Permanently color your hair

When you want to color your hair, there are many things to take into account. First of all, you have to decide for yourself which color suits you best and whether it is necessary to bleach your hair before coloring. You then choose a method of further care that best suits your hair. In this article we will discuss the various factors involved in coloring (and possibly bleaching) the hair.

Bleaching

If your hair is darker or as dark as the color you want to dye your hair, you will most likely need to bleach it first. When you bleach your hair, the hydrogen peroxide opens the cuticles of your hair and the bleach penetrates deep into the hair and drives out the hair color from the agitation. Bleaching is very bad for your hair. When you bleach your hair, be careful that the bleach does not remain in your hair for too long. Leave it until you get the color you want, but be careful! The longer it is in your hair, the more you damage the hair. When you have bleached your hair, your hair is severely damaged or dead. Once your hair is this way, you can’t fix it. Dead is dead. You can use products for dry or damaged hair. These products make your hair look better, making it appear as if it is still healthy.

Tips for after bleaching

  • Use a hair mask (homemade or from the drugstore) 2-3 times a week for dry or damaged hair. Leave this mask on for a long time (about an hour) once a week for the best results.
  • Use conditioner after every wash and let it sit for as long as possible.
  • Use spray-in conditioner. You can spray this in your hair all day long and you don’t have to rinse it out.
  • Cut your hair regularly. Dead spots once a month is fine.

Hair coloring

When you color your hair, the product will open the hair cuticles (hair dye is also bad for your hair) and the color will be absorbed into the hair, after which the cuticles will close again. Because the scales are damaged, the color will slowly fade. Below are some tips to postpone this for as long as possible.

Tips for color retention of your hair

  • Wash your hair with cold water
  • Don’t wash your hair too often
  • Mix your conditioner with a little hair dye (2/3 conditioner, 1/3 hair dye) and use it occasionally instead of your normal conditioner or use special after-shampoo products with a coloring element.
  • Use shampoos/conditioners/etc. that are specially made for colored hair. Hairdressing brands are the best.
  • Protect your hair against UV radiation with, for example, a special shampoo/conditioner.

Dyeing your hair is therefore not as simple as it often seems. There are many factors that you will have to take into account and all together it will cost you a lot of time and money. You must also take into account that you will have to repaint your roots every so often. This time varies from 1 to 2 months. This depends on the speed of your hair growth.

Finally, it is certainly wise to have an idea of how you can get your old hair color back after you have dyed your hair. This can be done by letting the dyed part grow out or coloring your hair in your old hair color. Dying your hair in your old hair color will still cost time and money: after all, you are still walking around with colored hair.