I interview my Hairdresser: Red Hair Tips

If you’re following me on social media, or know me in real life, you’ll know I regularly get my hair done by the wonderful Ursula of Ena Salon. She basically rescued my hair after a bodged box bleach job last October (you can read about it HERE), and my locks have been going from strength to strength ever since! Since going to her, I’ve learnt so much about hair care, so I wanted to have a mini interview with her on my blog to talk about her background, and also all the red hair secrets!


If you’re in the London area, and looking to book in some time in with Ursula, get in touch with Ena Salon here. Ena Salon use all natural products, which are healthy on the hair, and vegan-friendly too!

Tell us a little bit about yourself, what made you get into hairdressing? 
“I have a diploma in dressmaking and design, but wanted to start playing around with a different fabric! So my hairdressing journey started one sunny morning when I realised how bad my husband’s hair was. I started working as an apprentice in an independent salon called the Cutting Room, and from there I spread my wings and did an intense diploma course at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London. Now I am happy to say I have found my place at Ena Salon where I have endless opportunities to share my craft. I love snowboarding, all animals (especially my pug Oscar) and giving my husband a hard time.”

What’s your hair history? Have you enjoyed a colour more than any other?
“My hair history was so boring until I started hairdressing ,and it started off not so fun because I had black box dye on my hair and I wanted silver grey hair haha …let’s just say it didn’t happen over night!”
Let’s talk redheads: How easy is it to go from very dark brown/black hair to an auburn hue? 
“Colouring is very complex so it depends if it’s permanent colour. What colour have you used in the past? Has it been coloured darker for years or just one time? Is there bleach underneath? What level of brown hair it is? What’s the hair condition?


It’s not one answer for everyone so I would say leave it to a professional, and they will help you to achieve your goals! But one rule that applies to everyone is that colour doesn’t lift colour so if it’s black you can’t just place red colour on top to make it auburn… in this case what will most likely happen is that your natural colour will lift and get auburn roots and the black hair will look the same as before!”
This shade has been known to fade quickly! Do you have any tips on how to maintain the colour? 
“So let’s say we are talking about just regular permanent colour. Make sure you use good quality colour protect shampoo and conditioner, use Olaplex to keep hair structure strong and don’t over wash your hair, use cool water if you can for your wash! You can also use colour conditioners between colour services to top up your colour.”
How do I know what shade of red will suit me? 
“There are some suitability tips I can suggest but at the end of the day it’s up to personal preference. There are rules to break and sometimes personality will overpower all the no’s! Nothing is set in stone.”
Can you recommend any products that would help repair my hair after dying? 
“Yes I would recommend Olaplex, to repair broken bonds within the hair, and use Davines Nourishing treatment and NouNou hair mask. Also regular cuts are a must and let your hair dry naturally as often as you can. Also don’t over wash your locks or use excessive heat styling. “
Once I get bored of red, am I able to try any other colours? 
“Red is normally a long-term commitment colour but it can be shifted over time like any colour. It will need patience because red is a stubborn pigment to remove from the hair. But we love red and always will.”


  1. April 30, 2018 / 9:52 am

    Listen – you have a red hair look I am SO envious of! I have been dreaming of having that color since I was in high school (many many years ago:) ) you are so lucky to have found a great professional that knows how to achieve that fantastic shade. I saw and still see so many bad dye jobs it’s really scary. Great post with great tips.

    • lifewithmariaeva
      May 2, 2018 / 4:11 pm

      Awe Madi, thank you so much! It’s a really great colour for sure, I definitely recommend it! And yes getting a professional to do it is a much better idea than doing it at home- the amount of times its gone wrong for me!

  2. May 1, 2018 / 6:58 pm

    Wow this color is STUNNING on you, literally the red of my dreams! I’ve always wanted to try Olaplex but its so $$$

    • lifewithmariaeva
      May 2, 2018 / 4:11 pm

      Awe thank you Alice! I know what you mean about Olaplex but srsly its SO GOOD! I waited until places like Beauty Bay had site-wide sales on and then bought a few, that could be an option? x

  3. May 3, 2018 / 6:52 am

    You look so good in red! I was always afraid to go red because I knew it would take such a long time to fade or grow out.

    • lifewithmariaeva
      May 3, 2018 / 12:22 pm

      Ah Anna thank you so much! Yes it does take a long time so it’s definitely a commitment!

  4. May 4, 2018 / 10:03 am

    You look great with red hair! That shade is gorgeous!
    I love that comment on it being down to personal preferences and rule being there to break. I wanted to try red hair again (it’s been over a decade) and this makes me want to give at least some henna a go! (not up for long-term commitment haha)

    • lifewithmariaeva
      May 5, 2018 / 10:11 am

      Long term commitment can be super hard I totally agree so henna is a brilliant option! Thanks for reading Evelyne!

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