Color Me Bad

We all love color especially those of us who are into fashion and making a statement. I personally adore color because you can make a statement and use it to express yourself. A lot of us color our hair to cover up gray, enhance our natural color, make a fashion statement, express ourselves, and correct unwanted tones in the hair causes by environmental exposure such as chlorine or to accentuate a haircut. This blog will be a series of blogs because there is so much to know about color it's too much to blog about it one day. In this first part of the blog I will discuss the hair itself and how it can affect the result of the color, the different types of color and what it is used for, and how to choose the right color.

There are several things that can determine the outcome of your color. (1) The Texture of your hair, which was previously discussed as ranging from Course, Medium, and Fine. Course hair has a longer diameter and can take longer to process. Medium Textured hair has an average reaction, and fine hair takes color faster and can look darker. (2) The overall Structure and healthiness of the hair. The hair is composed of three components the Cuticle, Cortex, and the Medulla. The cuticle is the outermost layer of the hair and contributes to 20% of the strength of the hair; The Cortex is the middle layer which contains your natural hair pigment called melanin. The cortex contributes to 80% of the strength of the hair. The Medulla is sometimes absent from the hair and does not really play a big part in the coloring process. (3) Density of the hair plays a big part in the hair coloring process, the more hair you have the more color it’s going to take to ensure proper coverage. (4) Porosity of the Hair, which is the hair's ability to absorb moisture. There are three levels of porosity: Low Porosity-The hair is more resistant, which means it is difficult for moisture or chemicals to penetrate the hair. Average Porosity- the cuticle of the hair is slightly raised and the hair is normal and the processing time is usually average. High Porosity- The cuticle is lifted and very porous and takes color quickly; which in turn will cause the color to fade quickly. These factors will either make your color or break your color.

There are four different types of hair color (1) Temporary which is just what is says temporary. You put it on and it washes out the same day. (2) Semi permanent which adds subtle color results and tones pre-lightened hair, which washes and fades over time. Depending on the semi permanent hair color the more often you apply it the more it will stain the hair and you will be able to see it better. I know we have always wondered why you can't see a semi permanent hair color until you wash it a few times and in the sunlight. Well the reason is because it just coats the hair and doesn't really saturate the hair. (3) Demi-permanent (deposit-only color) which blends gray, enhances natural color, tones pre-lightened hair, refreshes faded color, and is a filler in color correction; just adds color but without the lift. (4) Permanent Hair Color which lightens and colors the hair at the same time, changes the existing hair color, covers gray, creates bright or natural-looking hair color changes.

When it comes to choosing the right color for you, you have to make sure that choose a color that will not wash you out and that won't have you looking like someone who just came off of a crazy train. What do I mean by "washing you out?" If you are simply just naturally light skinned or naturally pale. Don't choose an ashy light blond hair color. If you are dark skinned, meaning dark dark, don't choose a black or a dark chocolate brown hair color. You want to choose a color that complements your skin tone and will make you look radiant. If you are going to a salon to get a coloring service done your stylist will assist you in determining what looks best for you. If you are coloring at home which I don't really suggest doing because you may miss a spot or two. You need to refer to a color wheel or color theory 101. We all have underlying tones and hues that make us look different if you have a yellow undertone you want a color that will accent that and will complement you. It's all about choosing the color you like or desire but choosing the right shade at the same time, because there are many shades of brown, red, and blondes to choose from.

In the next blog "How to achieve the color you want, Should you bleach or should you not bleach, and Double processing your hair, Should it be done or should it be avoided.
This is just the beginning more to come!
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Color Me Bad Pt 2

To Relax or not to Relax...That is the question.