The truth about hair colourants

POSTED: 29 June 2017

It’s something many, if not all of us will take part in during our lifetime. Whether you're male or female, the act of using dyes to get our hair colour of choice is something that continues to be a popular trend. Swapping and changing colours can be one of the biggest perks of having a full head of hair, but it also comes with a few risks.

If you’ve recently recovered from one our FUE hair transplants, you may be eager to grab a box dye and get colouring your brand new do, but here are a few things you may want to think over before taking the plunge.

 

It’s better to head to the salon than opt for the box


Heading to your local drugstore to grab a box hair dye can be both an affordable and convenient option, however, it may not be the best decision for your hair.

Box dyes are created to cater for anyone and everyone, many of them claiming to help to perfectly cover greys. However, it’s because of this that box dyes cannot only give you a shade you weren’t expecting, but many of them can be harsh on the hair.

Splashing out on some salon time can be your best option. You are a lot more likely to come out with a fresh new colour that is perfectly matched to your skin tone and style. Not to mention, salon dyes are often of better quality and can be mixed and catered to your specific needs.

 

Choose the right type of hair colourant for your hair 


There are many different types of hair colourants in stores and in salons. Ammonia free products, henna hair dye, temporary hair dyes and permanent dyes. Which one you choose will depend on a few factors, what final result you are looking for and how long you’d like it to last.

Temporary hair dyes and henna dyes aren’t as harsh as more permanent options, however they don’t last nearly as long as more permanent options. Permanent dyes will often be heavy with ammonia and some may even include peroxide, for those looking for a platinum blonde look. Both of these severe chemicals can be damaging on your new head of hair.

 

Ammonia and Peroxide can cause damage to the hair cuticle


Permanent dyes will usually include ammonia, which helps to lift the cuticle, in order for the dye to fully penetrate the hair follicle. The cuticle of the hair is there to protect the follicle from damage and lifting it can cause irreparable damage.

Peroxide completely strips the hair in order to completely get rid of pigment, this can also mean that the hair becomes extremely dry, meaning more breakage. 

We understand that it’s fun to swap and change our looks and there’s nothing wrong with indulging in the occasional colour change. Make sure to get regular cuts to keep damaged ends at bay and have regular rests from colouring to give your hair some room to breathe.

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