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Things To Consider Before Dyeing Your Locks.

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread, the old adage goes. Dyeing your locks is no different than other life decisions. Take time deciding, there are many factors to consider.


Season Selection.

Weather and climate are considerations that are easy to forget. Certain colors are generally associated with different seasons and some aren't tolerant to extreme conditions. Choosing a hue that's not only going to compliment your sense of style but fit with the conditions. Warm reds are great for autumn and winter but tend to be prone to fading in strong sunlight.


Weighing Pricing Considerations.

Home dyeing kits are the cheapest option but not if everything goes horribly wrong and you resort to professional assistance. Make sure you're confident about the process if tackling it yourself. Cut a small swatch and test how it reacts.


Accommodating Natural Hair Hues.

Some types are better at accepting dye than others. You'll be aware how your own accepts dye generally but what about mixes? Bear in mind that your roots will soon be peeking through so either the two colors need to work together or you'll need the roots done often. Test a swatch first.


Follow Directions Perfectly.

After purchasing your dye, ensure you follow the directions. You'll get the best possible results and if you don't you have no recourse to complain.



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Why care is important.

Want the healthy, vibrant locks you've always desired? Care is an essential step. There's only so much a stylist can do, then it's up to you. Whether regular shampooing is beneficial is a matter of debate but since most people do anyway remember you get what you pay for. It's not necessary to pay the earth but a mid-range product is fine for most hair types. Conditioners protect by reducing the friction when brushing so the benefits are not up for debate. Again don't pay too much, if your regular brand allows you to get a fine comb through without resistance then you're good.


Dyeing Chemicals.

The chemicals present to produce color are melanins. There are three basic types found in hair and other parts of the body; eumelanin, pheomelanin and neuromelanin, the latter's function is complex and not understood in full but levels of the first two determine complexion and hair color.


Eumelanin is more prevalent and responsible for browns, so in the absence of other factors, a very low level of this would result in blonde, as you add more you'd get light brown, mousy, dark brown etc and all the hues between. Jet black requires a different type of eumelanin. Pheomelanin controls levels of red pigment, so a large amount would produce red locks with low levels of eumelanin, if more eumelanin were present a darker chestnut would result.



We use two scales used to classify hair color. Consider the color level or brightness first. The scale goes from 1, Jet black to 10, light blonde or more for light platinum colors. think of it as levels of Eumelanin. The other consideration is tone or hue which is akin to levels of pheomelanin. The levels run from cool tones like blues and greens to warm tones like reds and orange. Indicated by a letter such as B for blue, V for violet, N for neutral, O for orange and R for red. Then combine the two so 10B would be platinum blonde and 8R would be strawberry blonde.


Brown - Lower levels of pheomelanin and high levels of eumelanin are present people with natural brown hair. Brown is a dominant coloring.


Black - Large amounts of eumelanin, the color is closer to the surface. Scaled from shades of pure black-blue to the darkest shade of brown.


Chestnut - The reddish shade of brown is high in both chemicals. The color is generally seen in central, western, northern and Eastern European peoples.


Auburn - Ranges from a light shade to dark red-brown color.


Red- Categorized from strawberry blonde shades to full-on ginger. Contains the highest percentage of pheomelanin, the least common color but very popular in fashion. People of Scotland have the highest proportion of red colored tresses, 13% of the population has red hair and 40% carries the redhead gene.


Blonde - Generally scaled from white to a golden dark shade of blonde and lower levels of either chemical.