Last night there was a broadcast on the one show telling you from a so called fellow professional hair stylist that ‘hair colour you buy in tesco or boots any other shop, is the same as what pro stylists use in the salon’
This is so so so inaccurate it isnt funny.
What is the difference you ask?
The answer is simply this:
Most shop brought colours contain ingredients called ‘matalic salts’ and ‘PPD’
These two ingredients can cause a some very
nasty reaction on the hair when we come to colour your hair again for you.
With matailic salts, the hair can smoke, get extrmely hot and in a lot of cases the hair just burns off or disintegration happens when we try and re colour over the top.
It is also what causes the hair to feel dry and crunchy to the touch
PPD is an ingredient that causes a lot of people to have a reaction to hair colour on thier skin. Reactions can be nasty and can include burns, blisters, swelling of the whole face and head plus lots of other not very nice things
On top of these two ingredients we also have peroxide level issues
As a stylist we have the option of using
1.9%, 4%, pastel, 6%, 9% and 12% peroxide levels.
Each level achieves a different result depending on you natural base shade and what colour you actually want to end being.
We assess a stylists when doing you a consultation these points
• Your natural base shade
• Your target shade
• Your under tone
• Your percentage of white hair (if any)
• The texture of your hair
• The porosity level of your hair
• The strength or weakness of your hair
• What colour has been used previously on your hair
From this we then establish what levels of peroxide we will use from the list above
We also establish what kind of colour we will use from the list above.
If you have finer hair, porous hair, damaged hair, weaker hair then we may choose a semi permanent colour instead of a permanent.
If you want to change your colour from blonde to dark we look at adding gold, copper or red tones into your hair firstly and then use another shade over the top to achieve the colour you desire. If we do not do this you will go a beautiful shade of khaki green.
We very often have to use a combination different colours and types of colours to achieve an even result for you.
If you buy a packet/box colour from the shop, yes the actual tint, (the thicker creamy texture side of the colour) is the same but the peroxide side is a ‘one product fits all’ peroxide.
This means that it is just 12% peroxide being used. It doesnt care if your hair is damaged, it doesnt care if your hair is only needing 1 level of lift or going darker or if you want to achieve 4 levels of lift, It doesnt care if your wanting to cover those pesky greys
It will just lift! No matter what it will lift!
Because it is so strong your hair will get weaker and weaker because the mistake a lot of people make is thinking ‘i have to put this on from root tip ends everytime’ but you do not.
As a stylist we assess these ends, we may use the same colour, we may use no colour on the ends, we may use a weaker solution. Like a semi or gloss instead.
Did you know that you have under tones to your hair?
We also assess these under lying tones along side what colours have been previously used, so that we as stylists can pick the correct shade for you to achieve the look you want to achieve. It is actually these that we work with more than anything and very very often you will say to us ‘I want that colour’ and we go out the back and mix a completely different colour up to the one you asked for because of your under tone to create the exact colour that you have asked for.
We work with the colour wheel.
Gold (yellow) is neutralised with Violet tones
Orange is neutralised with blue tones
Red is neutralised with green tones.
And these neutralise in reverse for example violet neutralises gold
If you are desperate to colour your hair during the process of the country’s lock down i erge you, please please please consider using tempary colour not permanent or semi permanent, just temporary for example the root sprays.
But please try and resist the erge to use colour at home as it can lead to lots of issues after use and may lead to us not being able to help you OR costing you more in the long run for us to put it right at the end of the lock down time.
If you do decide to use ANY type of colour yourself at home, PLEASE make sure you stay safe and do your patch test also known as a skin sensitivity test 48hrs prior to application.
This website explains it all alot better than i can so check it out.
Allergic reaction after hair colour