Expert insights to debunk common myths about hair colouring

Hair colouring has been a transformative and expressive practice for centuries, allowing individuals to experiment with their appearance and make bold statements about their identity. However, amid the allure of vibrant hues and creative styles, various myths and misconceptions have emerged around the process of hair colouring.

From concerns about damage and maintenance to the longevity of colour and the variety of available options, understanding the reality behind the myths is essential for making informed decisions and embracing the beauty of diverse hair colours. As we unravel these myths, it becomes apparent that modern hair colouring techniques have evolved significantly, offering not only vibrant shades but also innovative solutions that prioritize the health and integrity of the hair.

Whether you’re considering a subtle change or a dramatic transformation, separating fact from fiction will empower you to embark on your hair colouring journey with confidence and a clear understanding of what to expect. So, let’s dive into the vibrant world of hair colouring and dispel the myths that may be holding you back from expressing your true colours. Before you begin any hair colour process, it is important to consult and do a strand test to make sure you are not allergic to the product. From opting for proper consultation with a professional hairdresser to watching out for what will suit the natural hair colour and personality before starting the process, Mukesh Sain, Creative Director, S and S Salon shares important insights for individuals who wish to colour their hair for the first time.

“If there is more than 50% of grey hair it is probably best to use permanent hair colour.”
Mukesh Sain, Creative Director, S and S Salon

Will colouring the hair damage it?

If you are opting for permanent hair colour, the hair needs to be lifted using hydrogen peroxide (developer). This process opens up the cuticle layer of the hair to allow the colour molecules to penetrate the cortex depositing the colour. If not done properly, the process can damage the hair. Another scenario is if you use the wrong level of peroxide or if you constantly change your hair colour (over-processing), it will damage the hair. However, if you use a semi-permanent or demi-permanent colour, it will help add extra shine and condition to the hair but will only last a couple of shampoos.

Difference between semi-permanent, demi permanent and permanent colouring

Semi-permanent hair colour does not contain peroxide so it cannot lift the hair, therefore it can only make the hair darker and not lighter. The colour will only last about six to twelve shampoos because it only deposits the hair colour on the outermost layer of the hair.

Demi permanent hair colour contains low amounts of peroxide which unlike semi-permanent, it can lighten the hair slightly. Demi-permanent deposits the colour between the cuticle and cortex, therefore, making it last longer, anywhere from 12 – 26 washes.

Permanent hair colour, just as the name suggests, is a permanent hair colour and will last until the coloured strands grow out.

Will the colour cover the grey hair?

Yes, the hair colour will cover the grey part depending on what formula and brand is used. If there is more than 50% of grey hair, it is probably best to use permanent hair colour.

How often should I shampoo my hair after receiving a colour service?

After the colour service, wait for at least 24 to 48 hours before shampooing the hair. Limit the washing to 3 times a week, especially if you have a more intense colour like, red.

Can I get colour and highlights both on the same day?

Yes, if the hair is in good condition, a colour service and highlights can be done on the same day.

Can I do keratin/smoothening and hair colour on the same day?

It is advisable to always wait for at least two weeks after a treatment before colouring the hair.

  • Don’t experiment with your hair colour at home
  • Get it done from professionals
  • Use good hair care products after colour
  • Post colour treatments are also recommended

Hair colouring is an intricate method that adds depth and sophistication to an individual’s aesthetic appeal. The judicious choice of colour, styling, and colouring techniques is paramount for hair experts, as it substantially influences the outcome. Making informed decisions in these aspects is essential to ensure a professional and refined result when catering to clients.