An Amateur’s Guide to Coloring Hair
Time for a takeover! This post is written by Meredith Zacharias. Meredith Zacharias is the writer behind HairClippersClub.com who’s obsessed with beauty and natural skincare and she is passionate about helping others especially men in grooming their hair.
Helpful Hair Coloring Hints
There are different types of hair colors and dying products in the market. Whereas they may be
manufactured to work the same way, their application procedures could vary. To a newbie in the
hair dying scene, starting out is likely to be a challenge. You need to be armed with all the hair
coloring and dying tips that give you a perfect result just the way you want. If you are stuck and
don’t know what to do, the best alternative is to refrain from trying it.
If you attempt to color your hair using the wrong procedures and tips, you could end up
damaging your hair and scalp. Apparently, you might end up picking the wrong color and ending
up with a garish look. There is a reason why you need to assess your hair color before you
choose a specific hair color. It’s as delicate as choosing the best hair clippers when you want a
For the amateur who wants a different shade and ting on their head, consulting a professional
hair colorist is the best way forward. You can cut the picture of a celeb you want to imitate. It’s
one way of communication what you need rather than just using words. It’s important that you
learn the basic hair dying lingo. You will know whether you and your colorist are in the same
page or not. If you are a daring color fanatic, take time and know what it takes to dye your hair
perfectly from your bathroom.
Before you start thinking about the end results, you need to focus on preparing your hair to
handle the chemicals. You can treat your hair starting with a shampoo and wash to give it the
right ph level. Different dyes and hair color products recommend varied methods of application.
You need to apply the dye deeply until it looks frothy or creamy. This facilitates the absorption
of these chemicals into the strands to give you an even finish. You need to leave the hair to dye
within the recommended time. Washing it too fast can lead to half-baked results. Check with the
user instructions on the package to be sure.
Create an Organized Look
Before you pick a dye to style your hair in a desired color, take time and assess your style needs.
Your complexion and favorite colors should guide you forward. The professional colorist will
help you along. It’s important to think about your overall dress style and the statement you want
to make. If you are daring in dressing, you can dare with the hair color too. If you are more of a
formal person in the corporate world, you need to stick to neutral colors that take after your
natural hair color.
Use the Salon
You can dye your hair partly or you can go for an elaborate coloring mission. Whatever you do,
it’s wise to let the color specialist handle the leg work for you. It’s never easy to do the all-out
dying job from your bathroom and expect 1900 percent success. Your salonist or hair expert at
the salon is your friend. The all-out coloring process is somehow complex and requires gifted
hands. Your paltry coloring/dying skills are bound to cause some mess. Your professional
colorist will have ready remedies if a procedure goes down south.
In the process of choosing and procuring your hair color, make sure you have enough. Don’t buy
one but two boxes or bottles. You don’t want to suffer the agony of hair dye running out when
you are halfway through. If you have huge tufts to dye, you will need more. Don’t worry about
the left over dye. If carefully preserved, it can be used next time.
Work It like A Surgeon
The process of coloring your hair needs to be handled with surgical precision. If you are a DIY
person, make sure you prepare every tool and products you need. You don’t want to be scuttling
around searching for tools or other elements halfway through. The disorganized coloring process
will lead to accidents or you might do a shoddy job with a shoddy outcome.
What to Do
After coloring your hair, you need to acknowledge that the results are likely to fade with time.
Even though you are observing the right maintenance procedure, your hair will grow and fade.
The best remedy is to have your hair retouched. You can schedule such every 5-7 weeks
depending on what you want. If you want to avoid frequent touch ups, go for hair color whose
shade is closer to your natural hair shade. You can choose the ombre look meaning you will only
have to retouch once to twice annually.
To keep your hair color set and looking sharp, you need to avoid activities such as swimming.
The chlorine in the water can mess with the new look. It doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a swim
given that you have the swimming cap and hair mask at your disposal. It’s advisable that you
apply the hair mask first and make sure the product is designed to safeguard hair that has
undergone a color change.
Hair is bound to get damaged to some extent if you apply color. Common hair dye products for a
permanent or semi-permanent look will come with hydrogen peroxide. This chemical will adjust
the look of your hair pigment. You need hair renewal, masking and moisturizing products to
restore the shine and prevent further breakage.
Whether you choose to color the hair permanently or you want to go for the semi-permanent
dying option, you need to know the best products that fit your needs. You can choose to color it
yourself, but DIY is better for those with outstanding skills. Don’t go for the color products that
your friend is using with great results. Your hair is unique and you need to choose products that
complement it while giving you good value for money.
Remember to patch test before colouring, read our post about it here.
And remember that you always are welcome to write to us at NATURIGIN through our social media sites, if you have any questions.
We wish you all a good hair day
Best regards Meredith Zacharias and Mollie//NATURIGIN
Tips and Tricks: How to keep your hair healthy this summer
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Sun-kissed hair may look good, but the constant sun exposure and all the bathing is rough for your hair. Every hair is different, different colours and structures, but one thing is sure, whether your hair Is coloured or not, the sun is not a friend when it comes to hair. Therefore, we listed some tips and tricks, to keep your hair healthy during the summer. So unless you are planning on staying indoors all season, read how you protect your hair against the damaging UV rays, salty water and pool chemicals.
- Get a trim
So before you are planning trips that involves sun exposure, get your hair trimmed. A haircut will remove any dry, split ends, and allow you to go around all summer with rocking your long locks. Long hair Is beautiful, but dry and brittle hair is not a good look or optimal hair health, so a fresh haircut now, and then one more when the summer ends and your hair is damaged by the salt water and the sun.
