Hello dear readers,
I was browsing through the internet today looking for information on hair coloring because I’m thinking of going a shade lighter with my hair. My base color is very dark brown and I’m thinking highlights to add some glow and vibrancy ( I know highlights in autumn right?).
This will be the second time I’ll dye my hair (first time was in college back in 2002 and it was a disaster. I wanted a nice warm red and I got burnt orange – blah). I grew it out and ended up with the longest roots in history, then I cut it short! This time around I’m ‘older’ and ‘wiser’ and I wanted to learn as much as I could about the processes involved in color dying and color choices. I found some nice information and I decided to share a bit of what I learned.
First a bit of fun historical facts. Did you know that as in Greece they used to associate light and red hair to honor and courage? And that they used very harsh soaps and bleaches to make it that color? On the opposite hand Romans in the first century preferred dark hair and that was made possible by using a dye made out of walnuts and leeks.
Hair dyes ( at least the ones that last for more then 12 washes) contain two main chemicals:
Hydrogen peroxide ( used to helps with the color-forming process and creates longer-lasting color by removing the sulfur out of your hair) and Ammonia ( lightens by acting into the hair cuticle, allowing the hair color to penetrate the cortex). Are you with me so far?
There are 3 levels of hair coloring: Permanent ( From Black to say Blonde for example), Demi-Permanent ( up to 26 shampoo washes) and Semi-Permanent ( 6 to 12 shampoo washes).
– Choose your colorist wisely, ask around for recommendations of people whose hair color you like;
– Only do it yourself if your not a clumsy mess like me, ask a friend to help you out the first time if you must do it without professional help;
– Use a Shampoo and Conditioner specially for dyed hair, it makes it last longer;
. Dyed hair needs extra conditioning!
– If you took it too far remember that it will grow out..just be patient
What are your favorite colors for this season?? Whats your hair color now? I wanna knowww!!!!! 🙂
Some inspiration from beautiful hair colored styles: