Coloring hair is a big step and should be considered carefully before attempting especially if you are thinking of using a more permanent hair color. There are four types of ways to color the hair: permanent (this is the most damaging to the hair in the long run), semi-permanent (only partially penetrates the hair shaft), demi-permanent (uses alkaline instead of ammonia and cannot go to lighter shades, considered less damaging that permanent colors), temporary (these dyes do not penetrate the hair cuticle and are washed off easily).
Things To Consider Before:
- Do your research on hair color shades; find out which shades will fit your skin tone and do a test run with a wig that has the color that you would like. If you get snickers and stares in the streets, don’t consider dying your hair that shade, likewise compliments and praises maybe an indication of what the public thinks. If you are not fussy about public opinion, look at what other persons are wearing and find out what their exact shade is if you admire that color.
- Find out what your company policies before you decide to color your hair in a color that is ‘out there’. Recently, there was a story in a local newspaper about a woman who was fired from her job because of her hair color, she fought back and lost the case because outlined in her employment contract was the stipulation that hair color should not be brightly colored with an unnatural shade, apparently she had dyed her hair fire engine red- Rhianna style.
- Find a professional hair colorist, most preferably somebody who has done it several times before with good results, if you are doing a permanent color, it is best not to do the first application yourself.
- Find out information from your colorist or anyone who has done the process before what is the cost of maintaining the color and budget for it.
- Bring pictures to your first coloring session; make sure that you have the shade that you desire so that your colorist can see the exact shade you are thinking of. Never leave it up to the colorist to interpret what you are thinking.
- If you are new to coloring your hair, you need to research about coloring products and the terms used in coloring hair, this will ensure that you are not lost when hearing the hair terms and it will mean that you are cognizant of the side effects to your hair of the various ways to color.
- Prepare your hair for color, do a strand test and check if your hair is highly porous. A simple way is to put a couple strands of hair in a glass of water and let it sit in the water for 3 to 5 minutes, watch if the hair strand sinks or floats. Floating hair means that the hair has low porosity sinking hair is high porosity. If the hair has low porosity it should not be colored. Deep condition hair until your hair passes the test. Check out the avocado hair conditioner for an easy to do homemade conditioner.
The Art of Hair Colouring by David Adams, Jacki Wadeson