What you need to know about Hair Colours

Change your style with a new hair colour! Here's everything you need to know about dyes, semi-permanent colour and more.


Buying hair colour in Australia at the lowest prices online has never been easier with Cosmetic Capital’s huge beauty range. We stock hair dye from famous brands like L’Oreal and Revlon as well as Fanola and Schwarzkopf. Hair colour ideas can be tricky, so we always recommend thoroughly researching any new colour before going ahead with application. However if you are looking for a quick fun change there are many semi permanent hair colours that can be washed out in a few washes. Don’t forget to treat your hair to some extra special attention while you’re shopping, with brands like Olaplex and Tigi Bed Head famous for their treatments.


Hair Colours


What hair colour suits me?

Finding a new hair colour is not as simple as picking a shade you saw on your favourite TV show. Whether you want to have more fun as a blonde, try a new shade of brunette, experiment with red or showcase a bold black, you want to make sure your new shade suits you inside and out. Instead of just picking at random, you need to find a colour that matches your complexion. To find your best shade, follow these steps.


#1 Start with the eyes

Your eyes will help determine which hair colour will match your complexion. Use this guide to get an idea of what colours will suit you:

  • Brown, hazel or green eyes: Darker hair colours will look more natural with your complexion.
  • Blue or grey eyes: Lighter hair colours will complement your light eyes.
  • Green eyes: Red hair colours work wonders with green eyes.


#2 Find your shade, then match it with your skin tone

Once you know what will work with your eyes, it’s time to decide what hair colour you want to try. Hair colours will work with all skin tones, but it’s important to try get the shade right if you’re not using a natural colour for your eyes.


Fair skin:

  • Blonde: If you’re going blonde, look for golden or honey shades. Ash or white blondes will wash you out.
  • Brunette: A shade with red tones will be perfect, but a shade too dark may be too much of a contrast against your paler skin.
  • Red: Lighter shades, such as strawberry blonde or copper toned blonde, are your friend. Anything too dark won’t work well with your skin.
  • Black: Black shades may make you look too pale, unless that’s the look you’re trying to create. Try a dark brunette instead to have a similar effect without going the full black shade.


Medium skin:

  • Blonde: Golden honey shades are the perfect complement to medium skin.
  • Brunette: Milk or caramel shades will suit your skin. You can also experiment with darker shades, but lighter won’t work too well for you.
  • Red: Go for bright shades and avoid purple undertones, as they can make your skin appear yellow.
  • Black: Try a dark brunette instead of a black shade for a similar effect, as the black shade won’t work great with your skin.


Olive skin:

  • Blonde: Caramel blonde shades are best for olive skin. You can try a shade or two lighter, but not too much more than that otherwise it will wash you out.
  • Brunette: Ash brown and rich chocolate shades work perfectly for olive skin. Try not to go more than two shades lighter than your natural colour though.
  • Red: Auburn shades are your best friend, although any medium-toned red will suit. Avoid purple undertones though.
  • Black: Olive skin suits black shades really well. You can even try a blue undertone to offer something a bit different to the black shade.


Dark skin:

  • Blonde: Butter blonde, dark butterscotch and caramel shades work great with darker skin tones. Try to avoid anything too light so you don’t get washed out though.
  • Brunette: Almost any brunette shade will work for you, but rich, dark brunettes are the go-to choice. Avoid experimenting with more than three shades lighter than your natural shade though.
  • Red: Dark, rich reds will suit you really well. Try avoid very bright shades though as they can wash you out.
  • Black: Jet black shades work perfectly with dark skin. Avoid blue undertones though.


How to remove hair colour

When the time comes to remove your hair colour, the easiest method is to use a hair colour remover.

You can also use at-home remedies, such as baking soda and shampoo, vitamin c tablets and hot water, or white vinegar and water. These methods may cause other issues for your hair though.


What is semi-permanent hair colour?

Semi-permanent hair colour is a hair dye that works for short-term hair colour changes. It traditionally lasts for 4-6 weeks, compared to a normal hair dye which lasts until your natural hair grows out. This is usually around 6-10 weeks.

Semi-permanent hair colour coats the surface of the hair shaft, instead of significantly changing the colour of the hair as seen with normal hair dyes.


How to remove semi-permanent hair colour

If you are looking to remove semi-permanent hair colour before it fades, you may want to try a strong clarifying shampoo. This will speed up the process of washing out the hair colour that would otherwise happen over a longer period of time.

You can also see a hair stylist for assistance with removing the shade.


How often do I have to colour my hair?

After colouring your hair, it is best to wait 4-6 weeks before applying another colour treatment. This will ensure you don’t risk damage to your hair with another treatment so soon after the first colouring.


What are good hair colour shampoos?

Finding a good shampoo for your hair colour depends on what shade you have and what effect you are trying to create. Fanola are the leaders in toning shampoo for blonde hair with their No Yellow range. L’Oreal, Schwarzkopf, TIGI and Toni & Guy also offer affordable colour protect shampoos.


Ready to start colouring your hair? Shop the full hair colour range online at Cosmetic Capital and pay later with Afterpay and zipPay. Order today.

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