Kimlyn Sisam On Avoiding A Hair Scare

Kimlyn Sisam On Avoiding A Hair Scare

Avoiding a hair scare with the help of make-up artist and hair stylist Kimlyn Sisam.

 

KIMLYN’S BIO  FUN FACTS
DOB: 29 March 1992 Kimlyn dyed her hair bright green, and the very next day Kylie Jenner posted a picture of herself at Coachella with the exact colour and cut.
POB: Cape Town
Fave food: Carbs and more carbs. Kimlyn’s top three favourite colours are yellow, blue and orange (half-and-half), and rainbow hair
Pet peeve: People who want to dye their hair, but don’t because they are too scared.
Fave celeb hair: Nicki Minaj and Kylie Jenner.

Who says blondes have more fun? Not us, that’s for sure. We are all for trying new hair colours – the bolder, the better. And if you’re feeling nervous about making such a drastic change, take note of these wise words from Kimlyn: ‘Life is short. And it’s just hair; if you don’t like it you, can dye it back.’ Amen, Sister. 

Complementary colours

You may be in love with the latest celebrity hair colour (hello, Hailey Baldwin’s pink locks), but if you don’t have the right skin tone and eye colour, it won’t look good – what looks amazing on someone else could look terrible on you. For example, if you have a red complexion with blue eyes, you should probably steer clear of bold reds, but if you have green eyes with golden flecks, then red hair will look great on you. Simply put, it’s all about choosing a hair colour that complements the tone of your skin and eyes. If you’re uncertain about your skin tone, speak to a hairdresser. 

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To DIY or not to DIY?

Getting your hair dyed professionally can be expensive, but there are times when you absolutely should spend the money. ‘If you have very dark hair and bleaching is required first so that you can dye it, then you should definitely go to a hairdresser,’ explains Kimlyn. You don’t want to risk damaging your hair. ‘It is, however, pretty simple to do touch-ups at home,’ she says. To do touch-ups, Kimlyn suggests using vegan dyes such as Manic Panic or Directions. ‘Because it’s vegan and has no harsh chemicals, you can wrap your hair and sleep with it in for more intensity.’   Pastel is the new black If you want to try something fresh, but are a little nervous to use a bold colour, you should consider going pastel. Pastel is a great DIY project because you can make pastels at home from darker shades. ‘If you want to go pastel pink, you can buy red hair dye and then mix a teaspoon of red into some whit conditioner,’ advises Kimlyn. Or if you’ve already dyed your hair and you think it’s too bright, you can wash your hair with dishwashing liquid and it will lighten. 

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Wash ‘n’ dry

Once you’ve dyed your hair, you’ll need to use a sulfate-free shampoo. Sulfates easily remove grime and dead skin from your scalp, which is good, but they also strip away your hair colour. ‘Sulfate-free shampoo will make your colour last longer and it will also keep your hair healthy and soft, especially if it’s been through a bleach process.’ Kimlyn also suggests you avoid washing your hair too often. ‘Once or twice a week is ideal.’ Also, dry shampoo is your friend. 

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