Colours to dye for

Colours to dye for

Hair trends

Colours to dye for

Hair dying is an ancient art that includes treating hair with chemical compounds in order to alter the colour of the keratin in one’s hair. Initially plant dyes, like henna, were used, but now the production of synthetic hair dyes have increased. And over the years, the trend to produce streaks has increased as compared to using a single base colour. Now, dyeing your hair is so common that many do it at home instead of running to a parlour.

If done the right way, colouring can be an inexpensive affair. You have a broad spectrum of colours you could choose from — blonde, brown and red to blue and sometimes, even green. Swati Banerjee, a 24-year-old visual designer, has been colouring her hair for 4 years now. She says, “Colouring your hair involves a technique that comes rather naturally to me. Initially, I started out with a shade of light brown, then proceeded to red.

I went on to experimenting with bleach blond and several other colours. Currently I sport a shade of seafoam green.” The technique to hair colouring is to know your skin tone and choosing a colour that is apt for it. Swati agrees, “Not all skin tones complement the colour you think might look good. It is important to do your research before you embark on the journey to finding the right hue. Dark hair has its own drawbacks, the colour reacts differently to darker hair. A pastel pink might just turn into orange.”

 It’s important to consider precautions especially when you decide to bleach your hair. Swati says, “It is important to use a volume 30 or less developer, as others can damage your hair beyond repair.”

You can also choose between vegan/organic colour and chemical dyes; they both have their pros and cons. The main difference between the two is that the vegan colour will most likely be a semi-permanent hair dye and the other one is more permanent. ”

The vegan colour will probably make your hair happy, because not many chemicals go in it, but the colour won’t stay for long so you would probably need to colour it once in a while to keep the original colour,” Swati explains.

It is extremely vital to use colour-safe shampoos, anti-dandruff shampoos (since colour tends to dry out the scalp) and other shampoos with colour bleaching properties that could prevent the possibility of the hair colour wearing out. Conditioning and oiling regularly will help keep your hair texture healthy and your scalp nourished.

Priyasha, a final-year student, has previously dip dyed her hair green, apart from using blonde and brown hair colour as well. She recommends using shampoos that make the most of your colour and extend its life.

 “Hair care products will leave your locks looking shiny and noticeably soft. They also have a pleasant scent and help restore damaged hair and even infuse hair with the lost moisture that tends to happen when you dye your hair.” It’s also important to avoid sulfates on colour-treated hair.