Which tone of blonde is for you?


       COOL                                              WARM

Now you may be forgiven for thinking that blonde is blonde, right? Wrong! Any hair colour can be warm, cool or neutral and the tone that you chose is instrumental in finding the right hair colour to suit you…


Choosing the right colours for your skin tone is an important part of the beauty process. The wrong tones in your hair can make even the most glowing skin look off.

So, which tone are you? The tips below will help you identify which skin tone you are and what colours will suit you best. Once you have decided your ready for a style re-vamp why not visit our online bookings page?

The Basics
Warm toned people will look vibrant and healthy while wearing earthy colors, such as oranges, bronzes, golds, peaches, brick reds, earthy greens, mocha browns and ivory.


Cool toned people are most complimented by jewel tones such as vibrant emerald green, royal or icy blues, rosy pinks, silvers, plums, and pure white. Colours with a blue base work best.

 So are you warm or cold?

The Vein Test
One of the most popular ways of determining your colouring is the vein test.Stand by an open window in the natural light during the day and make a fist and examine your inner wrist. What colour are the veins? Veins that are more blue are a sign of cool tones, while green veins tell us you are warm. If your veins are a mix of blue and green, you may well be neutral – lucky you


The Silver/Gold Test
It’s a little known fact that warm works with gold as cool works with silver. See if you can get hold of some silver & some gold fabric then look in the mirror in the natural light. Hold each piece of fabric up next to your face one at a time and examine. If the silver compliments your face then it’s likely you are cool and of course if the gold makes you look fresh then you are more than likely warm!

Genetics Test
While these rules do have exceptions it is generally acknowledged that your skin, hair and eye tone dictate your colouring.

Warm toned skin tends to have a golden or apricot undertone. You natural hair colour will have hints of orange, yellow, red or gold & your eyes tend to be amber, dark brown, hazel, or green.




Cool toned skin has a pink or rosy undertone. Your natural hair will contain blue, blue-violet, silver and ash undertones. Eye color tends to be light blue, gray-green, blue green, turquoise, gray-blue, black or cool brown.


If you do not fall into any of the criteria exclusively then you may well just be a well rounded neutral tone! Neutral toned people can wear just about any color and look great! Some neutral skin tones may look slightly better in warm or cool which means just that, you can wear just about anything but certain colours will really set you off!

Still Unsure? Don’t fret, it’s not always an easy process. No one’s skin is exactly the same and individual coloring can be a task to determine on your own. Pay us a visit in salon for a thorough colour consultation where your stylist will personally identify your colouring with similar criteria to the above.

Once you’ve determined your skin tone consider the following tips to look your best..


If you’re warm

If you fall under this category the earthier colours will really work well for you such as yellow, orange, brown, orangey-reds, and yellow-green shades. When it comes to your make-up formulations like foundation with a yellow or golden undertone are going to work best for you. And be sure to be bold with your lipstick when it comes to a night out on the town such as with one of the beautiful lipsticks below; brick red for example is sure to make your complexion pop!


When it comes to your hair..

You’ll find dark, warm browns, chestnuts, rich golden browns and auburn, warm gold and red highlights, and golden blond shades look best on you. Any colour with a red or golden base is going to work very nicely. Highlighting is a brilliant solution to adding warm tones to your hair without transforming your whole look immediately. They can also be built up or filtered down to create a more dramatic or subtle look. Looking for some inspiration? Take a look at some beautiful highlights from Anne’s collection ‘Colour Motion’.

Highlighting with golden blondes,copper streaks or golden brown shades is going to work best with colours to avoid being blue, violet, (beige) and ash based based hair colors as these will wash out your skin.


And if you’re cool

If you’re a cool colour then sticking to jewel-toned makeup and clothing, including blue, purple, blue-green, green, magenta, and bluish-red shades is best. Your cosmetics will work best for you with bluish or pink undertones and be sure that you stick with classic black mascara, the contrast with your eye colour will look sensational.


