A Guide to Different Hair Color & Dye

Colors are a great way to add dazzle to your natural hair, and when thinking of coloring your hair, do keep in mind that you may want to consult with a professional stylist about your plan before proceeding. If you want to do it yourself, make sure to read the labels and warning that comes with the products you choose. This is the best way to avoid a color disaster. In this article we are breaking down each type of hair color and dye to help you make the best decision for your look.

1. Temporary Hair Color. Temporary hair color works in a much simpler way than other permanent coloring treatments do. It adds temporary coat to the hair shaft, but does not stain it. The hair color penetrate your hairs outer cuticle to gain access to the hair cortex. They last for about 5-6 weeks depending on how porous your strands are, it might fade sooner or later and tend to fade progressively. Temporary colors don’t contain bleach so they cannot lighten your natural shade. Unlike wash-out, temporary colors and dyes give you a more natural look and are easier to use. You can apply temporary color and dyes directly from the applicator as they don’t have to be mixed. If your not happy with the color you can easily wash it out. Temporary hair color and dyes fade with shampooing and exposure to the wind. So they need to be frequently reapplied, which can be also damaging. And due to frequent overlapping, temporary colors can leave you with darker ends and lighter roots. Since you cannot lighten with temporary colors, this is great for testing out a new subtle look because it only lasts until your next shampoo.

2. Semi-Permanent Hair Color. Semi-permanent hair color is a gentle alternative to permanent hair dye with a shorter lifespan. Unlike most permanent formulas, semi-permanent hair color doesn’t contain ammonia or peroxide. So it doesn’t require any development or pre-mixing, you can also apply it straight into your hair from the applicator. It’s considered semi-permanent because it gradually fades out after 6-8 washes, depends on how porous your hair is. Some temporary and semi-permanent hair colors does not lighten hair, since it does not contain ammonia or peroxide and it does not penetrate in the hair cortex, so if you have fragile strands you will find this solution doesn’t cause damage while you’ll notice slight fading with each wash.

3. Demi-Permanent Hair Color. Same with temporary and semi-permanent, Demi-permanent hair color contains no ammonia and deposits only. It is mixed with low volume developer, which is great for blending gray, enhancing natural color, refreshing color, toning highlights or for corrective color. Not to be confuse with semi-permanent, Demi-permanent is designed to enhance natural or previously color treated hair. Like the types mentioned above, it won’t lighten hair or remove the hairs natural pigments. Another benefit of Demi-permanent hair color is that the results are typically less homogenous than with permanent. In other words, roots regrowth may be less noticeable than with permanent, which changes the pigment entirely. Again, like temporary and semi-permanent, Demi-permanent hair color won’t lighten or remove the hairs natural pigment.

4. Permanent Hair Color. This is the best option for anyone looking to make a dramatic change. This type of hair color penetrates the hairs cuticle to change the natural pigment. For this reason, permanent is the best option for lightening or covering grays. Unlike temporary types of colors listed above, permanent hair color doesn’t wash out, it only grows out. If you want to go three shades lighter or darker, permanent hair color is your best choice. Permanent hair color contains ammonia or hydrogen peroxide. The chemical lift up cuticle layer of the hair to gain access to and deposit color pigments into the inner section of the hair cortex. The color may fade a little overtime however it will not wash out entirely. Permanent hair color covers gray hair very well and it comes with a wide range of available colors in the supermarket. Permanent hair colors weakens hair fiber so it’s important to retain moisture and have to stay on top of their deep conditioning treatments.

5. Highlights Hair Color. Hair highlighting is fun and creative way to experiment with colors and shades in a variety of styles. It offers a good way to refresh your look and update your hair color without having to dye your whole head. Highlighting your hair can cause breakage if not applied properly and may need extra care and attention to your hair, so don’t forget to condition and moisturize your hair after the application. Highlights are beautiful if you get someone who knows how to weave the highlights to look natural and not all stylist do great highlighting. Ombre and Balayage is a highlight types of color and it’s the easiest color treatment to maintain. You can’t see your roots as much when your hair grows out because it’s not all over color, and you don’t have to touch up your hair as often. So keep an eye on the highlights of people you meet and then ask your salon specialist to give it a try on you next time.


Published by edgarugabar

A Stylist, MakeUp Artist, Triathlete and Blogger. I love writing short articles about Fashion Beauty and very passionate about blogging my lifestyle.

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