18 Questions about Hair Colour Answered!


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There are so many myths and doubts surrounding hair colouring. In today’s post, I will try to answer most of your queries. Read on to know more!

18 Questions about Hair Colour Answered!

Should individuals with uncoloured hair use different hair color products than those who have previously colored their hair?

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If it is your first time colouring your hair then it is always advisable to use semi or demi permanent hair colour before going for the permanent treatment because you might or might not like your new hair colour.

What’s the difference between semi-permanent, demi- permanent and permanent?

Permanent hair color will last until the colored strands grow out. Permanent hair color can light hair up to 4 levels; anything more than that is not recommended as it can cause damage to the hair.
⦁ Semi-permanent hair color can only make the hair darker and not lighter. The color will only last about six to twelve shampoos because it only deposits the hair color on the outermost layer of the hair.
⦁ Demi-Permanent hair color contains low amounts of peroxide and it can lighten the hair slightly. Demi-permanent deposits the color between the cuticle and cortex and will last anywhere from 12 – 26 washes.

How can I test-run a color before committing to colouring my entire hair?

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Do a strand test! Basically, you just color a tiny little portion of hair that no one will see, like at the back of your hair. If you like what you see and the colour and product suit you then go colour your full head.

Should I get my hair cut before or after colouring?

You should get a haircut first and then go for hair colour.


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Does the length of my hair make any difference in the amount of hair color I will need?

Yes, if your hair is longer than your shoulders or very thick then you will definitely need more products to fully saturate your hair.

If I’m going to color my hair, when should I shampoo it?

You should wait for full 24 hours between shampooing and colouring.

Can I mix different colour shades?

Yes, you can. But, for best results, mix shades no more than 2-3 shades lighter or darker than each other.

Does hair type (curly or straight, dry or oily, coarse or fine) affect color timing?

Yes, coarse hair takes more time to absorb color, so it requires a longer timing. Fine hair generally takes lesser time to absorb color so it requires a shorter timing. Do a strand test before colouring your whole head to ensure you have the timing down.


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Should I get highlights or all-over color?

hair highlighting

If you want to frame and brighten your face then go for face-framing highlights. All over colour is good if you want to go light or if you want to cover up greys.

How to cover up roots?

You can do it yourself at home if you have all-over color or color your hair out of the box. Ditch the nozzle that comes with the box and use a small paintbrush to make sure you’re really penetrating the hair with color. You can also use a mascara wand to do this.

Is it safe to color hair when pregnant?

It is advised to not use any colour when you are pregnant. If you still want to go ahead then make sure to not paint the color directly on your scalp; use ammonia-free hair color and opt for highlights over all-over hair color.

Help! I’m getting grays

Gray hairs are coarse in texture so it a bit difficult to coat them. If your hair is less than one-thirds grey, opt for a semi-permanent color that’s a shade lighter than your natural color or matches your color. The grey will blend right in.

I colored my hair and it looks HORRIBLE!

This could have happened if you went for two shades lighter or darker than your natural color at your home. You can use a clarifying shampoo after the day you colour if the hair colour that you used is a bit dark for your liking. If the hair colour is too light then get a box of the same brand that is one shade darker and re-color, but keep the color on for HALF of the recommended time. Check your color every 5 minutes and rinse when you think the color is dark enough.

I’m dying to try a fashion hair color like turquoise or pink. What’s the process of that?

fashion hair color

Fashion colors like above need double processes; first, the hair is bleached to a very light blonde before you apply the final fashion color. Fashion colors fade fast so maintenance is a little high and tough too. Also, the touching up can get pretty expensive.

I want to go from my natural dark color to a much lighter color. What’s the best way to do that?

The best way of going lighter from a naturally dark color is to do highlights as these are the best option to keep the integrity of your hair if your hair has not been coloured before.

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Does hair color damage your hair?

In permanent hair colour, hydrogen peroxide is used to lift the hair. This process opens up the cuticle layer of the hair to allow the color molecules to penetrate which could damage the hair if not done properly. However, if you use a semi-permanent or demi-permanent, they will help add extra shine and condition to the hair but will only last a couple of shampoos.

How often should I shampoo my hair after receiving a color service?

hair wash after hair color

Wait for at least 24-48 hours before shampooing your hair. Try and limit your washing to 3 times a week if you have a more intense color.

My highlights tend to get brassy, what to do?

If you don’t use the shampoos and conditioners that are specifically meant for colour-treated hair then your hair might get brassy. So use hair products that are designed for color-treated hair.

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