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Best Dyes To Use On Your Hair Extensions

Permanent vs. Semi-Permanent Hair Dye

Hair color is the easiest thing to change about your appearance and yet it has a significant impact in your overall look. The choices in hair dye can be narrowed down into permanent and semi-permanent types with their main difference being in the level of penetration of the colors into the hair shafts. Other secondary differences between the two types are the duration of the color and the degree of changes observed upon application.

Semi-Permanent Hair Color

Either a professional stylist or a do-it-yourself hair fashionista can apply semi-permanent color with almost similar results. This is because the hair dye can be directly applied on the hair straight from the bottle – no mixing of developer like hydrogen peroxide and other chemicals involved. It should be noted that hydrogen peroxide can damage the hair and scalp with the worst cases involving chemical burns at the scalp and hair breakage at the roots, not to mention side effects like stinging eyes, skin rashes and difficulty breathing.

Semi-permanent hair dye also contains no ammonia, which is good news since the chemical can cause headaches, difficulty in breathing, nasty skin rashes and stinging eyes in susceptible individuals. You certainly will not want to risk these symptoms.

Since no developer is used in semi-permanent hair dyes, the hair cuticle is not also lifted. This means that your hair’s existing color remains underneath the hair dye, which in itself has several benefits.

• You can easily wash off the hair dye in case you are unhappy with the results. Semi-permanent hair color washes off in just 4 to 6 shampooing sessions.

• You can add tonal changes to your natural hair color without sacrificing your overall look. For example, you can add subtle highlights to your natural hair color so as to add character to your tresses; think along the lines of red tones on your naturally brown hair. You need not worry about lightening your natural hair color as semi-permanent hair dye has no bleaching agents like ammonia or peroxide.

• You can add fashionable colors into your hair without worrying about these becoming a permanent part of your look. For example, you may add flirty fuchsia, vivid purple or royal blue highlights to your hair ala Nicki Minaj for a cosplay party and then wash these off in a few days.

The bottom line: You can experiment with your hair color using semi-permanent hair dye without worrying about the side effects of chemical ingredients. Plus, you don’t have to worry about noticeable roots showing through your tresses.

Permanent Hair Color

In contrast, permanent hair color contains chemical ingredients like ammonia, hydrogen peroxide and other activators. You may or may not experience the abovementioned side effects of these chemicals but then again, you will not want to risk it either. Unless, of course, you want to drastically change your hair color so bad the side effects are a small price to pay for beauty.

Keep in mind that, with permanent hair color, the dye penetrated deeply into the hair shaft. This is because the activator/developer fully lifts the hair cuticle, removes the natural hair pigment, and the dye penetrates into the hair shaft before the cuticle closes again.

The result: Newly-colored hair that will either take growing out, cutting out, or bleaching out to fully remove from your head. All of these will have a significant impact on your overall appearance so always choose the permanent hair dye with care. You must also let a professional hairstylist apply the hair dye.

So, which one is the better option? We suggest the semi-permanent hair dye for the reasons mentioned above. Besides, it’s more fun changing hair colors than sticking to just one.

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Colouring Steps


Dying your hair extensions
Creating Highlight and Lowlights for your hair.
Best dyes to use on your hair