Celebs make it look easy to flit from one hair colour to another – think of Carey Mulligan who has recently been seen with chocolate locks – but being blonde one minute and brunette the next is not quite as easy as it looks. You don’t see the star all the time. So, what to you looks like a dramatic change may have taken months to achieve.
Before going for a drastic colour change you need to build up a good relationship with your colourist (don’t go to a stylist who also colours hair) as you have to trust them implicitly. They, in turn, get to know you: your personality and lifestyle and, of course, most importantly your hair. Discuss your hair's up-keep with them. If you already colour your hair, ask them how the new dye will react with what is already on your hair.
|Going blonder meant using lighter tones|
Max Factor’s award-winning make-up artist and one of my personal favourites (she knows how to do real people as well as celebs), Caroline Barnes has given me these tips. "If you’re dying your hair blonde, get rid of any heavy-based brown tones and opt for lighter, fresher tones for your complexion. If you are adding red to your hair add warmer tones to your make-up and stay away from cool shades. If you are dying your hair black use stronger pigments in your make-up and ditch wishy-washy shades."
Also don’t forget your nails – your hands are always going up to your face. Essie has a wonderful range of shades and they stay on well. I particularly like Hi Maintenance, (£9.95, from professional salons) a pretty pale pink. Also try Chanel Le Vernis in Beige Pétale (£17.50), a subtle beige with a hint of pink and to make a statement try Dior Vernis in Aloha, (£23), a bright orange, one of summer’s hot shades. Comes with a topcoat. Nails this season should be short and slightly rounded.
By Daralyn Danns