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Choosing a Hair Colour 

Now you know the methods you can use to change the colour of your hair, but the most important point is determining the color that's correct for you. You can't just make a blanket statement and say "I want my hair to look the way it did when I was twenty-five." When you were twenty-five, your dark hair looked right with your complexion. A quarter of a century later, however, that same near-black hair will be much too harsh for your skin and face and wil1, in fact make you look older. The rule to follow is the darker your hair colour, the younger you should be. The older you are, the lighter your hair coloring should be.

How Often To Colour Hair - The primary rule is, avoid overlapping of colour by retouching surfaces every four weeks. No more and no less. If dyeing or bleaching is scheduled sooner, you over process the previously treated hair and is very noticeable from the hair's dry and brittle appearance. If you colour or bleach five or six weeks later, you under lap the previously treated hair and create an uneven structure of the hair. This is harmful since the original chemical process of dyeing or bleaching alters the structure of the hair to begin with. So an exact four-week retouch is a must. In addition, after colouring, you must allow your hair to remain dry for three days and three nights to allow the process to oxidize properly.

Rules to Remember For At-Home Colouring

Always do a patch test. This is extremely important, especially when you are using a market product for the first time. Use a cotton ball to remove any natural oil from behind your ear or in the crook of your elbow and then apply a dab of the colouring product. If, within 24 hours, you experience any breaking out or itching, take an antihistamine (Avil is fine), drink plenty of liquids, wash the experimental area off well, and throw out the stuff! Don't skip this important patch test: allergic reactions can be devastating.

Work with dirty hair. Always use hair colour or bleach on hair in its soiled state. It's a mistake to shampoo it first, contrary to directions on most do-it? yourself products. The oil actually protects the skin against the unwanted invasion of chemicals into the system. In fact, the morning before colouring your hair, don't even brush it.

Don't fight the red in your hair. Amateur colorists make the mistake of trying to eliminate any red pigmentation. But red pigment is an important factor in the actual structure of the hair. If you try to remove this colour via over tinting or bleaching, you remove the last link that holds the chain reaction of the hair itself together. And especially to dark hair, more red highlights are good and flattering, so exploit them, don't eliminate them.

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