Semi-Permanent Hair Colours Turn on the Lights in Your Hair
- Semi-permanent colour dazzles with radiance and glow. Shimmering natural tones and deep colours are the trend especially for festive occasions and in grey, dreary seasons
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Semi-permanent colour treatments require neither ammonia nor alcohol and are therefore gentle alternatives to permanent colouring. Still, even the mildest colour rinse adds lustre, a deep glow and delicate shimmering light reflections to your hair. Such colour enhancements sure can brighten our days. Below, we let you know what the current colour trends are and when semi-permanent colourings show their most dazzling effects
Many women believe that their hair colour is boring. The shimmer of reflected light or a deep glow may be missing especially in ash blonde and brown hair. It is this playful interaction of hair with different kinds of light, which adds so much magical radiance to it. Semi-permanent colour treatments can add these playful light effects.
You may also wonder what hue of permanent hair colour to use. In that case, semi-permanent colouring treatments offer a marvellous way to experiment with various hair colours. This way, you don't have to live with a permanent hair colour until you are sure about the most effective hue. Most of the semi-permanent colour is going to disappear after only six to eight shampoos. This gives you plenty of room to experiment with all elements of today's colour choices without permanent commitment.
The Effects of Semi-Permanent Hair Colouring
While permanent artificial hair pigments penetrate the hair and settle deep in its core, semi-permanent hair pigments only coat the outer hair shaft. Therefore, semi-permanent colour treatments require neither ammonia nor bleaching ingredients. This is why they are so much gentler than permanent hair colouring.
Even if you hardly change your natural colour your hair is going to look more vibrant after semi-permanent colouring. This effect is caused by the playful light reflections, which the artificial pigments add to your hair. Thin hair gains a lot from the additional pigments because they instantly provide more depth and volume. Luckily, semi-permanent hair colouring is simple and can be easily done at home.
Today's Trendy Semi-Permanent Hair Colours
Whether it is summer or winter on your half of the globe, deep glowing colours are always attractive. Of course, warm glowing colours work particularly well in colder seasons. Earthy colours are known to radiate warmth. These are colours with hazelnut, brownish red and deep brown nuances.
Key Facts about Semi-Permanent Hair Colours
- First determine your own natural hair colour. Use two identical semi-permanent colour applications if your hair is very thick or long
- Processing, the sun, sea water or a harsh environment may have damaged your hair. If this is the case you should opt for the shorter leave-in times. You really should test the results on a small strand of hair
- Using the proper hair care products can improve the staying power of the hair pigments in your hair
- Note the hair colour classification on the packages: Class 1 means that the hair colour can be washed out. Such colour treatments last about six to eight shampoos and can be applied without pre-treatments; they are even sufficiently powerful to cover the first grey hairs. However, class 1 colour treatments cannot bleach hair. The pigments only coat the outer hair shaft. By comparison, class 2 hair colours contain hydrogen peroxide as a bleaching agent and a separate pigment solution, which need to be mixed before the application. Class 2 hair colours last about 24 shampoos
- Products with pigments for extra light reflection provide the deepest colour and glow. These pigments are so intense because they reflect light with stunning brilliance