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helping hands for coloured hair
Up until about six months ago, I had never coloured my hair. It was plain: jet-black, straight and pretty uninspiring. I wanted a change, so booked in to see Carl at the Aveda Institute (he’s great). He lightened my very dark hair with, er, a few dark-brown ‘highlights’.
I know, sounds crazy. The thing is, it took me so long to commit to colour because I thought the condition of my hair would suffer. But with a new wave of exciting innovations over the past year, there’s never been a better time to try a new colour.
You may have heard about Olaplex, but if you haven’t, let me tell you. It’s a conditioning salon treatment with a difference. Developed by a team of Californian scientists, when Olaplex is used in hair colour, its formula stops the chemicals in the dye or bleach from splitting and damaging the hair.
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But unlike the traditional post-treatment conditioning hair masks, Olaplex is actually mixed in with your hair colour before it’s applied, allowing you to colour your hair lighter than you thought possible, while causing the minimum amount of damage. It was how, earlier this year at Paris Fashion Week, Kim Kardashian went from black to blonde and back to black again in just weeks, while maintaining healthy-looking hair. John Frieda salons were some of the first in the UK to offer the treatment.
Its creative colour director, Nicola Clarke, calls Olaplex the ‘holy grail for hair colour’. I also spoke to Nicky Lazou, a colourist who works at the Michaeljohn salon in Knightsbridge, London, twice a month.
She uses it as a conditioning hair treatment on all her clients, regardless of whether or not they’re having a drastic colour change. In-salon Olaplex costs around £50, but the brand has now launched an at-home conditioner to further the effects, for £35. Although my hair now just needs a good deep condition every week, if I ever decide to try a bright-pink wash, you can bet there’ll be tons of Olaplex on standby.
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