Hair colouring creates true colour, which does not disappear after a few shampoos like a tinting treatment. Hair colouring and tinting are based on different chemical processes. In hair colouring, hydrogen peroxide removes the natural colour pigments from your hair while new artificial colour pigments penetrate to the inside of each hair. This anchors the new colour to your hair. Hair colour treatments can even completely cover grey hair. By the way, intensive tinting treatments also contain true hair colours. You are dealing with true hair colour whenever you have to mix two components (the dye and the developer) immediately before use.
Hair Colouring: Big Steps or Subtle Moves?
You are going to be spoilt for choice! There are hair colours galore; but what is the right colour for you? Is it caramel blonde or rather light brown? How about some reddish nuances? Would ash hues look better? Once you have decided to colour your hair, your choices are seemingly unlimited. However, experts recommend colours, which are no more than two shades lighter or darker than your natural hair. That will give you the most naturally looking results. Changing your hair from dark to a very light blonde may create a dissonant overall appearance because the eye and eye brow colours do not match. Such mismatches advertise your hair colour as fake.
You also need to consider the colour of your complexion before putting red, copper or gold nuances into your hair. Red is not a matching colour for yellowish or olive skin tones and it also does not work for very reddish skin. Ideal for reddish hair colours is an even complexion and very light, slightly pinkish skin. You should also consider that dark hair colours can make an already light complexion look very pale. Ash coloured hair in pearl tones has a way of making yellowish complexions appear colourless and grey. By contrast, pearl nuances can look rather lively with fine gold or reddish streaks or on women with reddish undertones in their complexion (most women who are native to European countries).
Hair Colouring: Exacting and by the Book
Seriously, little can go wrong with hair colouring at home. Still, it makes sense to read the package insert thoroughly. Make sure to stay within the specified application time. The latter is particularly important for blonde shades and true blonde colour treatments. If the colouring agents are washed out too early your hair may show an orange or yellowish tinge. Leaving the blonde colouring agents in your hair for too long is going to damage your hair.
Home Hair Colouring – Other Helpful Hints and Considerations
- Arrange all hair colouring tools and ingredients within easy reach and don't forget the timer. Wear your most raggedy T-shirt and put on the gloves included with the colouring treatment.
- Perform an allergy test before using any hair colour. You find the instructions for this test on the package insert along with the colouring instructions.
- Apply the colour to your hair according to the instructions. Be sure to check whether the colour should be applied to dry or damp hair
- Residual hair colour from previous hair colourings may cause the resulting hair colour to deviate from the advertised colour on the package.
- Caution! The colouring results may be quite surprising if you have coloured your hair using henna or a henna-containing colouring extract from plants in the preceding four months. The same also applies to a change from artificial to biological hair dyes.
- In case your hair colour has turned out to be too ash-coloured or greyish, simply use a tinting treatment or a colour shampoo to add a reddish or golden nuance.
- You want to perm and colour your hair? Don’t do it at the same time or in quick succession! Allow your hair to recover for one or two weeks after a perm or colouring treatment.
- Chances are that you love your new hair colour. Make sure to write down the colour nuance for your next treatment. You won’t have to guess when purchasing your next colouring treatment.
- Use shampoos and conditioners for colour-treated hair so that your hair colour retains its lustre and stays healthy. Colour-treated hair needs special care. Once a week, you should therefore apply a conditioning mask to bring out the beauty of your hair.