It’s like something out of a movie… blow-dryers blasting, fresh juices flowing and A-listers sitting by a sparkling pool with heads of foils. Celebrity salon Serge Normant at John Frieda, in Melrose Place, has rock star glamour – which is not surprising, since it was once the home of Neil Diamond! We’re here to learn first-hand how top colorist Johnathan Gale keeps his clients staying forever young. A bad cut can be ageing, but the wrong color can make you look a decade older, says Johnathan, who looks at “the skin, eyes and eyebrows of the whole person” before choosing a color.

Description: Color Your Way Younger

Color Your Way Younger

Step 1

“Being a blonde was very high-maintenance, because I needed a touch-up every four weeks,” says Mary, who, despite the effort, has been a long-time loyal blonde. But Johnathan persuaded her to go darker. He dispels the myth that all-over lighter hair equals younger looking skin, and reveals his secret is to create a halo effect of light shades around the face by coloring the baby-fine hairs around the hairline.

Step 2

Foils were applied with different shades, to break up the blonde block color and create shine and movement with warm caramels and chestnuts, and fine highlights on a natural base. “Subtle balisage is a great tool,” says Johnathan. “I use it sometimes in combination with foils, as I’ve done with Mary.”

Step 3

“After the foils, Johnathan used his balisage technique on mid-lengths and ends, for a more natural finish,” says Mary. Johnathan – who worked with actress Diane Keaton, 66, as she gradually went from blonde to silver strands – says, “I love enhanced grey hair”. He advises blending greys with champagne and creamy shades of blonde.

Step 4

“I loved the mixture of shades used to achieve a sparkling color,” says Mary. Super shine is key. “When your hair reflects light, you instantly look younger,” says Johnathan, who also advises using a glossing cream and mega-shine spray while blow-drying – as pro stylist Caile Noble did for Mary. “Always ask your hair colorist for a gloss, use hair oils about oils about two weeks after coloring and keep out of pools!”

Get megawatt shine at home

Description: Get megawatt shine at home

Get megawatt shine at home

Polish up flyaway on the run using John Frieda Full Repair Touch-up (hair mascara), $15.99. John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Liquid Shine Shock Perfecting Glosser, $16.99, keeps brown locks lustrous. Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Volume Conditioner (center), $39.95, combats dull, dry hair. Mary’s blow-wave was finished with John Frieda Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon Finishing Crème, $16.99. Apply Hair FX Self Gripping Rollers, 70mm, 6pk, $7.50, to hair and blast with the 2000-watt Remington Gelati Dryer D2027, $24.95

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