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Are Hair Colors Safe
Bronze or Blonde
Colour has come a long way and we are
more willing to experiment now than we were willing to earlier.
A head of colored hair, even in the
1980s, drew a lot of attention and appreciates
glances. But today, take a quick look around you and you will agree that
80-90 per cent of young college girls and even career women have
And unless it is crazy colour, it is considered normal and acceptable.
Should you or shouldn't colour your hair is a question you often ask
yourself. Here are a few answers to help you make up your mind about
colouring your hair.
Are hair colours safe?
Yes, they are totally safe, in fact
most of the colours today have special polymers and conditioners
incorporated in them to make them superior to hair colours which were
available earlier. These polymers and conditioners actually penetrate
the hair shaft and enter the cortex, mending any damage in the normal
They smoothen the outermost layer of
hair that is made up of cuticles, which appear like tiles on a roof
under the microscope. The ultimate effect after the use of such a
product on your hair would be shinier, smoother and healthier hair. So
far there appears to be no connection between the application of hair
colour and the appearance of Gary hair.
Hair turns grey due to the inability of
hair to produce melanin in the early stages of hair growth.
Melanin is the colour pigment in your hair, which can be black, brown,
red or yellow. The individuality of your hair colour is determined by
the percentage of each colour pigment, making each personas hair colour
characteristically their own. Poor diet, illness, age, heredity, etc.
can cause the acceleration of grey hair and the actual use of a hair dye
has nothing to do with the greying process.
Which colour suits you the best is the
question you should ask your beautician. Let her know if you had
coloured or hennaed your hair earlier, the products you used and whether
you had straightened or permed your hair. Also have your hair checked
out for porosity or elasticity, both of which play a major role in how
healthy you hair, will look after the colour. Discuss this with her in
detail how long the process will take the cost and after care you will
require to keep up the effect. You must also take a stand test so that
both you and your hairdresser know what to expect at the end of the
What are the side effects of
If a professional taking into account
all the above points does colorings, the side effects are almost nil,
especially if the client follows the after care recommended.
However, it is very important that your
hairdresser recommends a patch test in addition to all the points
mentioned above, especially with a product you have not used before.
This is to check for allergic reaction
before carrying out the colorings process. This should be done at least
24-28 hours in advance. What do you need to maintain the colour and the
quality of your hair? Certain fashion colours fade easily and you may
need to go back for a rinse once a month, for example, in the case of
wine reds, you would need a regular touch up or rinse to maintain their
In the case of gray hair, it would
depend on the individual growth rate of hair. On an average, hair grows
½"- ¾" every month, so a touch up once in 20 days is a must for gray
hair. For those with no gray hair and a mild colour not too different
from their natural colour, a touch up once in six months is ideal. For
those with a drastic or dramatically different hair colour, a root touch
up is important.
The after care needed is usually a
shampoo for colour treated hair, which increases the life of your colour
and conditioners to protect your hair. Too much exposure to sun, sea and
chlorine should also be avoided. Which brand of colour should you use?
It is usually best to leave the choice of colour to your hairdresser
once you have discussed with her what you expect after the colour job.
The safest home use products now
available in the market. They have a wide range of products in different
shade from which you could choose. For those of you who are allergic to
ammonia there is a new product called casting, which is available in a
few fashion and basic states. So do go ahead and make a beauty statement
with your hair colour.