Ask an Expert – Danny Luu on Coloured Hair

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In celebration of pride month, Oscar Oscar Salons is shining the spotlight on coloured hair!

Whether it be bright bold + rainbow colours for pride, or more natural tones, how do we take the best care of our locks? Ask an expert!

Danny is an iconic hair guru; delivering the hottest cuts and styles and of course, amazing colour work! Here’s what Danny has to say about all things coloured hair:

Should I prep my hair before going into the salon to get it coloured?

The majority of the time, a dry and clean hair canvas is best when going into the salon for a colour appt. With the exception of an on scalp lightener application where your natural oils on your scalp will actually help protect your scalp and decrease your scalp sensitivity.

Do some colours last longer than others?

Absolutely! Most colour brands will have colours that range from direct dye, semi-permanent, demi-permanent, permanent and lighteners.

Semi-permanent refers to colours that only sit on the outside of the hairs cuticle eg. Pulp Riot

Demi-permanent refers to colours that fade out as well as grow out eg. Redken Shades Eq

When hairdressers refer to permanent colour, “permanent” doesn’t mean it’s going to last forever. “Permanent” refers to the permanent change in the hairs structure and composition. This means that when your natural hair starts to grow back again, depending on what colour was applied to your hair, you’re most likely going to have a stronger line of demarcation.

All colours fade over time with elemental exposure, including washing (water), styling and sunlight (heat). Your hairs porosity also comes into play when it comes to how long a colour lasts in your hair.

What are your top tips for maintaining beautiful coloured hair?

Home hair care! Washing your hair at home with the best quality products ensure that your beautiful in-salon colour lasts as long as it should.

What are the best products to preserve your hair colour?

I personally love the Shu Uemura Color Lustre range and Kerastase Reflection range too. If your hair is blonde, there are anti-brass products in both the Shu Uemura and Kerastase brands. I  prefer anti-brass conditioners/masques in favour of anti-brass shampoos because I find the payoff stronger and the hair feels more conditioned and smooth eg. Kerastase Masque Ultra-Violet, Shu Uemura Anti-Brass Purple Balm. I also love the Oribe Glaze for beautiful colour to give you fresh salon colour brilliance and shine at home.

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How can you maintain the health of your hair when it’s being coloured?

Having pH Bonder/SmartBond during your colour appointments; steps 1, 2, and 3. Weekly at-home treatments, if not more regularly, and using your prescribed home hair care routine. Regular and consistent haircuts are also an integral part of keeping your hair healthy.

Even when you’re trying to grow your hair, you still need consistent haircuts. Everyone who has regrowth knows that their hair is growing, but if the ends aren’t as healthy, with general wear and tear, the ends will come off in your brush and end up on the floor.

What are your favourite ways to style colourful hair?

I love styling coloured hair with movement because it allows light to pass through and bounce off your hair, showcasing your hair colour.

Tips for styling colourful hair at home?

Practice Practice Practice! I get this comment at least once a day: “You always style so well! I wish I could do that!”. We style hair, all day every day.

What are your favourite colours to do on hair?

I mean who doesn’t love a combo of highlights and balayage to have your hair look like you’ve been on a beach holiday for a week. Since chopping my hair off back in April, I’ve really been embracing the vivid colours. I also love the subtlety of pastels strategically placed in more natural hair colour to provide a pop of something interesting. I also love that contrast in hair colour is coming in strong.

For someone who’s never coloured their hair, what would you suggest for virgin locks? 

Personally, I feel like it totally depends on what your lifestyle is like and what you would like your maintenance to be. If you want to dip your toe in the world of hair colour, I would suggest a Redken Shades EQ gloss because it’s a demi-permanent colour so there wouldn’t be an obvious line of regrowth and it fades. This however limits what you can do with a gloss because glosses don’t lighten.

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