John is the Technical Education Director for Trevor Sorbie, and an absolute colour maestro. So when we wanted to know more about salon trends and caring for our colour he was our first port of call. Dropping into the Covent Garden salon we were lucky enough to sit with him to answer some quick-fire questions.
What colour is most requested in the salon?
“For my clients it’s definitely blonde, with most people looking to go lighter than their natural shade. There’s a youthful quality to blonde hair as it mimics the colour a lot of people had naturally as children, which then darkened with age.”
Can anyone go blonde?
“Theoretically yes. Most people will suit a blonde of some description, but the real question is whether going blonde is the right thing for the hair? Not necessarily. The darker the natural or base colour the more likely it is that bleach will have to be used, and that more than one appointment might be needed. Full head bleaching will also require retouching every six weeks which is a commitment that also needs to be considered. Maintaining great condition is the key to a successful blonde so aftercare is something clients need to commit to at home as well. I take all of these things into consideration when I assess whether a client should go blonde.”
How do you choose the right shade of blonde for each client?
“To choose the most flattering shade of blonde I would work with the client’s skin tone and eye colour – but then I speak to them really honestly about how much maintenance they are committed to. Some people can suit really icy, platinum blonde, but if they’re not committed to having a full head of bleach every 5-6 weeks then it wouldn’t be the right colour for them. Lifestyle plays just as big a part in choosing a colour as skin and eye tone. That’s why hairdressers’ are so chatty…we need to get to know you before we can create the perfect bespoke colour!”
Going blonde is notorious for damaging hair – how do you prevent this?
“There’s no way to completely prevent any physical change happening to your hair when colouring, however there are ways we can limit this and keep it feeling strong and healthy. A year ago we became one of the first salons in the UK to launch Olaplex which is a bonding service that in simple terms helps to prevent damage caused by colouring. It’s revolutionised what we can do in colour especially with dramatic colour changes or people going blonder.”
What advice do you have for caring for colour at home?
“Each person’s hair has different needs, so I recommend home hair care on a client-by-client basis, however there are some products I regularly recommend after colour treatments. When I use Olaplex as part of a colour service I know that the strength and integrity of the hair has been looked after, so it’s normally dryness and lack of moisture which needs to be tackled at home. One of my absolute favourite treatments is KeraStraight Moisture Mask – using this once a month will give hair a serious injection of moisture. You can take this product home or have it applied in salon as part of a blow dry service – completely up to you.”
If you’d like to book a consultation or appointment with John then please contact our Covent Garden salon on 0207 379 6901 or book online.