Looking for the latest hair colour ideas? You’re in the right place! We have the best hair colour experts in Sydney keeping you up to date with hair colour inspiration in our blog.

All the latest trends and classic colours are here – grey hair, blonde hair, rose gold hair, plus colour ideas for long hair or short. We also cover hair colour techniques from ombre to balayage and highlights.

We hope you find some great inspiration from the many beautiful hair colour ideas in our blog. Get in touch and we can help turn ideas into reality!

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Did you know that Britney Spears has just gone from brunette to blonde? “Maybe blondes do have more fun!” she said on Instagram. Also jumping on Instagram this month has been the ‘IDGAF’ singer Dua Lipa, who went from blonde to honey-blonde. Megan Thee Stallion, an American rapper, appeared on the cover of Paper magazine with an amazing half blonde/half bright red look, while Reese Witherspoon’s daughter Ava has chosen 2019 to go baby pink. Are you getting the idea? 2019 has been all about trying something different with your colour – but are you game? If you do feel like jumping in at the deep end, how about dipping a pinky toe in first? With a little help from your smartphone, you can do it right now by downloading a hair colour changing app.

If using your phone to try a change hair colour app sounds exciting, here at Lily Jackson we are one step ahead of you! Our top Sydney hairdressers have road-tested the most popular change hair colour app options for you, and we’re here to present our findings.

What on earth is a hair colour changer app?

In a nutshell, a hair colour app is exactly what it says on the tin: an app that changes your hair colour at the press of your smartphone screen! Perfect for completing avoiding hair colour change regret, a hair colour app not only allows you to try a new colour on for size before taking the dramatic plunge, you can also try a dramatically different haircut style, like a pixie cut – without ever going near a pair of scissors.

Ever sat in the chair, paid good money, and walked out of the shop with the horrible realisation that your cut doesn’t suit your face, shape, personality or skin? This latest VR technology means you’ll never feel that way again because the best hair colour changer app is so super-realistic.

Of course, consult with your local hair colourist and discuss your ideas and goals before you commit 🙂

Here are our top 5 change hair colour app options.

1. Hair Zapp

The great thing about apps is that you can generally try them before buying the premium features. Hair Zapp is a great example of that, with no less than 500 different hairstyles to try for free. Another great feature allows you to post your new do on the app and get real-time feedback from other hair colour app users.

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2. Hairstyle Makeover

Like all these apps, all you really need to do is take or upload a photo of yourself, and then let the technology works its magic. Hairstyle Makeover is particularly good for trying completely different hairstyle shapes because you can alter the length, volume and shape of each style. It’s very handy for those with round faces, which are notoriously difficult to match to a new hairstyle.

Hairstyle Makeover App

3. Hairstyle Try On

The free version of this changing hair colour app includes only 15 different styles, but don’t worry: short, long, medium, straight and curly options are among them – and 800 more styles are less than $2 away. There is also a great social media sharing feature so that not just other app users but also your family and friends can give their opinion!

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4. Style My Hair

Developed by French cosmetics giant L’Oreal, this app and its amazing 3D colour simulation technology doesn’t disappoint. First of all, it’s totally free and includes more than 50 hair colours to experiment with – including beautiful natural tones as well as bold blue, green and pink options.

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Have you had a good play with your favourite new change hair colour app? Ready to let Sydney’s best colourists work their artistic magic … for real? Changing your hair colour is one of the easiest ways to turn heads and refresh your image, personality and self-esteem, so why not book in for a complimentary consultation? Contact us to reboot your look today.

Organic Hair Colour

At Lily Jackson Hair & Make Up our health philosophy is simple – less chemicals not more.

But let’s get something clear up front – Organic Hair Colour does not exist (apart from some types of Henna). 

There are ways to reduce your exposure to chemicals in the quest for beautiful hair but it is confusing and contradictory.

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If you’ve been colouring your hair to cover the grey, the thought of stopping can be scary for no other reason than imagining how you’ll survive the time it takes for your natural colour to emerge.

