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Since the decision to no longer offer colouring services I'm regularly asked for referrals from clients. This can be a challenging request because if there's one area of hairdressing where things can easily result in disappointment, it's with the application of chemicals. Therefore, I do not offer a general referral. That said, I'm always happy to discuss a clients colour needs when I see them. If there is a clear situation where I can offer assistance in regard to a specific colourist or where to potentially find one, I will absolutely oblige. Even then, it's largely difficult to unequivocally recommend an individual or salon as one can never truly be sure of a colourists motivation or intentions and if they are aligned with a clients best interests. Therein lies the trouble as many colourists operate from a place of creativity first and are less concerned about sustainability or suitability.
As to why I stopped offering colouring, the reasons are many. First there's the chemicals and my desire to no longer breathe or engage with them. Multiple hour bookings in a small one-on-one studio are also particularly challenging to manage. What it was really all about though is the realisation that by trying to do it all I was not truly excelling at anything. Hair colouring and cutting at their highest levels are very different skill sets and anyone who thinks they can equally excel at both are kidding themselves. Sure, one can become rather proficient at both services for a specific type of client or hair type, but for anything outside of that narrow scope a specialist is always going to be the better option.
In the end, I will support my clients in whatever choice they make for themselves and their hair. If they want to colour I'll advise them on smart sustainable practices and possible shade selection. If they don't colour or are wanting to phase it out completely I'll happily work with them to ensure their decision serves them in the best possible way. Ultimately, I just try to use my experience to provided clients with as much information as possible so that they can have the opportunity to make a well informed decision about what is best for their needs.