Here are 7 top hair colour products – and how to keep the colour looking good when your hair becomes dry and brittle in menopause...
Whatever our hair type or natural hair colour, there can’t be many of us who haven’t chosen, at some point or another, to lighten up or move towards the dark side! Women in the UK are most commonly natural brunettes and most of us who want a change of colour decide to go lighter. That said, the top 10 hair colour trends for 2019 include lilac, chestnut brown, inky black, ashy grey, copper and living coral.
But what if your hair has become dry and brittle as you have moved into menopause? And what about damaged hair? Can you still colour it and, if so, which are the best colour products? Whatever your colour choice, it’s worth getting your hair colour ready first and it’s equally important to take special care of your hair, once you’re sporting your new look. Here are our top tips for making the most of a new midsummer hair colour.
Aim for hair health first – then colour
It’s not a good idea to use any sort of colour on damaged, dry or brittle hair unless you’ve taken a few essential steps to improve its condition first:
- invest in a good cut – this will sort out dry, split ends and ensure that you’re applying colour to healthy newer growth
- if you use a hair relaxer, wait two or three weeks before you apply colour
- hydrate your hair with protein treatments, conditioner, moisturising masks or simple oil treatments, using argan oil, olive oil or coconut oil
- take the time to explore colour options – do you want just a gentle lift, do you want to change the colour gradually or for a shorter time to see if you like it, or do you want to go full pelt and make a permanent change?
1) Lighten and brighten the gentle way
If you want to a lighter look, use a gentle, ammonia-free product like Tints of Nature Lightener Kit, which is designed to lift and brighten medium brown to blonde hair by up to seven shades. It will give you a naturally blonde look without damaging your hair.
2) Henna – a time-honoured natural tradition
Henna is a flowering plant that people have been using since the Bronze Age in a paste dye for hair, nails and skin. It’s a great colour product for hair that tends to be dry or brittle as it also acts as a natural conditioner and it’s a good choice if you want a natural, semi-permanent colour change. (Henna doesn’t wash out but does fade gradually over time.)
Tints of Nature Henna Cream is vegan friendly and comes in eight shades from golden blonde to black.
3) Herbal hair colour – want to keep it chemical free?
Herbal hair colour products are perfect if you want to avoid using any chemicals on your hair, especially if your hair shows signs of damage. It’s Pure Organics Herbal Hair Dye is 100% chemical free and comes in nine natural-looking shades from strawberry blonde to chestnut.
4) A touch of essential oil
‘I was not expecting such a wonderful result... my hair is a great colour (I used Lightest Ash Blonde), but it’s also very soft and shiny.’
As we mentioned, oil treatments are a great way to get your in good condition before colouring but Naturigin Natural Hair Dye does both. It combines certified organic lemon and mandarin essential oils, with 10 other pure and gentle organic extracts and natural oils. It comes in 19 stunning shades - blondes, reds, and rich brunettes.
5) Permanent hair dye: if you’re sure about the colour…
If you’re feeling confident about a complete colour change, opt for a permanent product like Tints of Nature Permanent Hair Dye.
It’s free from all the usual suspects: sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), ammonia, resorcinol and parabens, and has low paraphenylenediamine (PPD) levels compared with some permanent hair dyes. It’s gentler on the hair and less likely to cause irritation or adverse reactions, even on very sensitive scalps, and comes in 24 colours including ash blonde, fiery red and mahogany brown.
6) Can I have vegan-friendly highlights?
Yes you can! Tints of Nature Permanent Highlight Kit is ammonia free and carefully formulated with natural and organic ingredients to nourish and protect your hair. You can use it to highlight dark brown to blonde hair by up to seven shades. If you wear your hair up, try highlighting around the hairline only.
7) Keep your new hair colour looking great
Coloured hair, even when you’ve using natural products, needs the right sort of care to keep it looking good, so use a gentle shampoo and conditioner formulated for colour-treated hair. Plantur 39 Phyto-Caffeine Shampoo for coloured and stressed hair is ideal and will also help to prevent menopausal hair loss. Use it with Plantur 39 Conditioner to make your hair smooth and easier to style, while protecting your scalp.
Is it safe to use hair colour?
All the products listed above are safe to use but even the gentlest products may cause an allergic reaction, so always do a skin test before using a colour product for the first time. However, if you have had chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment for cancer within the past six months, it’s not advisable to use any hair colour or dye. Chemotherapy can leave the hair more fragile than normal, so it is more easily damaged, and radiotherapy can affect the hair follicles. Check with your specialist nurse or GP before colouring your hair for the first time after cancer treatment.
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