How to Colour Mixed Heritage Hair


As we see more mixed heritage hair rocking the red carpet, magazines and our screens, its specific needs in styling and hair care are becoming more important too. From Thandie to Leona and Alesha, knowing the unique way in which a mixed heritage curl best responds opens up more look options. Errol Douglas colour master Jasmin Allen’s shares her top five tips for using colour to address the specific mixed heritage curl. Gloss Away Frizz Using a colour gloss not only helps colour last longer, but it can visually “fill” an uneven curly hair strand and smoothe the cuticle. I recommend Matrix Colour Sync which has a ceramide complex with very advanced colour technology that maximises light reflection. I also love the potent hydrating effect of Revlon Nutrition Colour Cream Balls: A 3 in 1, 3 minute cocktail that colours, softens and shines. Really easy to do at home in between salon visits too – think conditioner with benefits, and just £24.

Hairinspiration - Thandie Newton.

Avoid Wigging Out Mixed heritage hair is particularly susceptible to a block or wig-like finish given most mixed ladies’ natural hair colour is dark brown to black. Giving the hair some texture by using slightly lighter tones through the ends and avoiding the natural hair parting, is a great colour trick to add dimension and curl definition. My top tip is to let an experienced colourist work free hand to bespoke the shape, it’s my favourite curly block cure!

Hairinspiration - Alicia Keys and Paula Patton.

Dry Ends Whilst dry ends are a universal hair gripe, it’s a little more acute in mixed heritage hair. I advise clients to stay away from flat tones, and instead to add warm tones, particularly hues like rich toffee, deep chocolate/chocolate cherry browns which bring out the skin’s natural undertones allowing complexion not hair condition to take centre stage.

Hairinspiration - Christina Milan

Erase That Mixed Hairline Look Constant blow drying to tame the strongest curl at the mixed heritage hairline can take its toll, making the hair at this point weaker and finer. If this is a problem, embracing a bold “rooty” colour technique will really minimise this. Stay away from blondes at the roots, and simply minimally “lifting” the natural root colour to make the base richer will leave hair looking in better condition and compliment the tones through to the ends.

Hairinspiration - Leona Lewis

The Groan Free Grow Out If you have made a classic curly hair rite of passage move and relaxed it, the grow out can be tough and requires patience. This is where vegetable colour really comes into its own - minimal damage but maximum shine. Breakage can be part of the grow out so anything stronger than a completely organic vegetable colour is a bad idea.

Hairinspiration - Corrine Bailey-Rae:

If you ever need curly hair girl go to guide then head to The Curly Hair Girl Problems for some great tips. This helps me fall back in love with my hair every time.