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February 22, 2016

We’ve Found The Perfect Hair Colour For Indian Skin

Text by Wyanet Vaz

Plus, everything you need to know before taking the dip!

If your tired of experimenting with brash hair colours, mocha is the biggest hair trend for those who want to turn it down. The easy low-maintenance colour is perfect for Indian skin, with its ability to bring warmth to your complexion. Keeping this versatile colour in mind, brands across the board have launched a range of mocha browns, to suit every skin tone. L’Oréal Professionnel’s ammonia-free Inoa range offers even a consultation session, and they’ve given us the complete low down on this buzzing trend.

Why is mocha the most versatile shade for Indian skin tones?
Mocha in hair colour creates a perfect blend of tones to highlight a delicious brown. These cool browns suit Indian skin tones perfectly bringing out one’s facial features and highlighting a haircut depending on the colour technique used.

What hair colouring techniques would complement this shade?
Balayage allows for a natural looking hair colour – similar to what nature gives us as children – with depth, dimension and beautiful sun-kissed highlights. Balayage isn’t just for long hair, we can use this highlighting technique on the shortest pixie crops as well. You can also try ombré, which is a look that creates a colour transition from dark to light, from the mid length downward.

What is best advice for post-care for coloured hair?
Ask your hair colourist to use a professional hair colour with conditioning properties that will continue to benefit the hair as the weeks go by. Hair colour with natural oils will help retain moisture in your treated hair and leave it looking shiny and healthy. Ammonia-free hair colour is a great professional option that treats hair with utmost care.

What are the biggest hair-colouring mistakes?
1. A good rule of thumb is to never go for a box colour and try a colouring technique on your own.
2. It’s important to tell your colourist everything you’ve done to your hair, including glazes, at-home or in salon colour, any temporary colourants because even it if was a year ago, the remnants are still in your hair.
3. Do not blindly follow any celebrity look. Make sure that the colour suits your skin tone, hair condition and personality.

What are the things to keep in mind before getting hair colour?
1. Always get a skin allergy test done before 48 hours of colour application.
2. Checking the health and condition of hair and scalp is a must to ensure that they aren’t sensitised or damaged any further.
3. Do not apply artificial oil that will restrict penetration of the hair colour on to the roots.

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