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Skip shampoo the day before ‘Your scalp’s natural oils protect it from irritation,’ says colourist Josh Wood. And don’t forget a patch test (do it at the nape of your neck) to check the shade and make sure the dye doesn’t inflame your skin.
Protect your hairline Swipe Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly, £1.65/165 points (50ml), along your forehead and around the sides to prevent the dye colouring your skin.
Cover up Lay a towel over your shoulders to stop the ends of your hair staining clothes.
Section, section, section Josh splits hair into four: down the middle, then from ear to ear across the crown, to ensure even coverage.
Colour the front first Regrowth is most visible here, so it needs the full processing time. ‘Dot and rub in colour along the hairline to cover the flyaway strands that are often missed,’ says Josh.
Just covering greys? ‘Never colour straight through to the ends,’ advises Josh. ‘Start with the roots and allow the colour to process. Then apply to the tips to refresh colour for the last 10 minutes.’
New Josh Wood Colour Kits £10/1,000 points (1 use), have a barrier cream and a stain-removing wipe to use around your hairline and on the tops of ears to ensure the dye won’t tint your skin.
Use a toothbrush to apply highlights wherever the sun would normally lighten your hair (i.e, around your face and on the ends). This will create a natural-looking effect.
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According to the NHS, most research suggests it’s safe to colour your hair while pregnant. The chemicals in permanent and semi-permanent dyes aren’t highly toxic, but you might choose to avoid dyeing your hair for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy – after that, the risk of chemical substances harming your unborn baby are much lower.
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