A Quick Guide To Hair Dyes
There are many secrets to getting great looking hair and using hair colour is one of them. With so many options for hair dyes available it is difficult to know where to start. So which type of hair dye should you choose? From permanent natural-looking hair dyes to temporary more drastic looks, there are many easy-to-use colour solutions to give you that look you’ve always wanted.
Hair dye tips
Bleach and Highlights d
Bleach works by removing colour from your hair through the process of oxidation, which decolourizes the pigment of the hair shaft. Bleached hair usually needs to be tinted because it exposes the natural yellow tint of the protein keratin.
Bleached hair tangles easily due to the hair having raised hair cuticles interlocking together, and therefore it’s important to use conditioning treaments on the hair in order to flatten the cuticle. Deep conditioning treatments such as Wella’s Enrich Moisurizing Treatment will also plump your hair with moisture, which will increase the elasticity and make it less likely to snap.
Permanent Hair Dye
This is the longest lasting type of hair colour. These hair dyes typically contain peroxide and ammonia which lift the base colour and apply the colour particles into the hair shaft. Although the colour is permanent is can fade over time. They don't need to be applied as often as semi-permanent or temporary colours. Permanent colour is very effective for covering grey hair. It will only lighten natural hair colour and only by a few shades. To get a more dramatic change you will first have to bleach your hair. All chemical hair dyes reduce the hair’s elasticity making it prone to breakage. It’s always a good idea to condition your hair as part of your hair care routine with products such as Sebastian’s Penetraitt Repair Shampoo and Conditioner.
Semi-Permanent Hair Dye
Semi-permanent or temporary hair dye applies pigment to the surface of hair, enhancing the natural colour. This type of hair dye does not lighten the hair but can be used to tone down over lightened hair or add temporary colour to the hair. This type is usually used to make a fashion statement rather than to try and cover gray hair effectively. They do not contain peroxide or ammonia and there is no colour lifting so there is less damage to hair.
This type of hair colour washes out much faster than the other dyes, which is much less of a commitment when it comes to experimenting with your look. Colour can wash out in just a few shampoos or last up to six weeks.
Why See a Colourist?
For the best results it is always best to go to a professional hair colourist who will greatly raise your chance of achieving your ideal colour without damaging the condition of your hair. Do-it-yourself hair dyes can be risky as the colour may not appear the same as the one on the box. Many women have experienced buying drugstore boxed hair dyes and ending up with an unwanted shade!
Understanding the differences between types of hair colour and going to a professional colourist will help ensure you get picture-perfect outcome with your new hair resulting in a beautiful new you!