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Read this weeks “Hair Coloring” tips:
1. How can one maintain healthy hair with a serious dye job?
First let’s use the right terminology when we discuss hair color. You “dye” Easter eggs and clothes… You COLOR hair. Now that we’ve gotten the vocab out the way let’s discuss some health tips for color. With over processed hair color, or high lift blondes you want to make sure you’re feeding the hair the proper nutrition in order for it to stay healthy. Hot oil treatments bi-weekly are great as well as conditioners specifically for moisture, acidity balance, and color treated hair. To keep vibrant red colors in tact use a color stay shampoo and conditioner, or get temporary color boosters like cellophane in between your 6 week permanent process.
2. What’s the difference between a permanent and semi-permanent hair color?
Semi-permanent color is not as strong as permanent color scientifically because it has little to no ammonia in its chemical makeup. What this means is it does not penetrate as deeply into the hair shaft. In most cases Semi-permanent colors also do not lift the hair, they only deposit color and/ or change the tone of existing color. My advice for deciding on what type of color to use is to determine where you’re at, vs. where you want to go.
For example: If your hair is dark brown and you want to be Beyonce blonde, permanent color is your way to go. Color with ammonia will lift the hair between 1-4 levels lighter than the natural shade.
Example 2 If you’re blonde and you want to go Rihanna red or even Jet black, semi-permanent is your way to go (in most cases) semi-permanent will penetrate enough to change the existing pigment without adding extra damage by harsher chemicals. It’s also easier to change it up again because of the fade out it will give after 6-8 weeks.
*note* wonder why your hair turns green when you go from blonde to black??? RED pigment must be restored to keep your color neutral. So next time add a bit of red to your black, so you don’t turn green!!!
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3. What does “bleaching” do to the hair?
Another term professionals use to lift hair very quickly to is called lightening. Bleaching or lightening is the highest chemical form of coloring the hair. The highly alkaline components in bleach allow the product to go deeply into the hair shaft gradually taking out color. Dark hair will fade from brown, to red orange, to yellow orange,to blonde then white, depending on the strength of peroxide and length of time processing. The longer that the lightener processes the weaker the hair will be which is why it’s so important not to over process the hair and watch each stage closely.
4. Tips on how to go from “dark” to “light”
-seek a professional colorist. Every stylist isn’t good at everything. Hair color is one of the most complex areas of hair care, so go to someone who knows their stuff.
- if you’re interested in trying a dramatic change take it in steps first. If you want to be blonde, get highlights first. If you want to be bright red, try copper first. You can always upgrade, but there’s no sense in damaging your hair for a color that’s not as pleasing as you imagined.
- first time color, or very damaged hair should always have a strand test before doing a full application. Simply color a small section in the nape of the hair and test the lifting process. Look for any signs of breakage, or scalp irritation before proceeding with the full service.
5. How to treat color damaged hair
A protein treatment once a month will help strengthen the hair and balance out the lack of keratin. Hot oil treatments every two weeks, and deep conditioning will also assist with softness and luster. Depending on the color, cellophane and temporary color will also help seal the cuticle and act as a conditioning filler.
Regular haircuts and trims are essential while damaged hair splits, its best to part ways with it so it won’t continue to move up the hair shaft.
Lastly eating foods high in amino acids will help restore keratin to the hair, although the damage has already been done, as new hair grows it will be even stringer with the proper diet. Foods like eggs, meats, and beans should be a part of the program.
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