Men and women change the color of their tresses with hair dyes, which can be applied either in the salon or at home, for various reasons. These reasons include changing their appearance in the most affordable and yet relatively radical manner; covering up graying hairs; and asserting their unique personalities. Indeed, coloring your hair is as common as the other hair-related procedures like cutting, curling and adding hair extensions!
The question then with coloring hair via synthetic dyes is: Can it damage your hair? The answer is both a yes and a no depending on several factors including the type of dye used, the type of hair it is applied on, and the physical condition of the tresses at the time it was used. Of course, the safety measures adopted during the actual application of the hair dye also matters.
To learn more about hair colouring your hair and lot of other interesting information visit; http://hairextensionsaustralia.wordpress.com/about/
Yes, It Can Damage Hair
Before we can delve deeper into these topics, we must first taker a brief look at the hair coloring process. All hair dyes use hydrogen peroxide as a color developer, which means that the substance raises the hair’s cuticle layer, thus, enabling the color molecules to penetrate the hair shaft. Unfortunately, this has the potential to damage your hair, if and when the process is mishandled.
Further damage can be inflicted when using hair lighteners for dark hair. The hair dyes used have stronger hydrogen peroxide formulas, which bleach the hair shafts. The general rule is that the lighter the hair dye used from the natural hair color, the more damage that can be inflicted on the locks.
With that being said, we have to say that using hair dyes to change your hair color can damage your tresses mainly because of the radical structural changes inflicted on the shafts.
Plus, you can experience side effects including hair loss, redness, burning, itchy and raw skin, swelling in the face and even difficulty in breathing, all of which are allergic reactions to the chemicals in the hair dyes.
In fact, if you are allergic in any way to at least one of the ingredients in these products, we suggest staying with your natural hair color.
Very good selection of shampoos; http://womenshair.about.com/od/products/a/Shampoo-101-Choosing-The-Right-Shampoo.htm
No, It Cannot Damage Hair Provided Certain Conditions Are Met
Fortunately, all is not doom and gloom with the use of hair dyes. You can still safely use hair dyes albeit with certain conditions in place:
• Use hair dyes with acid-balancing conditioners, which will restore the cuticle to its relatively normal state. This means that your hair will still retain its healthy moisture.
• Limit changes between two hair colors to 3 to 4 levels in a single process. Going from dark brown to platinum blonde will damage your hair.
• Apply a creamy, ultra-hydrating conditioner daily for a month before dying your hair. Before applying the hair dye, be sure to shampoo – but do not condition - dry for a slightly damp texture, and trim out the dry split ends.
• Always check for allergic reactions on a patch of your skin preferably in a discreet part like your wrist. If you notice any allergic reaction, don’t proceed with the coloring process.
• Your skin can also suffer from allergic reactions so it is best to wrap a towel around your neck, use gloves on your hands, and using earmuffs on your ears.
The trick lies in adopting safety measures to protect your hair, scalp and skin from allergic reactions as well as in using hair dyes as sparingly as possible. Your hair can only take so much abuse before it gives out and you end up bald.