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How To Get The Hair Colour You Actually Want At The Salon

No more fears or tears!

So you’re sitting in the hairdresser’s chair looking in the mirror at your new ‘do’ and you kinda want to cry, a little.

Holding back tears, you politely tell them you like it and then you run into the store next door to buy a beanie.

We’ve all been there – it’s no one’s fault – any change, whether drastic or subtle (but particularly drastic… like going from blonde to black!?) can take a lot of getting used to.

Getting what you actually want isn’t actually that simple – there’s a lot of things you should know – but never fear, the COH team is here to hold your hand all the way to your new #hairgoals.

If you’re toying with the idea of a hair change, whether it’s lighter for summer or darker for winter (or even just a slight colour tweak!) – read this post from start to finish first.

Carmen’s hair colourist Siobhan (who was responsible for this new ‘do) knows what’s up, so we got her top tips for how to achieve hairdresser success EVERY. SINGLE. TIME…

Follow the tips below and you’ll never leave the salon disappointed again!

… New hair, who dis?

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BOOK A CONSULTATION FIRST (IT'S FREE!)

If you’re going to see a new colourist, phone ahead and make an appointment to chat through what you hope to achieve. Take LOTS of reference images (tip: Carmen ‘Saved’ images of girls with hair she liked on Instagram so they were easy to access and all in one place).

Carmen for NET-A-PORTER. Read her tips for changing your style and explore the shoot here.

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BOOK A CONSULTATION FIRST (IT'S FREE!)

If you’re going to see a new colourist, phone ahead and make an appointment to chat through what you hope to achieve. Take LOTS of reference images (tip: Carmen ‘Saved’ images of girls with hair she liked on Instagram so they were easy to access and all in one place).

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MAKE SURE YOU VIBE WITH YOUR COLOURIST

During the consultation, make sure the colourist you’re talking to makes you feel good. It’s important to feel relaxed and confident when you’re speaking to them. You shouldn’t feel intimidated or dumb asking questions. When you find someone you like – stick to them! At the end of the day, it’s about the journey (not the destination!).

Staz on #STREET365. Read the interview and shop her look here.

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MAKE SURE YOU VIBE WITH YOUR COLOURIST

During the consultation, make sure the colourist you’re talking to makes you feel good. It’s important to feel relaxed and confident when you’re speaking to them. You shouldn’t feel intimidated or dumb asking questions. When you find someone you like – stick to them! At the end of the day, it’s about the journey (not the destination!).

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TALK ABOUT MONEY

Make sure you mention your budget to the colourist too, so they can let you know what is realistic. This will help them to tailor their service so you don’t walk out with a full head of foils but an empty bank account.

Violetta on #STREET365. Read the interview and shop her look here.

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TALK ABOUT MONEY

Make sure you mention your budget to the colourist too, so they can let you know what is realistic. This will help them to tailor their service so you don’t walk out with a full head of foils but an empty bank account.

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BE REAL WITH YOUR REFERENCES

It’s important to be realistic when sourcing your references. My favourite trick is to tell clients to put their thumb over the person’s face in the reference – you will quickly realise you were probably more attached to the girl (her face, her jewellery, her outfit etc.) than the actual hair itself.

Jemimah on #STREET365. Read the interview and shop her look here.

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BE REAL WITH YOUR REFERENCES

It’s important to be realistic when sourcing your references. My favourite trick is to tell clients to put their thumb over the person’s face in the reference – you will quickly realise you were probably more attached to the girl (her face, her jewellery, her outfit etc.) than the actual hair itself.

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SPEAK UP IF YOU'RE UNSURE

If you don’t fully understand what your colourist is suggesting they should do to achieve your desired result – speak up! It’s better to clarify before they begin rather than halfway through. Most of the time, staying silent means being unhappy with the finished result.

Lydia on #STREET365. Read the interview and shop her look here.

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SPEAK UP IF YOU'RE UNSURE

If you don’t fully understand what your colourist is suggesting they should do to achieve your desired result – speak up! It’s better to clarify before they begin rather than halfway through. Most of the time, staying silent means being unhappy with the finished result.

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HONESTY IS KEY

Be honest if there is something you aren’t happy with. Most of the time any issue can be easily fixed with toner or a little more colour. Trust your colourist, even the best in the business sometimes make mistakes but these can always be fixed!

Louise on #STREET365. Read the interview and shop her look here.

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HONESTY IS KEY

Be honest if there is something you aren’t happy with. Most of the time any issue can be easily fixed with toner or a little more colour. Trust your colourist, even the best in the business sometimes make mistakes but these can always be fixed!

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