Going grey is a big decision and a process. Julie Peacocke, Director of Lily Jackson Hair & Makeup and Lily Jackson Hairdressing Potts Point discusses how to go grey and if doing it gracefully is possible.

What are the issues faced by going grey?

The biggest issue to address is how to transition to grey and still keep the hair looking great. Going grey is a gradual process and often in the first years, the colour solution might have been to just cover the grey hair with an overall tint or highlights.

No two people are going to go grey in the same way so “going grey” really requires a bespoke solution for each individual. You would be surprised at the different patterns: some people have lots of grey hair around the hairline (think forehead, sideburns, and nape of the neck), but not a lot on the top. For others, their grey hair might grow more densely in patches.

The colour of the skin also changes with age – so this needs to be taken this into account ie are the natural shade of grey in your hair and your skin tone complementary?

Growing out the old colour

Growing out existing colour presents its own challenges and really requires a well thought out colour strategy depending on how patient or fearful the client is about the transition. It’s a really big step.

The other issue is that we assume the grey that grows out is a pleasant colour or tone and is uniform in appearance but often this is not the case. Some grey hair has unusual tones like yellow or green which need to be corrected.

The grey hair might also have different densities in different parts of the head – ie you might be a really light grey on the front of your head and still have your original pigment at the back.

Grey hair has a different texture to hair with natural pigment, so as your hair goes grey, the texture of your hair will change and as a result – these two “types” of hair will behave differently. Curly grey hair, for example, is often more wirey than the curly hair with natural pigment and can be more difficult to control.

Finally, will going grey to be supportive of your professional goals? I know of many professional women in high-powered positions who would not consider going grey because they feel they would be, consciously or unconsciously, judged and leave themselves open to bias and prejudice.

What are your tips for transitioning to grey?

If you’ve followed Instagram at all, many young women are choosing to have their hair coloured grey or silver and it’s quite a social media trend.

In the past, the limitations of technology in professional hair colour meant that stylists were not able to create grey shades and tones. But now we have many more tools, products and interesting colour technology that enables us to create bespoke levels of fashion-oriented grey hair.

So what does this mean for you?

The best news is you don’t have to grow out your hair, have a really obvious re-growth and look aged or unkempt in the process.

The first thing to consider is how much colour already exists in the hair and how big a difference there is between the coloured hair and the original pigment.

Some clients might need or want a slow transition – this involves gradually growing out the grey yet incorporating some bespoke colour so that the hair does not look flat or unattractive.

Some clients are super ready. Generally, they’ve thought about it for quite some time so an extreme transition involving a full removal of the colour that exists in the hair, is right for them. How well this solution works depends on how long the hair is (better in shorter hairstyles) and the overall health and condition of the hair being treated.

Unless you’re incredibly lucky to have a pleasant shade of grey and colour densities that are attractive, grey hair still requires a bespoke approach to look good. Finding that stylist that can take you on this journey and who makes it an adventure and not a stressful experience is key.

Some of the techniques we use are:

  • Toning out undesirable colours like yellow or green tinge or sun bleached gold brassiness.
  • Creating contrast be it lighter or darker (but in a minimal way where you might only need touch ups three or four times per year).
  • Putting in MORE grey. Some people have white hair instead of grey and adding in grey can create a point of difference, add style and create more depth and texture to a fashionable haircut.

Can you reverse your colour?

We can remove (or strip) colour from the hair, but because of the process, the hair will have no colour. So as part of the process, we would need to deposit the desired colour back into the hair and this can be a bespoke grey colour.

The colour removal process is not suitable for everyone and definitely not to be attempted if you’ve been colouring your hair with supermarket colour in a box.

Is cutting hair short and letting it grow again the only way?

It certainly is an option if you cannot deal with the length of time a transition will take. It’s like ripping off a band-aid.

Women with short grey hair can look so stylish, but it is not the only way for the reasons mentioned above. You just need to have a lot of patience if you wish to keep your hair length.

