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To get the best from Herbatint follow our Pro Stylist Theo’s colouring tips:

1.    How do you pick the right colour for your hair/skin tone?
Generally everyone looks best around their own natural hair colour or 1 to 2 shades lighter or darker (nature knows best!).

If you have pale skin and blue / green eyes Copper tones are very appealing, Olive skin and dark eyes suit Mahogany tones. Golden tones suit almost everyone!

2.    Are there any special techniques for colour application to get the best results?                When colouring previously coloured hair always try to apply the colour on the re growth only as colour on top of colour will go darker. If your ends are faded then apply colour to the ends for the last 5-15 minutes only. Try to take small sections and apply the colour evenly and always go back over it in case you missed any. If you are applying colour for the first time apply it right through from the roots to ends and comb it with a large toothcomb to ensure even coverage.

3.    Are there any tips for prepping your hair before you apply colour?
Always do a patch test before you colour your hair for the first time just in case you are sensitive to any of the ingredients.  I would always suggest colouring dirty hair rather than freshly washed hair, your scalps natural oils will help protect you from sensitivity that may arise in certain individuals.

4.    What are some suggestions for keeping your colour vibrant?  
Try to avoid the sun, swimming in chlorine pools and too much heat from styling tools like straighteners and curling irons.

5.    What type of shampoo/conditioner should you avoid using post-treatment?
Any products that contain, sulphates, petro chemicals, phthalates, synthetic fragrances and silicones.

6.    What type of shampoo/conditioner should you use post-treatment?  
Herbatint Normalising Shampoo and Royal Cream Conditioner will keep your hair in the best condition and your colour vibrant for the longest time.

7.    What should you do if you are not satisfied with your colour?
Firstly wash it and wash it and wash it! Remember all colour fades eventually. Use a sulphate based shampoo, which will strip the colour faster and remember putting another colour over the top may only make it worse so give it a chance to fade first. It’s important to choose the correct colour but accidents happen, you may need to consult a professional colourist.

8.    Is there a way to do highlights, Balayage, ombre, or Ecaille at home?                                    I wouldn’t try to do theses techniques at home they take years of practice to perfect by professionals.

9.    How do you keep your hair from drying out post-treatment?
Use good products everyday rather than expensive treatments that wash straight out.

10.    How often should you reapply colour or root touch up?
Depending on how quickly your hair grows anything from 3-12 weeks.

11.    Do you have suggestions for those wanting to drastically change their colour i.e. blonde to brunette?      
Ideally I would consult a professional for any drastic colour change. If your going darker, remember that it will be there for quite some time so don’t make that decision lightly! Going lighter is a little more complicated and I would advise on a professional consultation.

12.    How can you ensure you’re colour doesn’t fade or go brassy from chlorine?                   Easy! Don’t put your head underwater! Chlorine is a bleach by nature and will lighten your natural hair in time and fade your Herbatint colour very quickly.

Theo Bambacas
Natural Colour specialist, Master Stylist & Salon manager at Supernatural Hair & Beauty, London.