Hair Dye 101

Ombre. Foils. Global colour. What does it all mean!? There are so many different methods of dying your hair and even more types of dye. Lucky you, little Flossie, having all these wonderful ways to decorate that pretty head of hair you have!




Let us here at Flossie answer all your hairy questions, read on and if there are any more feel free to contact us and we will do our best to answer any questions!

I’ve never dyed my hair before?!

You know what, you’re actually the salon and hair dressers dream! ‘virgin hair’ is coveted in the world of hairdressers as there is so much that can be done with it. Don’t panic though, you don’t have to jump straight to a permanent change.

There are always options to get a semi-permanent hair colours which last six to 12 washes, or a semi-permanent colour which lasts between 12 to 16 washes. And of course, permanent.

Dying your hair permanently removes pigment from your hair while depositing a new hair colour, hence the permanent change. Using permanent hair dye means you can change your colour drastically – two or three shades lighter or darker. With the other two options you are only able to go a few shades darker as they are missing the two vital chemicals ammonia and peroxide.

I want to dye my hair but I don’t know what to do?

Ok first of all, go to a salon and a professional hair dresser. Put that on-sale box of home-dye down.

You have every colour option under the sun at your finger tips. However, like clothing, you are probably not going to suit everything, it is best to dye your hair a colour that will make your skin look radiant and make your eyes pop. You want to be look good at all times so take your time in choosing your new hair colour.

Rule number one in hair colour: Don’t match. Compliment.

So, if you have a reddish glow, don’t die your hair red. Dye it a colour that will compliment this. Hairdressers will be able to help you pick a colour that you want in a colour that will suit you. There are so many different variations of blonde and brown so you won’t miss out.

Rule number two in hair colour: Warm vs Cool



You may be a warm-blooded mammal but you may be a cool-faced mammal. You need to make sure you dye your hair a colour that matches your skin tone or else you will be left looking washed out.

Am I warm or cool toned?

Little tricky-trick for you, from Flossie. Pull up your sleeve on your arm and look at those little blue/green veins. If they’re more blue then you probably have a ‘cool’ skin tone. And if they’re more green, then you my dear probably have a ‘warm’ skin tone.

However, don’t take that for gospel, play it safe and ask your salon and hair dresser, they are professionals and will know what hair colours will suit you.

Creative Colour!

Ahhhh you want to dye your hair a bright colour of the rainbow? Ok cool! Some of the best hairstyles are made thanks to bold and bright hair colours. If you have dark hair it is unlikely to get your hair as bright as these, a lot of bleaching and caring for your hair will be needed so, as I’ve said time and time again, go to a salon and let the hair dressers do this for you as they are professional and are able to make your hair look awesome!

Different types of hair dying

There are many different types of hair dying. Ombre, which was one of the biggest hairstyles 2011. This is when the bottom fades from a darker colour at the top to lighter on the tips. Global Colour is when the hair dresser paints the dye onto your hair, this is common if you want to have just one colour all over. Foils, these are used to get different shades and tones of colour into your hair. They can be used for highlights or lowlights and you can get either a whole head of foils or half head.

How much will this cost me?

Getting your hair dyed could cost you anything from $150 to $400 depending on what you’d like to have done.  We have a number of salons on board who provide great prices for foils, global colour and creative colour. The top price for half head foils, cut and colour is around $240. Whole head foils, cut and colour is around $270.



Is it going to fall out?!

Total wives tale! Your hair is not going to fall out from dying it. However, if you dye it many different hair colours and jump from jet black to platinum blonde AND don’t look after your hair, it will become very damaged and break from the ends.

If you’re aiming to make your hair three or more shades lighter than its original colour then you will need, need, NEED to invest in some products that will give your hair the extra protein and moisture it needs to stay healthy and strong.

After Care

You want it to continue looking as lovely as you did after you stepped out of the salon, so you’re going to have to buy some new products to keep your hair looking as perfect as the day you stepped out of the salon. If you dyed your hair blonde you will need a purple shampoo of some sort to keep the orange tones at bay.