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Dip-dye techniques created using Wella Color  iD
Dip-dye techniques created using Wella Color iD
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Dip-dye hair colour effects, where shades graduate to make a dramatic statement, have made a comeback in a more subtle form for 2014.

Kath Broadhurst and her team at Hair Union at 289 Abbeydale Rd South in Sheffield love the versatility of dip-dying with Wella’s Color.id range, discovered at one of Wella’s regular staff training events to keep stylists up to date with new ideas.

Kath explained: “Colours are painted on to the hair without the need for foils or anything, which means you can see what you’re doing. Special oils prevent the colours running into each other.

“That makes it a lot easier to accurately create dip dye effects, where redder tones graduate to blonder ones.

“There are some other great effects that can be achieved too, including ‘guest appearances’, where a white or lilac slice is put under the hair to occasionally catch the eye. It’s a technique which has proved popular with customers who have white or grey hair.”

Kath used four red, gold and brown tones on my mid-brown hair to achieve a rich, subtly graduating effect, which looked fantastic, much more natural than usual and very glossy, writes Julia Armstrong.

“It took about the same time as it normally takes to have my hair colour done. I was impressed. Plus it has lasted well.”

A whole head cut and colour like mine would cost £60 for the colour and £45 for the cut. The second time around, clients can have only their ‘T-section’ done, which is cheaper.

Kath also offers advice on hair products; she loves Moroccan Oil for curly or coarse hair. Customers can bring theirs in and she will advise which work the best.

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