And when it comes to your hair..

Naturally cool people should avoid hair colours that throw off warmth in the light such as gold, yellow, red and bronze tones. The warm colours will have a tendency to drain a cool colour individual.

The best hair colours for the cool characters are raven-wing blacks, cool ash browns and cool blondes in shades ranging from mink to platinum and icicle white. Highlights look stunning in wheat, taupe or ash shades. The base should always be neutral, ash and beige when you are looking for a hair colour and bare in mind that if you are lightening darkened hair then it can be prone to being very warm under the layers of colour so you may need to visit your salon to have the hair toned regularly. This is relatively inexpensive and the only way to keep the hair in a cool tone. You’re also lucky as many exciting unnatural and fashion hair colors like lipstick or cherry reds, and burgundies will work well for you!

 And finally, these tips can be a very useful guide but don’t forget rules are made to be broken and you may find doing the opposite works for you. Let’s not forget that fashion and style is art and when it comes to art there is no right & wrong!




Make your colour go the distance!


Like Megan’s colour? See more from what we get up to in salon here or to make an appointment for your own colour transformation visit our online bookings page.

So you’ve invested in a beautiful new salon colour, why watch it fade?

You’ve just splashed out on a beautiful, vibrant colour at your favourite salon – now to protect your investment! We all know salon colour doesn’t come cheap but the quality of a professional, tailor made colour simply can’t be matched. Follow our easy guide on how to care for your colour and make sure you get the most long lasting, healthy looking colour possible.

To begin with…

If you want to get the most out of your salon colour you need to begin with making sure that the type of colour is suitable for your hair. As a Matrix salon we offer semi-permanent and ammonia free colour as a more gentle method of colouring.

Learn about our ammonia free colour insider with Anne.

So, check the condition of your hair!

This is because IF you have very dry and porous hair then the colour will be prone to seeping out of the hair much quicker. This is one of the reasons that rich brunettes tend to fade to warm and red while blonde hair is prone to brassiness.

In order to asses your hair health take a few strands at the roots while pulling gently on the ends.

  • Does the hair stretch easily or does it break almost immediately?

  • Check for the porosity by running your fingers against the cuticle’s direction and see if hair ruffles up

  • Or try putting a sample of strands in water and watch if they absorb the water quickly and sink.

 If your hair is not stretching then it is prone to breakage and if it ruffles or absorbs the water quickly and sinks then it is porous. With the extremity of the hairs reaction suggesting how advanced the problem is.

So, what if it’s porous?

So that you can target this problem you’re first defence is to condition your hair with a deep conditioning mask 2-3 times a week in order to balance your hair’s protein and moisture levels and keep it as hydrated as possible. The Matrix Hydrasource range is a perfect prescription for hair lacking in moisture with the aqua immersion creme masque being perfect for intense hydration.

And if it’s breaking..

If your hair is prone to breakage from chemical damage & being over processed then it is in need of a prescriptive shampoo & conditioner rich in protein such as Matrix Keratindose Shampoo, Conditioner and leave in Spray.hqdefault

These products will work to re-infuse the hair with keratin which is the hair’s primary protein, making it stronger. With formulas inspired by the strength and softness of silk and enhanced by Pro-Keratin to restore protein and moisture balance hair is left 90% more conditioned after 1 use.

So IF you have porous hair then remember to deep condition and moisturise with a hydrating shampoo, conditioner and follow with an oil or leave in spray. Once your hair condition has improved it will be in a much better position to hold the colour protection longer.

Next, choosing a hair colour closest to your natural shade adds to the staying power..

If you have lightened your hair a lot and then had it coloured a different shade then it’s need for colour protection is even higher and fading is a common problem.

In order to fight the fade you can also consider trying a semi-permanent colour. They do not last as long in the hair but they do fade off more gently and less dramatically so any roots will be less obvious.

If you prefer permanent hair colour then be sure to request a subtly tinted glaze or a shine treatment such as Matrix Prizm’s Pus as an add on to your colour service. This treatment will come at a small additional cost and make the world of difference to the the staying power of the colour’s depth and shine.

