Colouring Your Hair For The First Time?

Top Tips For First Time Hair Colour Clients From Hair Lab Hair Salon, Basingstoke

We understand it can be worrying when considering a hair colour change, especially for the first time, which is why we try to answer any concerns you might have about first time hair colouring.

Remember, we offer free hair colour consultations so book in now to get the perfect hair colour for you!

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A Skin Test Is Essential Before Your Hair Colour Appointment

At Hair Lab hairdressing in Basingstoke we are only able to offer hair colouring to men and women over the age of 16.  You must come in for a quick skin test at least 48 hours prior to your first colour appointment to test for allergies to the colour range we use.

There’s no need to book for this as it takes only a minute, but we will not be able to colour your hair without a record of a skin test. 

Which Hair Colour Should I Choose For My First Time? 

This depends largely on what you are hoping to achieve. Do you want to liven up your natural red hair colour? Do you want to disguise grey or white hair? Or do you simply want to experiment with adding some natural highlights to your hair? We would recommend that you book in for a complimentary hair colour consultation with a Hair Lab colour expert so we can help you find the perfect hair colour for you.

Natural-Looking Hair Colouring – Balayage 

If you are nervous about dying your hair or new to colouring your hair then balayage is a great option. Balayage is a technique where colour is hand-painted onto certain sections of the hair, your roots are then “stretched”, with the colour gradually brightening towards the ends of your hair. 

Boost Your Natural Hair Colour & Hide Grey Hair

If you love your natural hair colour but hate the unwanted grey hairs that have crept in, then chat to your skilled Hair Lab hair stylist about adding highlights & low lights to help blend your roots.

We can blend your roots or pesky grey hairs in with the rest of your hair colour and give your hair renewed depth and shine. Glossing can also be used to add tone to your hair colour and even camouflage grey hair.  

Should I Choose Temporary or Permanent Hair Colour? 

Temporary Hair Colour – If you are colouring your hair for the first time, it might be sensible to start off with a temporary hair dye which will wash out over a few shampoos. Remember, however, that you can only go darker with temporary hair colour. If you want to lighten your hair, you will need to use a semi-permanent or permanent dye.

Semi-Permanent Hair Colour – You can achieve longer-lasting colour with a semi-permanent shade.  This is ideal if you want to subtly boost your natural hair colour or cover your first grey hairs.

Permanent Hair Colour – Permanent hair dye works by lifting the cuticles along the hair shaft and depositing the colour deeper within each hair strand.  Your colour will be permanent and your roots will need re-touching every eight weeks.  

Book Your First Hair Colour Appointment at Hair Lab Hair Salon in Basingstoke

Call Hair Lab hair salon on 01256 700 670 to book your hair colour service. If you are looking for last-minute appointments and salon discounts in Basingstoke take a look at our offers page here.

Please note: If you are new to hair colour, please book in for a skin test 48 hours prior to your hair colour appointment.