Hair Colouring Options

Dying hair has become a common fashion these days among women as well as many men. You may use colours to add shine to your hair or to cover your gray hair. You may either use a home colour or go for a professional colour. Professional colours offer solution for a wide variety of requirements, while home colours are suitable for gray coverage and one to two levels of lightening. There is a wide variety or professional hair colours available in the market. Making the right choice may seem quite difficult.

Depending on your requirements, you can choose from different types of hair dyes. The first category is temporary hair dyes, which usually last for 1-2 shampoos. Such hair dyes are good for some occasions such as Halloween. However, they may last longer on blonde hair or porous and chemically treated hair. Temporary hair dyes come in both spray and liquid form. They usually contain FD&C dyes.

Semi-permanent hair dyes are the second category of hair colours. They usually last for 4-6 weeks. You can use them to blend gray hair without lightening the colour of your existing hair. Some semi-permanent hair colours contain only food grade dyes or FD&C dyes with an alkalizer. Some use oxidative dyes with an alkalising agent. Herbal hair dye henna is another form of semi permanent hair colour, which comes in red tones. However, it is not suitable for porous hair. Manufacturers use different ingredients including metals, oxidative dyes and other plant pigments to alter the shade of henna.

Progressive hair colorants are another category of hair colours. The more often you use them, the more colour they deposits on the outer surface of your hair. You need to be careful in using progressive dyes as some of them use lead acetate and other metallic components that can be harmful to your health if used inappropriately.

Permanent hair dyes contain various ingredients. Some use natural ingredients, while some may use many chemicals and concentrations of oxidative dyes. Chemicals like ammonia and monoethanolamine are very common in permanent hair colours and are known to be highly allergenic. Monoethanolamine colour is good for you if your hair is porous and fades quickly. Ammonia can make some hair prone to breakage depending on the other ingredients present in the hair colour.

It pays to have some basic understanding of the ingredients in a particular hair colour before you start using it. Most hair colours contain certain chemicals that may cause several problems such as hair loss, itchy scalp, flaking scalp, rashes and nausea. Such chemicals include various synthetic and toxic or allergenic ingredients. Have a careful look at the labels before you pick up a colour and always use a patch test before applying any such products to your scalp.

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