Hair Coloring - the Finishing Touch

Hair Coloring Advice and Tips

You already have a healthy shiny hair and a perfect haircut, this is great. You just need a finishing touch for a stunning mane - an attractive hair color.

Whether you will drastically change your appearance or just want to add freshness and intensity to your natural hair color, for no time you can achieve your goal with the right hair dye type.

There are different types of hair dye you can choose from. Depending on the desired effect, the condition of your locks and any previous treatments, it is important to choose the right hair dye. After determining what type of hair dye you will use, you will be free to choose among a variety of brands and colors, you just have to pick the one that suits your skin tone and your personality.

Types of hair dye

Permanent hair color is for those of you who want to cover gray hair, to lighten dark locks, or to change the color more than two tones. Permanent dye does not wash out, in worst case just fades and it is necessary to refresh the color and to cover the roots every four to six weeks.

Permanent color is the most durable hair dye and is not for those of you who frequently experiment with different colors. It contains chemicals that could damage the strands, and a stripping process is needed to get back the natural hair color. This process could be very damaging, so consider well before going with the permanent hair dye.

Other variation of the permanent hair colors are the metal salt dyes. They contain a solutions of metal salts - silver, copper, magnesium - which do not penetrate into the hair’s shaft but coat it. The intensity of the color increases with every application due to the cumulative effect of the metallic pigments.

Demi-permanent hair colors are less damaging for the locks than the permanent as they do not contain ammonia and the concentration of the developer is lower. The demi-permanents cover gray hair pretty well, give more natural look due to not stripping the natural hair color, but they cannot lighten the hair.

They are a safer alternative to the permanent colors for those of you looking for more naturally looking colored hair. The demi-permanent dyes last approximately 20 - 25 shampoos.

Semi-permanent hair dyes coat the strands with color pigments and partially penetrate the hair shaft. The duration is limited - up to seven washings, depending on hair's porosity; on damaged hair stays longer. They are a lot safer for damaged or chemically treated hair that permanent or demi-permanent colors.

The result after coloring with a semi-permanent dye depends on the initial color of every single strand, in this sense the color is not homogeneous; covers grey hairs but they appear lighter.

The semi-permanent colors are ideal for refreshing the natural tone, adding shine, hiding graying hair, experimenting with different colors, but is not suitable to lighten hair.

Tone on tone is a bit more lasting version of semi-permanent color. It lasts up to twelve shampoos. Slightly penetrates into the hair’s shaft, cannot lighten up the hair, but is perfect to give a deeper tone or to cover first white hair.

Temporary hair color does not penetrate into the hair’s shaft due to its bigger molecule; lasts approximately a couple of washes. It is great to brighten up and to refresh the color or to darken up for a deeper color; to add shine; to postpone the permanent coloring. Temporary hair dyes do not cover gray hair.

Fantasy hair colors are usually temporary and fade after a few washes, even though there are variation in permanent version. These colors are designed to drastically change the look - bold colors like blue, green, bright red, pink, purple, yellow, violet. Usually contain just pigments without developer, which means hair should be bleached first, but consider that bleaching could be very damaging for the hair.

Natural hair dyes contain natural extracts and are a good green alternative to the chemical ones. Apart from coloring, they revitalize dull strands, regenerate severely damaged hair, maintain healthy mane. Their formulas include fruit essences, vitamins and minerals that nourish the locks. Depending on the pigments, they could last longer or not; could hide gray hair or not. The color range here is limited to the natural shades.

On the market there are hair dyes with improved formulas that protect and nourish the hair, as they contain moisturizers, vitamins and sunscreens.

After choosing what hair dye type and color you will use, comes the planning of the hair coloring:

Make a sensitivity test 24 hours prior the application.
Make a strand test to see the result.
If your hair reaches shoulders or below, you will need two boxes of hair color.
Wash away all leave-in or styling products.
Strictly follow the instructions of the manufacturer.
And if you wonder what to do first, hair coloring or hair cutting, we recommend you to color your locks first and than to cut. This way you will get rid of the dry ends, damaged by the coloring.

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