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Pro stylists talk DIY colour.

1 “Many women go too dark. If you’re debating between shades, pick the lighter option.”
– David Evangelista, celebrity hairstylist and colourist

2 “Just because Coco went red, it doesn’t mean you should. Learn how to identify what shades complement your skin tone.”
– Luis Pacheco, con- sulting colourist for Clairol

3 “The taller the cake, the more icing you need! The general rule is two boxes for chest-length cuts and three for longer hair.”
– Chuck Hezekiah, at-home hair-colour specialist for Garnier

4 “Before applying colour, use a clarifying shampoo for a clean slate and then towel dry your hair — it’s easier to apply colour on damp locks.”
– David Evangelista

5 “Need to clean up hair-dye drips on the skin? Just rub cooled cigarette ashes into the stained areas.”
– Ivan Gibski, Toronto-based hairstylist and owner of Flaunt Boutique

Platinum collection
Agyness Deyn may have swapped her platinum pixie for a jet-black bob, but the suddenly hi-viz blond hue is having another moment. This season’s take is miles away from the yellowy blondes (think reality queens Heidi Montag and Tori Spelling) we’ve been seeing, says London-based hairstylist Errol Douglas. “It’s coming back in cooler shades that look more pearlized and almost peachy.”

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Are colour-saving shampoos for real?

Regular cleansers will strip the pigment from the hair shaft, says Bumble and bumble colourist Aura Friedman, who works with hair-colour chameleon Lady Gaga. “Protecting formulas are gentler and contain more conditioning ingredients to keep the colour in the hair’s cortex.” Even if you’re using a shade-friendly shampoo, Friedman suggests limiting washes. “Every two or three days is best, and rinse with cold water to help smooth the cuticle.”

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