Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Casual to Class-Y; Toni's Hair Was Grown-Out, Not Grown-Up and the Wrong Blonde

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Casual to Class-Y; Toni's Hair Was Grown-Out, Not Grown-Up and the Wrong Blonde

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Byline: Fay Knight fay.knight@northernstar.com.au

IN HER third year of primary-school teacher training at Southern Cross University, Lennox Head student Toni Johnson was ready for a change.

"I've been growing my hair out in preparation for having something new done," says Toni. "This is as long as it's ever been. I'd like a more interesting style."

Toni, who is a qualified beauty therapist and works part time while studying, was prepared to lose some hair length to create a change.

With hairdresser Judy Browning from Max Hair & Beauty in Ballina, Toni agreed to a new style, cut longer at the front in a tousled bob.

But first, Judy was keen to tone down the blonde in Toni's hair.

"The yellow in her hair is bringing out too much pink in her skintones," explains Judy. "By 'ashing' down the colour of her hair with foils and bringing some darker tones into the back of the hair it will be much more flattering.

"My hair was really white blonde when I was young," explains Toni. "So I started lightening it and having foils done as I got older."

"I think nature gets it right," says Judy. "But I mean going back to the colour you had as a child. Hair darkens naturally as you get older. But women tend to start playing around with their hair in their teens and early 20s and they're not really thinking of damage they might be doing to it.

"A lot of women don't realise that products they think are semi-permanent colours can actually be permanent, it can vary according to the make and your hair. But young women aren't necessarily thinking that far ahead.

"If you are putting lots of colour through your hair it's important to use protein treatments on it to close up the cuticles again as colouring opens them up and can make the hair brittle."

Judy began by cutting some length off the back of Toni's hair to speed the colouring process. Final cutting is done after colouring treatment.

"I'm doing quite large pieces of foil to create flashes of colour through the hair rather than blending it in," explains Judy. …

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