DIY – Coloured shampoo

If your coloured hair tends to fade fast, a coloured shampoo is a great way to keep it looking fresh. It’s very easy to make your own at home. Coloured shampoos deposit tiny amounts of colour back into your hair every time you wash it. You can use them to top up your existing colour, slightly change it or add subtle tones to your hair.

There are already many pre-made colour shampoos on the market but I only like to use Hairy Jayne (of course). So I DIY my own by mixing colour into Nourishing Shampoo. Bleached hair with pastel or bright tones on top (like mine) fade notoriously fast so this is a good way to slow down the process of fading.

I prefer to use a coloured shampoo rather than conditioner because conditioner shouldn’t really be going anywhere near your roots, only on the ends. I usually want the colour to be deposited all over my hair including my roots (and shampoo does go up there). If you have lighter ends in a dip dye/ombre style or if you do just want the ends to be toned, you can do the same DIY with conditioner rather than with shampoo.

If your hair is blonde or naturally grey/white and is looking a little yellow or brassy, a purple shampoo (sometimes called ‘silver’ or ‘ash’) to brighten it up. Violet is opposite yellow on the colour wheel (remember those from school?) so the purpleness neutralises any yellow tones.

Coloured shampoos will never lighten your hair shade and will always be more obvious on hair that is already pre-lightened. You can add some red, copper or violet tones to darker hair but it’ll just be a lot more subtle.

I like to use Crazy Colours mostly (my love of which began back in the nineties) and sometimes I use Adore or even Stargazer, depending on the colours available to me. Brixton has a good selection of well-stocked hair shops along Electric Avenue and Atlantic Road so I’m usually spoilt for choice!

I prefer to mix the shampoo up in a bowl and then decant it back into the bottle so that I can see the colour as I go along. Make sure you use a bowl that doesn’t matter just in case it stains! And it’s a good idea to wear gloves while you’re mixing (I really should take my own advice, I’ve ended up with a couple of slightly blue nail beds). You can just pour the colour straight into the bottle and shake it up really well if you’d rather not mix it in a bowl or don’t have a funnel. Tip some shampoo out to make room if it’s a brand new bottle, obviously.

I’d recommend starting with a capful of the colour into half a bottle of shampoo. (That way you have spare ‘plain’ shampoo if you need it). Use 2 capfuls if your hair isn’t pre-lightened or if you really want the colour to be strong. You can always add more colour in for your next wash if you want it bolder.

When you wash your hair, leave the shampoo on for a couple of minutes before you rinse to let it soak in and do it’s thing. Dry your hair to see the actual results before adding any more colour into the bottle for the next wash.

The difference in the tone of your hair should build up over time. More so on bleached hair and less so on natural or darker hair. It’s a subtle change and in no way permanent so have a little play with it!

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Here are the results over time about 2 weeks using my blue concoction pictured above:

Quite dark pics but you can see my hair was originally a minty green. It’s now gone much more blue using the shampoo I made. Knocked the yellow out of the mint green while topping up the blue. I did use quite a big slug of Royal Navy Adore in the shampoo and I do have bleached hair so it has made a difference. Here’s a better pic of the colour as it is now in better daylight:

Do let me know if you have a go at DIY coloured shampoo, I’d love to hear the results!

Disclaimer: I am well aware that the ingredients in both hair bleach and these colours ain’t exactly natural! If you were to compare cosmetics to food, they’d definitely be junk food. I do believe in living a balanced life though. Healthy meals most of the time and a big fat dirty burger some of the time 🙂

Naturally derived and biodegradable hair care

biodegradable hair

Naturally derived ingredients + Biodegradability = Healthy + Ethical + Enjoyable

I’ve recently added some more information to all of the product listings. In the spirit of transparency, I’ve added the actual percentage of naturally derived and biodegradable hair care ingredients used.

It is important to know what you’re getting in your cosmetics. A lot of the ingredients we put on our skin (including hair care) are absorbed into our bloodstream. The forehead and scalp have a comparatively high rate of absorption, and that’s exactly where you’re using your hair care.

Our bodies are better equipped for processing natural ingredients than man-made. Unfortunately in our modern lives, our bodies go though countless stresses already. By eating ‘bad’ processed foods, breathing in pollution and so on. So using things on your skin that are easy to process helps you to look after yourself.

The other thing to consider with wash-off products (shampoo and conditioner) is that they end up going down the plughole. Biodegradable substances break down over time by natural processes and reduce the pollution in our water systems. Which is good for us all.

The percentage of biodegradable ingredients in each product is generally high, but there are a small amount of synthetic ones. Any product that has water in it must have a preservative added to prevent mould and bacteria developing. The hair perfumes and oils contain no water so are preservative-free. The shampoos and conditioners, however, have a paraben-free preservative in at just 1%. The other synthetic ingredients used in all the products are for heat protection, anti-frizz and detangling. They’re ingredients that are necessary for effective hair care but not found in nature and are made in a lab.

No artificial colours are added to the products. They are all fragranced with essential oils. Not only because they smell so, so lovely but because essential oils are distilled straight from plants.

I hope this post shows you some more about what goes into each bottle and why.

YouTube hair tutorials


As a hairdresser with a business that requires promotion and marketing, it’s often suggested to me by well-meaning people that I start a YouTube channel of hair tutorials. The idea of this not only fills me with absolute dread. (I *hate* being filmed, especially if it requires speaking!) It also makes me think “why would I spend time doing that when there are so many other more-than-willing people out there making them already?”

