Grey Hair Transformations Long Hair at Lily Jackson Hair & Makeup

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.”

 

wella colour fresh toners

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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iskra lawrence rose gold hair

We just can’t get enough of rose gold hair.

It’s a massive trend of 2018, and we just can’t get enough of looking at fabulous rose gold colour sensations through our rose-tinted glasses!

Don’t believe us? Iskra Lawrence said goodbye to her blonde, Bella Hadid combined her rose gold hair colour with dark roots, Elle Fanning showcased her rose pink hair on Instagram … and the rose gold hair colour hits just keeps on coming!

Is that because rose gold hair looks awesome on absolutely everyone?

We think so! Here are some of our absolute favourite rose gold hair colour ideas:

1. Rose gold ombre

ombre rose gold hairIf you’re not quite sure how your boss will react, try this for a toe in the water – rose gold ombre hair. It’s perfect for a brunette, as it only fades into rose pink at the ends.

2. Rose quartz

quartz rose gold hair

Rose Quartz hair colour in Alexander Wang’s Spring Summer 2018

If you caught Alexander Wang’s Spring Summer 2018 show, you already know all about rose quartz hair. It’s like throwing orchid and lilac into a pot and getting peach hair at the end, with a result that’s easy, practical and still edgy.

3. Metallic rose pink hair

metallic rose gold hairIf your rose gold colour preference edges towards the more purple end of the pink scale, you’re probably reaching for dark rose gold hair dye. It’s a rose gold hue that’s almost metallic, and it works best if you crank up the shine.

4. Platinum rose gold hair

platinum rose gold hairFor blondes looking to leap onto the rose gold hair colour bandwagon, this platinum variety is an easy first step. We love the lilac magenta root fade/ombre too! We’re talking about rose gold highlights applied in a freehand balayage technique.  And this colour and style can also work particularly well if you have a traditional bob style to boot.

5. Red rose gold

red rose gold hairIf even brighter and even shinier is your cup of tea, try pouring a bit more magenta and pink into your rose gold hair colour. It’s strawberry with the volume turned up, so make sure you love a bold step into the world of rose gold hair.  Support this look with professional hair care which is kind to rose gold colour.

6. Peach rose gold

peach rose gold hairIf bright and bold is a step too far, try breathing some fresh warmth into your rose gold hair colour with a touch of peach. This gorgeous colour is particularly easy for those with lighter hair colours. Wella have released some new coral tones in their Colour Create range – mixed with some pink and you have a definite peach rose gold winning formula.

7. Smoky rose gold

smoky rose gold hairFor someone with a busy lifestyle who wants a lived-in rose gold colour straight off the bat, try rose gold with a smoky twist. This look requires a full head of colour: the roots and base colour are applied, the lighter sections are achieved through the application the free hand colour balayage technique to lighten the hair in the right places. The lighter hair is then toned with the perfect smoky rose gold formulation.

8. Strawberry rose gold

strawberry rose gold hairThis variety of rose gold hair is for a dash of lilac and pink on a platinum blonde head – maybe there’s a small amount of truth to blondes having more fun? Especially when they have strawberry rose gold hair! Red heads and brunettes fear not! Just ask your stylist at Lily Jackson Hair and Makeup how you can get some strawberry rose gold love too: root stretch or root fade, balayage or ombre are all available to you.  Just ask your stylist.

9. Lilac rose gold

lilac rose gold hairLilac rose gold highlights are a great way to explore the exciting world of purple, without looking uber dramatic. Just remember to keep these amazing lilac rose gold locks looking good, you need a great shampoo and conditioner and styling products with heat protectants.

10. Light pink rose gold

light pink rose gold hairIf you love your layers more than you love the idea of pink hair, experiment with rose gold by going light. Often, it’s the subtle variety with soft bursts of colour that catch the most attention, anyway.

Are you rocking rose gold? Got a favourite pink hue, spotted a rose gold celeb, or come up with a fab tone of this gorgeous colour? We’d certainly love to hear from you! Want to try it yourself? Then get in touch with our talented Sydney hair colour stylists for a fresh new look.


Image Sources:

https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Ombre-Rose-Gold-Hair-Color-Inspiration-42305870
https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Rose-Quartz-Hair-Color-Trend-Alexander-Wang-Pink-Hair-43997219
https://www.allure.com/story/guy-tang-metallic-hair-dye
http://stylecaster.com/beauty/how-to-get-rose-gold-hair/

There are so many hairstyle buzz words around these days: ombre, sombre, balayage and bronde …it can be hard to keep up!

Don’t fret, we’ve created a simple outline so you know exactly what to ask for on your next visit. This way you can gain understanding of the techniques we use to achieve perfect Instagram ready colour. As colourists reinvent and improve techniques, the resulting colours are “re-branded” to differentiate it from other techniques and keep hair colour exciting for clients.

Traditionally, foils are used to achieve different hair colouring techniques. Balayage and ombre are modern, massively popular trends in hair colouring.

Where foils produce a uniform, defined colouring, balayage and ombre produce a more random or blended transition of colour for your hair. It can be done with blondes, browns, auburns, or bright colours like red, purple or even grey. The technique has developed to such a level of expertise that now the best hair colourists have down pat the perfect blend or fade for your hairstyle. Read more

asian hair

Asian HairAsian Hair is unique and with the right hairdresser it can hold amazing shape! The biggest misconception about Asian hair is that you need an Asian hairdresser, however you just need a great hairdresser.  About 35% of our clients have Asian hair.

Asian hair is just like any hair type that we look after – it requires understanding of the client, how they live their life and what they want from a hairstyle.  The rest is talent and experience.

Read on to find out some great advice on which haircuts suit, and what works best when styling, Asian hair from Lily Jackson’s Sydney Hairdressers.

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