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They don't call them 'Good Hair Days' for nothing. What makes us feel like the best version of ourselves more than a great haircut and the perfect colour refresh?

Hankering after the copper hues on the runways? Craving an effortlessly elegant ‘I woke up like this’ style that will put the fash pack to shame? Whatever your hair goal, changing up your look is an instant confidence boost.

According to a recent poll, 55% of LouisvuittonShop readers admitted to ‘feeling like a new person’ after a trip to the salon, with 24% adding that a colour change made them feel ‘extra confident’. But as brilliant as a good trip to the salon is, a bad result can be pretty heartbreaking. (There's no shame in crying after a bad dye job. We've all been there.)

To avoid any hair horrors, here are the top five things you should always ask at the salon, straight from the pros.

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How Will This Work With My Fashionstyle?

It’s tempting to imagine that the shampoo-ad loveliness that you see before you in the mirror, as your stylist performs the big unveiling, is basically who you are now. It's your hair future guaranteed. Truth is, no matter how great your cut or expertly-chosen your colour, if they don't work with your lifestyle, then it will be impossible to maintain that new-hair feeling longer than a few weeks.

‘Tell your stylist and colourist about your lifestyle, even if they don’t ask,’ advises Zoë Irwin, award-winning hairdresser, session stylist and UK Colour Trend Expert. ‘If you have a hot yoga habit, then you’ll be shampooing your hair every day, which could make a difference to how your colour lasts.’

changing up your hair is an instant confidence boost.

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How Much Will It Cost To Maintain?
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It can be daunting talking about money, but it pays to be upfront about whether you can afford to maintain your new look. This is especially true if you’re planning a dramatic colour change, such as bleaching dark hair.

‘A colourist will be glad that you’re thinking about the maintenance and can discuss various options with you,’ agrees Zoë. ‘If you’re having balayage and a glaze over it, you probably won’t need to get it done that often, but the cost is a lot higher than a set of highlights. Always work out if you can manage the upkeep.’

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How Can I Maintain The Colour At Home?

This is the dream question, according to most hair stylists.

‘There are so many incredible products, from high pigmented conditioners to glosses that you can use at home, to keep your colour looking bright and beautiful,’ says Zoë. ‘Ask your colourist to recommend something specifically for your hair type and lifestyle.’ She suggests ; a high performance leave-in spray that offers UV protection to keep your colour gorgeously glossy.

Zoë also suggests chatting with your colourist about how you style your hair. ‘If half the week you wear a pony, then it makes sense to put some lighter pieces into the hairline at your nape.’

Definitely explain how you wear your parting or if you flip your fringe to one side because that will also have an effect on how the colour is best placed to flatter your style.

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What Colour Lingo Do I Need To Know?

Perplexed when your colourist starts throwing around phrases like 'lowlights' or 'glazing'? Here's the lingo you need to know to become fluent in 'hairdresser'...

Base colour: A colour that’s applied on the roots. It’s sometimes called a global colour or a tint. Often highlights are placed over the top of this base colour.

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A glaze: This is used after lightening the hair to subtly change the contrast eg. to tone down a yellow hue to make it more ash or more peachy. Lightening is the first stage and then toning or glazing is the second stage, to give a more nuanced effect.

Highlights: Individual little strands, either chunkier pieces or fine strands, that are traditionally put in foil and dyed a lighter shade.

Lowlights: Small individual strands, as above, but rather than lightening, lowlights involve putting tints on the hair. This could be different shades of copper, red or brown, for example. Generally, when you’re going 2-3 shades darker than your base colour, it would be referred to as a lowlight rather than a highlight.

Balayage: Originated in Paris, it means ‘to hand paint.’ The hair is painted and blended, which means it can be completely bespoke to your hair cut and face shape.

Glossing: An all-over colour that is a semi-permanent, so it washes out. Produces a really high shine and may last 2-6 weeks.

'Ask how you can update your colour seasonally,’ suggests Zoe Irwin.

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Will The Colour Work For Next Season, Too?

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A great colourist will look at your complexion, the clothes you wear and your eye colour in order to gauge the tones and hues that will make you look your best. But they also know that the light affects how we see colour, so a hair shade that works in the middle of summer might not look quite right in a cool, muted winter light.

‘Ask how you can update your colour seasonally,’ suggests Zoë. ‘Not only in terms of current trends, but also weather conditions and the clothes you’ll be wearing.’

Zoë also advises going into the salon wearing as little base as you can bear. ‘The colourist needs to be able to see your natural skin tone, so don’t be tempted to wear a lot of foundation or bronzer just because you’ll be looking into a mirror for a long time.’

If you’re tanned then mention that you’re usually a lot paler. Chat about which colours you like to wear each season, so that your stylist can get an idea of which tones will work best for you.

Got your questions sorted? Now, book an appointment with a colourist and you're good to go.

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