For those who don’t want to sacrifice their long hair, what would you suggest?

The first thing about any long hair is that it must be healthy.

Many women attached to having long hair are unfortunately blind to their split or dead ends that must be cut off for any hairstyle to look good and for any colour to hold.

Again, a bespoke approach to colour is needed and transitioning the hairstyle to grey will involve allowing incremental amounts of natural colour to show through over a period of time.
Having a sharp haircut once it is grey is essential – grey hair looks best with a strong style.

Can you show us some types of hairstyles that work with grey hair?

I certainly can! Take a look at our latest professional photo shoot and video featuring women with grey hair! You will see a short pixie cut, one shorter hairstyle with a longer fringe, one medium hair length hairstyle and one long grey hairstyle.

We hope they inspire you to call us for a consultation on 02 9360 8708 or book an appointment with us online.

ash blonde hair colours

What exactly is ash blonde hair colour? If you’ve ever wanted to sport an edgy, ‘ice queen’ look, ash blonde is for you. Think light blonde with a grey or ‘ash’ tint.

It’s blonde with the temperature turned down, basically, leaving a brilliantly unique shade with an undertone of grey and silver. If you have a light complexion, ash blonde is a certain winner, but there’s actually a shade of ash blonde that will work for everyone.

When it comes to trending hairstyles and colours, ash blonde is certainly popular right now. There are plenty of celebrities with fine examples we’ll highlight. So let’s get straight to the list!

1. Ash blonde ombre hair

If blonde all the way doesn’t work for you, pick ash blonde ombre hair. It will look as good at work as it will in a bikini.

A celeb who loves it: Ashley Benson, who plays Hanna in Pretty Little Liars.

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2. Dark to light ash blonde

Just like yin and yang, the dark and light really work well when it comes to ash blonde hair. Think black roots that blend into platinum, and you get an idea of how stunning contrast can be.

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3. Ash blonde brown hair

Who says ash blonde can’t incorporate brown? Try starting with dark brown roots and ending with honey blonde ends, and take a bold step from brown to the exciting world of ash blonde.

A celeb who loves it: Cara Delevinge, whose famous dark eyebrows make the brown in her ash blonde really sparkle.

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Here are some other examples of ash blonde and ash brown hair – the spectrum is endless!

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4. Ash blonde highlights

Highlights are another perfect way to step tentatively into the ash blonde realm. Take your prized brunette tresses and add some ice queen flair with ash blonde foils – in a long bob, especially if you have thin hair, it looks particularly chic.

A celeb who loves it: Taylor Swift, whose baby blue eyes really pop with ash blonde hair.

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5. Dark ash blonde

When you add some more obviously grey tones to that ash blonde look, you’re really getting on-trend in 2018 with a darker undertone. It’s also daring – and every eye on the room will be on you.

A celeb who loves it: Kim Kardashian, who will often opt for ash blonde with grey when she trades in her signature black hair.

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6. Buttery ash blonde

Ash blonde and 2018 are all about breaking the rules, so let’s commit the sin of mixing those cool and warm tones. The result for ash blonde is a dynamic, buttery look.

A celeb who loves it: Amanda Seyfried, whose ashy roots blend deliciously with warm ends.

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7. Silver ash blonde

You’re thinking grey and icy, but how about thinking more silver? Add in some metallic tinges and really make it pop with dimension via platinum highlights at the end.

 

So there you have it: ash blonde is not just ash blonde. Do you have a favourite?

The really great news is that there are actually DOZENS more ash blonde hair colour ideas to choose from, so ask the friendly hair colour experts at Lily Jackson to help find the perfect one for you!


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Short Grey Hair Lyn

Meet Lyn.

Confident and happy in her skin, Lyn is popular over 50’s model featured in many magazines and papers. Going grey is a lot about loving the person you are, indeed embracing it and as author Brenee Brown puts it “letting go of who you think you’re supposed to be.”