2. Water and conditioner
If you want to minimize the damage swimming pools cause, simply wet your hair before going for a dip. If your hair is already wet, the hair is less likely to absorb the chemicals from the water from the pool. Also try to add a handful of conditioner, for extra hydration. A good intensive conditioner will provide further protection from the drying effects of the sun and the sea.
3. Don’t over-wash.
While we are at it, don’t over-wash! Your hair gets greasier during the summer, because your sweating more, but washing your hair to often will only make things worse. Minimize your shampoo use so much as possible, try to wash your hair every three days. Try to use a dry shampoo instead.
Hair-masks are the best! It allows you to increase the hair health and what’s better than a home spa day with your friends? A weekly conditioning mask will replace a lot of the lost moisture from the daily visits to the beach. Find some hair mask recipes and have fun
5. Don’t use heating tools
As always, heating tools is a no go, if you want healthy hair, but especially during the summer. Avoid blow dryers or other high temperature tools during the summer, and let your hair dry naturally. The more heat, the less natural moisture.
6. Cover your hair
Last but not least, cover up your hair. It’s not only a great way to protect your hair from the sun, but also one of the chicest summer styles. Here is some examples of how you cover up your hair and still look amazing in the summer:
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I wish you all a good hair day
Why Choose a Natural Hair Dye?
What is the deal with this fuss about choosing natural products? Does it really make that much of a difference what I expose my body to?
Yes. It does. And in this post, I seek to answer why.
Women and men have always desired gorgeous hair as it is the ultimate signature of beauty. It is common to use our hair colour as an indicator of our personal style, or as a tool to cover emerging grey hair. Hair colour thus is a highly attractive beauty product. But as much as we love our colourful hair, it is a fact that permanent hair dyes contain a mixture of chemicals that may damage your hair and your health. The trick is to choose the most natural hair dye with the least toxins.
Natural Hair Dye Contains Less Toxic Chemicals
In the following are listed six of the most common chemicals, which you should all watch out for when choosing your natural hair dye.
PPD is an ingredient derived from ammonia and is often found in hair colours. The most commonly known risk of PPD is allergy. Many people are to some extent allergic to this substance. And even if you’re not allergic, the effect of PPD is believed to be cumulative. This means that the more you are exposed to the substance, the more likely you are to develop a reaction in time. Allergies should be taken serious, so if you still want to use products with PPD in them, you should do a patch test beforehand to make sure you don’t get an allergic reaction.
Ammonia is a colourless gass that works as a precursor to for example foods and as a building block for various pharmaceutical products, such as hair colours. In hair dyes, ammonia is used to prepare the hair shaft to take in the pigment by opening the hair shaft and cuticle. This process damages the hair because the pH of the hair is raised to a level where it is basically impossible to return to a normal level after colouring. Thus, the hair loses protein and moisture. Furthermore, ammonia is irritant to the skin, eyes and respiratory system, and can cause asthma and breathing difficulties.
Resorcinol is a dihydroxy benzene. Benzene, which is used to make resorcinol, is one of the chemicals known to increase risk of dangerous diseases like cancer. In hair colours, resorcinol formulates with other chemicals to provide a permanent colour effect.
Resorcinol has commonly been linked with hormone disruption and can cause skin irritation. And like PPD, the more you’re exposed to resorcinol, the more sensible you’re likely to become. The affects caused by resorcinol should be taken serious as they suggest a variety of health issues. Besides affecting our health, researchers argue that this substance could be dangerous for the environment as well – another good reason to avoid it.
Parabens are the most commonly used preservative in personal care products. The basic function of parabens is that they stop bacteria and fungus from moving into your favourite beauty products.
Parabens have been victim to much vilification because 1) they can mimic estrogen, and 2) they can be absorbed into our skin and potentially affect our endocrine system. Nothing has been scientifically proven, but researchers well know that estrogen exposure can be linked to breast cancer progression. And therefore, more research is needed on this subject. However, we do know that parabens can be absorbed and detected in blood and urine. This means they could potentially affect and harm our health.
Sodium, potassium and ammonium sulfates are present in hair dyes and bleaches, and are used in concentrations of up to 60 %. BUT concentrations of only 17.5 % have been shown to irritate skin, so when in contact with this chemical, make sure your wash and rinse your skin well after. Persulfates are also toxic when the fumes are inhaled, causing asthma and lung damage.
SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulfate)
This chemical is widely used in many hygiene products such as shampoos. The basic function of SLS is that it allows for better interaction between the product and your hair. This is done by breaking surface tensions and separating molecules.
But how does SLS really affect your body? There are conflicting answers to this question. One thing about SLS that is heavily debated is whether it is a carcinogen. That is, a potential cause of cancer. However, there are currently no scientific evidence that this is the case. But SLS poses other threats to the health of your hair and skin. For example, it can cause irritation to the skin and scalp, even when the level is very low.
Natural Hair Dye Contains More Natural Benefits
The primary reason for choosing a natural hair dye is to avoid the chemicals. However, natural hair products possess other beneficial qualities for your hair and body as well. NATURIGIN’s natural hair dye formula is based on natural ingredients, which all contain certain natural benefits for you and your hair. Fruits, plants and vegetables all possess natural benefits that you can transfer to your hair. Learn more about the benefits of natural and organic ingredients.
Now, just because a natural hair dye contains natural ingredients, it does not mean that there are zero harm in using it. However, the more natural ingredients and the less chemicals, the better the product is for your body. AND! Our experience is that the result you get from a natural hair dye can be just as good – if not better – as from a chemical-stuffed hair dye. I hope you think about these facts the next time you wish to dye your hair.
Wish you all a good hair day
Michelle and Mollie//NATURIGIN