DECIDE ON YOUR COLOUR
Try and nail precisely what colour you think would suit you, how saturated you want the colour to be, and apply the formula that the brighter the colour, the more lighter the hair needs to be. The only colour that successfully works on a darker head of hair without bleaching is red, its pigment shows up more, so even before you jump in buying all the equipment do all the required strand and allergy tests and I would highly recommend leaving the bleaching to professionals as box bleaches contain lots of chemical nasties and isn’t something that can be easily fixed.
I personally think you should play around with 2 or 3 shades of a colour, unless you’re achieving a block colour mix up a few different hues as all hair starts to turn different colours in the light and by putting in streaks, strands, patches and chunks of subtly different colour it can create volume, depth and dimension (the cheat to bigger hair shhhh!)
SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
If you are looking to take some of those brassy tones out a toner or purple shampoo is required, I flitter between Pro-Voke’s Touch Of Silver Brightening Shampoo and Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo, they both do an amazing job at getting rid of gingery and brassy tones and are inexpensive. Unforuntely this is the upkeep but if you keep to purple shampoos and conditioners the blonde aspect of coloured hair isn’t a biggie.
Prepare to go through 2 bottles of conditioner for every bottle of shampoo! Or maybe that’s just the volume of my hair? But it’s extremely important you keep your hair nourished with all its essential oils. I won’t go brand specific as what I look for in a conditioner is for my curly locks and not colour but a good extra to add to colour treated hair is coconut oil, as it coats the strand from the inside out and in the days of self bleaching, backcombing and straightening when my hair was a birdsnest coconut oil was my saviour, its benefits are endless so much that I’ll talk everything coconut oil in another post very soon!
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO EXPERIMENT!
I hope this has helped anyone who felt hesistant about going colourful, saved some existing colourheads and take my helpful advice far and wide into the world, and if you have any helpful advice or need more info let me know!