Short Grey Hair Lyn

Lyn’s hair looks natural but we actually coloured it with some highlights and toner. Lyn has strong features and can carry off a strong haircut.

The hair cut features a lot of texture and movement to frame Lyn’s face. It reflect Lyn’s personality to a tee – it has strength, style and loads of personality and it makes a statement.

When we work with grey hair transitions, we aren’t trying to do anything that goes against the nature of the hair.

And this is the liberating aspect of grey hair transitions.

Watch this video to see how beautiful and vibrant grey hair is and understand our approach to grey hair transitions.

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Platinum Grey Hair Helen

It was the best thing I’ve ever done, because it set a whole lot of change in motion.

Meet Helen

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Helen, superwoman

Jules Peacocke, Director of Lily Jackson Hair & Makeup and the Lily Jackson Hairdressing Potts Point talks about making Helen’s haircut edgy and on-trend, yet relevant to a woman who is in her 50’s and who is grey. Cutting texture and movement into the hairstyle is a paramount, making sure that your grey hair is beautiful is the next.

Grey hair often benefits from a little boost from your stylist with a toner or highlights so it’s a stand-out in any room.

There’s a misconception that going grey mean’s no maintenance, but that’s not the case, especially if you have been colouring your entire head to cover greys.  You don’t have to suffer through unsightly regrowth but we will have to adjust the approach to your colour. And maybe your natural grey hair needs a helping hand like Helen’s.

You also need to style your hair with some great products. On this shoot we used Oribe and R+Co, available online, Lily Jackson Hair & Makeup.

 

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Meet Michelle

Michelle’s journey to grey came about with feeling confident with where she is at and embracing age with grace.

She is a real nature girl, who loves long hair. Watch Michelle discuss her grey hair journey in this video.

We applied a toner to Michelle’s hair to enhance the brightness of the natural colours.

Grey hair without a strong hairstyle definitely can age you.
Long hair especially requires a strong direction with the haircut.  We cut a lot of shape into Michelle’s hair, without taking away the length or creating excessive layers.  The result is a haircut with structure that supports styling to reflect softness and looseness which is very much her personality.

We blow dried and tonged Michelle’s hair to frame her face softly and stylishly.

Jules Peacocke, Director of Lily Jackson Hair & Makeup says “Often nature has a great plan, and sometimes it just needs a bit of re direction.”

 

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Meet Julie

Julie is one of Jules Peacocke’s clients. Jules, Director of Lily Jackson Hair & Makeup, has always admired Julie for her unique look and style and has enjoyed creating this versatile look.

Julie found her journey to grey hair empowering as she talks about confronting and embracing who she is in this video.

Every woman has their own sense of presence and it is clear that Julie understands and embraces her personal style. The colour and cut support and enhance Julie’s facial features.

With Julie’s colour being completely natural, we focussed on the haircut – a graduated bob.  Going grey requires more attention to the haircut which comes down to the stylist getting to know their client and their story. While a graduated bob is a “simple haircut” it requires a significant amount of expertise and skill to execute correctly.

Now the word “bob” might strike fear in the hearts of many women because poorly executed, it can add years to the appearance of the individual and tells nothing of the uniqueness of the person.

Julie’s hairstyle showcases grey hair that does not age the individual, that can be styled to reflect a fun, elegant and/or edgy look that speaks uniqueness, individuality and empowerment.

All great haircuts look better when blowdried and styled.

In the images above you can see how Julie’s hair has been styled differently: swept up with a long side part that imparts freshness or a sultry blowdry over the eyes – both styles using Oribe Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse and Oribe Superfine Hairspray.

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In 1950, 7% of all women coloured their hair. Fast forward to today, and that number is up to a staggering 80%. If you’re among that number, or you’re thinking of joining the hair colouring army, we don’t need to try to convince you. But here’s something you might not know about – the importance of hair toner.

What does toner do to your hair?

Of the 8 in 10 women who colour their hair, an incredible 90% answer ‘What is hair toner?’ when asked a simple question about what is arguably the most important part of the colouring process.

