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10 things to know before changing the colour of your hair

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Do you want to cover up by your first white hairs or to swap your brown hair for a blonde venitian.Hair dyes are there to be used! But be careful they are not inoffensive for your scalp which will require a lot of treatments and attention as the dyes are rather harsh.

1/ Why do we want to change colour?

Ask yourself the right questions before you change your hair. Do you know your reasons as to why you want to change the natural colour of your hair?  If it is a spontaneous decision, think twice before you do it, because chemical hair dyes can damage your hair for the longterm and make them increasingly more breakable and dull (you can also rather use a more natural product such as henna.) You may be tempted to change your hair as colour can bring about gloss and texture to your hair. In fact colouring your hair can straighten the fibre. After the age of forty you may also want to mask those embarrassing white hairs which appear. Or simply want to have several golden streaks in order to have a summery look. In each case your hair colour must be adapted to the type of hair that you have, your skin tone and your character.

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2/Choosing the colour which correspond to us

You have decided to make a change? Don’t choose your new colour randomly. If you are of more of a reserved nature electric blue is not really the most suitable colour. Moreover if you are very blonde with pale skin, spare your hair and avoid dying it black! Your   hair is not probably used to nor made for this type of agression. You must also save money as you will have to return regularly to the hairdresser to do the necessary retouches (roots) Therefore for a successfull colour opt for a nuance two shades darker or lighter than your natural hair.

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3/ Choose the right product

Several types of hair colouring exist, depending on what you want to use it for:

  • Permamanent colour, which dyes your hair permanently thanks to pigments found in its formula which penetrate the hair in depth.This type of hair colouring lasts  2 to 3 months and requires a regular upkeep if you don’t want to see you roots  which contrast (every five weeks one needs to do the roots) It is advisable in the case of white hair but is not good for fragilised hair as there is often ammoniac in the ingredients…….
  • Semi permanent colour which as it’s name indicates, allows one to dye one’s hair temporarily. It offers the same advantages as a permanent colour with the simple difference that it fades with shampooings. It lasts about 5 to 8 weeks (depending on the frequence of your shampoos) it doesnt leave undesirable effects such as roots growing out ….
  • Temporary or ephemeral colour, is a light colour which dissapears after the first shampoo. Several formulas exist some of which are rather surprising. Coloured chalk can for example allow you to play around with your hair and authorises all the fantasies with its large palette of pastel colours.
  • Henna , a plant which has been used for a very long time in order to colour your skin and hair.Henna is very popular in Europe since the rise in organic cosmetic products. In fact this vegetable dye is 100 percent natural and harmless for your scalp. The plant pigments which are contained in its formula merely coat your hair without altering it. As well as colouring it  it also makes it shine and treats it. You can use and abuse it!
  • Bleaching which removes the natural pigments of your hair and leaves in place a peroxided colour. It is not necessarily good for your hair and therefore not really advised. However if you are thinking of doing it you must make extensive use of masks and treatments in order to care for your dried hair.

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