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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Food Guide > September 2018 > 30 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU DYE


With two-thirds of us choosing to colour, our hair can take a bashing over the years. Leah Hardy spoke to the experts to uncover the secrets to getting it right to ensure more good hair days

Do you suspect blondes have more fun? Do you fancy yourself as a sultry brunette or a wild-at-heart redhead? Or do you simply fear being seen as ‘mousy’? Dyeing our hair is one of the easiest ways to try a new look or cover up those grey strands. In fact, a staggering 67% of British women colour their hair, according to 2017 research.

Increasingly sophisticated dyes offer more choice than ever in the salon and at home. But whether you’re a colour virgin or an old hand, it’s easy to make mistakes and end up with the wrong shade or too much fade – or even trigger an allergy. We asked the experts to share their tinting tips and tricks to help you get – and keep – a healthy-looking head of hair to be proud of.


Colour takes best and lasts longest on hydrated, healthy hair. Top London colourist Daniel Galvin Jr, whose celebrity clients include Kelly Brook, Holly Valance and Millie Mackintosh, says, ‘If your hair is healthy, your colour will look more translucent, vibrant and glossy. Hair that is dry and damaged absorbs a lot of colour, but spits it out almost as quickly as you can add it. Look for a weekly treatment with proteins to feed and strengthen hair, and antioxidants to help remove the pollutants that make hair dull and yellow.’

TRY Daniel Galvin Jr OrganicHead Argan Oil Detox Hair Masque, £8, In addition to wheat proteins, the masque contains coconut oil, which, unlike most oils, can penetrate the hair shaft to condition from within. ‘I use this on clients in the salon, including A-listers and members of the Royal Family,’ says Daniel.


Daniel says one common mistake people make when choosing home hair colour is to pick a shade with too much red, if they’re brunettes, or too much yellow if they’re blondes. ‘Always pick a colour with “ash” in the name if you want a neutral, cool tone,’ he says.


If you have warm skin undertones, you’ll have peachy, ivory, olive, coppery or golden-brown skin and hazel, green, blue or amber eyes – and probably look better in gold, rather than silver, jewellery. Golden, rich-brown or copper-toned hair will suit you best. If your skin is rosy pink to ebony, and your eyes are light blue, grey blue, deep blue, brown or black, you’re cool toned, and will suit plum, burgundy, platinum, pure white, grey and ashy dark brown shades.

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We help you identify when your body's trying to tell you something, and give diet advice for protecting your eyesight in future years. Troubled by teens? We’ve got the ultimate survival guide for parents and teenagers, including focused nutrition info. We also take inspiration from the healthcare professionals battling their personal weight demons – and winning. And don’t miss the winning line-up of our Best of Health Awards to help you shop healthily into the new season...