It’s true, there are already many, many hair tutorial videos up on YouTube, ranging from the very amateur (“Hair tutorial gone wrong”: to the so-professional-you-just-know-you-won’t-be-able-to-do-that-yourself-at-home type. My personal preference for hair styling tutorials comes not from fellow hairdressers but from the types of women I’d probably hang out with. Women who just show you what they do with their hair without constantly pouting and telling you subscribe to their channel. Long winded intros before anything actually happens are a personal no-no too.

Based on all of this, here are:

My list of my most recent top 5 hair YouTubers

  1. Hannah Leigh – for long hair inspo
    12 easy long hairstyles with no heat required:
    How to curl your hair quickly (without fussing about with sectioning):
  2. Helen Anderson (aka Melon Lady) – this lady is not afraid of a bit of colour!
    How to maintain pastel hair the sneaky way (I do this trick myself but NOT with Tresemme – obviously! See how in this post).
    How to get silver hair (a lot of people ask me this, and I say pretty much what she does plus this video shows honestly how it can turn out on hair that’s changed colour a lot).
  3. Patricia Bright – great tips for Afro/curly hair maintenance and styles
    Hair and styles playlist:
  4. Vintagious – easy vintage-inspired hairstyles (handy if you’re off to a swing dance or rockabilly night)
    6 pinup looks for beginners
    Easy fake victory rolls
  5. Roxxsaurus – ideas for long hairstyling, especially braided styles
    Hair playlist:

I don’t know about you, but I find watching women doing their hair really mesmerising! (Those, and the looped videos that illustrators post of themselves drawing or inking their designs.)

I’ll finish with a little guilty pleasure of mine – I find the way this guy cuts hair really soothing! Might just be me though 🙂  (I’d recommend watching the videos with the sound muted as the music can be a little dodgy…)
Tarantula playlist:


The manifesto


I never usually write very personal blogposts, but this morning, in a moment of New Year inspiration (I love January for that) I’ve written a manifesto to express some of the reasons why I make hair products and basically articulate what Hairy Jayne believes in.


I’ve done this many a time, really and truly. With my personal style, that is. Mostly starting at high school, and *definitely* during my art college years, where charity shops were my spiritual home. I do love ‘Fashion’ to look at, but I’ve never really been one for following the latest trends. Fashion is an influence for me, but not a rulebook. I’ve always liked to wear what made me feel ‘unusual’. Although these days I’m much less experimental and try more to dress for my curvier (and slightly bumpier) shape. And I certainly don’t believe in the ‘Hair Rules’. The ones that dictate that women shouldn’t have grey hair, or have long hair past a certain age, or try a fringe out just for the heck of it.


I am a bit of a hippy deep down, and I do worry about how environmental damage will impact our future. I like to use natural products in my life as much as is possible, and I try to buy British, recycle, refuse plastic bags, all those small things that I hope are helping, even if only just a bit.


Life would be soooo boring if we all looked, behaved and lived the same way. I really do embrace the so-called ‘weird’ and quirky, and calling my company Hairy Jayne wasn’t that strange to me, even if I do get some funny looks sometimes. My musical lady heroes are the real risk takers – Bjork, Kate Bush, Grace Jones, Bat for Lashes – all the ladies who really put themselves out there.


Last year I turned 40. It wasn’t so bad at all, in fact I laughed about it quite a bit. I really don’t feel 40, and probably don’t act or dress like a typical woman my age. The only thing I found slightly disturbing about this milestone was thinking about my mother having a 40 year old daughter. To me that’s weird.


It does FEEL really good when you’re looking good and that IS important – BUT – way too much emphasis is put on looks in our world. Put on some lippy and have ‘makeup’ as your hobby if it makes you happy. But don’t spend ALL your time thinking about your looks and especially don’t compare your to other peoples. If you want to be a happy person. You are who you are and you have some really great features and a totally unique personality. And there are sooooo many cool ways to express yourself other than through how you look.


Making things makes me happy, it always has. Even if things end up a little bit wonky or never really get finished, there’s real satisfaction in making things. I’m talking all creative outlets. Drawing, DIYing, baking, cooking dinner, new hairstyles, taking photos on my phone, even making travel plans. I always need to have some sort of project of whatever size on the go. Although I haven’t experimented with any new hair potions for a little while now. I think that may need to be a New Years resolution.

Hair care while you sleep


The nights are drawing in and it’s time to get all cosy! And for some hair care while you sleep…

These two hair and scalp pixies will do all the work while you snooze.

The Treatment Conditioner is a great in-shower conditioner for regular use. It also doubles up as a leave-in masque, and even better, hair care while you sleep. Apply it to dry hair, leave to soak in and then shampoo out in the morning. It leaves your hair feeling so soft and silky the next day. I usually put it in my hair (dry) on a Sunday night while watching telly. By the time I get head down to drift off to the land of nod, it’s dry enough not to leave a mark on my pillow.

Same with the Pre-shampoo Treatment Oil. It’s a natural tonic with olive and pomegranate oils in it. They sort out any dryness or itchy patches on your scalp. Use the pipette to apply the oil directly to your scalp and massage it through. Then brush the oil through to the ends of your hair. This is where the argan and coconut oils do their bit to help. Then there’s the added power of lavender essential oil, which is well known to be a sleep assistant. Again, allow the oil to soak into your hair and scalp for a little while before hitting the pillow for some zzzzz’s. Shampoo and condition as normal in the morning.

And then enjoy your happy hair all day long 🙂