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In my last post, which you can find here, we took a look at coming to the salon with greasy or dirty hair for your hair appointment.

So what is the best way to show up and prep your hair colour appointment?

Fresh, clean, dry hair!

Coming with freshly dried hair allows the colour or lighter to perform its best! The less it has to work through, the better. It seems small, but I want to set you up for the best results possible at your appointment!


For example, Redken Cleansing Cream Clarifying Shampoo. It is also a great product if you work out often or only wash your hair once or twice a week. I would recommend a double shampoo.

Hair Cleansing Cream shampoo for all hair types and textures removes dry shampoo and product build-up, hard water minerals, excess oil, and pollution residue in just one use.

  • Purifies, refreshes and leaves hair shiny

  • Instantly removes product build-up

  • Instantly removes minerals found in hard water (copper, iron, magnesium, calcium)

  • Removes pollution residue from hair

  • Strengthens hair cuticle

  • It pairs perfectly with any Redken conditioner

  • Suitable for all hair types and textures, including colour-treated hair


When we colour our hair, the bonds break down, and that in simple terms, we can cause damage. To start strong and hair as strong as possible, we want to pre-treat before we colour.

My absolute favourite, which I use all the time on a daily is Redken EXTREME CAT PROTEIN RECONSTRUCTING HAIR TREATMENT SPRAY.

Redken Extreme CAT protein reconstructing Rinse out treatment adds immediate power to distressed and damaged hair while strengthening strands against hair breakage.

It's super quick and easy! You apply after you shampoo and leave it for 3-5 mins. Use Conditioner afterwards.

It's formulated with vegetable protein, so those rumours you hear about protein very rarely apply here!


We are essentially prepping your hair to be in the best condition possible. Healthy, beautiful hair is the goal!

So we need to make sure we are adding moisture back into the hair. Why?

When we colour, we cause a certain level of damage, one way we feel this is dry hair. This is because our lipid rate in our hair has dropped from damage. Completely normal but does need a hand in being renourished!

There a couple of great products for this one; my new favourite is Olapex no.7 Bonding Oil. It is a treatment oil versus a cosmetic oil. Meaning it does more than coat the outside and gives the illusion of shine and softness. There is, however, a time and place for those oils!

It is a highly concentrated, light-reparative styling oil. Dramatically increase shine, softness, and colour vibrancy. N°7 minimizes flyaways and frizz while providing UV/heat protection of up to 450°F/232°C. Apply dry or damp. I recommend damp! You need very little; this is a concentrated product.

Try it out and until next time, friends!

- Orla

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