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So is there a huge difference between the two Colour types?
Photo: Tumblr The two most common types of Hair Colour: Semi Permanent and Permanent. We obviously prefer and recommend Permanent Hair Colour, but can appreciate there is room for both in this big wide world. So is there a huge difference between the two Colour types? Yes indeed. Semi Permanent Colours are as the name mentions, semi permanent that are generally vibrant, artificial Colours that will wash out in typically 4-8 weeks / how ever long the box says. A Permanent Hair Colour is too as the name suggests, permanent, and needs to grow out, bleached out or Colour Removed out of the Hair. This difference is all because of how the Colour reacts to the Hair. A Semi sits on the outside of the Hair shaft coating it, serving as a gloss over the top the Hair that is unable to cling to anything for too long so it washes out. A Permanent Colour enters the Hair shaft and alters your Hair’s Colour pigment permanently and stays there. A Semi is a one part solution that is not mixed with a Developer so, therefore, cannot Lighten the Hair. A Permanent Colour consists of 2 parts: Colour and Developer that are mixed together to either Lighten or Darken your Hair. It’s the Developer that opens the Hair shaft to allow the Colour to get in and work its magic and change the Hair Colour. You can put a Semi over any Hair Colour, with inconsistent results. Permanent Colours require a different set of Colouring rules. For example, you cannot Lighten your already Coloured Hair, you must first remove it before starting the Lightening process. Permanent Hair Colours offer a longer lasting, Natural or vibrant Colour shades and 100% grey coverage. They can also be mixed together to create a Hair Colour with the reflects and tones of your choice. So basically, with a Semi Colour you are constrained to smaller Colouring range compared to using a Permanent Hair Colour that offers you far more variation where you can adjust the Lightness, Darkness, Warmth, Vibrancy, Tone or Coolness etc etc of your Colour. Which Colour is next on your list? SHOP COLOUR
This is the trick to a thick and voluminous Hair Colour.
Photo: Tumblr Despite contrary belief, home Hair Colour does not mean you are constrained to a life of one solid flat Colour on your head. You can create variety with your Hair Colour without getting tricky with Lowlights or Highlights. If you want a Hair Colour to give you some more oomph and animation, it’s time to switch to a multi pigment Hair Colour to get the added reflects for your desired Colour. What is a multi pigment Colour? A multi pigment Hair Colour has more than 1 reflect, meaning they are Colours with 3 numbers eg. 7.53, 4.56. Because they have multiple pigments the reflects create a contouring effect in the Hair, where the Colours layers shadow and highlight throughout the Hair creating depth and dimension. This makes your Hair look thick, shiny and luscious. How to understand a multi pigment Colour Let’s break down 7.53 Chocolate Blonde. 7 is the Natural base Colour, that determines the Lightness of the Colour. In this case, it is a Medium Blonde. .5 is the added Mahogany pigment that creates the rich, Chocolate Tone. 3 is the Gold pigment that is the brighter part of the Colour that catches the Light and makes it Warm. Having the three layers in this Colour gives the Hair Colour fullness because of the contouring reflects. The contouring occurs by matching a .5 Mahogany pigment that creates a deeper, shadowed reflect with a 3 Golden pigment that adds slithers of Golden reflects that catch the light to create Volume. These contrasting shadow and highlighting Colour reflects, make the Hair look thick and expansive. If you have thin, dull or lifeless Hair try these Colours to thicken up your Hair and bring the strength and stamina back into your Hair and Colour. 5.52 Deep Chocolate Plum BUY NOW 5.53 Chocolate Brown BUY NOW 7.46 Rich Copper Red BUY NOW 7.53 Chocolate Blonde BUY NOW
Tiger stripes aren’t nice to grow out so we devised a plan to hide them.
Tiger stripes. Those slabs of chunky, foiled Highlights that create a contrast so strong between your Natural and Lightened Hair that you may as well have clip in extensions. They’re big, they’re brash and we consider them obnoxious. Tiger stripes aren’t nice to grow out, so we have developed a Colour plan to hide the stripes and have a more Natural Hair Colour or Balayaged look, while still keeping the Blonde bits you like. The plan is to soften your Hair Colour at the roots, painting on what we call a base Colour. Your base Colour will help cover the striped lines you see at the roots and blend them into a smoother Hair Colour. Choosing your base Colour This is a one Colour process wonder, so you need to choose a base Colour that will add Depth to your Hair Colour and have some room for a small amount of contrast between your Highlights and rest of your Hair. Consider a Colour that is close to or no more than 2 shades Lighter than your Natural Colour and keeps within these Colour rules: If your Highlights are Warm, choose a Natural Colour to make a softer, Natural base. If your Highlights are Cool, choose an Ash or Beige Colour. Your base Colour choice is important, so your Highlights and Colour can blend together. For example: Bianca is Naturally a 4 Medium Dark Brown with a full head of foils that have been Bleached and then Toned to around a 9.1 Light Ash Blonde. Currently, her Colour makes her feel like a zebra with Black and White striped lines through her Hair that harshly sits on top of her head. So she chooses a 5 Light Brown to paint in her new Base Colour. Painting your base Colour Painting your base Colour is like painting your Regrowth while also overlapping the start of your foils and bringing the Colour down the Hair, staggering the end points so you are not left with a straight Colour line. The aim is to blend your Regrowth and Highlight line, softening the foiling into a Natural looking Colour. As the old rule goes, it's a less is more scenario. Step 1 Divide your Hair into 4 sections, Colouring one at a time. Using your Tint Brush, create a horizontal (when Colouring the lower sections) or vertical (when Colouring the top sections) row around a centimetre thick. Starting at your Regrowth, paint the base Colour over your Roots. Step 2 Still on the same row, once you have covered your Regrowth, turn your Tint Brush to the side to get more control and paint the Colour down your Hair, tapering the end points to create a Natural appearance. Continue through the rest of your Hair and process the Colour as per instructions. Tip: For a smoother blend, comb through your Hair once full head is Coloured.