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12 hair colour mistakes you didn’t know you were making

An expert reveals what definitely not to do

By VICTORIA JOWETT  June 8th, 2017

When it comes to getting a new hair colour, you can do everything right. From stalking Pinterest to find the perfect beachy-balayage reference pic, to eating beans on toast for a week so that you can afford to go to a fancy AF hair salon. All that effort, and then you walk out of the hairdressers feeling underwhelmed… Why? Your new hair colour isn’t quite right.

We’ve all been there.

In the hopes of putting an end to dodgy dye jobs, I spoke to hair colouring expert, Mitra Mir, who’s based at the Daniel Hersheson salon in West London. She was able to shed a little light on the most common colouring pitfalls – the mistakes we don’t even know we’re making… From picking the wrong shade for your skin tone, to colour placement that doesn’t flatter your face shape. Here’s what not to do…

Common hair colour mistakes you shouldn’t be making in the salon chair

A dodgy ombré

"This is often done free hand, so you need to be careful as if the colour isn't blended correctly, it can look awful."

Bad colour placement

"This is where the highlights are not strategically placed throughout the hair to suit the client's facial shape, hair texture and length."


"Nope we're not talking about a hair stylist snipping your ear. This is when a colour expands while in the foil. This can happen if too much is used or the foil isn't folded properly. Ultimately it leads to the colour over-flowing (bleeding) out from the foil and onto parts of the hair that you don't want coloured. Not a good look."

The one hair colour you need to stop asking for...

"I wish people would stop asking for super ashy blonde hair shades. It's very common with clients who have dark hair who want to be lighter but hate any kind of orange tones and always ask for ashy hair to the point of it almost looking green. As crazy as it sounds they would prefer to have a flat ashy tone then any warmth. It's important to remember that warm tones are not the enemy."


"It's a shame but some colourists rely too much on toners, but when the hair is over-processed, it can often grab onto the toners really quickly and end up looking flat. A good tip is to add a bit of clear toner (which has no pigment to it, so it just adds shine) into the toner to dilute it so it's a bit softer on the hair."

Colour bands 

"Another faux pas, which is essentially when a colourist hasn't quite matched your roots to your mids-lengths and ends, so the finish is disjointed and off-balance."

Olive skin tones: 

"Bleaching the hair to look blonder can age you and doesn't always compliment the skin."

Darker skin tones: 

"Again, don't just leave the hair flat in colour. A bit of strobing around the face to give you nice caramel/toffee tones can really compliment your features."

The shades to avoid, based on your skin tone:

Fair skin tones: "Avoid an all-over flat colour as this can make the skin look dull."

If your skin has a pink undertone:

"Avoid over-bleaching as it can wash out the skin."

The hair colour that could be ageing you:

"Finding the right shade can be hard for anyone, a good colourist will always work with your skin tone to give you a colour that complements your skin. Going too dark on fair skin tones can be ageing and going too light on darker skin tones can also be ageing. It's so important to find a neutral and natural balance, that'll keep you looking and feeling young."

If your skin has a yellow undertone:

"Actually sometimes sticking to your natural colour can be a good thing. Or alternatively keeping it warmer/darker is another safe option."


How to get the glossiest hair of your life

No matter what colour you opt for, there’s no reason why your hair shouldn’t be the centre of all attention. Here’s how you can add that mega-watt shine.

The secret to a phenomenal head massage lies in the hot towel wrap (keep it on for 15 minutes) that allows the oil to penetrate follicles.

After steaming, always use lukewarm water to rinse off the oil. Since you’re keeping it natural, shampoo with a sulphate-free cleanser.

Restore your hair's acid-alkaline balance with a tea and lemon rinse. For the rinse, boil tea leaves and add lemon juice once the water has cooled. If you need a double-shot of moisture, apply a blend of egg and yoghurt like you would a regular conditioner and wash it off after 15 minutes.

Treat yourself to a hot oil massage for deep conditioning. Heat a small bowl of coconut, olive or almond oil in a double boiler (to protect the essential oils from direct heat). Add a drop of your favourite herb oil to the mix; rosemary will take the edge off a stressful week.

Rub the warm oil on your fingertips and work it from the scalp to the ends of your hair. Massage your head with fingertips in slow concentric circles, concentrating on the back of your neck and hairline.