To cut a long story short, hair colour toner is the part of the process that leaves you with the colour you walk out of the salon with. It’s a very impressive product that personalises, enhances or corrects the colour, leaving your coloured hair looking more natural and beautiful than you dreamed of.

Some think it only relates to the blonde shades, but that’s not true at all — hair toning is just as important for brunettes and redheads too. It locks in the colour, boosts the shine, and makes coloured hair all the most healthy.

Let’s get to the bottom of why hair toners are so crucial:

1. It’s all about the colour color touch toner and hair colour sample of ash blonde

Especially when you’re going lighter, what is actually happening to your real hair is that you’re saying goodbye to the pigment. And it’s the toner for hair styles that really work beautifully that give you those amazing blondes, golds or copper tones instead of a horrible yellow, brass or creamy mess.

It’s also the secret behind that flash of trendy colour you’ve been spotting on the runways of late.

2. It doesn’t last forever

Toners for hair might be the essential step in beautifully coloured hair, but it doesn’t last forever. As a general rule, it will last about six weeks or up to 20 washes, but you boost your chances of extending the toner’s effective life (and your beautiful colour) by using professionally prescribed colour-locking shampoos and conditioners.

Your hair’s porosity is a key factor in the longevity of your colour – porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture and of course, colour.

Characteristics of High Porosity Hair

  • Hair easily absorb water, however, it requires more products.
  • Hair can look and feel dry.
  • If curly, it will often be frizzy if not tamed with product.
  • Hair dries quickly.

Your hair will have a “natural” porosity. Hair may become more porous through some colour processes like bleaching, for instance, which means it will be hard for your hair to “hold onto” colour from toners.  All these factors are taken into account when you consult with our expert Sydney hair colourists.

3. Hair Toners are great even without adding colour!

As we mentioned above, when it comes to the toner hair dressers use for your new mane of beautifully coloured hair, we’re talking about serious business! But even if you don’t colour your hair at all, ask your stylist about what toner can do for your uncoloured hair as well.

The answer is a beautiful high gloss and the ideal maintenance of your natural colour with softness and shine.

wella colour fresh toners4. Not all toners are created equal

When you sit down with a great stylist, you really do get what you pay for – including incredible knowledge about the precise toner that will work for your hair type and colour. Try to do it at home and get it wrong, and take the risk of weeks with green hair — or worse!  That’s why we encourage you to book a consultation with one of our expert colourists who are versed in our high quality professional ranges and know exactly how to choose the right colours and toners to achieve your hair nirvana.  Don’t forget to come in with some inspiration pictures and a healthy dose of reality 😉

 

Got a toner-at-home nightmare to share? Head to the comments below, or let us know if you have another hair toner fact you’re (hair) dying to share!

Lily Jackson is one of Sydney’s very best hairdressers, with a team of friendly and skilled professionals who have seen and done it all when it comes to the fine art of hair toning. Ready to leap into an exciting new colour but nervous about it all going wrong? Call 02 9360 8708 today for a chat, or ask about a complimentary consultation all about the ins and outs of hair toner!

How to make hair colour last

One of the fun things in life is to dye or colour your hair. Sure, you love what nature gave you – and whatever your Mum and Dad’s genes put on top of your head is absolutely beautiful (because it’s YOU). But YOLO! (you only live once). You need a change. You may have some greys. Or you just want a colourful adventure. No matter the reason, any day is a great day to colour your hair. But let’s face it: you don’t want to be dying your hair every single day either. So make a bold and wise choice, and then learn how to make your hair colour last longer.

How long does hair colour last? It depends how determined you are! Here’s how to make hair colour last for as long as absolutely possible:

1. Turn down the temp

If your dear old Mum taught you that showers or baths that are too hot will dry out your skin, then trust us: boiling hot water definitely isn’t the answer to how to make hair dye last longer.

