|How To Color Your Hair|
You are about to enter the fabulous world of hair color!
You walk up and down the aisles immersed in a seemingly endless ocean of possibilities - colors, highlights, foils, permanent, semi-permanent or temporary hair color. Scratching your head in confusion, you then read on one box that scratching can irritate the scalp and cause burning when applying the color. Who knew!
Take the guess work out of hair color by following these basic steps below; but first, make certain your hair and scalp are in good condition before applying any type of tint. Over coloring can cause breakage, discoloration and other hair damage. Recondition your hair if necessary before tinting and wait until your hair is back in good condition.
How to Select Your Shade
You should consider the following general factors when choosing color:
Categories of Hair Color
Permanent Hair Color: Most permanent hair color contains peroxide. As you have new growth you will need to reapply the color to the roots every 2-4 weeks to maintain your beautiful color.
Semi-Permanent: Semi-permanent color last 4-6 weeks and gradually shampoos out back to your natural color. With semi-permanent color you should have no line of demarcation. Semi-permanent colors are designed for:
Temporary Color Rinses: Temporary rinses are colors that can be shampooed in or applied after you shampoo and condition. The color will remain on the hair until your next shampoo. Temporary colors are designed to:
If it's your first time using a particular product, you need to conduct a 24 hour patch test in the same shade and proportion of mixture that will be used on your hair (see manufacturer's directions). Apply the patch test behind the ear or the inside fold of the elbow. Allow the mixture to remain on the test area for 24 hours to determine if you develop an allergic skin reaction to the product.
Preparing to Color Your Hair
If this is your first attempt at either the procedure or you are trying a new hair color you may want to perform a strand test. Select a strand of hair in the back of your head and under a section of hair, apply the mixture to the strand, and leave the mixture for the time described by the manufacturer. Wash, dry and confirm this is the color you want.
Materials You Will Need
Applying the Color
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