Home hair colour:

29 Apr

When it comes to home hair colour how do we choose:

We open a fashion magazine, We are bombarded on Tv with stunning models, shinning healthy hair, with all natural Ammonia free, conditioning colour all within 10 minutes:

As a professional stylist we all have an opinion on home hair colour the damage that can be done the mistakes that can be made the disaster we get to fix.

Their are so many things to consider when choosing over the counter colour:

For the consumer the things to consider who do they ask for advise? { The person in the isle re stocking?}

How qualified are they to advise. They are not just look at their hair!

Things you need to consider:

1* your natural hair colour,  2* do you have colour on your hair now? if so you need to consider if your new choice will work.  Dark to light will not work . Dark to lighter shade of Red will not work!

3* What is the Condition of your hair? 4* Have you been colouring your hair for a long time?5* how does it feel when it’s wet? does it mat together an indication of over processing.

That Healthy Image: Does Avocado or Avocado oil really help hair condition: the answer is no! nor do products that smell of natural perfume from flowers extract  from fruit.

Lets look at a young lady who decides to brighten her hair she seen the adds just wants that gloss that extra healthy shinny look.

So she goes into the shop chooses a shade close to her own  take sit home its a tad messy but when done loves the look.

Her hair feels fuller it’s shinny she look and feels great, Six weeks later the colour has faded the hair seems to lack luster maybe a slight regrowth depending on choice of product.

So it’s back to the shop but the same shade again back home re applies once again happy but notes that the hair does not seem so soft harder to comb through.

Well this goes on but after maybe three or four application a root is now appearing after 4 to 6 weeks the ends as they fade seem lighter slightly orange or gold.{ do we get an ash shade}

So now do we choose a different colour if we carry on applying the same colour roots to ends the mid length’s and ends will be over process.

Think about it the new-growth re-growth is hair that has never been coloured before the mid length’s and ends have now been coloured a number of times.

This over time over processing builds up on the hair it can and will cause damage the roots need a different formulation from the hair that has been coloured a number of times.

Symptoms of this build up and over processing are:

1* Hair will feel limp. look dull as it fades.

2* colour retention gets less and less.

3* When wet washed it will mat together have a rough or caustic feel .

It’s time to take a break seek professional advise,  conditioning to get moisture back into your hair is key.

from a professional view it’s get moisture back into the hair get the Ph back to normal, with many over the counter colours deposit of the colour pigment can be through changing the Ph of the hair to open the cuticle allowing the colour to stain and deposit into the cortex.

Working with clients with the above issue is a journey  to share together i don’t consider these colour issues as corrective , more of sharing knowledge with clients educating them how to move forward helping them to get the colour and condition they want.

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