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50plus hair tips imageQ&A with Andrew Barton

What’s the best way to tackle newly greying hair?

We put your hair questions  to celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton. It seems that working out how best to manage greying hair was high on many lists for women in their 50s. Andrew offers his tips to solve your hair problems.

Q. How to deal with patchy grey without endless root retouching?

A. Much of the success of covering grey hair is choosing the right colour and it’s true to say that lighter colours are often easier to maintain as the re growth of new hair doesn’t show as quickly. At my Covent Garden Salon we use a new generation of hair colour by Redken that gives an iridescent effect to hair colour resulting in less demarcation line as the new hair grows through.

Use a shampoo and conditioner for coloured hair like my Andrew Barton Colour PRO-tect range at Asda which will also help maintain the life of your colour and add shine

How do you avoid re-growth problems with grey hair?

Q. Similar, but would I  like to stop colouring my hair, and turn grey. Any tips to avoid the awful re-growth problems?

A. I’d stick with hair colour grey hair is not the most flattering hair colour as it makes the skin look paler hair colour always makes the skin look brighter. If you’re looking for colour with less commitment then opt for woven highlights of colour a little brighter and lighter than your natural colour this will help the grey hair to blend and also help you grow out an all over tinted effect. Keep your hair well-conditioned as the grey increases as it will become drier, try my Andrew Barton Ultimate Blonde range from Asda which with its moisturising ingredients is perfect for grey / partially coloured hair.

Q. Hi Andrew, I’m 55 and in not bad nick apart from have weird hair… curly on top and straight underneath, shoulder length, no hairdresser has ever managed to sort it out, ever, can you help please.

A. The new generation of Brazilian smoothing services at salons would be perfect for your hair type and last for up to 3 months. It’s a non chemical service which uses pure protein to deliver conditioning benefits to the hair and smoothing benefits making hair easier to style and maintain. At my Covent Garden Salon we use Kerastraight which I’m sure you will be able to find locally.

Q. What shampoo/conditioner is best for retaining reds for longer. I have a russet colour on my hair but reds are notorious for fading.

A. Try my Andrew Strictly For Brunettes with its colour boosting ingredients and also use a deep conditioning mask at least once a week like my Andrew Barton Sos Treat Me Deeply conditioning mask as this will increase the moisture levels in your hair improving colour life. Also a little tip but use luke warm water for the first washes after your colour rather than hot water to help the colour lock in.

Q. I have a few grey hairs on my crown, is it really bad (ie hair loss wise) if I pluck them out?? I am considering getting that hair colour with a comb and just touching the white hairs. Would that work?

A. Don’t ! Pluck them out ! This can damage the hair follicle where the hair grows from resulting in a weaker thinner hair that grows back! That should be enough to resist the temptation to pluck them out. Colouring the individual hairs as you suggest should work well for a number of years at my Covent Garden salon we have pioneered a technique that paints individual hair strands as featured in the April issue of Vogue.



Andrew Barton is one of Britain’s favourite hairdressers. His love of hairdressing is combined with a hectic media schedule of regular TV appearances, and with seven years on ‘10 Years Younger’ which airs in over 50 countries his status as TVs favourite hairdresser stands firm. Andrew holds a clutch of titles and awards including British Hairdresser of the Year 2006, Most Wanted Hair Icon 2008, Reveal magazine’s Celebrity Hairdresser of the Year 2009, Hair magazine’s Ultimate Hairdresser of the Year 2009, Fellowship Ambassador of the Year 2010 and finalist for British Hairdresser of the Year 2009, confirming his place in the firmament of hairdressing stars. Consultations are available with Andrew at his flagship Covent Garden salon

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  1. facebook_ycoogan

    August 31, 2013

    Why is Andrew Barton so negative about grey hair? I stopped doing a full colour about 6 years ago, opting for mixed foils to blend the grey and be kinder to my scalp and hair. Since May 2013 I’ve stopped the foils and I’m in transition to grey/sliver, just a few bleached ends which will be gone in a couple more cuts. I love my hair, so healthy and strong and it looks better with my skin tone. I know going natural is not for everyone, but I’ve seen some stunning grey/silver on facebook GrayandProud. I’m so pleased Andrew is not my hairdresser.

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