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Why We Recommend a Pre-Colour Treatment before a Lightening Service

Read this article to discover all the benefits of a pre-colour treatment. We discuss why it is important to use these treatments when lightening your hair.

Lightening your hair is a great way to freshen up your look, it can add both depth and texture. Whether you want a few highlights, balayage or want to go full platinum, at Canberra Hair Extensions, we’ve got you covered. We also believe that healthy hair is beautiful hair, so we always recommend a pre-colour treatment. In this article, we explain why a pre-colour treatment is so important to the health of your hair. 

What is a pre-colour treatment?

Pre-colour treatments are specially designed to prepare and protect your hair from the lightening process. It’s like priming and moisturising your face before applying makeup. We want to create an optimal base for the hair dye to colour your hair. Pre-colour treatments can remove excess colour build-up and discolouration. They also allow for an even colour distribution, colour retention and prolonged vibrancy. 

It’s no secret that lightening your hair can be damaging, especially when it’s done often or over a long period of time. That’s why we use products that are as natural as can be, however you should still opt for a pre-colour treatment to get the best protection possible. Pre-colour treatments are designed to protect your scalp and hair from damage. This is especially important if you lighten your hair on a regular basis. 

Your pre-colour treatment regimen will likely be made up of a few steps and different products, including something to remove build up and others to add strength. 

Why is it important?

Below we explore a few of the reasons why a pre-colour treatment is so important: 

Create a clean base

As with most things in life, it’s important to start with a clean slate. If your hair has build-up from old colours, styling products or even environmental factors then the colour won’t grab as well. No one wants a patchy dye job! 

There are different types of pre-colour treatments, part one of preparing your hair for a lightening or intensive colour service is clarifying your hair and cleansing off all the old nasties. Certain products contain high levels of silicone and old colour can create what we refer to as ‘build up’ on the hair. 

We recommend a clarifying treatment before each lightning application to have the best chance at the colour doing it’s thing properly. Our favourite is an intense clarifying shampoo (we stock a few) or the Wow Dream Filter spray which actively removes mineral and product build up to perfectly prime the hair.  It creates a perfect base for the colour to attach to. It removes chemical build-up meaning the colour molecules can enter the hair shaft evenly and effectively. 

Minimise damage

Unfortunately, some level of damage is to be expected when going lighter, however pre and post treatments (and a good hairdresser) are the secret to healthy blonde hair. A pre-colour treatment strengthens the hair prior to lightning. It also helps to strengthen the most fragile parts of your hair like the soft baby hairs around your face which are extra prone to breakage. 

Even if you have never coloured your hair before, we still highly recommend following this process. Colour isn’t the only thing that can weaken hair, long hair becomes brittle with age (of the hair that is – long hair is usually 4+ years old), heat styling and environmental factors also play a part. So repairing your hair before you get started gives your hair the best chance possible of staying luscious on your lightening journey. 

Our favourite pre- colour strengthening treatments include: 

  • Olaplex
  • K18
  • Vitaplex
  • Kevin Murphy Re.Store ro Hydrate. Me range

We have a great range of treatments available and can match one to you and your hair in a complimentary consultation, which we always suggest before a big colour transformation anyway. 

Create even colour distribution

Treatments such as strengthening, protein or ‘plex’ treatments even out the ‘porosity’ of your hair. This is important because if you apply colour directly to dry or overly porous hair the colour result won’t be even. Using a protein-based pre-colour treatment helps to hydrate your hair and fill in any ‘gaps’ in individual strands. This helps with colour distribution leaving you with a silky, smooth result. It allows the colour to attach evenly from the roots to the ends. 

Get the most out of your colour

Colouring your hair is a process and requires maintenance. But no one wants to spend hours at the salon every few weeks. Pre-colour treatments boost the longevity of your colour meaning maintenance is reduced, helping you stretch out the time between salon visits. This should keep your hair and wallet happy. It may seem crazy investing in these products before you colour your hair, but preparation and home haircare are key to your colour lasting as long as possible, it’s like insurance for your hair!

Pre-colour treatments also optimise colour vibrancy. They do this by removing old build-up which can make your hair look dull. Pre-treating your hair allows it to stay vibrant and brighter for longer. 

Pre-colour treatments for grey hair

Grey hairs have lost pigment and are often dry and porous in their nature even before they have been coloured. . Therefore, they often resist absorbing colour. If you’re wanting to colour grey areas of your hair, it’s important to use a pre-treatment to soften the hair. A treatment penetrates deep into the hair cuticle which allows for better colour application. It also means the hair follicles will retain the colour for longer. And let’s not forget – healthy hair is youthful looking hair. Grey hair is absolutely stunning, but no colour looks great when it is dull, dry and unhealthy looking. 

Haircare becomes even more essential when we start introducing artificial grey or embracing natural grey to maintain its vibrance and shine. 

Colour your hair at Canberra Hair Extensions

At Canberra Hair Extensions, we specialise in blonde, balayage and lived-in colours. We’re passionate about giving you the hair of your dreams whilst maintaining its health. We recommend the use of pre-colour treatments to protect, prepare and correct your hair. We’re happy to speak with you about your long-term hair goals. So, give our hair salon in Dickson a call today and we can create a custom colour plan for you!

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COVID-19 and Lockdown Update

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. Below you will find answers to most of our frequently asked questions. Apologies in advance for so much info, there is a lot to cover.

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:

Below is 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 changes.

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

Please note: If you had a pre-booked future appointment, this will remain unchanged for now unless we communicate otherwise. We are not taking new bookings right at this moment but please fill in the form above to express your interest.

Here is everything we know so far about how we are managing our bookings coming out of lockdown:

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 as mentioned above 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.

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 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 and we will get back to you as soon as we can. We are not currently taking phone calls as we are not able to provide any additional information than what is in this update and we will be in contact with you very soon. If you are concerned, please email.

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.

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.

Warm regards,
Team Eden and Team Canberra Hair Extensions