And BEWARE doubling up on chemical treatments… 

Chemical treatments such as perms/relaxers/straightening can offer an incredible hair make-over but be careful as they make hair much dryer and more porous which will bring you back to the problem of the colour fade.

Finally, think ahead ….

If you’re in salon having your colour done then book ahead for 2 weeks for a deep conditioning treatment, to maintain your hair health is a worthy investment to get the most out of your colour. If you would like to make an appointment just visit our online bookings page www.anneveckhair.com/book_online.html

Brilliant red colours look stunning and create a very dramatic look but they do tend to fade faster than other colours so make sure to ask your stylist about the best solutions to the colour fading.

And if you can’t be swayed from your home hair colour ….

Summer can be a hard time for your hair with sun, hot water and harsh shampoo dulling your hair colour, to maximise it’s staying power follow these simple tips..

  • Always wait from 24-36 hours after a hair colour before shampooing & use tepid water to avoid over shampooing with every other day usually more than enough

  • Choose a sulfate-free shampoo such as Matrix Biolage Colourlast shampoo, which will also work to inhibit the colour fade

  • If your hair is a delicate blonde or vibrant red then try a pigment rich shampoo such as Total Results Silver shampoo as they will punch your hair colour into overtime

  •  Making sure that your styling products have UV protector and moisturisers & avoiding alcohol based styling products.

  • Be careful of overusing products as product build up dulls the hair.

  • Favour lighter styling products unless you have very dense and heavy hair in which case just ensure that you don’t use more than you need

  •  As time goes on, make certain you keep your hair well moisturised and hydrated. Deep-conditioning and moisturising treatments can be done at home, as well as in the hair salon. Treat yourself and try the Matrix Exquisite Oil shampoo, mask and oil for a luxurious step by step treatment you can do at home for professional results.

  •  Finally, if your hair colour is starting to fade and your roots are showing, use a root re-touch product. ColourWOW is a revolutionary root touch up which is guaranteed to last until you next wash your hair, withstanding swimming sweat and heat. See the full product details here.

“It’s one of those ideas that, once implemented, makes you wonder why no one though of it before. ” Vogue UK, October 2008

“It’s one of those ideas that, once implemented, makes you wonder why no one thought of it before. ” Vogue UK, October 2008

A statement like this from top fashion publication Vogue may initially have you wondering what newest Gucci’s creation is about to change your life or at least your wardrobe……

However what this statement actually refers to and what fashion institution Vogue has recognised is something which represents a major and essential movement to the way businesses manage their environmental footprint.

It may surprise you to learn that they are specifically referring to the newest generation of eco friendly towels from Easydry which are making a revolutionary stamp on the beauty industry. Used by the most forward-thinking businesses worldwide, Easydry’s biodegradable towels are more efficient, absorbent, eco-friendly and hygienic than traditional cotton towels or other disposable towels.

This is particularly significant to the hair and beauty industry because of our dependence on electricity for the nature of the business. For example, a salon will also often have a washing machine and dryer working all day, every day in order to launder fresh towels for clients. This along with our hot styling appliances & lighting contributes in huge part to the average salon using a staggering 40,000kWh of electricity on an annual basis. This is enough energy to power four average sized households for an entire year!

All of this contributes in huge part to why we at Anne Veck take our ecological footprint very seriously and are always looking for ways to be more green. To find out more about our beautiful eco-salon in Oxford and the recognition we are achieving see here http://www.anneveckhair.com/news_new43.html.

Reducing our reliance on washing & drying machines can potentially reduce this energy usage by up to half which is exactly where Easy dry towels come in.

