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November 23, 2015

Everything You Need To Know Before You Colour Your Hair

Text by Aparrna Gupta

From creating the perfect colour to colouring trends that suit Indian hair…

Imagine if colouring your hair was as simple as mixing shades on an artist’s palette. TIGI Copyright Colour makes this fantasy come closer to reality with a 100 per cent inter-mixable colour range. ‘The best colours are the ones you invent,” states Andy Cheong, Regional Education Director for TIGI Copyright Colour, Asia.

Verve spoke to the ace hairstylist and colourist on the latest launch, techniques, and tips and tricks to get the most out of your coloured tresses.

What was the genesis of TIGI Copyright Colour?
Invent it. Own it. Intensify it. Internationally, we have quite a few walk-in customers every day, who are intrigued with the concept and are particular about a shade they prefer for their hair. Post discussing their hair type, complexion and eye colour, our colour experts suggest if they can go ahead with the expected shade or any alterations needs to be done as per the customer’s personality. This also helps the salon retain their clientèle.

Which colours work best on Indian hair?
On-trend colours such as red and copper not only complement the Indian skin tone, but also help accentuate their complexions.

Where do most women go wrong when it comes to hair colour?
A popular mistake most make is colouring the ends every time they go for a touch-up. The ends are the damaged and porous parts of the hair which needs to be treated with a specific application technique or a mild strength of activator.

A lowdown on the latest colouring techniques …
Foilage:  This is a method which uses foils. We at TIGI Copyright Colour use meche instead because it is easier to work with and also has controlled heating. Meche would help to lighten the colour if needed and separate different colours from each other.
 Ombre: This works beautifully for us as it goes with our culture of dark roots and lighter hair towards mid-lengths and ends.
Sombre: The technique used would be similar to ombre, apart from the usage of softer tones which go deeper towards the mid-lengths and ends. This look is trendy and can work very well on Indian hair, if someone doesn’t want a very drastic change.
Balayage:  This is a cool technique to enhance focal points while adding colour in a very asymmetrical pattern. Colours selected in this technique can be soft or bold depending on one’s personality.

Quick tips to take care of coloured locks…

  • Use a colour-protect shampoo and conditioner.
  • When using a styling product, choose the one with heat and UV protection.
  • Always keep hair hydrated by using nourishing leave-in conditioners.
  • One should avoid swimming without a head gear in chlorine or sea water as that may result in faded/discoloured hair.

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