Hair Colour FAQs


I’ve never had my hair coloured by you before, can you do it today?

Unfortunately not, unless I have personally performed a skin test on you within the last 6 months.

What is a skin test and why do I need one?

A skin test must be carried out before I can provide any colour service a minimum of 48 hours before your colour is applied.

A small bit of colour in the crease of your arm to see if you are allergic to the product, the colour must remain there for 40 minutes, if you haven’t reacted in 48 hours the colour service can go ahead.

This MUST be carried out for safety and insurance reasons and no colour service can be carried out without a skin test.

I’ve coloured my hair lots of times do I still need a skin test?

Yes, unless I have coloured your hair personally in the last 6 months a skin test must be carried out.

Do I need a consultation before I have a colour?

A face to face consultation is normally needed especially if it is your first appointment with me. This is to ensure the colour you desire can be achieved on your hair, to quote an accurate price and book an appropriate time slot.

If you are a regular client and we have discussed your colour options previously this may not be needed.

What will happen during my colour consultation?

I will determine what colour you want to achieve and how we will get there and will establish the best way of achieving this.

I will also advise you on what colours will suit you and work alongside you to come up with a colour plan that suits both you and your lifestyle.

I’m unsure what I want/what suits me can you help?

Yes of course I can, I have been colouring hair for many years and would discuss this with you fully during the consultation.

What is an Olaplex colour upgrade service?

Olaplex is a revolutionary product that I add in to any colour service, it keeps your hair strong and healthy by actually relinking bonds in the hair that are broken down by the colour.

Olaplex lets me achieve colours that may not have been possible and in many cases the hair feels healthier after a colour than it did before!

I love the silver and pastel hair trend, can you do this to my hair?

I get asked this a lot, this may well be achievable but there are a few things to consider..

  • This may not be achievable in one session and may need to be something that is achieved over the next few appointments.
  • This is not a simple colour process and takes a lot of applications of colour to achieve. It will be a long appointment and will be priced accordingly. It is most certainly not a “full head colour” application even if the end result is one all over colour.
  • You will need to invest time and money in your hair, these colours are high maintenance, the hair will need to be bleached very light before this can be achieved and you must look after your hair well afterwards by following guidelines and using the correct Professional products. If you do not your hair may become very dry and unmanageable and can even lead to breakage.
  • These type of colours fade quickly to the light blonde shade underneath, to maintain them a toner will need to be applied, sometimes as often as once a week.

Help! I’ve coloured my hair the wrong colour can you correct it?

It’s ok you can relax, there is probably something that can be done to help you. I would need to have a consultation and see your hair but we should be able to correct it depending on the condition and the desired effect.

What’s the difference between semi/demi and permanent hair colours?

A true semi hair colour is really just a stain for the hair, it doesn’t penetrate into the hair and washes out completely within 10 washes, semi permanent hair colours are great for glossing, toning and leaving incredible shine on the hair, they can add tone and slight depth and are completely ammonia and peroxide free.

A demi permanent colour will last in the hair for up to 24 washes as it slightly penetrates into the hair, letting you change your hair colour time after time, more easily than a permanent colour, a Demi-colour can also lighten the hair slightly or give a more vibrant finish than a semi, it is also ammonia free.

A permanent colour is just that, permanent! It penetrates into the hair and can be used to lighten, darken or create vibrant colours, these also can include couture range with light reflective technology for a high gloss finish.

*information  based on Wella professional colours ranges.

Should I have a full head colour or highlights?

There are advantages to having either depending on the look you want to achieve. Some looks require highlights and some require a full head of colour, whereas others can be made up of both. When you have your consultation I can advise you which option is best for you. When it comes to hair colouring there is most definitely not one rule that fits all!

Do you keep up to date with the latest trends?

In a word… Yes! I love to learn, I am constantly learning, going on courses and follow so many other hairdressers on Instagram! I am state registered, a member of the freelance hairdressers association and have partnered with Wella so I can keep on top of the latest trends within the industry.

How do I book a colour appointment?

You can call or text me on 07511757133 or email me [email protected] and request and appointment or consultation.

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