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Everything You Need to Know Before Hair Coloring Your Hair

Hair color can enhance one’s natural beauty and make a fashion statement. Understanding the science behind hair colour is crucial, as there are numerous options. This page provides guidance on choosing the right shade, pros and cons, and post-colouring hair care tips.

What Is Hair Color?

Melanocytes make melanin pigments at the base of each hair strand, which determines hair color. Copper and red tones have red pheomelanin, while brunettes and ravens have dark eumelanin. Blondes have the least melanin. Products that change colors are colored.

How Does Hair Coloring Work?

Permanent hair color molecules may be able to get into the hair shaft by using ammonia and peroxide to open the cuticle. Developer amount controls how the skin opens and how much color is removed. When the baby is fully grown, the skin closes and changes color forever.

Bleaches use more peroxide to remove the color inside the hair, which lets new colors stick better and lighten the hair. Top hair is dyed semi-permanently or demi-permanently.

How Should You Choose Your Color?

The undertones of your skin will help you choose a hair colour that looks good on you. It looks good with ash, golden blonde, deep chocolate, and blue-based black hair. If your hair is dark olive or golden, honey, caramel, strawberry blonde, copper, or red tones look great.

When picking a color, think about the color of your eyes and skin. Skin and eyes that are lighter go well with lighter color schemes, while skin and eyes that are darker add contrast. They can help you find the right mix between depth and brightness.

Types of Hair Coloring

Now that you know how undertones, skin tone, and other things can change hair color, try some popular ways to put color on your hair.

  • Permanent Hair Color – Permanent hair color changes the inner structure of the hair and goes through the hair layer to leave pigment that lasts longer. This helps hide new grey hairs and bring back color that is fading. For big color changes, high developer levels make hair lighter.
  • Hair Lightening – Bleaches use a lot of peroxide to get rid of melanin pigment, which makes hair very white for dying and ombré. These new lighteners have oils and protein in them to keep hair from getting dry, but they are bad for you. Wella toners get rid of the yellow and orange colors that show up after bleaching.
  • Temporary Hair Color – Temporary colors cover the hair and come off after a few washes. For playing with bright fashion colours, quick sprays, gels, and foams without developers are ideal.
  • Natural Hair Colorants – Because they are made with plant-based colors instead of hard chemicals, natural permanent hair dyes are lighter and safer. Small changes that bring out colors and hide greys are better than big changes that stand out.

Common Mistakes

Now that you understand the science behind hair coloring and the options available beware of some all-too-common mistakes:

  • Skin and strand tests should not be done because they can cause dangerous reactions.
  • If you overdo it on sensitive hair, talk to your hairdresser about it and use kinder color treatments.
  • Expecting lasting colors to fade quickly—only temporary dyes without makers.
  • Using the wrong colour base tone—have professionals check your tints first.
  • Not taking care of your hair after processing—nurture and protect it before and after.

The Pros & Cons of Hair Coloring

Of course, every choice has some problems. Before you jump in, you should think about the pros and cons.


  • Conceal greys and refresh the color
  • Completely transform your look
  • A fun way to express your style
  • Boost volume and shine


  • Harsh chemicals damage hair over time
  • Root regrowth requires maintenance
  • It can dry out hair and irritate the scalp
  • Doesn’t work well on some hair types

Caring for Color-Treated​ Hair

The best way to take care of color-treated hair is to avoid damage from hair treatments. How to keep hair healthy and safe before and after coloring it:

  • Use sealing products and oils to make pre-colored hair stronger.
  • Shampoo without sulfates and warm water
  • Once a week, use a healthy hair mask to add wetness.
  • Use cold water to blast your hair after you shower.
  • Let your hair dry naturally to keep it from getting damaged.
  • Line-condition the middle and ends of the hair before treating the head.
  • To avoid damage, don’t use heat styling too often.
  • Trims take care of broken ends before they get bigger.

Ready for Your Color Transformation?

You can try something new or increase your natural beauty with hair color. You can make big or small changes to your hair now that you know how to pick a color and take care of it before and after coloring it.

Schedule a consultation today with our expert colorists at Zanya. We specialize in color correction, custom blending, balayage, vivid fashion shades, and great hair care recommendations for every hair type and need. Discover your most radiant, head-turning hair color yet with our salon’s top techniques and products. Let’s chat about the options perfect for you!

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