To Dye For: Hair Colouring Tips

Everything you needed to know to find the perfect shade.

  • Story by Photo Carolyn Haslett

Everything you needed to know to find the perfect shade.

You may be spending a fortune on your dream dress, but your hair colour will get more exposure than just that one day, so make sure you choose a colour you love. Here, Auckland salon Morgan and Morgan’s Jennifer Morgan, who has 29 years of experience, reveals her expert hair-colour counsel so you’ll be aisle-ready.

The first step

‘When choosing which hue is best for you and your dress, the period leading up to the wedding is not the time to be experimental. Unless you want a dramatic “reveal,” stick with the tried and true. Whichever hue you choose, the most important factor is feeling comfortable; that you wear the colour and the colour doesn’t wear you. If you prefer to play it safe, stay close to your current colour but go more vibrant by boosting dull lengths with a brightening shampoo, going brighter with your base or adding highlights.’

Timing is everything

‘Opting for a colour that suits your skin tone, is vital – and the best way to achieve this is by working with a colourist who is familiar with your hair and its needs. If your desired ‘do involves a radical colour or style change, it’s best to meet with your stylist at least six months prior to the wedding so you can get the look picture-perfect.

‘With the finished look in mind, put a colour-and-conditioning timeline in place so your hair is at its healthiest. Regular treatments leading up to the big day are vital (especially if you are growing your hair) and the final colour should be scheduled a week before the wedding so the tone is fresh and your locks are gloriously healthy for your bridal turn.’

Tender loving care

‘There are several factors that conspire against your colour; harsh shampoo, sunlight salt water and chlorine.

To prevent fade, it’s vital to use an appropriate shampoo. Sulphates, which give shampoo its foam, remove colour molecules from hair, so choose a sulphate-free formula with UV filters and antioxidants. Try Schwarzkopf BC Color Freeze Sulphate-Free Shampoo.
Nourish hair weekly with an intensive treatment such as Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask. Just as you protect your skin from the sun with sunscreen, shield your hair from harmful rays with products that have UVA and UVB filters and contain aloe vera, such as Schwarzkopf BC Sun Protect.
Consider booking in-salon treatments. Morgan & Morgan’s Intense RX Ionic Restructuring helps to repair damaged, over-processed, highlighted or relaxed hair as well as hair that has been weakened through styling, environmental and natural wear. One treatment will rebuild strength, improve manageability and reduce breakage.

Mane trends

‘The trend of the moment is “lived-in colour”; the inspiration is soft colour that looks natural (only better) and has a more antique feel, rather than garish, obviously dyed hair. The best part of this shift away from over-processed or bleached locks is that it allows hair to be healthy, so your crown – and you – will shine.’


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