Made from pure wood fibres, Easydry eco-friendly towels are manufactured using eco-friendly materials and processes such as recycled water and solar energy, and contain no pesticide-hungry cotton or eco-disastrous plastic. They will biodegrade within 12 weeks and are 100 per cent recyclable. Every Easydry product is incredibly hygienic, soft and super-absorbent. No bleach is used to create the pure white towel, while the dye used for the jet black towel is non-hazardous.” – Easydry [http://www.easydry.co.uk/] 9/7/14

An environmental concern with this kind of disposable towel has always been the trees being harvested in order to make them. However Easydry are able to trace their resources to every stage of production and ensure for every tree taken, another is planted. Thereby using Easydry towels in your salon helps support the sustainability of the rainforest because ;

“Every product in the range is made from certified renewable sources and trees are planted for every one harvested to make the towels which contributes to reducing deforestation. The towels are guarenteed to be;

o Made from renewable sources

o Completely recyclable

o100% biodegradable (within three months)

o All towels and packaging is compostable ”

The responsibility for businesses to be aware of these factors genuinely is essential as deforestation is directly effecting our planet and they way we live today. Without a conscience from all commercial and local businesses the effects will be a lot closer to home in only a few years. With an ever increasing demand on environmental resources it is paramount that we all contribute to preserving the planet in any way we can.  Through using a salon which provide Easydry towels you directly support business that are directly acknowledging the following facts;

  • Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth’s land surface; now they cover a mere 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years.
  • 80% of the flowers in the Australian rainforests are not found anywhere else in the world

  • Nearly half of the world’s species of plants, animals and microorganisms will be destroyed or severely threatened over the next quarter century due to deforestaion.

  • Experts estimate we are losing 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day due to rainforest deforestation. That equates to 50,000 species a year.

  • As the rainforest species disappear, so do many possible cures for life-threatening diseases. Currently, 121 prescription drugs sold worldwide come from plant-derived sources.

  • The Amazon Rainforest has been described as the “Lungs of our Planet” because it provides the essential environmental world service of continuously recycling carbon dioxide into oxygen. More than 20 percent of the world oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest

“Easydry is fully committed to the concept and practice of sustainable product development”

Easydry’s primary objective is to develop an innovative range of products using sustainable raw materials and processes to ensure minimal environmental impact.

Easydry’s Guarentee

“Our commitment to safeguarding the world’s environment extends to every step of production. We have carefully and painstakingly forged every possible link in our supply chain to partner only with companies that can demonstrate their own commitment to sustainability and environmentally conscious processes.”

Raw Materials

Easydry takes its responsibilities seriously when sourcing raw materials:

  • The trees that provide our raw material come from sustainable, properly managed forestry. We use no chemical fertilisers or pesticides, artificial irrigation, genetic modification or illegally harvested wood.

  • Our trees are grown on marginal land unsuitable for food crops or human habitation.

  • Our forestry sources are continuously monitored, assessed and certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC).

  • Cultivation and production of our raw materials combined uses approximately40 times less water than the cultivation of cotton.


Easydry partners only with companies that share its attitudes on sustainability and environmentally friendly processes.

Our partner companies are extremely conscious of their responsibilities and adhere to the highest environmental standards.

Partner’s certification includes:

  • The European Eco Flower – Environmental process certification

  • European Award for the Environment

  • Nordic Ecolabel

  • ISO 14001 – Environmental management system

  • Oeko-Tex Standard 100 – Confidence In Textiles certification

  • Panda Mark

  • ISO 9001 – Quality control

  • OHSAS 18001 – Health and safety


All Easydry’s packaging is recyclable or biodegradable:

  • Pallets are made from recycled cardboard and are themselves recyclable

  • Boxes are made from recycled and recyclable cardboard

  • Bags are made from 100% biodegradable/compostable eco-material

  • Din Certco 13432 certification achieved – European compostability test

  • ASTM D 6400 certification achieved – United States compostability test


At Easydry we use inks that are non-toxic, non-hazardous and water-soluble. A highly innovative process allows us to combine these colours with our eco-friendly raw materials to produce a totally safe, inert towel which is jet black, soft and highly absorbent.

All packaging is compostable or recyclable.