Whether you are blonde, redhead or a brunette, a change in hair color can definitely give you an instant make over. A few streaks or an overall coloring can set you back ten to fifteen younger as your old, as you tired, boring hair is replaced by a shinier and sleeker do.
To be on the safe side, it is best to have experts help you out in choosing the right color for you and also in applying the product since it a bit difficult to choose the best gradient or the best technique for dyeing. Below are some hair coloring tips that you might want to consider before heading to the salon.
Hair Coloring Tip 1: Choose your type of hair dye.
Temporary hair dyes coat the hairs exterior making it easier for them to remove after three or four washes of regular shampoo. Since they fade easily, you can apply neon highlights or other super bright colors to add fun to your hair. You can also apply temporary dye to see how your color of choice will look like before proceeding with buying a permanent dye with a similar shade.
Semi permanent hair colors on the other hand, partially penetrate the hair shaft allowing the color to hang on to the hair for a few weeks. It is less damaging than permanent colors as it contains less hydrogen peroxide or ammonia compared to permanent hair dyes. Since it comes off in a few weeks, this is great option if you want to avoid bleaching your hair for next season’s color trend.
Hair Coloring Tip 2: Get the right shade.
As a general rule, you do not go two shades darker or lighter than your natural hair color. You also have to check if your skin tone and eye color falls in the “warm” or “cool” categories. Most Latinas with tanned skin tone and African Americans usually fall into the warm category. Asians also belong here because of their brown or dark eyes. Hair colors with caramel or bronze shade is appropriate for this skin types. Cool shades are right for people with fairer skin and blue or green eyes just like most Caucasians. Blonde color and light brown shades are best for these types.
Hair Coloring Tip 3: Experiment with hair trends.
- Ombre – Ombre hair is one of the newest harstyling trends that is actually a graduation of your natural color on top of your hair and with a series of highlights, transition to lighter, bleach colors at the bottom. Many women find this cost effective since it only looks better as the hair grows out.
- Highlights – Streaks and highlights provides a frame for the face making them a popular, though high maintenance choice among women. For round faces, the highlights should be at the bottom of the hair to create an elongated illusion. For those with angular cheekbones, highlights work best if applied on the crown and to soften the jaw line for square faces, apply extra streaks on your front section while evenly distributing highlights around your hair.
- Bronde – Bronde is a combination of blonde and brunette hair color. This is has a sun kissed finish so it is a popular hair trend for the summer.
- Balayage – This trend requires highlights to be painted by hand, sweeping the color from the base to the tip of the hair. The base color has a lighter shade and the tip of the hair has darker heavier shades. Unlike regular highlights, this look is very natural and hair still looks better even if it grows out.
Hair Coloring Tip 4: Take care of your color treated hair.
Color treatments are expensive and time consuming so you might as well take care of your colored hair. Use hair care products specifically made of dyed hair. These products can make the hair color appear brighter and at same time maintain its health and luster. Also minimize activities that ruin the hair like swimming on sea water or chlorinated pool or using hot iron when styling.
Hair Coloring Tip 5: Things you need to consider.
- A common bad experience in hair coloring is your skin’s allergic reaction to hair color chemicals. Make sure to protect your eyes from the dye and do a patch test before applying the hair color.
- Bleaching before applying hair color damages the hair cuticle making it look dull and unhealthy. As much as possible avoid this process.
- Since your hair is more fragile after hair coloring, it is better to avoid other hair treatments like perms, rebond and hair straightening.