The Romans were the first to create the use of hair dyes. With nearly 100 different formulas discovered, the Romans were one step ahead of the hair coloring industry. Some ingredients used in their hair dye included walnut shells and eggs.
After deciding to dye one`s hair, the next step is to decide whether you will be dying your hair permanently or temporarily. This is determined by the look you`re looking for. Generally, highlights are done with a permanent (both semi and demi) hair color agent. All-natural hair dyes are also available for those who are allergic to chemicals found in general hair coloring. Other more drastic changes are done temporarily and generally wash out after a few shampoos. Permanent dyes fade with the use of shampoo but last usually anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks with gradual fading over the course of that time frame.
Whether for a new look or for increased self confidence, hair coloring began popular in the 1920s when women began using glamor as a tool. Hair coloring is a fairly inexpensive way to pamper one`s self.
How Hair Color Works:
The type of hair color you`re using depends on the level of color you will reach in your hair, meaning how much harm can be done to your hair. Semi-permanent hair color takes you to level 1, which does not affect your natural hair pigments. After several shampoos, the color will fade. This product contains no peroxide or ammonia. Level 2 or demi-permanent lasts longer than semi-permanent because it enters the cortex of your hair. A small amount of peroxide is present in this hair dye. Lastly, permanent color or a level 3 uses a double process with both ammonia and peroxide. This means that the hair dye enters all the way into one`s cortex on the hair making it harder to fade and lasting longer.
If you are unsure if you are allergic to the hair color you are using, do a patch test. This allows your body to adjust to the color on your head, usually up to 24 hours is best. This also allows you to test the color (preferably somewhere that can be hidden on your head). Also, be wary of reds because they have a tendency to fade fast especially on originally light-colored hair.
BDST: 1139 HRS, June 26, 2012
Edited by: Sharmina Islam, Lifestyle Editor
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