I used to be crazy about hair color. I found dying my hair was a fun way to express myself while being a little fashion forward. My hair has been every color you could imagine from platinum blonde to sea green.
Hair coloring, although expressive and attractive, tends to take a toll on the hair. If the hair is not taken care of properly, it can lead to damage, breakage, and even hair loss. However, there are several effective ways to make sure your hair color isn’t the culprit to maintaining healthy hair.
Choosing a Color
Color choice is a first and very important step in the hair coloring process especially since it indicates how much damage your hair will undergo. Darker colors (blacks, blues, and dark browns) are less likely to damage your hair (primarily if it is a semi-permanent or rinse hair dye) while lighter hair colors (light browns, reds, and blondes) pose a greater risk to hair damage.
Take this into consideration when choosing a hair color. If you’re someone who obsesses over the condition of your hair, you might want to opt for a darker color. However, if you decide to go lighter, this is okay too. Just remember that things pertaining to the health of your hair (such as texture and porosity) are liable to change and you may have to adjust your hair regimen to see to the needs of your new colored hair.
The next important step to coloring your hair is the actual process, especially if you are using a chemical treatment (a.k.a. permanent hair dye). Once again, if you are someone who is very concerned with the condition of your hair, I advise that you see a hair colorist or a hair beautician. Hair colorists and beauticians have experience in chemically dying the hair.
This ensures that your hair is properly treated, the amount of potential damage is reduced and that you achieve the color you desire. Nonetheless, if you’re like me and don’t have hair salon money to throw around, you may choose to dye it yourself. Before actually coloring your hair, research the color you want to achieve and the best way to achieve it. For instance, achieving gray hair is a more complex and aggressive process than achieving light brown hair. Additionally, make sure your hair is in its best condition prior to the coloring treatment.