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Types of Hair Colors

Colour can be used to enhance or completely change your natural hair shade, but it's vital to choose the right colour,and the correct process to achieve that look.

Choosing Your Colour

Hair and skin are coloured by the same substance melanin,that's why the colour of your hair generally matches your skin tone, those with dark olive skins have dark brown hair. While white blondes have very pale skin.finding a colour that suits you has to reflect This. The simplest way to avoid mistakes is to choose a colour no more than two shades lighter or darker than yours it will suit you, if you're using highlights (lighter streaks in the haw) or lowlights (darker streaks) you can go up to four shades different with no consequences. If you are totally changing your colour. However you have to pick your shade carefully. The wrong one can age you by years, make you look pale and washed out or cause your features to vanish even with a truckload of make-up, like make-up, your choice should be made on whether you have cool or warm tones in your skin, cool toned skins need ashy or light blonde and brunette shades and bluey blacks warm skins need shades based on coppers or reds (strawberry blonde, for example) and brown blacks rather than true blacks, and remember the shade on the box is normally what you get if you put the colour on white hair what will happen on yours could be very different.

Type Of Colours

Whether you want an all over colour that will be gone by morning or subtle lights that'll last for months, there's a colour process for you, but success relies on choosing the right one.

Temporary Colours: Also known as wash in-wash out colours, they are water based and lightly coat the hair shaft with colour. They last until the next wash, while wash in colours are great to tryout a new look, they do come with a couple of caveats, If you have highlights or bleach on your hair be warned. They will stick to this longer than to your natural hair. Leaving you with some very strange streaks when you wash out. Also colours will wash out if it rains too heavily, and may rub off on pillows or white outfits.

Semi-Permanent Colours: These coat the outer hair shaft and penetrate the top layer of the cuticle, creating a colour that will wash out after four to six washes.semi permanents are best For those not completely committed to hair colour. But be warned, this convenience also means they will fade quickly if not protected from uv rays or bleaching agents like chlorine. To make the colour last longer, avoid washing your hair for two to three days after the initial application.if you have the opposite problem and can't stand the colour washing up liquid will strip the colour just make sure you condition well afterwards.

Tone On Tone Colours: Between semi permanent and permanent colours, these use low levels of peroxide to help the colour penetrate the hair shaft, but wash out rather than grow out after five to twelve weeks. Because semi permanent colours contain no bleach, you'll find that they don't always work well if you're trying to lighten dark hair. This is where tone on tone colours really come into their own, as they lighten without the commitment (and roots) that come with permanent colours. Care advice is the same as for semi permanent colours, but the washing up liquid trick won't work very well.

Permanent Colours: These colours use ammonia or other chemicals that open the hair shaft and allow the colour to penetrate into the cuticle, staining it permanently. The colour will last until it naturally grows out, though poor maintenance may cause the colour to fade and you'll lose the glossy sheen that makes tinted hair look so good. Always wash with shampoos made for coloured hair finally when your roots come through, colour them alone.applying permanent colour to the whole head. Over and over again is the fastest way to break hair .

Henna: An extract of the henna plant, this uses an ingredient called lawsone to coat the haw shaft.henna is one of the most misunderstood colorants, as every one thinks it's natural and therefore good for the hair in fact this is not true henna can coat the haw so thickly that it actually stops condltioners from penetrating the hair creating a dry frizzy mess. With so many good colorants out there now. Messing around with henna really isn't worth while it's a permanent hair colour and no other colour should be used with it.

Highlights: These use bleaching agents to lighten the hair most home kits use caps with tiny holes in that the haw is pulled through, creating thin streaks, in salons, most colourists paint the colour on strips of haw which creates a more natural look for best results choose a kit offering this approach. They are permanent But root regrowth is n't as noticeable as with permanents. Since they use bleach, they are one of the harshest home procedures and the one most likely to go wrong. Never try and highlight dark brown or black hair at home it will just go orange. If you are looking for lighter streaks, seek out professional help, if you are suitable for home highlight, increase your chances of success by never leaving the colour on longer than directed, because your hair will snap. Neither should you take it off before it's done you'll get stripes,not sun kissed streaks.

Lowlights: These are of usually permanent colour applied throughout the hair that are darker than your natural colour to create depth, getting the right shade for lowlights is trickier than it looks. Choose wrong and your hair will look's a good idea to get lowlights done professionally if you can.

Colours For Grey Hair: These work in the same way as permanent or semi permanent colours but the pigment is adapted for grey hair. They last from four weeks to forever, depending on which you use, if you have more than 50 per cent grey, these specialist Colorants are essential the lack of pigment in grey hair alters the shade of normal colorants so that browns can go green and blondes can go pink. when choosing a shade to cover grey hair, aim for one a few shades lighter than your original colour. Our skin tone changes as we age and your natural colour could now be too dark for your skin.

Correct Application

If you're applying an all over tint (semi or permanent), correct application is the final step to looking good. But first, it's important that you make sure your skin isn't allergic to the colouring product. twenty four hours before you colour, patch test it on the skin behind your ear. Five in every 100 people are allergic to some types of hair dye. And if you're one of them it is much better to find out on the space behind your ear than across your entire scalp. On the day itself wash your hair before you colour, as product build up on the hair can prevent colour taking or even change the colour. Apply vaseline around your hairline to stop colour running and staining the skin.never apply colour to the top of the head and then rub it in you'll get patches. Instead, divide the hair into four or five sections and treat each individually apply a strip of colour to the root and massage it down the hair shaft.leave the colour in exactly as long as directed before rinsing well.make sure you check for misplaced colour ' it can stain your ears, the back of your neck and around the hairline. If you do find any an alcohol based skin cleanser remove it or you could try this hairdressers' trick mix cold cigarette ash with a little water to make a paste, then rub into the skin for 1-2 minutes.wash it off with water.