Top tips for dying hair darker

Cara Delevingne is quite the chameleon when it comes to her hair colours.

Of late, the British model and actress has been rocking a pixie cut which she's dyed shades of platinum blonde and silver. But as she unveiled her debut book Mirror, Mirror recently, she took the opportunity to switch-up her look yet again and this time opted for a chocolate-brown shade.

So, if you're considering a drastic transformation like Cara this season, where should you start? Naturtint U.K. colour advisor Kerry Capewell recommends making an appointment at a reputable salon where the hair experts will be able to advise on the best way forward - including treatments like Olaplex which will condition and prepare the hair.

"It's vital to have this kind of preparation as the colour change may involve more than one application on the one salon visit," she told Cover Media. "That said, salon colourists should be able to create your new look in just one visit - but allow yourself at least three hours and maybe more. Best take a couple of magazines with you!"

But if your hair is in pretty good condition and you're confident about testing a new look out on your own, people can achieve a similar effect at home. After carrying out a skin test 48 hours per instructions, do a strand test with your chosen shade on a small lock of hair. If you are pleased with the results, study the full instructions enclosed in the packet and follow to the letter.

"Don't assume all hair dyes are applied in the same manner and read through all the instructions at least once before application to ensure you are fully prepared and have all you need," the hair expert added.

Once you've completed your hair transformation, it's also important to protect newly dyed hair against heat and styling damage. Seek out shampoo and conditioners formulated for coloured hair and invest in a quality leave-in conditioner. "The most important thing here is to not let hair dry out," added Kerry. "A leave-in condition will smooth down the hair cuticle, preventing colour leakage."


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