Hair dye can dramatically change your look, whether you’re going for sun-kissed blond or a dramatic vibrant red. You can opt for highlights and lowlights or all-over color. All can be done at home or in the hair salon. The best hair dye for your hair will depend upon your color goals, the condition of your hair, and how you feel about upkeep.
You can choose from all-over color, highlights and lowlights or a complete color service that integrates all of these hair color components. All-over color changes the color of your hair, for instance turning naturally blond hair brunette. Highlights add lighter colors or occasionally a contrasting color, while lowlights add depth and darker tones to your hair. Professional hair color services can use any or all of these to create a rich and lustrous hair color.
You can choose from temporary, semi-permanent or permanent hair color. Temporary hair color typically washes out within just six to 12 shampoos but is quite gentle on your hair. Semi-permanent colors last somewhat longer, up to 28 shampoos, according to Clairol.com. Traditional permanent hair dyes change the color of your hair until the dye is cut off, chemically removed or grows out.
If you have naturally dark hair and want to go lighter, you can opt for highlights or an all over color process. Permanent color can lighten hair slightly in a single step, but to go significantly lighter, you will need to bleach the hair, then add color to achieve the desired shade. Highlights rely upon the same processes, but these are applied to streaks or strips of hair rather than the entire head. If you have your heart set on blond, especially if your hair is naturally quite dark, opt for professional rather than home hair coloring to avoid damage and get a result that is blond rather than brassy or orange.
If you don’t want to go lighter, but are hoping to change the color or tone of your hair, semi-permanent or permanent colors will achieve your goal. Opt for a semi-permanent dye if you’re not sure about the color or would prefer a gentle fade. These dyes can also cover gray and are typically a smart choice for home dyers. Keep in mind your base hair color when selecting a new color and look at the selection guidelines on the side of the box to predict the final result. Your stylist will blend colors as needed to create your perfect shade if you opt for salon coloring.
Whether you’re ready to return to your original color or have a bad dye job, corrective color is best left to the professionals. New technology allows the color molecules to be removed from the hair without harsh bleaching, but follow-up color will be essential to return your hair to the appropriate shade. If your bad dye job has left you with damaged hair, a trim may be in order.