Anne’s home hair care secrets # 4 COLOUR!

More expert advice from Anne Veck….

Hair Dye

Being creative with your hair colour can quickly become a disaster if you constantly change  it and use harsh hair dye (containing more ammonia and bleach). Try to stay as close to your natural hair hue as possible. And if you want to go for something more unusual and edgy, stick to a professional hairstylist as he/she will know how to do it appropriately without damaging your hair. The little extra you pay for makes the whole difference!
HOW the experts will persuade you not to do your own colour…this is what our stylists will tell you and its true.

When home colour does come up, acknowledge that the ingredients are similar, but home colour is created with no idea who is going to use it. So, to work adequately for a wide variety of women with various hair colors and types, it’s harsher, with a higher developer volume than you would use. This way, a woman with light brown and dark
brown hair can use the same product. But they won’t get the same results, no one will get what’s shown on the box and if a woman already has colour, there’s no predicting what will happen. Also mention:
1. The model in the photo on the box did not do her own colour!
2. Home colour can’t account for hair texture or condition. Porosity, curl and more can greatly effect colour results and hair health. Ask: “Would you use harsh detergents and hot water on every fabric you own?”
3. Application is extremely important. Even a “simple” root retouch can be messy to do yourself, and if you overlap the colour, you can get dry ends and colour build-up. Then, you’ll have dark ends and grey that still shows at the roots.
4. Ammonia-free doesn’t mean chemical free, and home colour could use a large percentage of an ammonia substitute.
5. Ask your client if she understands the “base” of a colour product, underlying pigment, and how to avoid getting orange when “just making brown hair lighter.” Explain, this really is chemistry that you studied during your training.
6. You can’t really get a dimensional look from box colour. The grey coverage client is most likely to use home colour, so explain your choices and the potential pitfalls, and offer easy, affordable options.
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Anne’s home hair care secrets # 3


Anne’s home care secrets #3 in which she shares more great advice…

Water temperature

Beware of water that is too hot because it’s drying for your skin and hair. Wash your hair under mild temperature, then rinse with the coldest water you can handle for 10 seconds. It’s very good for your heart too !


Condition your hair every time you wash your hair, especially at the ends. Avoid stuffing your roots with too much conditioner as it will make them heavy and remove any natural volume. Once a week, apply a deep nourishing mask to preserve good hair condition.

Heat protection

Most of us use hot styling tools on bare hair. A heat protection product should always be used as a barrier between your hair and the heat to coat your cuticles and avoid burning your ends. Watch the setting temperature also, avoid setting at high temperatures.

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Double Impact by Anne Veck

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Anne’s Avant Garde Secrets

Anne’s Avant Garde Secrets…in which Anne reveals her passion for avant gare hairdressing….

Q Avant-garde hairstyles, Art of Hair – what is it for? What does it give? Why are you personally interested in it?

A I love the creativity, I hate the hours and hours of trial and error required to create a new technique or come up with a new concept! It’s art, for sure!

Q Are postiches and hairpieces a separate type of craft? Is it a separate skill or should hair stylists learn it?

A Postiche and hair pieces are similar. I’m self taught but I’m sure formal training on hair pieces and wigs is very worthwhile.

Q Has anything changed in hairpiece making for the past 20 years? Are there any new technologies? Are there any new constructions?

A I use use very unconventional methods like a coat hanger inside a wig to give the desired shape. I can’t speak for other hairdressers, we all have our “secret” techniques!

Q How is progress penetrating this ancient craft? How do you make such constructions (from the technical point of view)?

A What are modern frameworks? If you are building a house you need solid foundations and then you build shape on the top of it.

Q How are concepts worked out? How is fashion involved in designing concepts? And how is art involved?
A You have to find a direction for your collection. A mood board is a great way to keep on track of your ideas and communicate with the rest of your creative team. Link your ideas with fashoin by keeping on top of what is happening on catwalk during the international fashion weeks.

Q How long does it take to make a wig?

A Any time from 20min to 20hours it depends on how intricate it is.

Q How many people do you need to make one item (wig)? 

A Just me. Occasionally I will ask help if the fabric I’ve created with hair to make the wig will take too long to make or if I need lots of it.

Q What is used more often in the process of manufacturing hairpieces – synthetic or natural hair?

A I try as much as possible to use synthetic because of the cost, but you can’t beat real hair as it is a lot easier to work with especially if you need to curl.

Q How comfortable do models feel in wigs? As for colouring, – how difficult is it to choose the wig colour and the colour of the models’ hair so that they will match? Do you have any secrets?

That’s something you need to keep in mind especially if the models need to wear the hair piece for long. There are a very wide range of colour available so matching the hair is reasonably easy.

To see Anne and Emmanuel’s award winning avant garde collections ( 7 times finalists for Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year at the British Hairdressing Awards, visit

Anne's 2012 BHA Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year Finals collection

Anne’s 2012 BHA Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year Finals collection

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