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Salon Speak Decoded: What Is A Colour Corrector?

08 May 2019
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Elizabeth Hall

Elizabeth Hall

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An American journalist living in Paris, Elizabeth has a passion for all things hair.

Whether you’re a hair colouring virgin or are a self-proclaimed colouring veteran, it’s time to get some clarity when it comes to one specific salon speak term: the colour corrector. If you’ve ever sought after a silver balayage, but ended up with a streaky yellow mess, your saving grace was probably a colour corrector. Scroll through as we break down all the things you need to know about the miracles of hair colour correctors.

Time To Clear The Fog: What Does A Colour Corrector Really Do?

Simplified: a colour corrector is just how it sounds - it aims to correct the colour of your tone. It ‘corrects’ a colour by neutralising certain discoloured tones in your hair… kind of like that time you tried colouring your own hair platinum in Year 9, orange everywhere! If you have blonde, gray, white, or lightened hair, colour correction may be the only thing standing between you and your ideal shade. If you plan on taking a dip in the pool with your new icy hue, a colour correction may be in order for you, unless you want green hair (in that case, you do you!).

To neutralise discolouration, a colour corrector usually contains pigments that reflect colours on the opposite slice of the colour wheel. You’re probably very familiar with purple shampoo, the most known type of colour corrector, since violet pigments can directly combat those off-toned yellows that can develop in blonde or other lightened hair colours. All hail hair colour correctors!

The Good News? There’s Colour Correctors For Many Colours!

Though colour correcting is most commonly associated with neutralising freshly bleached hair or toning down the brassiness of blonde tones, we’re here to tell you, you’ve got it all wrong! They’re here to save the day for more than just these two common hair no-nos. Colour correctors can also be used to balance yellow tones that tend to manifest in grey or white hair. But wait - there’s more! Purple colour neutralising shampoo can even be used on brunettes to cool down a light ash brown, or reduce the brassiness of your Cali babe golden highlights. Whoop whoop!

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Are your sun-kissed highlights looking worse-for-wear after vacation? Colour neutralisers can even polish up any off-putting fades found in the highlights of a brunette balayage.

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There are many different types of colour correctors, so to make sure you’re optimally polishing up your colour, always seek the advice of an expert colourist - they always know best, it’s just a fact. 

For blonde hair, purple shampoo is your colour correction ally, which may also be called silver shampoo on account of the silvering effects of the purple pigment. L'Oréal Professionnel's Silver Shampoo by Serie Expert is a classic colour correcting wash product that you can rely on for salon quality results in the salon and at home. For blonde tones, one of our favourites is theL’Oréal Professionnel Blondifier Shampoo to beat the battle of the brass whilst promoting shine, a necessary quality of blonde hair.

The pros also recommend the Kérastase Reflection Chromatique collection for powerful  bespoke colour enhancing products that can be personalised to directly target your specific colour correction needs. You can use any of the specialised kits made for blonde, brunette, copper or red shaded hair for a more targeted and more concentrated treatment - simply ask your colourist about the range. We love purple shampoo and it’s always a solid choice, but you shouldn’t forget that there are other colouring options you can choose, such as pigmented hair masks. The Kérastase Masque Chromatique in the same collection is a leave-in treatment that will really show off your pretty hue!

Colour correction can be complicated to master, but with the help of an expert, hair colour mistakes and fades are a thing off the past - k byeeeee!

Interested in getting your colour corrected? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with a hair expert near you.

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