your hair is perhaps the quickest and most dramatic way to
change your look. If you are fed up with the same hairstyle,
hair colour and looks then you can get a dramatic change by
just colouring your hair. Your appearance will change drastically
and you will feel a completely new person. So go ahead and
colour your hair.
There are two types of hair dyes: permanent and semi-permanent,
with variations of each.
A) Permanent Tints:
Must be mixed with hydrogen peroxide to lift hair colour.
The peroxide opens the hair cuticle so that the tint can penetrate
the cortex and form the colour. The higher the level of peroxide,
the quicker and lighter the result.
B) Semi-Permanent Colours:
They don't actually lift the colour - you can either vary
the tone within your natural highlights or go darker. Quasi-colour
contains ethanolamine and 3% peroxide, which slightly opens
the cuticle. This means that the colour can last up to 20
washes and will softly fade as you shampoo, causing no re-growth
C) Semi-Permanent Vegetable Colours:
Contain only vegetable extracts and natural ingredients, so
no colour is stripped from your hair. It is similar to henna
but it doesn't coat the hair (adds shine though). This colour
sits on the hair's surface and will wash out after about 8
Points to consider:
Skin Tone: Your new hair colour should complement your skin
tone. Light-skinned people don't look good with very dark
hair because it draws colour out of their skin. Dark, tanned
skin doesn't look great when mixed with a one-tone blonde,
but four or five blonde, chestnut or honey tones look fabulous.
Hairstyles: Different colouring methods suit different hairstyles,
so get some expert advice when deciding which one to go for.
This is by far the easiest colour to accomplish because the
molecules in black tints are larger and will cover all hair
types very effectively. Caution is needed when using black,
as it only tends to look good on people with darker and olive
Brunette is always a safe choice as it suits nearly every
girl in town. Varying the shade with highlights can achieve
a huge range of looks. From chocolate brown and bronze shades
to honey or dark blonde, combinations of natural tones gives
incredible shine as darker-pigmented tints add condition to
Red is the ultimate sexy shade, for colour that cries out
for attention. Hair holds on to red-toned pigments well, so
going copper-top can be easy for most people. But be warned
- if you are blonde you will usually have to go two or three
shades darker than your natural colour to achieve a rich red
(brunette), and it's not easy to reverse it.
If you would love to be blonde, talk the process through with
your hair stylist before you go for it. It should be relatively
painless on virgin dark brown hair, but if your hair has been
permanently tinted then the process will become a long saga.
Never attempt this kind of dye job on your own for the first
A few questions answered:
Normally we wonder that colouring will spoil the hair texture
and that is a doubt, which is there in every girls mind. Well
the truth is colouring your hair will not damage it if done
properly. Only if the wrong level of peroxide is used or you
are over-processing (too many permanent colours are applied)
your hair then it will be harmful for your hair. If you constantly
change your hair colour, especially if you go from blonde
to brown and back to blonde, you must regularly use deep conditioning
treatments to avoid hair damage.
The other question is why do coloured hair look dull and lifeless.
The reason is over-processing. If your hair is starting to
look dull, use semi-permanent colours where the pigments sit
on top of the hair adding plenty of tone and shine. One thing
to note is that semi-permanent colour give your hair a higher
shine and enhance condition, but they won't lift natural hair
colour. Also, a semi-permanent tint will not cover large amount
of grey hair (more than 50%). If a permanent tint is used
correctly, you will always achieve a beautiful effect and
semi-permanent tints can be used to maintain these permanent
treatments, adding condition.