My new colouring does not suit my skin type!

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Hi,

I am over 50 and have almost 100% grey hair at the front of my head and about 70% at the back. I had been colouring my hair at home for years with a medium brown but it was starting to go black and harsh looking so I went to a salon and had highlights put in which broke the colour up. The only problem is the new dark blonde colour that the salon is now using on my root touch-ups is turning my regrowth a warm colour, which doesn't suit my skin tone at all, and makes me exhausted looking and much older than when I was colouring my hair dark!

I tried asking my stylist about this and she said that it would be unwise to go any darker because of my regrowth. Can you help me? I’m not sure where to go from here or what to ask for!

Thank you,

Anon, Northern Ireland

I think it sounds like you and your stylist need to re-evaluate your colour and what direction you want to go in. If the warm shade is not to your liking then maybe it is the tone that needs to be altered so it is more flattering. Using a natural or cool shade may be a better option as this will look softer than anything with too much red or gold against your skin.

If you are happy with the maintenance of a brunette colour then there is no problem in you going a little darker (without going black!) You just have to be prepared for the regime of having the roots coloured every three to four weeks to keep the colour looking its best. 

John Clark, Head of Colour at Brooks+Brooks, London

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