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The secrets of great hair dying

A new colour can enhance hair beauty by adding shine and highlights or covering gray. To get the best results, the right type and shade of hair colour must be used and directions must be followed. Here are some tips for hair dying that will ensure beautiful results.

Choosing the right hair colouring product

There are many hair colouring products on the market. Permanent hair colour contains ammonia and will last for around a month. This type of hair colour is usually left in around twenty minutes and will not wash out.
Semi-permanent hair colour does not contain peroxide or ammonia or other strong developers. It will last four to five shampoos. Permanent hair colour is necessary for a big change in hair colour or to lighten hair. Some hair products are also made for highlighting hair. In this case, only selected strands of hair are dyed.

Selecting the right shade of hair colour

Remember, the shade of hair on the box is not the colour hair that will necessarily turn out. To start with, the end results depend on the colour of the person's hair. It is best to pick a shade that is not more than one or two shades from one's natural colour. Going for a lighter shade usually produces better results than opting for a darker one. When choosing a shade, consider the eye colour and skin tone. People with a yellowish or golden cast to their skin should choose warm hair shades which produce golden highlights. People with a pink or bluish cast to their skin have cool skin tones and should use cool hair colours, for example, an ash blonde, if choosing a blonde dye.

Steps to applying hair colour

The best advice for colouring hair is to follow the directions that come with the box. The hair should be washed on the day before and be free of hair spray and other hair products. Always wear gloves and old clothing, as hair dying can get quite messy. Darker colours may ruin bath towels. To dye hair, colour should be first worked into the top hair or root area. Make sure that you follow exactly the time instructions.

Tips for successful hair colouring

Below are some good hair advice tips. - Don't try to make a drastic change at home. For dying hair red that is black or going from black to a blonde colour, it is best to visit a hair salon. - For bleached hair, when going blonde the second time around, do only the root growth to prevent end damage. - Use a timer to prevent over-processing. - Get two boxes of colour if the hair is really long. - Don't colour hair more than once a month.

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