Are you bored with your looks and want a major makeover? Try colouring your hair; changing the hair colour can drastically change the way you look. Nowadays, most adults and teenagers opt for hair colouring. Even older adults opt for hair colouring to get rid of grey hair. Hair colouring also helps to enhance the existing haircolourand accentuate your haircut. Let us understand the various types of hair colours, measures to take while coloring hair and some natural alternatives to hair dye.
This list will help you choose the type of hair colouring treatment for you.
Temporary hair colour: Also called wash out hair colour. This colour coats only the outer shaft of the hair and can be removed with one shampoo wash. Temporary colours can be used when you are planning to try out some new colours or their creative combinations but are not sure how they would look. These hair colours are available in the form of shampoos, gels or foam.
Semi- permanent hair colour: These hair colourspenetrate the hair only partially and last for around 5-6 hair washes. These do not contain ammonia and do not need developing.
Demi-permanent hair colour: These hair colours penetrate the hair shaft deeper and last for around 20 hair washes. These hair colours are ammonia-free but contain other alkalinising agent like ethanolamine and sodium carbonate.
Permanent hair colour: This is the right solution if you wish to have a different hair colour for a long time. These hair colours contain ammonia and other oxidising agent that cause a permanent change in the hair colour. Though the effect of permanent hair colour is long lasting, the new hair retains the original colour.
Highlights: You can opt for highlights when you don’t want to colour your hair overall. Highlights are used to colour only a segment of hair.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT HAIR COLOUR
The right hair colour, the type and the process of preparing the dye is highly subjective. For achieving successful hair colouring outcomes, your salon specialist would consider these factors:
SIDE EFFECTS OF HAIR COLOURING
Hair colours are made up of chemicals which have the potential to change the internal make-up of the hair. So, they can also cause some unwanted side effects:
HAIR DYE SAFETY
There are many good brands of hair colours available in the market that can be applied at home too. But, hair dyeing has some risks. Studies done in the past have shown that some ingredients in hair dye can increase the risk of cancer. Though hair dye manufacturers have replaced these cancer- causing ingredients, one must keep in mind that not all hair dyes go through a stringent process of testing before they come in the market.Therefore, you should take safety precautions while applying hair dye at home:
CARING FOR COLOURED HAIR
Coloured hair can become difficult to manage. Here are some measures that you must take to keep your coloured hair look healthy:
USING HENNA TO DYE YOUR HAIR
Henna has been used to dye grey hair and putting temporary tattoos on the hands and legs for ages. Henna gives a reddish tint to the hair. Henna is available as a powder and is perhaps the longest-lasting natural colour dye available.
How to apply henna?
Take ½ cup henna and 1/4th cup water, mix it and let it sit for 12 hours. Make sure that the consistency of the henna mix is like that of mashed potatoes.
Wash your hair (without conditioner). Apply coconut oil along the hairline so that the henna won’t stain your skin. Now, take small sections of hair and apply henna paste on these sections. Continue till all hair are covered with henna paste. Wrap your head with a plastic cap and keep it for at-least 2 hours and then wash hair.
NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO HAIR DYES
Did you know that there are some 100% natural ways to colour yourhair other than henna? Check out these natural hair dyes which give some exciting hues to your hair:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
The choice of hair colour is highly subjective. However, the hair colours in vogue in 2019 are chestnut brown, golden ombre, pastel pink, chocolate mauve, copper hair and mushroom blonde.
A good hair colour is the one which gives the desired colour and has the least risk of undesirable side effects. Some of the great hair colour products include- L’Oreal Paris, Schwarzkopf,Garnier Naturals, Clairol, Wella, Matrix and Revlon.
If you want to get rid of grey hair colour, opt for permanent hair dyes. If you use a permanent colour, opt for colours of a lighter shade, so that the new grey hair doesn’t show much.
The choice of hair colour is highly subjective. The most attractive hair colour for a girl depends on the age, and length of the hair. Studies tell us that women less than 40 years of age should opt for lighter hair colours. Long hair looks better if they are black than blonde.