What is a colour correction service? A colour correction helps with three things; when the shade of your hair is either too light or too dark, there are unwanted tones or the colour is patchy. “This could be a small tweak, a drastic change or when a box dye has gone wrong,” Natalie explains, “there are usually a few different steps involved, compared to a normal colour service”. How long does a colour correction take? According to Natalie, “it could be anywhere between a few hours and a few months” depending on the desired look, the colour that’s been done…Read more
It’s finally happening. We have an official date that hairdressers are reopening – 4th July, get it in your calendar – which means we also have an official date we’ll be kissing goodbye (and good riddance) to these grown-out roots. We spoke to Carly, Head Stylist at Muse of London, about why your normal service might not be the right thing to book when salons reopen.
By Beth Ludolf
You might need to book something different from your usual
“To put it simply, the length of any colour appointment will have to be extended to compensate for the root re-growth,” Carly points out. When you’re booking your appointment you should err on the side of caution, opting for the treatment that gives your stylist the most time – “It’s better to have more time to correct serious re-growth than to book a shorter appointment and have to rebook”. Think of this as just another ‘new normal’.
If you normally get highlights
Book: A full head of highlights
With highlights, you can usually alternate between a full-head and half-head (or a T-section if you’re short on time). When you’re heading back to the salon after lockdown though, it’s better to book a full-head, “otherwise the lower section of your hair will look quite stark in comparison,” Carly explains, “and it will be more difficult to blend in the future”.
If you normally get a root bleach and tone
Book: A full head bleach and tone
When your roots are too long, bleaching them can lead to banding (not good). Carly suggests booking a full head bleach, “this gives your stylist enough time to bleach the root in stages to avoid getting a yellow, brassy mid-band – if not, you’ll probably have to rebook a second appointment”.
If you normally get balayage
Book: A balayage
Ah, balayage. The low maintenance style of our dreams. “It’s fine to stick to your normal appointment with balayage because the extended root is part of the look”, Carly explains. Your stylist can add bleach as they normally would without the element of colour correction that services like a root bleach require.
If you normally get a permanent colour root touch-up
Book: A full-head permanent colour
“If your roots are longer than they would be normally at your touch-up appointment, your stylist will need more time so book a full-head”, Carly suggests “especially if you have greys to cover”. It’s likely your colour could use a refresh by now anyway.
Your stylist may recommend an add-on to your service
Don’t be surprised if your stylist recommends something additional (and trust them – they know what they’re doing). This could be a treatment – like Olaplex – to strengthen the hair and smooth the shaft, a toner to get rid of any brassiness or a pre-pigment to make sure you get to the desired tone (and your hair doesn’t turn green). You’ll thank them later.
Whatever you’re booking, you should get a patch test
A lot can change in a couple of months. You should head for a patch test 48 hours before your appointment (even if you’ve had your hair coloured before) to make sure you don’t react to it. Nobody needs a trip to A&E right now.