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Colour Care for Perfect Hair



We're talking all colour everything this week in honour of our annual colour sale beginning August 26th – September 16th . We'll tell you about techniques and trends, how to get the most out of your colour and what you should expect when making a big change!


Get Prepped for Perfection

So you've got your appointment for your colour all booked in, now what? We recommend not washing your hair the day of your appointment, as it's not only a little easier to foil some of those finer fly-aways, but sebum (grease) actually protects the scalp and reduces irritation.


Finding your Fashion Colour

We've all seen the rose highlights trending on instagram but it's important to remember that fashion colours require a lot of maintenance and will likely require pre-lightening to a light blonde possibly even a pre-toner in order to achieve the colour you're after. You can expect pastels to last about 1-2 washes, fashion colours 2-5 weeks, and grey & silver will need a toner every 1-2 weeks.


Be sure you're committed to your colour before hand, as colours like blues, violets & greens will be more stubborn to remove.


#CKStylistTip It's important to keep time and budget in mind when planning for a fashion colour, as it can often take more than one appointment to achieve your final look. Speak with one of our stylists for a clear idea of what is necessary for your ideal hair colour.



Talking Technique

Balayage A technique for highlighting hair in which the dye is free-hand painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect.

Ombré: The hair world borrowed the term 'ombre' from the French word meaning shaded or shading. Ombre hair color is generally darker at the roots through the mid-shaft and then gradually gets lighter from the mid-shaft to the ends.

Highlights: Lighter strands of hair woven throughout using foils. Lowlights: Darker colour woven throughout to break up blonde or add depth and tone to the hair.

Baby lights: Babylights are very fine, subtle highlights that are meant to look like the natural hair color of small children.

Caring for your Colour

You've just stepped out of Carl Keith with a gorgeous new colour, now what? Give your hair 48 hours after having your colour applied before washing to ensure the colour settles into the hair, as this will help prevent fade. After that 48 hours, be sure to use the appropriate products to extend it's vibrancy and life. Paul Mitchell's 'Ultimate Colour Repair' collection harnesses the high protein content of quinoa to lock in hair colour and repair strands from within, preventing colour fade for up to 9 weeks, keeping your hair looking vibrant longer! Another great option is the 'Colour Protect' collection to cleanse your colour-treated hair while moisturizing, strengthening, and boosting shine!


For blondes, try using Paul Mitchell's 'Forever Blonde' collection especially for lightened and highlighted hair to help repair damage and seal the cuticle.


Some High Street products fade colour or create a barrier so we recommend following our care instructions. For more advice on your specific colour, speak with one of our knowledgeable stylists.


#CKStylistTip Just like your pores, the temperature of water can open and close the cuticles (the outside layer of the hair) meaning when the water is very warm, it will open the cuticles leading to colour fade. Try using cooler water to keep those cuticles closed!




Use Protection

Think twice before lifting the heat to your head. Just like your skin, your hair also needs protection from the heat. Style your hair guilt-free with Paul Mitchell's 'Neuro Care' collection with it's performance-engineered products that are built to withstand heat and protect your hair every time you style it.


#CKStylistTip Heat is the biggest culprit for causing colour fade and overall damage to the hair. If you must use heat tools, use them on a low setting, especially on those finer hairs around the face that are more prone to breakage and don't require the higher heat.



All products mentioned can be purchased from Carl Keith Salon. If you would like more information on which products may be best for your hair, don't hesitate to ask one of our knowledgable stylists at your next visit!


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