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Hair coloring

Hair color is quite a fashion these days and is a perfect camouflage for gray hairs too. There are many types of hair color available in the market. Permanent hair color mostly has peroxide and ammonia to cover the gray hair. However, the growth of new hair creates a demarcation line and can give away the real reason behind hair coloring. Demi-permanent hair color uses low volumes of peroxide and no ammonia, causing lesser damage to hair. It covers 80% of gray hairs and lasts for more than two months. It also fades away gradually. Semi-permanent hair colors are meant to last from one week to one month and are mostly safe for hair. They can be used for fun and fad and offers only 10 to 50% cover for gray hairs. Semi-temporary hair colors stand up to 4-6 times of shampooing your hair.

Temporary hair colors are usually used for party purposes and can be easily washed off by shampooing your hair. Color rinses are good for toning hairs but do not last long. Permanent hair color opens up the outer layer of the hair so that its insoluble formula then reacts with the hair's middle layer and deposit the color permanently. It is available as creams, gels or shampoos in the color. The oxidizing agent or developer that comes with it is usually hydrogen peroxide and works as a catalyst to the oxidation chemical reaction that alters the color of the hair permanently. The developer comes in various strengths, according to the brands you are using.

If you want to change your appearance the easiest way to do it, is to do something to your hair. Adding color to your hair is one of the quickest and most dramatic ways of changing the way you look. But choosing the right hair color can be a difficult task. Given below is information about different types of hair color and information about what color would suit you best.

Types of Hair Color or Dyes:

* Permanent Tints: Is mixed with hydrogen peroxide to lift hair color. The peroxide opens the hair cuticle to allow the color to reach the cortex and form the color. The greater the concentrations of peroxide the quicker and lighter the result.

* Semi-Permanent Colors: They do not lift color. They only vary the tone of your natural hair color or can be made darker. It has very little peroxide, which opens the cuticles slightly. Hence the color will last up to about 20 washes and will fade slowly as you shampoo your hair.

* Semi-Permanent Vegetable Colors: It has only vegetable extracts and natural ingredients. Therefore no color is removed from your hair. The color is superficially on the surface of the hair and will be washed away after about 8 shampoos.

Hair Color Tips:

* The hair color you choose should suit your skin color. Light complexioned people do not look good with very dark hair as it draws color out of their skin. Dark complexioned people look best with four or five tones of blonde; chestnut or honey tones also will look great.

* When you are coloring your hair for the first time don't do it by yourself. Get it done by a professional.

* Blonde hair color is easy to get on dark brown hair. But your hair has been permanently colored then this process can become very tedious.

* Red hair color is the sexiest shade and attracts most attention. Most hair is suitable for red hair color. If you are a blonde you will have to go two or three shades darker than your natural color to achieve a rich red hair color and this color is not easy to reverse.

* Brown hair color suits almost everybody. By varying a shade of brown with highlights you can achieve a huge range of colors.

* Black hair color is easy to apply and is easy to apply on all types of hair. But this color looks good only on people with dark or olive skin color.

It is best to consult a beautician and a professional before you color your hair for the first time. As they will give the best advise as to what color is best for your skin tone and for your hair texture.

Hair Coloring Tips

Here are some handy tips that will make your hair look healthier and glow with the desired color and give you salon-like results along with quick and easy solutions to common problems related with coloring your hair:

* While coloring your hair for the first time, start at the crown or at the nape of the neck, where the natural hair color is darkest.

* Hair color at the hair ends fade more quickly as they are porous and do not hold color. Thus apply hair color that is one level darker to the ends, without adding the developer.

* You can add small amount of gold or yellow accent to the hair color at the ends or certain sections of your hair to add warmth to them or add a highlighting effect.

* If you go out in the sun or swim regularly, your hair color may wear off quickly. To avoid this, condition your hair regularly to negate the effects of summer heat and water.

* Chemicals used in swimming pool may give a greenish tint to blonde hairs. To combat this, use a good clarifying shampoo and them use a warm accent on your hair that can be red or gold, depending on the type of blonde hair you have.

* Hair colors with blue base may give a greenish cast to yellow or gold hair while those with violet base, gives more natural and better results.

* If light-reddish blonde tones fade to orange color, you can use a little red-gold accent to give fashionable highlights.

* If your current hair color is darker than the next shade chosen, use a color remover to completely lose the old tint. However, they are effective on only artificial colors and not natural hair color.

* Unwanted warm tone of hair can be calmed down using ash or violet accents.

* For gray hair, use a shade darker than the shade of color used on the rest of the hair.

* Always color your hair, when they are fully dry because color of damp and wet hair may get diluted later.


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