Attitudes towards hair colour generally fall into two camps.
First we have the long-term colour committers – that group of ride-or-dye girls, whose six weekly appointments are double underlined in their diaries. Then, there are the colour virgins – those rare hair unicorns, whose strands have never been touched by a colourist’s brush.
If you’re from the latter group your hair will undoubtedly be stronger, but what you gain in health you might lack in texture and grit, which is why ‘hair virgins’ often struggle to hold a wave for more than an hour.
“By colouring strands one or two shades lighter you expand the cuticle and dry it out slightly, and that’s what gives it grit,” says Anthony Nader, hairdresser and owner of Raw Salon in Sydney.
“I find this particularity excellent for Asian hair, or girls with finer hair who find their hair goes flat without the help of multiple products. Just by lightening it they have more texture and height, allowing for more freedom in styling.”
If you feel restricted to what you can do with your un-coloured locks, consider talking to your hairdresser about balayage or a few scattered foils. Not only will you get a new colour for summer, but hair that’s easier to style and that stays in place.
By Sara McLean for Honey, Ninemsn