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Hair Colouring Essentials

Are you thinking about adding some pizazz to your style with a stunning new hair colour? It is easy enough to change the natural hair colour or add some glamour to it. We show the currently popular hair colours and help you colour your hair by yourself at home. Last but certainly not least, we share with you our best hair care tips for colour treated hair

At a Glance: Important Information on Colouring Your Hair

Is your heart set on a new hair colour? This information will help you with your decisions

Colour rinses are the gentle and flexible alternative to dyeing your hair

Streaks – Learn about the newest way to wear streaks

Naturally Appealing Hair Colour for Men

Hair Colour Change – What is the best colour for me?

Hair Colour Ingredients and How they Work

Hair Dyeing Methods

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A colour rinse is the best way to test whether a hair colour suits your looks and style. For good reasons, Mena Suvari is happy with her hair colour

Colour rinses are the gentle alternative to permanent hair dyes because they work in the absence of ammonia and alcohol. They give your hair beautiful shine and often dazzling colour reflections. The pigments in a colour rinse merely attach to the outer hair shaft. A portion of these pigments will rinse out with every shampoo. While colour rinses are gentle on your hair, they will last through only six to eight shampoos.

Semi-permanent hair colours do not change the natural pigments of hair. They work well if you want to shade or deepen your natural hair colour and add appealing light reflections to it. This type of colour treatment lasts through about 20 shampoos.

Permanent hair dyes do not slowly rinse out with every shampoo. The hydrogen peroxide in permanent hair dye formulations partially extracts the natural hair pigments and replaces them with new pigments. The pigments are then permanently anchored inside the hair shafts. Even greying hair can be completely dyed this way.

Intensive hair colour treatments also permanently change the hair colour. The common characteristic of permanent and intensive hair colour treatments is that two components, the dye and the developer, must be mixed immediately before the colour is applied.

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How to Test a New Hair Colour

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Actress Shenae Grimes enjoys trying out new hair colours

A test will show whether a new popular hair colour is right for you.

Sneaking up on a new popular hair colour is the right approach if you adore the colour but are not quite sure whether it is right for you. Some streaks in this new colour might already answer the question. Using the dip dye method to colour only the ends of your hair may give you an idea how the new hair colour agrees with your complexion and style.

Experimenting with hair colouring crèmes can help you make up your mind about wearing the new hair colour and best of all, the colour rinses out with the next shampoo.

Today’s Popular Hair Colours for Women:

Sweet like crème brulée: caramel hair

Naturally alluring: light brown hair

Strawberry blonde to mahogany brown: red hair

Platinum blonde with a warm touch

How to Successfully Apply Hair Colour at Home

DIY hair colouring at home will work without a hitch as long as you follow the directions on the package leaflet. Be sure to stay within the given range of leave-in times. Here are some more suggestions to make hair colouring at home a pleasant and successful experience:

  • Wear your oldest (but not your favourite old) T-shirt when you colour your hair. The almost inevitable spots may actually improve the old shirt.
  • It is important to actually do the allergy test as suggested and described in the package leaflet.
  • Have you permed your hair lately? If so, allow your hair one or better two weeks of recovery time before colouring it.
  • Once you have found your favourite hair colour, you should write down the colour name, code, and number. This will make it easier and faster to find the same colour among all the choices in the hair colour isle.

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Hiding Naturally Coloured Roots

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Darker roots in blonde hair stand out the most. Of course, you may like the look, which is demonstrated here by Ashley Benson. There are a few methods to hide darker roots if showing them is not your style

Methods to hide differently coloured hair roots:

You may want to try light eye shadow to cover darker roots. Brown or black mascara does the same trick for lighter roots. Be sure to wipe off excess mascara to avoid dripping clumps of it on your hair.

Root touch-up colours are ideal solutions because they can be used on dry hair and the application time is only 10 minutes.

Colour-match root colouring systems permanently adjust the root colour without distracting colour transitions.

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Hair Colours for a Young Look

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Carolyn Murphy

It is quite possible to shave a few years off your appearance by colouring your hair in soft pleasing shades. Soft, natural hair colours work better than flashy colours and hard contrasts. Ash blonde is an excellent colour choice if you want to down-play the natural effects of aging.

On the left: Carolyn Murphy’s ash blonde hair with light streaks makes her look young. Her hair colour is soft and lively

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Expert Advice on Hair Colour and Colouring

Only the visible portion of hair is coloured. The root portion of the hair remains untouched. Therefore, hair grows healthy in the natural colour after colouring the visible part of it. Still, a few tips can help you keep colour-treated hair healthy and shiny.

Hair experts recommend selecting hair dyes, which are close to your natural hair colour. The dye should not deviate by more than two shades from your natural hair colour.

In any case, you must adhere to the prescribed application time. Otherwise, scalp irritation and undesired hair colours could be the result.

You should provide extra care for your colour-treated hair. Cationic tensides and keratin in hair colour applications and colouring rinses prevent the loss of lustre in dyed hair. Ingredients like oil, co-enzyme Q10 and the hair building block keratin strengthen the hair.

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