At a certain point in life, you may desire to change your look and opt for hair coloring. The truth is that even those people who have made up their minds to add some color to their hair sometimes do not know how to go about it. Well, it is imperative to know that there are two main kinds of hair color which include the semi-permanent and permanent hair colors.
Semi-Permanent vs Permanent
Generally, the semi-permanent hair color involves larger molecules than the permanent, and it gradually fades out over time, reverting back to your original color (although in some cases, especially if your hair was already dyed, some of the semi-permanent color may remain).
The permanent hair color on the other hand lasts forever and does not fade over time, although the color can appear duller. The reason is that the permanent hair color opens the cuticle with ammonia, thereby lifting the preexisting color out and depositing the new color. You will also have regrowth that will require routine dying of your hair about every 4 to 6 weeks.
Hair Coloring Tips
Now that we are clear on the two types of hair colors, let’s look at the tips that will make the hair coloring journey easier:
- If your hair currently has color, then you must let your colorist know so that he will change the formula to achieve the desired result. If you already have color on your hair, it will impact the outcome of the new color and it doesn’t matter if your hair was colored recently or a long time ago.
- If you love your natural hair color but just wish it was a bit lighter, then you will need to take the permanent coloring route. Even though you wish to any change a few shades, it is still an entirely different color. Semi-permanent cannot penetrate and lighten your color.
- If you want to add some depth or brighten up your hair a little, then you should use the semi-permanent hair color.
- If your hair has never been colored but you intend to cover greys, then the all-over permanent hair color is highly recommended. Of course, it will completely remove all hints of grey. However, you shouldn’t do this by yourself with boxed-dye as you will need the services of a specialist to customize the formula to the right mixture that is ideal for your hair type.
- However, if totally covering the greys of your hair makes you nervous, then try it out with an all-over semi-permanent color. Semi-permanent coloring will help blend your grey hair rather than completely covering it.
It is nevertheless worthy to remind you that even though formulating the right color may seem like something easy to do or cheaper to do with a store-bought coloring kit, boxed dyes are a one-size-fits -all that is usually too strong and often damaging to your hair. Thus, it is advisable to consult a professional hair stylist to examine your hair type, texture, and current color in a bid to find the most successful solution to your hair coloring need.