Spring is almost here and with it comes a plethora of bronzed babes with blonde balayaged locks as the editorial pages start getting summer ready. Here at Murphy Gozzard, we feel an obligation as Paddington’s best salon, to never follow trends unquestioned or blindly follow the ‘rules’, so here is our guide to going darker as the temperatures rise. Time to embrace the deepest and richest chestnuts, mahogonys and chocolates and revel in their high gloss finish in the sunshine.

Here are our three essential decisions for your new colour straight from our leading hair colourists;

1.    Choosing your shade

This is the trickiest and most crucial element, yet also the easiest when you visit our leading Paddington salon and put yourself in the capable hands of our award-winning hairdressers. There are several factors we will take into account when selecting your perfect colour. First, we will look at the state of your hair and how dramatic a change to the colour and texture it will be. Blonde curly hair will obviously present different challenges to brunette locks looking for a refresh. Rest assured that if you do decide to jump straight in with a big change, our colour experts will ensure no nasty surprises in the chair. Start saving images of colours you love so that we can have a clear picture - remember your idea of mahogany and highlights might be different to ours, so this minimises any confusion.

2.    Cutting your shade

Really there aren’t too many rules here however you may want to just focus on the colour change to start with, rather than adding a dramatic cut into the mix. Having said that we love a dramatic change, so we are all for it if you are! Deep brunette lobs are everywhere this season and are a great middle ground for longer hair experimentation. We will be sure to create a cut which will add extra dimension to your new shade.

3.    Keeping your shade

The more dramatic the change, the more important this is. Blonde hair is at risk of losing colour quickly as it just doesn’t have the rich base to sustain it, so colour protection is key, as are regular appointments for root cover. Whereas blonded brunettes can get away with faux balayage as their roots grow out, unfortunately it doesn’t work the other way round. Also, try not to wash your hair too often as water is coloured hair’s number one enemy. We suggest using the Oribe Shampoo and Conditioner For Beautiful Colour when you do wash as well as their matching Masque at least once a week. Break this up with a good dry shampoo in between washes like La Biosthetique Powder Spray.

Ready to chat about heading to the darker side? Come and see one of the best colourists near you at Murphy Gozzard.

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