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I am nervous about what my stylist has advised


My Hairdresser has advised that I have a complete colour strip, as there are reds purples etc. in it. I am really nervous about this, as I don't really know what to do.

She hasn't done a strip test and I feel that as I am 54 I have a lot of grey on my roots. She has also added red at the back trying to do a dip colour on me.

Please can you advise?

Thank you,

Anon, UK


If you have colour residue or build-on in your hair, sometimes it’s better to cleanse the hair so that you have a ‘clean’ and more even base going forward. Colour cleansing and the products and techniques used for colour ‘stripping’ have come a long way and are not something that should be feared if done properly – never undertake it at home yourself. Some are water-based and very gentle, while others give more intensive cleansing.

Firstly you need to have a thorough consultation with a stylist you trust prior to any appointment and be honest about any doubts or questions you have so you understand exactly what will happen. Be sure you have strong image references to ensure both you and your hairdresser are on the same page, so there is no miscommunication about what you hope to achieve. And if you would prefer to have a strand test to actually see the likely results before committing to it, then just ask. All responsible hairdressers would be happy to do it.

I would also be open to re-bonding services your colourist can offer, such as SmartBond or Olaplex, because these are a great way of maintaining condition and strength when using more abrasive products. These usually incur an extra cost, but it is well worth it and you can purchase take-home follow-up products to extend the benefits. Make sure you are realistic about what results are achievable, the time it might take and the best home haircare routines to maintain condition and the new colour.

Remember, never be worried to ask questions and for clarification about anything you don’t understand. Colour services can be expensive and a commitment, so it is important to know what is achievable, what the process entails and how to keep your colour as beautiful and healthy as you can.

Good luck with your colour and I’m sure you can work closely with your hairdresser to find the best colour solution to your hair needs.

Lora Griffin,

Specialist Colourist and Stylist at Simon Webster Hair, Brighton