Hair coloring is the art of altering the original color of your hair by using permanent, semi-permanent or temporary color. It is indeed the quickest way to change the way you look and feel. The color of your hair can instantly enhance your looks and transform you from a plain Jane into a hot babe. It is however; important for you to select the right color in order to accentuate your looks otherwise you may end up looking like a disaster. With these tried and tested hair coloring tips you will be able to get the desired look in just a few hours.
Types of hair color:
Prior to beginning the process of coloring your hair, you must know the different types of hair colors and select the colorant wisely. There are three types of hair colors:
Permanent hair color: This type of hair color comprises of an alkaline agent and a developer in the form of hydrogen peroxide. It penetrates into the hair shaft by lifting the cuticle layer and alters the original color of hair. This type of color does not wash out. Bleaches and lighteners fall under this category.
Semi-permanent Hair color: This type of hair color is used for darkening the hair. It is ideal for covering grey hair but cannot be used as a lightener. It does not comprise of a developer and tends to last for at least 8 to 14 washes.
Temporary Hair color: These are available in hues of red, orange, pink, turquoise etc. They tend to last only up to a single wash and are ideal for amateurs. If you are planning to color your hair for a party or event, this is the best option for you.
Hair coloring tips for beginners:
If you are coloring your hair for the first time, it is advisable for you to go in for a semi-permanent hair color. These colors stay intact for up to 6 weeks and do not alter the original color of your tresses.
You must select a shade that is 2 to 3 times lighter than your original hair color.
It is best to buy a home coloring kit in order to color your tresses with a professional finish.
Read the instructions manual very carefully before beginning the process of coloring.
Conduct a strand test in order to find out if you are allergic t the colorant. This will also give you a fair idea as to what color your hair will become once it is colored.
Before applying color, gather everything you will need such as brushes, combs, a huge mirror, a buttoned up old shirt, a large towel, a rag, cotton swipes and latex gloves.
Make sure you keep a watch in front of you to keep track of time.
Hair coloring tips for application:
Brush your hair thoroughly to get rid of any tangles or knots.
Mix the ingredients of the color kit as directed in the manual.
Centre part your hair and lift sections of the hair and apply color starting at mid length and working your way to the roots and ends.
Leave the color on for 45minutes to one hour and wash.
Remember to rinse the color thoroughly.
If you are using semi-permanent color do not shampoo your hair the same day. It is better to shampoo it after 24 hours, once the color sets in.
Techniques you can use:
There are several hair coloring techniques you can use for coloring your hair if you don’t want a uniform effect.
Highlights: This was probably one of the first innovations in the field of hair coloring. This technique is used to brighten up flat looking tresses and makes the hair shinier and healthier looking. Highlights look great in warm shades of bronze, hazel, honey, copper, gold, hot pink and red. They can be created with all types of colors and can enhance your look instantly.
Twilights: This technique is meant to enhance lighter hair color with a subtle change. Twilights mellow down extremely bright shades by adding a few streaks of darker colors.
Lowlights: These are used to add depth to hair color. They add a darker tone and mellow down the overall look of brightened hair. They also spice up dull looking hair. Up to three colors can be used to create the desired effect by coloring a few strands of hair by weaving then through a weave cap. Foiling chunks can also be used to create a dramatic effect.
Chunking: This technique makes use of large sections of hair and deposits new color on them. It gives a dramatic look to your tresses and can be done with vibrant colors such as red, pink, neon colors, turquoise, green, yellow etc.