By Clairol’s Colour Ambassador Michael Douglas

Hairstylist to the stars, Michael Douglas has worked in the hair industry for more than 31 years. Clairol’s Colour Ambassador Michael has worked for many year on commercials, magazine editorial and red carpet and  is also a regular contributor on BBC’s The One Show & ITV’s The Morning.






How to choose your shade?

This depends on what you want to achieve but let’s assume you want to do the roots/new regrowth to match the previously colored ends. You need to part your hair deep on one side and find, on the hair, the previous colour you had. The top of your hair will have faded so you need to find a section underneath that is a truer representation of what you had, which is the area closest to the new re growth. Then match the box colour to that bit of hair. A few things to remember is; if in doubt chose the lighter shade rather than the darker one, for example if your trapped between buying the number 5 or 6 then get the 6. It’s much easier to go darker but harder to go lighter again.

Get two boxes if your hair is longer than chin length. Always patch test 48 hours before and if in doubt do a small section of hair at the back of your head to check the result is desirable.


Root Touch-Up or Nicen Easy which do I need and when?

Root Touch-Up is for touching up the roots between doing a fuller job. So, if you have some grey hair that grows through within two weeks, but don’t want to have to colour your whole roots, then Root Touch-Up is prefect to tide you over between doing the whole head. Nice'n Easy is for doing a full head of colour.


Does hair type make a difference?

Yes, thicker hair is more stubborn and resistant so will require a thicker application and fine hair less so. Long hair needs more product naturally and if your hair is very curly them make sure its thoroughly brushed through and tangle free before applying.  If your hair has a history of previous colour and your colouring over the top of that, then seek some advice as this can affect the result.


What can I do to maintain my colour?

Minimize fade by reducing heat styling and time spent in the sun. Using a shampoo and conditioner for coloured hair also helps. Root Touch-Up is a great way of maintaining the more visible roots between full colouring too.


How do I ensure a seamless application?

The kits come with either a precise application nozzle - or a brush in the case of Root Touch-up - which makes a big difference and helps prevent any overlap, giving you the ability to just apply it where it’s needed. For all-over colour, you can always source a specialised brush if you feel more comfortable applying colour as done in salons.


How long will my colour last?

Root Touch-Up and Nice’n Easy are permanent so will grow out as your hair grows. If you’re looking for a semi-permanent result then try Clairol Natural Instincts.


What is the best way to prep my hair before colouring?

Hair that hasn’t been washed for 48 hours is good as the scalp forms its own protection called the acid mantle during this period making the process more pleasurable. Make sure the hair is tangle and knot free before starting to apply to dry hair.



Does Coty test on animals?

At Coty, we do not test our products on animals and are committed to ending animal testing across our industry. All our products are safe and have been developed, manufactured and packaged in compliance with the laws, regulations and guidelines that are applicable in each country in which they are sold. Coty’s human safety experts review our ingredients, as well as the finished products, by applying the best science, based on the use of recognized alternatives to animal testing, existing safety data and, increasingly, the sharing of such data with other parties and industries. Some governments or agencies stipulate the testing of finished products on animals in accordance with local legal and regulatory requirements. An example is China, where we continue to be involved in the dialogue with the Chinese authorities, including through our active membership of industry groups, to find alternatives to their use of animal testing.