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Know before you dye: The extra challenges of metallic shades

25 May 2018
Know before you dye: The extra challenges of metallic shades
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Metallics are super popular in the makeup world right now, and the same goes for hair – because they pair well with every skin tone. From silver grey to rose gold, it’s all about the combination of soft colour and shimmer. Maybe you’re keen to up your dazzle, but feeling overwhelmed about how to go about it, seeing how unconventional metallic grey hair dye is, especially in South Africa. And it’s not really something you want to get wrong as it can have serious repercussions for your hair.

Your first step is to make an appointment with a hair stylist, especially one with extensive colour experience. There’s no need to make this specific hair journey alone. Experts can analyse your hair type, condition and current shade, and then customise the treatment for you – because there really is no one-solution-fits-all approach to colouring.

And metallic colouring is more demanding than most. For example, whether you’re fair or dark, you can’t just apply the dye to your current shade. Embracing metallic is all about finding the right ashy undertone to make the dominant colour pop. If you have dark hair, then you’ll need a session or two of bleaching to prepare your hair for the undertone application phase. Despite measures like deep conditioning to repair and rejuvenate strands, inevitably this intense lightening process puts hair under stress.

Your stylist will probably recommend professional-quality products like Redken Extreme Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner for use at home to fortify distressed hair. They’ll also, at this point, use their expert eye to find and customise the perfect metallic shade for you, because going this route is very much a carefully blended interplay of highlights, lowlights and base shades. This is especially true for the silver hair colour.

FYI, dark-haired women are better suited to darker blues, purple and emerald. Women with lighter hair have greater freedom to explore the full iridescent colour spectrum – and can even experiment with low-commitment silver highlights if they simply want to dip a toe in the silver hair dye trend.

Budget-wise, going metallic will depend on your salon, and the amount of preparatory lightening you need, but you could expect to pay somewhere between R1 500 and R6 000 for your first iridescent dye job. It’s recommended you return to the salon for regular colour maintenance every fortnight. Also, don’t forget to factor in the after-care home products you’ll need – like the full Matrix Biolage ColorLast range, consisting of ColourLast Shampoo, Conditioner and Treatment  Mask – to prevent fading, and pump up that lustrous, healthy shine. 

There’s no denying that metallic hair colour is a serious investment, but smart investments reap rewards in the end. Give it a go with experts to guide you.
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