Hair color strand test
What will the color look like on me?
(Take a color strand test)
Please test how the color looks on a section of your hair before you go for it and cover your whole head.
You might ask, “Why should I carry out a strand test when the color result is shown on the box?”
Well, because the color shown on the box is only our best guide to the result you’ll get with your Tints of Nature color. How your hair actually responds to the color is affected by a range of factors, see below for further information on this.
How to test the color (take a strand test)
1. Mix up some color
Mix a capful of Colour Gel together with a capful of Colourfix in a plastic bowl. (Don’t use a metal bowl or spoon). If you’re planning to mix your colors, use the same mix for the strand test.
2. Pop on your gloves
You’ll find plastic gloves are provided in your Tints of Nature product box.
3. Take hold of a 1cm strand of your hair
Then separate out a 1cm (½ inch) strand of hair from your head. (If you want to test that the color covers grey hair, then make sure there’s some grey in your strand test section of hair.)
4. Apply the mixture to the section of hair you’re testing
Are you wearing your gloves? Good. Make sure you cover any new growth at the roots too.
5. Leave for 30 minutes
Now you can relax, take your gloves off, go make yourself a cup of tea, check Facebook, and try to avoid answering the door while you’ve got one strand of your hair covered in dye.
6. Rinse well with warm water and dry your hair
If the color is just as good as you hoped – or better – then Bob’s your uncle; you’re ready to go and color all your hair. Hurrah. (As long as you’ve done the sensitivity test without any side-effects.)
What will the color look like on me?
How your hair actually responds to the color is affected by factors such as:
• Your hair condition (if your hair is dry, previously colored, permed or bleached the color might end up darker than you thought)
• You have used henna on your hair (can leave a residue that stops the color working)
• How much grey you have in your hair (grey hair is more resistant to color)
• Medications that may interfere with how much color your hair absorbs (e.g. HRT and Thyroxin)
Download our handy color selection guide
Download our PDF guide to help you select the right color for your hair
(if you're not happy with the strand test color)
If the color is too dark
If your hair is in good condition, simply select a lighter shade and re-test on a new strand of your hair.
If your hair is dry simply follow the special directions on our Hydrate Treatment.
If the ends are too dark
Your hair may be dry or damaged on the ends. To combat this, simply follow the special directions on our Hydrate Treatment.
If the color is too light
Choose a darker shade and re-test on a new strand of your hair.
If the color is too red or yellow
Ash colours are perfect for fixing this problem. Use one of the Tints of Nature C-range (4C, 6C or 8C) ash colors to tone down the red or yellow tinge. Simply mix the natural shade (N) with the same amount of an ash shade (C).
If the color hasn’t covered the grey
You could try one of the natural shades 1N – 8N which are designed to cover grey. If you have very resistant grey hair simply follow our Color Hints & Tips on how to treat grey hair.
The color is not the desired result on grey hair
If you have very naughty resistant grey hair (it’s dry and coarse) then the golden, red or mahogany fashion colours may not fully penetrate the hair. Don’t worry, just follow our Color Hints & Tips on how to treat grey hair.
Further help & advice
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