How to Get Your Best Hair Colour Ever!

How to Get Your Best Hair Colour Ever!

Whether you’re doing it to cover your grey strands or just for fun, changing your hair colour can give you a new look altogether. But it needs to be done correctly. So here are five tips which will help you along your hair colour journey. Are you ready for the compliments? (Are you washing your hair right? Find out here)
 
1. Choose the Right Type of Colour
There are four types of hair colours; temporary, semi-permanent, permanent dyes and bleaches. Temporary ones are good for testing the colour as they last till a single wash. Those who are trying hair colour for the first time and just want to get rid of a few greys should opt for semi-permanent colour. Those who have more greys to cover should go for permanent colours or bleaching. Both of them would last until the hair grows out. (Wondering which oil is best for you? Click here and find out)
 
2. Wait! Take a Skin Sensitivity Test First
Like food and drugs, even hair colours can cause allergic reactions and this is the reason why a test is recommended. Ideally it should be performed 48 hours before colouring. Apply a small amount of the product on the inside of the elbow. If you notice any rash, redness, burning or itching that means you are allergic to it and shouldn’t use the product. Sometimes it is possible that a person might experience signs of adverse reaction on the scalp during the colouring process. In such a case the product should be rinsed off immediately. (Click here to know which hairbrushes and combs are best for you)
 
 
3. Don’t Lose Your Hair’s Shine in the Process
Frequent use of oxidative products (including permanent dyes and bleaching) changes the hair structure, making it lose shine and strength. Permanent colours should be reapplied every 4-6 weeks in order to avoid noticeable regrowth at the root line. The same should be done for bleaching. And while reapplying, cover areas where regrowth is visible, that is the hair roots, this helps safeguard hair. (Here are 8 hair masks to for shiny, healthy hair)
 
 
4. Follow the Instructions
Go by the instructions on the packaging in case you are colouring your hair yourself, or get it done from a professional. Oxidative colours contain ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide and ammonia which can cause irritation or alter the hair structure when applied wrongly. They also require mixing of different components, which should be carefully mixed and used. So it becomes essential to read and follow the usage directions carefully especially if you are doing it for the first time. (Should you try a salon hair spa? Click here to solve the dilemma)
 
 
5. Post-Colour Care is Also Important
To keep the colour vibrant for longer and extend its life, it’s important to care for hair afterwards. Always use a shampoo and conditioner specially made for coloured tresses as they are infused with ingredients that smoothen the cuticle surface, guarding it against any mechanical damage. Avoid washing newly coloured hair frequently as that can cause fading of the colour. Excessive sun exposure can also cause damage to the coloured hair so cover them up when you go out during the day. (Dealing with hair loss? Click here for expert tips)
 
Dr Shehla Agarwal is the director and consultant dermatologist of Mehak - The Derma and Surgery Clinic, New Delhi. She has over 15 years of experience in dealing with unruly skin and hair. She is a known face on TV and a regular columnist for prestigious publications.

 

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