Most likely the majority of us have tried to color our hair at some point in time and lots of us have failed miserably at it whether done by a professional or not just didn’t seem to make much of a difference.
As we have said in many of our introductory pages our hair care articles directory is all linked together yet each article stands alone. What we mean here is that you can read a particular article and it will be very pertinent to what you are reading. Then however if you go to several of our other sections you will find more information that supports the original article you were reading. For example, going to hear wear will give you some great ideas to work with your new hair color.
Let me give you an example. Perhaps you will read an article on how to color dry hair. In that article, you should find loads of information on how to do just that. Then in our hairstyles tools section, you may find lots of information on how tools will affect the colored hair or perhaps in hairstyles you may see articles that tell you how to style your hair that will enhance your particular look.
These will just be bits of information and some helpful tips like you will find in our hair care tips section. Mind you, the bulk of what is known about hair color will remain in the hair color section. You do not need to go bouncing all over the article directory to find what you are looking for.
If you want to know something about hair color then this is the section you want to be in. If however, you want to expand the information you have received then you may want to check out the other sections as well.
Sometimes when you read a few articles, you might feel they contradict themselves. Let’s say in our hair color section one article tells you that you should wet your hair before coloring and another article tells you that you shouldn’t. It must be remembered that quite often there are many variations that will lead to the same thing.
Articles are opinions based on someone’s particular expertise and knowledge. It is up to you to determine which you may think is right if it’s an important issue. What these articles have served to do is encourage you to become more informed about hair decisions you may be contemplating. With this particular controversy, you could now seek further for more information, perhaps from your hair colorist or the manufacturer of the product you are going to be using.
In any event, our hair color section just as any of our other sections is there to point you in the right direction of things you need to know about your hair. We most certainly don’t have the solution to every problem, but we can certainly bring it to your attention and show you what you need to know to get the help you need.
How Many Hair Color Options Do I Have?
There are two main reasons why an individual wants to change their hair color. The main reason is to cover graying hair and the other is just simply a chance to try something new. There are also several ways or techniques used to achieve the new hair color especially with the choice of hair dyes on the market today.
To put a hair color product into a classification it is dependent on how long the achieved effects will last. There are actually four classifications. The most substantial is what is called the Permanent color. If you want to go with something less drastic than you may want to consider hair highlights.
In order for a product to be classed as a permanent base color, it has to have certain ingredients. These are a developer, which is an oxidizing agent. It must have ammonia but this must also constitute an alkalizing ingredient as well. A suitable ammonia substitute is acceptable.
This product has to be able to raise the cuticle of each hair fiber in preparation to accept the color. Otherwise, the color would remain on the surface and not penetrate. It must then go onto the formation of the tint within each hair fiber. The peroxide in the product is what constitutes the lightening action, which is necessary for the hair color to be effective. This is found in all permanent hair dyes.
Even those these products can be used on various hair types like oily hair, for example, I would not recommend it for dry hair.
Then there is an in-between permanent to semi-permanent hair color called demi-permanent. Technology never stands still in any industry including hair. There has been a discovery that allows the color pigment molecules to remain smaller than those required in semi-permanent products yet are larger than the permanent molecules.
They have cleverly achieved this by mixing the permanent hair color with a low volume developer. This is a readily accepted method of coloring the hair because it many ways it is much gentler to the natural hair. This is because it doesn’t strip the natural hair color. This allows the results to last longer than semi-permanent colors but not as long as the permanent results.
The one drawback is they are not as effective on dark hair because of their inability to lift the natural color of the hair. Use these hair dyes with caution, as they tend to last longer than purported.
Semi-permanent hair color is a great quick fix. For individuals who are experiencing hair damage for whatever reason, then this type of color can be used as a stand-in while the hair is being nursed back to good health. Ideally, for individuals with a type of hair damage they may want to use the quality hair care products. Quality products are excellent for bringing damaged hair back to a healthy state.
The semi-permanent hair color contains no peroxide so it won’t have the aggressiveness towards the natural hair that some other types of hair coloring do.
Temporary hair color is great for those that want to just experiment with a temporary change. They are not long-lasting and weaken with repeated washings. They are not normally dramatic in their results but do afford some pleasant changes and give the hair a lift in its normal coloring. Remember hair dyes can be rough on the hair so don’t over-process your hair. Also, protect your hair and its color from the harmful sun by wearing a hat or even a cap.
How To Pick Out The Best Hair Color For You
You have decided you would like to color your hair. Perhaps your reason is you need to cover up the gray or maybe you just want a change. In either case, you have some decisions to make.
First, you need to decide just as bold or subtle you are going to be. In most cases individuals just like a color that is within their own natural hair color family, with perhaps being a few shades lighter. On the other hand, some people want a really drastic change.
No matter which category you come into you must pick a color that is suited for you if you want your hair to enhance your overall appearance. If you are out just to make a statement then anything goes. Including the bright pink spiked Mohawk. For this article, though we will stick to the more conservative changes.
So where do you begin picking your hair color? You may absolutely love the blonde color of your girlfriend but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be the color best for you. Take a look at the color of your skin. Almost everything we wear seems to compliment the skin.
It just seems to be something we do naturally when we are picking out clothes. We can try a bright red beautiful blouse on, and see right away the color does nothing for you. Unfortunately, you can’t try on hair colors. Although some Hair Care Salons now how computer programs that can show you what you will look like with various hairstyles. These are not great for hair color because your skin tones are what is needed to make the colorwork for you.
First things first, you need to decide are you going to go for total color or just highlights. Either way, your skin tones should be your color guide. Color falls into three categories, such as warms, cools and neutrals being your black or white.
Some general rules in helping you choose your color would be if you have any yellow tones in your skin stay away from blonde colors, whereas if you have a ruddy complexion, which means many red/pink tones to your skin, then you want to avoid color shades of strawberry. If you tend to be pale naturally then be very careful with the intensity of color you choose. It would be advisable not to go any more than three-shade lighter than your natural color or two shades darker.
If you are having, your hair colored professionally then it relies on the judgment of your stylist. They have vast experience when it comes to picking complimentary hair coloring for their client. With the knowledge that you have gained along with their expertise, you should be well on your way to finding what’s perfect for you.
No matter what color you decide and end up with its going to require to follow up maintenance by way of proper hair care. The best you can do for your hair is to use superior hair care products. With the proper color and proper hair care, you will no doubt be pleased with your new look. Remember to protect it against the elements by wearing a hat.