Types of Hair Dyes
Most commonly used are semi-permanent and permanent hair colours, but how do you know which one is best suited to you? Bleach is used to lift hair but can be very damaging, here we will help you learn how to use bleach safely causing minimal breakage and maintaining a healthy shine!
Once you have decided on the colour you want to achieve its time to think about what type of colouring is best suited to you.
Permanent hair dyes
Permanent hair dyes colour you're hair forever or basically until they grow out which depending on the length of you're hair can be a long time, although forever sounds drastic they will fade slightly especially if you use a box colour or put a colour over previously bleached hair. Permanent hair dyes are best used on grey hair.
Semi-permanent hair dyes
Semi-permanent hair dyes will last usually between 6-8 weeks, they are great on young or natural hair as they do a lot less damage then any other type of colouring and as they wash out you can have experimenting with different shades.
Unless you previously have had highlights before colouring at home then semi-permanent and permanent colours will give you a single block colour all over, these are becoming very popular for 2011.
Highlights and Lowlights
For a more multi-tonal look highlights and low-lights are a great option, foiled high lights can be very tricky to do yourself so at home it's best sticking to the cap method. Caps are sold at most beauty stores and are pretty simple to use following the instructions. Once ready to add colour you can either create low lights by adding a darker colour then the shade or your natural hair or subtle highlights by adding a shade a couple lighter then you're natural hair. If you want to go 3 or more shades lighter then you will need to use bleach how ever it's very damaging to the hair and is best left to professionals who know what their doing.
If you are adamant you want to bleach you're hair you're self then remember these few rules to make sure you're hair stays on you're head where its meant to!
- Never apply bleach to the scalp! It will create blisters and sores.
- The percentage of the peroxide mixed with the bleach is what activates it and will lift the hair colour; they are most commonly used in 3, 6, 9 and 12 percent 12 being the strongest.
- Always try and use as low peroxide as possible as they do less damage, if you're hair is left with a red, orange or yellow tint don't apply more bleach add a toner to neutralize it.
- Never leave bleach on for longer then 45 minuets, the whole time its on it's stripping all the oils, moisture out of the hair making it easier to break and snap off when doing simple tasks like brushing and washing.
- Don't apply bleach over bleach if you have roots try as best as you can not to overlap this can do some serious damage to hair.
- After bleaching always use a moisturizing conditioner and every now and again a moisturizing treatment this will keep a healthy shine.
- Possibly the most important rule about bleaching is NEVER apply bleach on permed hair or vice versa, it's the worst combination ever as they both use the most damaging solutions to hair possible.
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