Colouring your hair can become a horrifying experience if you don’t know enough about the hair colour that you are using and its ingredients. While that perfect head turning hair colour could elude you simply because it depends upon many other factors too, like your hair texture, your hair tone, its porosity, your skin colour, the chemical footprints already on your hair, so on and so forth—a few reasons why you must always be extremely cautious before you start colouring your hair. In this episode of Beautiful Naturally with Saumya Tandon, the expert and the celebrities have listed out a few more critical tips that you must always keep in mind to get that perfect damage-free hair colouring experience sitting right at home.
6 Important Tips for Getting the Best Out of a Hydrogen Peroxide-Free Hair Dye at Home
- Always choose a hair colour according to your skin tone: Not every hair colour is ideal for every skin tone. Imagine your entire headful coloured up in all the wrong shades and you are stuck with it for weeks. Not a good experience, right? Something similar had once happened with Devoleena too, when she had tried experimenting with her hair colour in a salon. Listen to her horrifying tale here.You can also know more about how to choose the right hair colour that matches with your skin tone by watching our previous episodes where Faby discusses why you should select light shades (ash tones), if you have a warm skin tone, and dark shade (medium or dark brown), if you have a cool skin tone,.
- Don’t ever shampoo immediately before hair colouring: If you are planning to get your hair coloured at home or in your salon, do a clarifying shampoo at least 24 hours before. As this will help in removing dirt and other impurities making your hair more receptive towards a colour change. But never do a shampoo on the same day of hair colouring as your hair could lose all its natural oils and its protection from harmful chemicals present in hair colours.Even if you are going for an organically natural hair dye, the chemicals present in chemical based shampoos could alter its colouring results. So, either way, shampoo as per the stipulated times detailed in the episode.
- Try using a damage-free hair colour: Always check the ingredients first that make your hair colour. Make sure that it is not just an ammonia-free hair dye, but also a hydrogen peroxide-free hair color.Watch Dr. Harinder Arya, a leading hair care expert and a successful woman entrepreneur explain how you can spot a damage-free hair color from the damaging ones that currently flood the market.
- Do a Strand Test (Colour Test) every time you go for hair colouring: To check whether the hair colour suits your skin tone and how much time it takes for the right colour tone to appear, always perform a Strand Test (Colour Test) before applying. Since different people have different hair porosity, it takes different times for chemical-free hair colours to settle over different hair textures. You don’t need to cut out your hair for the test. Just a bunch of hair collected from your comb would be sufficient.A Strand Test is not required when you are going for a chemical hair colour, as they work with bleach that anyway destroys the melanin present inside hair strands before filling it up with its new colour.
- Don’t apply hair colour for too long: Timing plays a crucial role while colouring hair. Depending on your hair texture, sometimes a hair colour could take more time than expected to give the desired results. On the other hand, if you apply chemical-free hair colour for too long, you might end up with a darker shade than what you wanted. So, always apply as per the time indicated by your Strand Test.Also, our hair cuticles are coated with natural sebum which gives natural hair shine. Chemical-based hair colours wash away this natural sebum making our hair and scalp dry and dehydrated. To avoid this situation, try choosing an organically natural hair dye that naturally conditions your hair cuticles and preserves natural shine.
- Why you might get a different colour than what you planned for: Despite all your precautions, it might still happen that you get a different colour tone than what you had planned for. This can happen if your hair has chemical footprints from soaps, shampoos, relaxers, etc. This makes it all the more necessary to do a Strand Test first.
Beware! Chemical hair colours increase greys.
And, last but not least, a few words of caution for you to always keep in mind.
Did you know that regular usage of chemical-based generic hair colours actually increases greys?
This happens primarily because of their hydrogen peroxide content. Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is nothing but bleach. Chemical hair colours work by first removing your hair’s natural colour, i.e. melanin, which is accomplished by bleach. Then the bleach reacts with the artificial colour pigments, also present in the hair colour, to impart new colour to your hair. On repeated usage, if hydrogen peroxide touches the scalp, it keeps attacking the melanin-producing enzyme called Tyrosinase, which ultimately completely shuts down the production of melanin, turning even your naturally coloured hair into permanent white hair. Using an organically natural hair colour is, therefore, best for preventing the increase of greys. Don’t just colour your greys, prevent them too with a damage-free hair dye.
Listen to all these tips from the hair colour expert in this episode. For your any other hair colour related queries, connect with us through your comments below.