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Hair Coloring FAQ

1. Will coloring make my hair fall out?

The answer is an emphatic “NO.” There is no scientific evidence that hair coloring causes extra hair loss, and there is no physiological reason why it should do so.

During my many years of practice in my London and New York clinics, I have never been able to associate hair loss with coloring. I did an eight-month study involving 30 women and three men, who all underwent various types of hair coloring, and none showed signs of extra hair loss. A bad color job, however, can cause hair breakage, which may be confused with extra hair loss.

2. Will coloring make my hair thinner?

The answer again is “No.” So many women (and men for that matter) come to me with thinned hair and blame it on the color: “It’s only since I started coloring that I have noticed my hair is thinner,” they say. This is coincidental; many women start coloring when their hair is turning gray, or when the color is not as vibrant. They are often at the age, unfortunately, when the hair can begin to thin for other reasons, but they blame it on the coloring. Or, they start coloring their hair at a young age and notice the hair is thinner when they are in their 30s and 40s, again blaming coloring. But it would have thinned anyway.

3. Coloring my hair makes it dry; what can I do?

Coloring can dry the hair — permanent color and bleach in particular.

While semi-permanent color doesn’t dry it out as much as permanent, repeated use can cause dry ends. Always use a moisture-balancing or remoisturizing shampoo and conditioner, and a deep, remoisturizing hair mask once or twice a week depending on the dryness. Always apply a leave-in conditioning cream (non-greasy) before blow-drying. And remember not to over-dry or over-brush.

Daily shampooing and conditioning will not dry your hair providing you choose the correct products.

4. What should I look for in a hair color product?

Choose your color from the packet or swatch on display. Colors may change according to fashion, but the basic chemistry of coloring agents has not changed much over the years.

They all have similar ingredients, so there’s no point reading the label.

However, the best person to advise you is your hairdresser, and the best place to have hair color done is in a salon.

5. Should I choose permanent or semi-permanent color?

In the long term, permanent hair color is best, which may surprise you when you take into account the extra peroxide and ammonia it might contain. The reason is that permanent color should only be applied to the new hair growth at the roots, briefly overlapping with the previously dyed hair.

Semi-permanent color, on the other hand, is applied to the whole head each time, because of the more rapid fading.

This results in repeated full-head applications, so the ends finish up darker than the roots. If, for example, your hair is an average 10 inches long, the ends of your hair, at half an inch a month growth, would be 20 months old.

Therefore, a monthly, semi-permanent color treatment means that the ends of the hair would have suffered 20 applications!

6. Is it safe to have my hair colored during pregnancy? 

Yes. All women want to look their best when they’re pregnant, and whatbetter way to boost morale than to have your hair the way you want?

7. Can hair colorants cause cancer? 

There are recurring scares about hair colorings causing bladdercancer. The first was about 25 years ago and the latest in 2002. Therewere some studies that indicated a link, but none could besubstantiated on humans. Each study was similar: The hair of mice wasshaved daily and hair color was applied to their skin. After threemonths (100 applications), most of the mice had bladder cancer. I thinkit is unreasonable to base a link on this method of testing as dailyapplications on shaved skin would seriously affect absorption rates.Evidence that hair coloring is safe has been demonstrated in two majorstudies by the American Cancer Society and Harvard University.

The verdict? “The overall evidence excluded any appreciable andmeasurable risk of bladder cancer from personal use of hair dye.” So,would I let my family use it? Absolutely.

8. Is using a hair color likely to give me a rash? 

There is a possibility, but not if you go about it correctly.All hair dye packaging recommends carrying out a skin patch test beforeusing a colorant.

Apply the color to an area the size of a quarter, behind an earor inner elbow. If, after 24 hours, there is no irritation, discomfortor redness, it is safe to color without risk of a rash or reaction.When you read about people suffering severe allergic reactions, it ismost likely that the patch-test warnings have been ignored in thesecases. As it is estimated that only one in 250,000 people may besensitive to hair color, it is not surprising that the patch test isoften ignored. But, take heed, you may be that one in 250,000.

9. Can hair coloring give me a dry and itchy scalp? 

Many women have existing flaky and itchy scalp conditions and blame their hair color. In my answer to question one, I mentioned aneight-month study I conducted to establish that hair coloring does notcause thinning or hair loss. Many of the people I was going to pick forthe study already had scalp problems flaking, itching or tenderness, soI was reluctant to include them because of the possibility ofaggravating the condition. Of those I did include, though, all hadimproved scalps after coloring their hair! This was probably due to theantiseptic effect of the peroxide. While I am not suggesting that haircolor can be used to improve a scalp condition, these results certainlyindicate a good, rather than a bad, reaction if you have a flaky scalp.However, coloring should definitely be avoided on scratched or veryirritated skin conditions.

10. I don’t want to use peroxide or ammonia. What else can I use to color my hair? 

The obvious coloring agents to use in this case would bevegetable colors such as henna or camomile. These have manydisadvantages, though: The colors they produce are not natural-lookingand they fade very quickly, leading to more frequent applications,unnatural colors and, ultimately, drier, brittle hair. Also, in asimilar way to semi-permanent colors, there is a continual overlap inapplication, leading to an unnatural appearance — particularly on theends.

To obtain natural-looking hair color, peroxide and ammonia areneeded, as without these ingredients your color will not take as well,look as good, or last as long. There are specific reasons for theirinclusion that involve complicated hair and ingredient chemistry.

Provided you take sufficient care before, during and after thedying process, there is no reason why you shouldn’t have the best ofall worlds: beautiful, long-lasting color and well-conditioned hair.

