Colouring Hair | Sunday Observer

Colouring Hair

Beautiful hair is about condition and colour. You may be blessed with fantastic natural colour but still fancy a change, or maybe your own colouring needs a boost. Perhaps, you like to change your hair tone as often as your clothes.

You can choose between temporary, semi-permanent and permanent colour. Each offers a different lasting power depending on the base or natural colour of your hair.

Permanent colours

These colourants or tints as they are often called, lighten or darken and can very effectively cover white hair. While the colour is permanent don’t forget the roots will need re-touching every 4-6 weeks to keep pace with new growth. Permanent colourant works by putting colour pigment mixed with hydrogen peroxide into the cortex.

Another way of permanently changing hair colour is by lightening it using bleach with hydrogen peroxide (to activate the bleach). A lightened hair is created by a lighter tone. Over-bleaching will destroy the hair, so be very careful. For this reason, it is best to get a professional to do a lightening process.

Semi-permanent colours

These are gentler than permanent colourant, as there is no ammonia or hydrogen peroxide. The effect can only be used to add, enrich or darken hair colour (semi-permanent cannot make hair any lighter) The colour fades gradually washing away over several shampoos.

They are ideal for those who want to experiment but don’t want to commit to a permanent change; for blending in the first grey hairs; and for conditioning hair.

Temporary Colours

These are mild colourants that last about 1-5 washes depending on the porosity of the hair. They work by coating the outside or cuticle layer of the hair but do not penetrate into the hair as there is no hydrogen peroxide in them. Temporary colours are good for a quick change or counteracting discolouration.

They come as mousse, hair spray, setting lotion, gel, glitter or cream formulation.