Hair Dying Tips and Techniques
Dying hair or coloring hair has now become a necessity. As you don’t want to look out dated. But there are many reasons and different opinions as far as hair dying is concerned. Some dye their hair just for fashion and some do it to hide their grey hair. Not to mention old folks want to look young too. No matter what may be the reason for dying hair, the procedure should be right and correct.
Choosing the Right Hair Dye Color:
Before going for a hair dye try to figure out what sort of shades suit best on you. You can also consult your hair dresser for this. Another most important thing is that you should go for shades that are not more than 2 shades lighter or darker from your original hair color. The reason for this is that after some time your hair starts to grow out and the hair line that appears or the re-growth that appears does not have the dye that you have applied. And if you have wisely selected an appropriate dye then the effect won’t be that visible on your re-growth. On the other hand if you have applied a very bold shade than your own hair color then the re-growth will look horrible and there will be no other way but to get the touch ups done as soon as possible.
Types of Hair Dyes:
There are mainly two types of hair dye available. Namely as Permanent Hair Dye and Semi-Permanent Hair Dye.
Permanent Hair Dye:
Permanent hair dyes are long lasting in a sense that they don’t get spoiled due to sunlight and shampooing. Only way it can be removed is to apply another color on it. Also the re-growth that emerges also has no color. They are economical in a way that you only have to do the touch ups and not to do the whole head hair dying. They stay in as long as you want them.
Permanent products for hair dying usually consist of a package containing two bottles and possible a small bottle or sachet of conditioning cream for use after the dying treatment. One of the aforementioned bottles contains a hydrogen peroxide solution (usually 6%) and the other bottle contains the actual hair dyes dissolved in ammonia. Only when the contents of these two bottles are mixed will the hair dye perform its task.
- The bottle containing the ammonia and dye solution and the contents of the hydrogen peroxide bottle are mixed well.
- The mixture is applied to the hair and the ammonia solution causes the hair to swell up, after which the hair particles open and separate, enabling the hair dye solution to enter the hair shaft, to change the color of the hair.
- The dye and hydrogen peroxide need time to develop the new color in the hair, explaining why you usually have to wait for half an hour or longer before hair dye can be rinsed out.
- The hair dye is rinsed out and the hair is conditioned, after which it can be styled.
Semi-Permanent Hair Dye:
Semi-permanent dyes have the shortest lifespan for dyes. After 6-12 washes, the color will start to fade. This is recommended for first-time users and those who want to experiment with colors.
Semi-permanent hair dyes do not contain a developing chemical like permanent hair dyes do. This type of hair dye is sold as a liquid, gel or foam and can generally be applied directly to the hair without any mixing. As the color does not enter the hair as is the case with permanent dye, the new color will fade with time depending on exposure to the sun and the number of times the hair is washed. The effects of dying hair with this dye are equal when it comes to color, but cause less damage to the hair.
How to Dye Your Hair Safely and Professionally:
- Separate hair into four sections. Then clip each part.
- Wear plastic gloves while mixing dye solution. Follow the directions written on the box.
- Squeeze a small amount of coloring into one section. Streak thin stripes of color over the whole area of the section. Put a clip on the colored part.
- Repeat the process after you have completed coloring the four sections.
- Consult instructions on how long you should leave it. Add a couple of minutes of wait to that of the suggested treatment time.
- Put on left over color mix to the entire head after a few minutes.
- Rinse with cold water.
Things You Should Care for While Dying Your Hair:
- Do not apply dye to dirty and tangled hair. You hair should be clean and combed well before you dye them. Deep condition your hair a month before dying to maintain color. Trim hair especially dry and split ends to even out color. Hair should be slightly damp when dye is applied.
- Do not condition your hair a few hours before applying hair dye, shampooing will do the trick. Your hair needs to be free of free radicals such as dirt and oil as much as possible.
- After choosing a brand, apply a tiny amount of hair dye near your neck or behind your ear to see if irritation, redness, inflammation, allergy, hair loss or any bad reactions occur. Wash the affected area right away if this happens. Remember the instructions carefully. Do the patch test 1-2 days before hair dye application.
- Protect your skin by wrapping a towel around your neck as the dye can irritate your skin or affect your clothes.
- Gloves should be used and must be included in a hair dye kit. Applying petroleum jelly or cream around your ears and neck part will keep off stains. Wipe off oil after shampooing. If you do happen to stain your skin, don’t worry, rubbing alcohol will remove dye stains from your skin
- After dying, always rinse with cold or tepid water to avoid your own hair from falling out.