OK, so you’ve made up your mind, you want to color your hair…but, what does that mean? There’s so much to consider, but we want to help simplify the process. No matter what your situation is, one main factor contributes to all successful hair coloring: To get to where you want to go, everything depends on where you’re starting.
First, let’s talk about the two different types of hair color, Demi-Permanent and Permanent. All hair coloring services involve one of these types. The type you use will create different results and require different maintenance.
Demi-Permanent color gradually fades out, causing no line of regrowth, and it doesn’t require you to commit to coloring your hair forever. Demi-permanent hair color involves larger molecules than permanent hair color. The molecules only partially penetrate the hair shaft in most cases (overly porous hair can absorb more color than resistant textures).
Permanent hair color opens the cuticle with ammonia (or an ammonia derivative) and penetrates the cortex, lifting the preexisting color out and depositing the new color. One thing to keep in mind when using permanent hair color is, it doesn’t just fade out. You will get a regrowth line, and you will need to continue to see your colorist about every 4-6 weeks.
Below are tips for people in common hair situations that will make the hair-coloring journey a little easier.
“My hair currently has color”
This is super common. When you have color in your hair already, it impacts the outcome of new color. It doesn’t matter if you colored it yesterday or last year, unless you cut that color out, it is still there even if you can’t see it. Let your colorist know; they’ll need to change the formula to get the desired color you want.
“I love my natural hair color, I just wish it was a little lighter.”
Even though it seems like a small change, it’s still a totally different color. Lightening all of your hair requires the use of permanent hair color. The existing color will need to be lifted to add the new color because demi-permanent color doesn’t have the ability to penetrate and lift hair color.
“I just want to add some depth or brighten my hair up a little bit”
Demi-permanent hair color would be great! At Virtue Salon, our All-Nutrient color line offers an ammonia-free option that could enhance your natural color, all while strengthening the hair and add beautiful shine.
“My hair has never been colored, but I really want to cover these grays.”
If you would like your gray hairs completely covered, you should use all-over permanent hair color. It completely removes any hint of gray. Now, all-over color with permanent dye may sound like something you could do yourself with box dye. More than likely, this is incorrect. Box dye can’t customize the formula to the correct mixture for your hair type and texture, so it’s best to leave it to a professional.
“Okay, totally covering these grays makes me nervous.”
An all-over demi-permanent color is a great option here; it will blend your gray hair rather than completely cover it. This may be a good route to go, especially when it’s your first time with hair color.
Formulating the correct color for you is no easy task for your colorist, no matter how simple it may seem. Because we want to find the most successful and beautiful solution, a consultation is always recommended for anyone considering color at Virtue Salon. Examining your hair type, texture, current color, and sometimes doing a test strand helps us formulate the perfect color for you.
We’d love to hear from you and help you arrive at your desired hair destination. To schedule an appointment or consultation, or simply ask a question about your situation, call 614-725-2329.
Post by Claire!