If you're looking for a bit of a hair-color tszuj to see you through winter, we suggest you quit eyeing up those packets of allover hair dye. A complete color overhaul is not the answer.
Yes, this kind of hair color might cover up your problems of faded streaks and battered lengths, but you'll then have to tackle the issue of noticeable roots and patchy fading. Plus, a one-shade-all-over color job never looks wholly realistic, so if you're looking to restore your damaged color back to its natural glory, you're going to need to go more bespoke. The answer, according to hair color experts at London's Josh Wood Atelier, is to undergo a hair color "MOT."
Well, that's exactly what Josh Wood is offering in its new Fix-It hair service (prices from £200). Rather than transforming your hair for the winter months with a single color, this service is about making minor color tweaks and applying special filters that will balance your hair. "The idea behind this service is to reverse the effects of color overload, whether it be too many chemicals or sun—call it your color MOT," explains Sibi Bolan, creative color and balayage specialist. "The end result is a bit like giving you back your very own color DNA signature, the color that Mother Nature blessed you with."
So rather than a full wash of block color, Bolan and master colorist Melanie Smith have developed a technique whereby they weave a spectrum of close shades throughout the hair that will correct any unwanted tones, make it look more like your natural hair color and douse it in major shine, for an instantly healthier appearance. Depending on your color concern, the professionals will paste on violet, green or blue tones to cancel out any unwanted hues in the hair, rather than superficially masking them—think of it as color-correcting for the hair.
If you don't live in London and can't get to the Josh Wood Atelier, don't stress. Simply take Sibi and Smith's advice and tell your hairdresser you want to adjust hair to as close to your natural color as possible, and ask for painted-on balayage rather than one full color or even highlights.
Not only does this kind of coloring look more authentic, but it will see you right the way through the winter months without really needing a top-up. As the soft, well-blended shades grow out, they fade into one another, so you never get those harsh, telltale tide marks where your natural hair color ends and the chemical color begins. The way we're looking at it, it's like investing in a winter coat that will see you all the way through the year. The dream.