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Restore Bleached Hair

Bleaching can leave your hair with mild to severe damage due to acidic action of strong chemicals or wrong handling or extreme heat application during the procedure. The ruined hair might feel dry, spongy, porous, brittle or rough due to damaged hair cuticles which cover the cortex, carrying the hair’s natural color. While store-bought potion and products might help repair the condition, there are quite a few easy, natural ways to get your hair healthy after bleaching.

1. Shampoo your hair less often. In order to restore your bleached hair, you will have to discontinue washing your hair daily. When you shampoo your hair, you are not only cleaning the hair but you are also stripping the natural oils and sebum from your hair. The oils and sebum are natural moisturizers. If your hair is prone to looking and feeling oily, use a dry shampoo on the days that you don’t wash your hair.

2. Deep condition your hair one or more times per week. The amount that you condition your hair depends on how often your hair needs it. Apply deep conditioner to your hair after you have already washed it with shampoo and regular conditioner. Use a wide-toothed comb to distribute it through your hair. Warm a towel in the dryer or with a hair dryer. Wrap your hair with the warm towel. Leave the deep conditioner and towel on your hair for 30 minutes. Wash it completely out of your hair.

3. Always wash hair with lukewarm or cold water. Hot water promotes dryness in the hair. That is counterproductive to restoring bleached hair as your goal is to add moisture to your hair. If you wash hair with lukewarm water, always rinse your hair with cold water at the very end. That will seal the cuticle.

4. Use a leave-in conditioner after every time that you wash your hair. As bleached hair is often porous and prone to tangles, a leave-in conditioner adds moisture and makes hair easier to comb. That will prevent strands of hair from breaking off.

5. Do not use heat on your hair. Avoid using blow dryers, hot rollers, flat irons and curling irons. Heat is detrimental to restoring your bleached hair. If you are not willing to forego heat when styling your hair, it may be impossible to restore the hair.

Post After Care Rebonding

TAKING CARE OF HAIR AFTER HAIR REBONDING

After undergoing the hair rebonding process, you need to treat your hair with extra care. Hair rebonding makes your hair weak and as such lot of hair problems can be observed after hair rebonding. Read on to know about the precautions which you need to take for protecting your hair after hair rebonding.

Hair rebonding is a process in which the chemical bonds of your hair are broken and then the solution that is used straightens your hair. The bonds of your hair are rearranged permanently. This is the reason why many people find hair loss and other problems post hair rebonding. This treatment is harsh for your hair and so you need to take lot of precautions after you have gone through hair rebonding process.

Tips for Taking Precautions after Hair Rebonding

You need to treat your hair with extra care after undergoing the hair rebonding procedure. Here is how you can take care of your hair after hair rebonding.

Avoid Hot Water

Do not ever wash your hair with hot water. Not even warm water is recommended for hair wash after rebonding of your hair. Wash it with cold water thoroughly after using a shampoo.

Condition your Hair

Conditioning your rebounded hair is a must. Use leave-in conditioners whenever you have to go outdoors. Do not hesitate or restrict using conditioners because you need to use these generously for a healthy hair after rebonding.

Use Clarifying Shampoo

Use a clarifying shampoo for at least once in a month. This will help you clean any residue of the shampoo and conditioner that you use regularly.

Use Wide Teethed Comb

When combing your hair use a wide teethed comb and do not use brush as it might damage your hair.

Avoid Tying your Hair and Hair Dryer

Do not tie your hair at least for the first month because it can result in damaging your hair to a great extent. These damages can be irreversible also. Avoid using hair dryer. Let the hair dry naturally whenever you wash it.

Have a Balanced Diet

Try to have a balanced diet at least once a day. Focus on fruits and vegetables and try to avoid junk food as far as possible. Increase your intake of proteins, as that would benefit your hair and maintain its health as well.

Avoid Changing your Hair Style (NOTE: Haircut trim is not equivalent to Hair Styling)

The most important thing is that you should never think of changing any style of your hair after rebonding. This might ruin the health of your hair completely. Even if your hair stylist recommends highlighting or any other styling for your hair after one month or so, it is better you avoid and stay away from any other styling.

Hair rebonding, no doubt, gives a super silky and straight hair just like the one you see in commercials. But, in reality, this leaves your hair fragile and if you do not take proper care, it can leave you with no alternative. You will lose your hair and that will be irreversible. The chemicals that are used in the process of hair rebonding damages the hair and you have to take special care of your hair to keep it healthy and in proper condition. The tips will help you to have saved your hair to a great extent.

Before and after hair rebonding, you need to follow the advice of your hair stylist. It is better to consult a hair expert before you opt for hair rebonding. She will advice you whether your hair will be able to cope with the damage done by hair rebonding or not. In any case, you have to be very careful handling your hair after rebonding.

Do not try any styling gel or other chemicals on your hair and follow the instructions regarding cleaning and maintaining your hair. Keep in mind the above guidelines and it will help you have the silky hair with health so that you have your wish without damaging your hair.

Additional Tips:

  • Keep your hair safe from environmental factors – harsh sun rays, cold winds and the rains. Use a hat or an umbrella.
  • Apply a hair serum regularly. This creates a barrier between your hair and the outside and helps protect it better.
  • In case you wet your hair due to rain, wash your hair like a regular wash as soon as possible. The salts and pollutants from rain water are highly damaging.
  • Use hair masks frequently or get hair spas done. Your hair needs moisture and nutrition.
  • If your hair is not really greasy or oily, stay away from shampooing every day. You can try alternate days or try co-washing which means using conditioner as a shampoo and just rinsing it away.