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8 commonly asked questions about coloring your hair

BlogBeauty Student Advice, Beauty Tips, How To's | January 28, 2012

Deciding whether to start coloring your hair is a big step if you have never done it before. You may be feeling a bit nervous especially after reading some of the horror stories out there…hair falling out or brassy orange hair, just to name a few.  So to help put your mind at ease we came up with the top 8 commonly asked questions about coloring your color

1. Should I color my hair myself or should I go to a professional?
If you are coloring your hair for the first time you should definitely go to a professional. A professional hair stylist will be able to consult with you on what color would look best with your skin tone. Also, having a professional do a strand test is the best way to make sure you are not allergic to the products and to ensure that your hair will get the desired results you are looking for with out damaging it.

2. Will coloring my hair damage it?
If you are using a permanent haircolor you have to lift the hair using a hydrogen peroxide (developer). This process raises or opens up the cuticle layer of the hair to allow the color molecules to penetrate the cortex depositing the color which could damage the hair if not done properly. If you use the wrong level of peroxide or if you constantly change your hair color (over-processing) this is what will cause the damage to your hair. However, if you use a semi-permanent or demi-permanent they will help add extra shine and condition to the hair but will only last a couple of shampoos.

3. What’s the difference between semi-permanent, demi- permanent and permanent?

Semi-permanent hair color does not contain peroxide so it can not lift the hair, therefore it can only make the hair darker and not lighter. The color will only last about six to twelve shampoos because it only deposits the hair color on the outermost layer of the hair. This is a good choice to try if you are afraid you may not like the color. Also, semi-permanent will enhance the shine and condition of the hair since it is not lifting.

Demi-Permanent hair color contains low amounts of peroxide which unlike semi-permanent, it can lighten the hair slightly. Demi-permanent deposits the color between the cuticle and cortex therefore making it last longer, anywhere from 12 – 26 washes.

Permanent hair color just as the name suggests, it is a permanent hair color and will last until the colored strands grow out. Permanent hair color can light hair up to 4 levels anything more than that is not recommended as it can cause damage to the color blonde

4. Will the color cover my grey hair?
Yes, hair color will cover your grey hair depending on what formula and brand you use. If you have more than 50% of grey hair it is probably best to use a permanent hair color.

5. How often should I shampoo my hair after receiving a color service?
After you receive your color service wait at least 24 hours before shampooing your hair, 48 hours is even better. Try and limit your washing to 3 times a week, especially if you have a more intense color like, red.

6. How long do I have to wait before re-coloring my hair with a different color?
This all depends on the condition of your hair. It is best to consult with your hair stylist about your options. If you have damaged hair, it is probably best to wait until your hair is in better condition or until the color grows out. If you don’t like the color of your hair, talk to your stylist about a color corrective service.

7. Can I get color and hi-lights all on the same day?

Yes, as long as your hair is in good condition they can color your hair and then add hi-lights.

8. Can I lighten my hair a couple of levels without bleaching or stripping the color?
In order to lighten the hair you have to use some sort of bleach or peroxide to remove the pigment so you can create the color you are looking for, especially if your are trying to go from a shade of brown to blonde.

Adding color to your hair allows you to achieve a variety of different looks from funky and bold to a more natural subtle look. There are many different hair colors and brands out there, to find out which is the best for your hair consult with a professional or visit your local beauty school for their expert advice.

If you would like to learn more about coloring hair maybe a career in beauty is for you.  Schedule a tour today and meet with a Career Planning Specialist to see if Empire is the perfect fit for you.  Visit  or call 1-800-964-3635.

Jess Quandel

Written by Jess Quandel


  • Jewel says:

    I wanted to know if there is a healthier way to color my hair with developer and a color dye of my choice. I researched that some stylist use developer to avoid bleaching a clients hair and though it might not give the client a dramatic light effect, they can gradually lighten the hair through various hair sessions. I have colored my hair (relaxed hair) before and it was bleached and If I can avoid that then that would be great. Is this true and if so is there a negative side effect to just using a developer?

  • SNG says:

    I have professional highlights from a permanent haircolor that lifted the hair using a hydrogen peroxide (developer). This process raises or opens up the cuticle layer of the hair.

    Now the highlighted part is frizzy. What can I do to reseal the cuticle? A semi permanent?

    • Shawn says:

      Sally’s beauty supply has a great after color treatment, as well as an after color sealer that are designed to return the hair to it’s normal ph and slam that cuticle shut! Be sure and use a moisturizing conditioner after each of these, followed by a cool water rinse. I use both of these directly after coloring just to be safe, and then the sealer a couple times a week after shampooing and before conditioning with great success. HTH. :-)

  • fadia says:

    Hi imy hair was darkr brown, I bleach my hair and the colour now is golden blonde brown red, I wana know will light ash blonde Nice n Easy take away Brazzy tones, I want a nice shade of blonde!

  • Tarun says:

    Hi i have applied fashion coloured(golden) streaks on my hair. I just want to know that after how much time these streaks will fade out & my general hair colour that is black will come back, since it has been bleached before applying the golden streaks colour.

  • maggie says:

    hi i was think about dying my hair for the first time from a dirty blonde to like a shade darker. Is this a good idea? Will it look bad? Will it damage?

  • Tiffany says:

    I just colored my hair and it turned blue gray please tell me how to fix it I’m getting married today

  • Sam says:

    I’ve been dyeing my hair for 10yrs now and have never had an issue with my color other than having to get used to it until now… my hair was a dark blonde with lighter highlights and it was time to re color my hair cuz my Roots were about an inch grown out… I wanted to go darker for the winter but not super dark so I got a light Brown dyed my hair and where the highlights were my hair turned grey so I bought a natural Brown and dyed it again and it still looks grey… What should I do to get rid of the grey? This has never happened before I go from dark to light and light to dark all the time… :/

  • arshad moin says:

    i use haire colur garner but use this colour i suffer allergy you suggest what i do

  • Dimension A Salon says:

    In 30 years, we have never been asked any of those questions. Now what we have been asked repeatedly:
    1. How much will it cost to get a head of highlights?
    2. The last salon didn’t cover my grey hair. Can you?
    3. I just got my hair colored, and I don’t want to go back to the salon where it was done. Can you fix it today?
    4. How much do you charge for an all over color?
    5. How much does a haircut and color cost?
    6. I’d like to get a color consultation, when can I get one?
    7. I colored my hair black, and I want to be blonde. How much will it cost?

  • claudia says:

    I color my hair last april with black color and then i color my hair now with ash blonde but the color has effect only in the roots of my hair then in the middle its black and on the tip of my hair is dark sh blonde… What will i gonna do? I like to color my hair ash blonde

  • Erin says:

    I just recently tried to dye my hair from light brown (dyed) to blonde, but the color only took at my roots. It did however, lighten my brown. I feel like I look ridiculous so I went to the beauty supply store and bought bleach items. How long should I wait after dying my hair to bleach it since the metals can fry my hair? Take into consideration that my hair is perfectly healthy.

  • A.A says:

    I have colored my hair last day. And that does not suit on my face. I need to get back my original color. I have heard that vinegar will be able to get your original color back. But when I searched about this, a lot of people say that it will only bleach your hair. Means you can go back to blonde. But my original color was brown.
    So my question to you is, is, there any other way to get my original hair color back or can I use a brown hair color after 2 days of coloring?

  • Kelsey says:

    I just attempted to dye my hair blonde from a darker brown the day before yesterday and it came out a natural looking orange-red. I was wondering how long I need to wait before I dye it again to get the blonde hair I was trying for.

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