Actually, the right temperature for rubbing in that shampoo is room temperature – and you should make it even cooler for the conditioner! Without getting too technical, the heat opens up the cuticles, which lets out not only the moisture but that all-important colour.

2. Go cold for rinsing

And once you’ve gone warm for washing, turn hot off all the way for the ideal rinse. Ok, it might not be overly pleasant in the winter, but cold water will seal the cuticle shut – and in turn lock in the colour. Then, use a towel to dry it. It’s a simple answer to how to keep hair colour from washing out prematurely.

3. Swim smart

You may have coloured your hair so you look great on the beach and at the pool, but sun and chlorine aren’t best friends to long-lasting hair colour. So embrace a new best friend instead – in the form of a hair protector with built-in SPF protection.  Distribute a generous amount of the Solar Sealing Cream onto the hair before and during sun bathing. Re-apply regularly after swimming. Can be used as a leave-in styling cream to tame unruly and frizzy hair. When it comes to considering how to keep hair colour from fading with exposure to the elements, it’s simple and very effective.

4. Put away the blow dryer

As we said in #2, use a normal towel to dry your coloured hair – especially in the first week or so after getting it done. And keeping that blows drier in the bathroom cupboard too will also make hair dye last longer.

Those hair tools that use heat – including straighteners – will only speed up the hair fading process. Ok, you may love your hair appliances, but hold out as long as you can. If you can’t resist, think about using a thermal protectant.

5. Wash your hair … later and use colour safe products

How to keep colour in hair? Use colour safe professional hair care recommended by your stylist for your particular hair type.  Another way that may be a little hard for you to implement is to stay away from the shampoo altogether for as long as you can. Definitely hold out for a day or two at least, until that colour is really locked into the hair. And once you do give in, try to use a gentle shampoo, like the colour safe products in our online store.

6. Use a shower filter

I bet you didn’t know that ‘hard’ water really is hard?! And I bet you didn’t realise that an answer to how to preserve hair colour is to make it ‘soft’?

It may all be H2O, but when it comes straight out of your tap, water is actually full of all sorts of chemicals and minerals, including chlorine (which really isn’t good for your hair colour and why our salon basins are fitted with purifying eco-heads). Hard water strips away your hair’s natural oils AND that expensive hair dye, so think about getting a shower filter installed.

7. Prepare your hair – what condition is your hair in now?

How do you prepare for your hair to be dyed? Save up for a week or two? How about investing some time to talk to your stylist about the current condition of your hair and being really open to hear their professional opinion?

If you’ve been blonde or had highlights, for instance, your hair might be really porous – understanding the porosity of your hair is the first step in making hair colour last longer.  Hair porosity refers to your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture (and ultimately colour). If your hair is porous it is highly likely that some colours will not hold in your hair.  Even if you’ve never had colour before, curly hair, for instance, can be highly porous.

What to do?

Definitely check in with your stylist on the best course of treatment to prepare for your desired hair colour.  There are some really great in-salon treatments like keratin smoothing treatments or molecular hair re-filling that can work wonders in the lead up to your hair colour appointment.

8. Avoid deep conditioning treatments or hair masks for the first 72 hours after colour

We know we told you to use a deep conditioner to prepare for your hair colour. But you should avoid hair masks for about 72 hours AFTER your hair colour service has been completed because technology is so effective, the moisturising molecules that will penetrate deep into the hair cuticle will literally PUSH the colour molecules out. So some of those beautiful rose gold and ash blonde colour molecules will literally forced out and say bye-bye once you rinse the mask out.

Think we’ve missed a trick for how to keep colour in your hair? We’d love to hear your own tips for how to make hair colouring masterpieces last longer, so don’t be shy and pop into the comments below.

Ready to look and feel fab with a fab new hair colour? Lily Jackson Hair & Makeup are one of the best hair colourists in Sydney – because great highlights, foils, tints, semi-permanent colours, and balayage are not just skilled hairdressing, it’s an absolute art form requiring the best quality products. Get in touch today!

 


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