Five minutes with: Peter Dutton

British born Peter Dutton began his hairdressing career at the age of sixteen. After he moved to New Zealand in 2001 he spent six years hairdressing in the Auckland area before opening his own digs, Peter Dutton Hairdressing in Freemans Bay, Auckland.

How did you get into hairdressing?

While I was at school in the UK I did a week’s worth of work experience at a salon. From there I was offered weekend work – one thing led to another and soon after I began full-time hairdressing. I guess it was a good career start for a self expressing teenager.

What is your most memorable career moment?

Travelling around India for three weeks in 2005 conducting creative courses for L’Oreal was an amazing experience. As was being a judge for the L’Oreal Colour Trophy in Mumbai.

India is an amazing country and I made some lasting friendships whilst there. Also, having the opportunity to open my own salon is up there.

Do you prefer to cut or colour?

For me it’s all down to the cut. From my earliest beginnings in hairdressing I was fascinated by with shapes, lines, structure and the technical manipulation. I have always been influenced by the Vidal Sassoon principles of precision cutting.

After attending my first cutting courses at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London in the late ’80s my passion for the cut was fuelled and focused.

Although the cut is very important to me, nothing compliments a well balanced cut more than a well placed colour – the perfect combo.

What should someone take into consideration before getting a new ‘do?

Lifestyle! There are always a few things to consider but I’ve found the best results are achieved when clients take into account their lifestyle.

If you’re the “wash and ready” type, an idea would be to use your natural texture and go for a length that falls into shape, apply suitable product and off you go.

Wash and ready hair doesn’t mean dull or boring and can still be dressed up for your glam evenings out.

How often should you use a hair treatment or masque at home?

Depending on the sensitivity or damage to the hair, once a week will improve the condition of your hair.

If your hair has been coloured, exposed to the sun or subjected to heated tools repeatedly it’s advisable to use a treatment every time you wash your hair. Condition, condition, condition.

Is it OK to wash your hair daily?

It’s preferable not to if you can get away with it. For those who must wash daily a quality shampoo and conditioner recommended by your stylist is a must. But remember, washing daily will effect the longevity of coloured hair.

Are heat-activated tools bad for the hair?

Everything in moderation. Over-use or incorrect use of heated tools can take their toll on the condition of your hair.

As a rule of thumb, always keep the tools moving through the hair, be conscious of reworking already heated areas.

Some tools provide “how to” DVDs which are well worth watching for correct technique.

Protective sprays and leave in moisturisers designed to use with heated tools can be worth investing in for the seriously addicted.

What are three key trends for summer 08/09?

1 Hair is shorter in length with longer layers creating rounder, softer fuller shapes for summer, moving away from slim, narrow square shapes.

2 Blondes with a gold accent – ranging from rusty rose gold’s to the palest honey shades.

3 Going with a natural finish – no more wet, sleek look. Natural, beautiful ruffled summer hair.

If you could choose to do the hair of any celebrity who would it be and why?

Agyness Deyn. Great face, great hair and a great look. She looks like the adventurous type, game for something new.

Dye it your way

There’s nothing like a great dye job to turn back the clock. Hair colour not only covers grey but also boosts volume and shine, makes fine lines less noticeable, and brightens a dull complexion.

That is, unless you’re still colouring the same way you did in your 30s.

“What worked then might be aging you now,” says colourist Kim Vo of the Mirage Las Vegas.

To the rescue: the new rules for do-it-yourself dyeing that can make you look and feel a decade younger (no salon required!).


Extremely light or dark hair looks harsh against mature skin. For the most youthful effect, lighten hair about two shades from your current natural colour (for instance, from medium brown to light brown or dark blonde; dark blonde to medium or light blonde), while selecting a cool or warm undertone that complements your skin.

“Going lighter softens your face, so fine lines and age spots look less noticeable,” says Gary Howse, creative director of Seattle’s Gary Manuel Salon. Besides being more flattering, it also minimises the possibility of mistakes and avoids noticeable roots.


The vibrancy of youthful hair comes from the subtle contrast of colour – a mix of highlights and lowlights against your base colour.

“Nothing is more aging and looks more unnatural than hair that’s flat and all one colour,” says Brad Johns, Clairol’s global colour director.

Here are two easy ways to re-create this radiant effect:

Use a multi-tonal dye Both semi and permanent formulas of this type feature a combination of dye molecules that mimics the nuances of younger hair – dark strands will be deepened and greys washed into lighter glints.

You can tell when a dye delivers multi-dimensional colour if the product name contains words such as shimmering, blended, or tone-on-tone.

To hide a smattering of silver, choose a semi-permanent dye; if you’re more than 40% grey, opt for a permanent colour.

Add highlights If you want more visible contrast than a multi-tonal dye delivers, frame your face with a few strategically placed highlights.

Bonus: These winning streaks make eyes look brighter and give skin a healthy glow.

“Go two to three shades lighter than the rest of your hair,” says Mary Button, a colourist at Philadelphia’s Adolf Biecker Salon.

Opt for a warm shade to compensate for skin sallowness – look for words such as golden, honey, or amber in the product’s name. Stick with hues that are closer to your hair colour; for example, brunettes use light brown, not blonde, and redheads use copper.

Remember, less is more: Aim for about 10 quarter-inch streaks on each side, beginning about 1/8 inch back from your face and spaced 1/2 inch apart until just past your ears.

Perfect your technique by “sketching” your pattern beforehand with conditioner, which has a similar consistency to hair colour.


For foolproof home colouring that delivers salon-worthy results, try these tips:

Concentrate on your roots When we’re younger, our hair is naturally lightest at the ends. To re-create this effect, apply dye to your roots, but not your ends (as some kits instruct) – they soak up colour the fastest because they’re so porous.

During the last three minutes of processing, splash water onto the crown of your head and then comb the colour through from top to bottom.

“That shot of water dilutes the dye, creating a more natural-looking hue,” says James Corbett, owner of James Corbett Studio in New York City. Rinse hair until water runs clear. Then apply the kit’s conditioning treatment, and rinse well. Wait at least 24 hours before shampooing.

Employ heat Because heat opens hair’s cuticle, warming an old towel in the dryer and wrapping it around your head after applying the dye allows the formula to soak into gray’s more stubborn hair shaft.

Try a gloss There’s now a host of at-home glosses (once only available at salons), including tinted formulas that help intensify a fading shade. “They contain silicones that coat and smooth the cuticle, allowing light to reflect evenly,” says Vo. Use monthly to maintain shine and vibrancy.



The silicone in Fekkai Salon Glaze makes hair gleam.


Ammonia-free Revlon Frost & Glow Highlighting Kit allows you to create subtle or dramatic streaks with less damage.


With specially formulated dyes, UV filters, and conditioners, L’Oreal Paris Superior Preference Dream Blonde Complete colour & Care System neutralizes harsh hues to keep blondes bright.


Available in six permanent shades, Garnier colour Breaks can be used immediately postcolouring to add lighter or darker tones.


A fast-acting lightener in Clairol Perfect 10 by Nice ‘N Easy delivers permanent colour in 10 minutes – reducing hair’s exposure time to harsh chemicals by 50%.

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