Beauty: Celebrity tips to stop the colour fade

Celebrity hairdresser Mark Hill says condition is key to keeping spring's new hair colours vibrant. Stephanie Smith finds out how.

Thursday, 31st March 2016, 6:54 pm
Updated Thursday, 31st March 2016, 7:01 pm
Cyndi Lauper who will take to the stage for a special performance at the Olivier Awards 40th anniversary ceremony. Ian West/PA Wire

There are some striking new hair looks trending this spring, but before you dive head-first, it’s worth considering the downfalls. Celebrity hairdresser Mark Hill, who is based in Kirk Ella near Hull, has the following advice:

The ombre trend – Mark says: “Ombre is a great way to add colour without having to pop back to the salon every few weeks for a root touch up. What started as a gentle sunkissed effect has now become more dramatic.

“When your hair is dark, the only way you can achieve such a dramatic result is by using bleach and toners. Stripping colour from hair so dramatically can make hair weak, brittle, dry or damaged.

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1. Pixi H20 Skin Tint: Complexion-enhancing gel tint for a fresh-faced look. Cooling and refreshing and gives a flawless finish even though it feels much lighter and more breathable than a traditional foundation. Suitable for even the most sensitive skin, paraben and fragrance free with rose water, chamomile and lavender to soothe. Its £24, at Marks & Spencer and at www.pixibeauty.co.uk.

“Use your normal conditioner every time you shampoo but once a week pop a conditioning treatment onto the mid-length and ends. Keep ends strong by getting regular trims and when you are fed up, get it all cut out into a mid-length bob – back on-trend again.” Try Mark Hill MiracOILous Hydrating 2 Minute Mask, £7.49.

The pastels trend – Mark says: “The trend for funky colours has been embraced by every age from Helen Mirren to Katy Perry. Icy blue and pretty pink, steely grey and funky purple, why not have fun with your hair?

“Your hairdresser might recommend pre-colouring first so the tones show brighter. Pre-colouring means using a bleach or hair lightening product. No matter how gentle these products are, they are ultimately changing the way your hair looks and feels.

“The second problem is colour fade. The pastel may look amazing when first done, but after a couple of shampoos, it’s barely there.

Clarins Skin Boosters: Clarins has launched three skin-boosting super-charged treats to simply mix in with your moisturiser, face mask or even your foundation at times of need. The Energy formula has ginseng, great for late nights; the Repair has mimosa tenuiflora for soothing; and the Detox has green coffee for purifying. Each 15ml dropper bottle costs £30 on the Clarins counters.

“Using regular conditioning treatments will not only bring your hair back to life, they will also prolong the life of your colour. If your colour has faded you will need to reapply to bring vibrancy back.”

Try Mark Hill MiracOILous Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner, £6.99 for 250ml.

Aveda Love Oil: A blend of nourishing oils for body, bath, hair and scalp, created as a tribute to Horst Rechelbacher, founder of Aveda, which donates proceeds to projects that fight climate change. The oil restores moisture and helps seal in moisture, with Australian sandalwood, certified organic jasmine, vetiver and frankincense.Its £23 at www.aveda.co.uk and at John Lewis.
1. Pixi H20 Skin Tint: Complexion-enhancing gel tint for a fresh-faced look. Cooling and refreshing and gives a flawless finish even though it feels much lighter and more breathable than a traditional foundation. Suitable for even the most sensitive skin, paraben and fragrance free with rose water, chamomile and lavender to soothe. Its £24, at Marks & Spencer and at www.pixibeauty.co.uk.
Clarins Skin Boosters: Clarins has launched three skin-boosting super-charged treats to simply mix in with your moisturiser, face mask or even your foundation at times of need. The Energy formula has ginseng, great for late nights; the Repair has mimosa tenuiflora for soothing; and the Detox has green coffee for purifying. Each 15ml dropper bottle costs £30 on the Clarins counters.
Aveda Love Oil: A blend of nourishing oils for body, bath, hair and scalp, created as a tribute to Horst Rechelbacher, founder of Aveda, which donates proceeds to projects that fight climate change. The oil restores moisture and helps seal in moisture, with Australian sandalwood, certified organic jasmine, vetiver and frankincense.Its £23 at www.aveda.co.uk and at John Lewis.