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Why We Don’t Recommend Using Store-Bought Colour During Lockdown

Lockdown can make us do crazy things, especially when it comes to our hair! 

At Eden Hair Energy, we get it, it can be super confronting seeing your regrowth or greys coming through on those daily Teams or Zoom meetings. This paired with the ultimate boredom and cabin fever can often lead to ‘new hair new me’ syndrome. 

But colouring or cutting your own hair at home is rarely a good idea for a bunch of reasons. In this article, we discuss 3 reasons why we don’t recommend colouring your own hair during lockdown. 

1. Permanent damage to your hair

First of all, we strongly advise against the use of any colours where you have to mix two things together at home. If you need to mix two things together, this means the colour is ‘activated’ – usually with peroxide or a peroxide substitute. It doesn’t matter if the box says it is ‘semi-permanent’ or a 6 wash colour – it will make some kind of permanent change to your hair (and usually deliver a warmer tone than what you might like to see). 

We know what you’re thinking – “but don’t you mix colours in the salon to use on hair?”. Yes, we do. However, the key difference with colours that we mix in the salon for your hair is that we take a few very important factors into consideration. We assess your current hair colour and condition as well as the desired outcome when formulating a colour and take special care, only using colour as strong as necessary. Usually, we mix a minimum of 3 colours together for any one client and may mix two different formulas – one for the roots and one for the ends. 

2. Results not as expected

A major reason why we don’t recommend colouring your own hair during lockdown is that, typically, colours off the shelf (at a supermarket or chemist) are ‘one size fits all’. And that’s not a good thing. It doesn’t really mean it’s made for ‘any hair’, what it means is that it’s made strong enough that it will generally be effective on even the darkest, greyest or strongest hair. 

Most people don’t have the strongest, greyest or darkest hair which results in a colour result that is different to the one indicated on the box. More often than not it will be darker or more ‘orang-y’ or ‘reddish’ or if going darker from a lighter shade, a lovely shade of what we like to call “Oscar the Grouch” khaki. 

3. Costly cover ups

At home colours can be a slippery slope, especially when there aren’t any hairdressers open to assist if it doesn’t go to plan. So, your next thought may be to cover it up, which can often result in an even bigger uh-oh and something which can take even longer to fix! 

Colour correction can be a very costly process, usually starting at $300 per session. In addition, the condition of your hair is most likely compromised from home colouring. This means it may not be as simple as going back to your pre-home-job-colour and will usually take 2-5 sessions to get your hair back to normal over a couple of months. 

What we DO recommend

The very best thing you can do for your hair during lockdown is sit tight. All that lovely regrowth will make for an amazing transformation when you do get it done. And, really, everyone is kind of in the same boat at the moment until salons are allowed to reopen, so don’t worry about your regrowth or greys coming through – you’re not alone! 

We don’t think we need to go into why cutting your own bangs can be bad news, but just in case anyone out there needs to read this today – iso bangs are a bad idea. 

After some helpful tips for things you can do to your hair during lockdown that don’t include DIY cutting or colouring? Check out this blog post for a little bit of hair fun to get you through!

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An Update For Our Wonderful Guests

Firstly, Thank you so much for your patience as we navigate through the changes that were announced by the Chief Minister on 27/9/21 and create a plan forward. Apologies in advance for so much info, there is a lot to cover.

Future bookings

You may have seen our update on our Instagram where we advertised a form where you can express interest in a future booking – Please note that we will be making contact with all of the people who had appointments during lockdown as a priority. However if you didn’t have an appointment scheduled during lockdown, here is the link to that form.

An outline of our plan

We know that we may still receive changes and updates from the government or simply find that some things in practice don’t work – so, we may still need to make further adjustments.

We aim to honour all pre-booked appointments, however, we may need to make some changes to some services, and will contact you by phone if this is the case.

Select services on offer

From what we understand we will be allowed to have a maximum of 5 clients in the salon at once until 29/10. This will mean we have limitations on how many colours and cuts we are able to do at any one time. As such, we have put together a list of services that we will be offering to get through the first 4-5 weeks coming out of lockdown:

  • 1/2 head foils
  • Balayage refresh
  • Regrowth tints
  • All over colours
  • Tint and foil packages (regrowth and 10 foils)
  • Trim or haircuts with colour services
  • Treatments with colour services such as plex and k18
  • Haircut as stand alone services (available on Monday and Tuesday only from 10 – 3:00) until 19/11/21
  • Cezanne smoothing treatments
  • Hair extension adjustments

We understand that many people will want to get the works and have a total makeover, however, to make our services available to more people, we have decided to limit all of our appointments to this reduced list of services initially.

This may be a smaller service than what you would like eg a half head of foils instead of a full head, or a balayage refresh instead of balayage lightening, but we can guarantee that you will feel transformed even with this slightly reduced service and we will form a plan moving forward for you to have everything you would like to have done as soon as possible.

To manage the number of people in the salon, we will have certain times allocated for hair cuts exclusively and the rest of the time will be for colour or extension appointments. We hope that these will be suitable for people, we will be doing the best we can within the framework we have to work in – we greatly appreciate your patience.

At this point in time, for the next 5 weeks we are offering haircuts as a stand alone service on Mondays and Tuesdays only.

Existing clients

Our existing clients are our highest priority when we reopen. As such, we are not taking any new clients at this time, however, we would love to look after new guests as soon as we are able to in the future and look forward to opening up appointments soon. We would encourage you to complete the form noted above if you would like to come in once we are open to new clients again.

We understand that our hair extension clients require the most urgent appointments and the stylists who offer this service will be working exclusively on catching up on extension clients until we have got through all those overdue.

A large number of our clients book in advance, often for the whole year. We will not cancel any future appointments as we believe that our commitment is first of all to those who have committed to us. We understand some bookings may need to be adjusted which we can do for you in the salon at your next appointment.

If you can come in through the day and through the week, we will have a much greater chance of being able to get you in sooner as we are nearly at capacity for our evening and weekend appointments until the end of the year.

If you need to get in touch, the best way to reach us is by emailing info@edenhairenergy.com.au and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Please do not call us – we’ll call you. If you are concerned, please email.

Splitting our team across our two salons

We will be splitting our team up and working across our two Dickson salons to allow more clients for each stylist, so please double check the location when your confirmation message comes through.

Colour kits

In the meantime, we are still offering our colour kits until we reopen to our existing clients if you would like to colour your hair with your normal salon tint/toner to get you through to your next appointment – you can find all of the details about this on our Instagram or by giving us a call on 6262 8948.

Our colour kits and any of our retail ranges are available via click and collect during lockdown Monday – Friday 10:00 – 4:00, however, must be pre-arranged.

We can also post any of our retail ranges out to you. We are able to send any of the wonderful ranges we stock in the salon including ColourWow root touch up powder, Kevin Murphy, Davines, Pure, Clever Curl and more at a flat rate of $9.95 and free for orders over $100.

Thank you for reading this lengthy update – we will be in touch with you as soon as possible to arrange an appointment for you.