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 hair.
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 hair.
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 http://www.empire.edu or call 1-800-964-3635.