For Coloured Hair 

Now that you’ve had your hair coloured for the first time, you’ll want to keep it glossy and vibrant. Hair colour care starts in the salon during the dyeing process itself where we can add specialist treatments during the colouring process to protect the bonds of the hair from damage. The result is stronger, healthier-feeling hair that holds its colour for longer.

We are seeing incredible results with the amazing Bond Ultim8 hair colour treatment. Bond Ultim8 is a dynamic formula similar to Olaplex that protects the hairs internal bonds during a hair lightening service and prevents them from breaking. It improves the strength of each strand of hair over time building up the hairs core strength. We can now colour your hair and lift the colour of even badly damaged hair without causing further damage from the hair colouring process.

If you have lightened your hair, we highly recommend using a silver shampoo which comes in a purple shade.  This neutralises brassy or orange tones to ensure your blonde hair remains fresh and vibrant.  For brown or darker hair colours we can recommend the right hair care products for your particular hair colour, type and texture. 

Book Your First Hair Colour Appointment at REEDS – The Expert Hair Colour Salon in Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds & Sawston

Call your local REEDS Hair salon by clicking on one of the links below to start your hair colour journey today or book online here.