Perhaps you dye your hair monthly or you’re strongly considering it. Either way, you should familiarize yourself with all the different types of hair dyes that are out there. Let’s break down each type so you can find out which one is the best for your lifestyle and your hair.

First, there is permanent hair color. It does just what it says, it dyes your hair color permanently. Of course, your hair will eventually start growing and you may see different colored roots. This is normal. The color will not fade away gradually so you will see a stark difference between your colored hair and your natural hair color if they are not similar colors. This is the best type of hair dye if you want to cover up grays.

Next up is demi-permanent hair color. It is a low-ammonia formula and it is very sheer. Basically, it won’t completely change your color like a permanent color can. Demi-permanent dyes are great if you just want to change the tone of your hair, darken it a bit, and add lots of shine. If your hair color seems dull and you want it in a slightly different shade, this may be right for you. It will also fade gradually but will not cover up grays. This color typically lasts between 12 and 24 shampoos.

Semi-permanent hair color has no ammonia. It is gentler on your hair and only puts color on the surface of your hair. It works as a toner, so it slightly changes the color but is not good for lightening hair, covering grays, or changing your entire hair color. Semi-permanent is a great option if you want to refresh a faded color or fix the tone. Semi-permanent is also ideal if you dye your hair blonde but it is starting to look a little brassy or orange. It usually fades within four to 12 shampoos.

There is also temporary hair color. It can come in many forms from a spray, powder, chalk, or dye. It typically will wash out as soon as you wash your hair. Maybe people choose to use temporary hair dye if they want to try a color to see if it will look good on them or temporarily have a crazy color like pink in their hair. This is a great option for Halloween costumes or other fun holidays. Kids can also generally use this type of hair dye because it washes out quickly.

If you get your hair colored at a salon, your stylist may use a combination of these hair dyes to get you your desired look. You could also use these different types of hair colors at home with a box.

In addition to different types of hair dye, there are different ways to color your hair. They range from lighten the hair and using a bleach to all over color to highlights and lowlights. Let’s go over a few of these different styles. Note: most of these styles should be done by a professional.

Balayage is a highlighting technique. Your stylist will basically paint the color on your hair. This type of look is great if you don’t like getting your hair colored very often because it blends very well and looks more natural as it grows out.

Ombre is a similar effect but your hair color will go from darker to lighter or vice versa. You may have darker roots and your color will be light blonde at your ends. This is also a great way to grow out your hair more naturally. If you prefer a more subtle ombre look, ask for a sombre.

Highlights or babylights are a way to give your hair color some dimension or accentuate different features. For instance, many people opt for highlights that frame their face. Highlights are strands of hair that are lighter than the rest of your hair color. A stylist may paint these in or use foils. Babylights are more subtle highlights and can give you that sun-kissed look. Lowlights are the opposite; they are darker strands of hair than the rest of your color. These can also give some great dimensions.

If you just prefer to have shinier, smoother, and less frizzy hair, you can get a hair gloss. It comes in clear or tinted colors and can help correct brassiness or fix a faded color. It basically just gives you a very shiny look and can be very beautiful.

If you are unsure of what type of hair dye and style you should try, ask a professional hair stylist. They can help you decide which look is best for you.

No matter the style, color, or technique, you should always consider your hair type and the effects shampooing and conditioning will have on your colored hair. If you’re looking for a shampoo and conditioner that you can use for color treated hair, try Keranique’s shampoo and conditioner designed specifically for your needs.

What kind of hair color do you typically go for? Do you dye your hair at home or go to a salon every time? Let us know in the comments below!

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