Common problems with dying your hair

Learn about some of the common problems you might encounter when you dye your hair. It will protect your hair and save time and money.

Hair dying has become a popular trend for many reasons.These include covering gray, creating highlights, adding streaks or just having fun with lots of colors.Dying or coloring your hair can also give your appearance a lift but it can also alter the condition of your hair.If you dye your hair or you're thinking about doing it, here is an outline of some of the common problems you might encounter.

There are four basic types of dyes.These are temporary rinses, gradual dyes, semipermanent, and permanent dyes. Temporary rinses change the hair color and remains until your next shampoo.Gradual dyes change color slowly over a period of weeks to avoid the drastic color change look.Semipermanent dyes remain in the hair for a few weeks and wash out gradually.Permanent dyes are long lasting and color the hair permanently, they never wash out and only root touch ups are needed.

The first problem that is usually encountered with dying hair is getting the desired color as it is shown on the package or at the hair salon.Sometimes the color will be darker or lighter than what you really want.If the shade turns out to be too light in color you will have to recolor.Choose a darker shade but a color that is lighter than your natural hair color.If your hair is too dark and you want a lighter shade do the opposite.


Double coloring strands is a problem that is frequently encountered. Care should be taken that only the roots are dyed each time a permanent color is applied.Coloring over strands that are permanently dyed can cause general weakening and hair breakage.

Another common difficulty is the damaging effect of bleach-based hair color.Bleach can cause hair loss, and give hair a reddish appearance.Switching to a hair color that contains natural ingredients can solve this problem. Many companies now manufacture dyes that contain plant extracts that will achieve the same effect without the harshness of bleach.

Texture changes can occur when hair is dyed.Dyes thicken the hair by swelling the interior of the hair shaft while coating its cuticle covering.This adds more volume to already thick hair while making thin hair fuller.The hair can also become dry, dull, and develop split ends.This can be minimized with the use of moisturizing shampoos and deep conditioning treatments.Choose a hair-coloring product that has built in moisturizing conditioners.

Some individuals might also encounter allergic reactions to the chemical ingredients that are used in hair dyes.Using plant-based dyes or common items such as lemon or ground coffee to lighten or darken hair can solve this problem.

Returning to your natural hair color after dying can be another bothersome problem.Sometimes the only solution is to cut the hair really short and allow the new growth color to return.Another option would be to wear your hair bicolor or use a semipermanent rinse in a color closest to your natural shade on top of the permanent color until your hair has grown out completely.

Being aware of the problems that you might encounter as a result of dying your hair will help you to choose products and processes carefully.Whenever you encounter problems consult your hair stylist and consider your options cautiously. This will help you to achieve the right color while maintaining the health and beauty of your hair.

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