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In the Chair - Real People Real Hair - Natasha

August 02, 2021

In the Chair - Real People Real Hair - Natasha

Lockdowns came and went. The novelty of a home box-dye wore off and the declining results eased their way into normality. For many people, the scraped back ponytail jostled seamlessly with trackpants and elasticated waists.

But this isn’t how we’re meant to live and hopefully lockdowns are over. For Natasha it was time to resuscitate her hair out of its COVID-era coma.

A common problem with home colouring is both overlapping and missing so much of the hair. Where overlapping tint builds up too much, the hair can turn to dead black. Not the dark brown Natasha was hoping for. It’s then a complex professional process to correct this.

1. The Haircut

I wanted to bring a vibrancy and gloss back into her hair that would be easy to wear in many different styles. Hair shouldn’t be hard work for you. Unfortunately, the harder you work a bad haircut the more you damage the hair and hence the harder you have to work it. It’s a vicious spiral down to thin broken frizzy hair, and it stops with a great haircut. That’s what we do. Using our signature Diamond Dry Cut™ method, I took a stronger line above the shoulders then layered this to give life and movement. We kept the front long enough to push behind the ears.

2. The Colour

Jodie our Master Colourist did an amazing job of correcting the dead-black patches and creating a more natural variety of soft dark glossy browns. A common issue with home colouring is over processing the hair. Mainly caused by overlapping colour.

Each time you apply a colour it should be on the regrowth only. Colour on top of colour results in dense, darker colour and porous hair. An unnatural wig-like effect that’s also more vulnerable to further damage. This then needs professional colour correction.

3. The Condition

We gave Natasha a deep replenishing treatment that she can continue with at home. Nothing restores and maintains hair health quite like LifeSaver Pre-wash Treatment, as the thousands of testimonials from here to Australia verify.

4. The Styling

I wanted to show Natasha how versatile her new look was. Full, sleek, forward, back, edgy, sophisticated, done, undone. It’s even long enough to tie back in a pony!

“I've had the same mid length brown hair ranging from my shoulders to half way down my back for about 40 years! I was increasingly bored of it but during lockdown, I started colouring it at home and obviously didn't get it cut and it became extremely patchy in colour and dry at the ends. I ended up wearing it tied back in a bun the entire time and there was almost no point to having long hair at all.

I trusted Michael implicitly when he recommended quite a significant cut in terms of length as well as the ability of Michael's team to fix the issues I had created with patchy and over saturated colour. My first impression when I saw the end result was 'I finally look like someone who’s taken a hair decision!

I absolutely love my new cut and more natural colour and have had so many compliments. Michael showed me a number of different ways to style my hair and I’m loving working the new styles myself.” - Natasha


For Natasha's hair we used LifeSaver Pre-wash Treatment to rehydrate, then Cashmere Protein UV Protective Shampoo and Conditioner to help keep colour locked in.


A little Thicker Quicker blowdry gave texture and lift to the roots, then LifeSaver UV mixed with Volumising Mousse helped smooth the hair, give heat protection, body and control. We used the Large Round Brush (soft bristle) to smooth. Then finally a little Ten Second Transformation to feed and smooth the hair giving a little shine and texture too.

 Michael Van Clarke


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