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How Hair Colouring Truly Works

Hair colouring stands as a significant industry with an abundance of options available. From simple techniques like highlights and full colouring to more intricate techniques such as ombre and balayage, the choices seem boundless! But have you ever pondered the chemistry behind these transformations? How exactly does hair colouring work? What components are utilized in each process and how do they influence your hair? In this article, we'll delve into the science of hair colouring and offer suggestions on maintaining your hair colour's vibrancy post-appointment. Continue reading for an insightful exploration from the basics of Lake Country hair colouring to expert advice from your Brick House Beauty stylists! 

An Overview of Hair Colouring 

Hair colouring involves adding pigment to the hair shaft to alter its colour, constituting a two-fold distinction: temporary and permanent. 

Temporary colouring involves applying a deposit-only colour to the hair shaft, which gradually fades over time without penetrating the cuticle layer. 

Permanent colouring, however, encompasses deposit-only colour along with a lifting (bleaching) agent. This lifting agent opens up the hair's cuticle layer, allowing the deposit-only colour to reach the cortex, or middle layer, where it combines with existing pigment to establish a new, permanent hue. Intriguing, isn't it? 

The Science Behind Hair Colouring 

Now, let's delve a bit deeper into the chemistry behind hair colouring. While formulations may vary between brands, most hair dyes contain a blend of chemicals working in harmony to penetrate the hair shaft, deposit colour, and seal in the new shade. Here's a general breakdown of key components: 

-Permanent hair dyes typically contain ammonia or ethanolamine to break down the cuticle layer, hydrogen peroxide to lighten hair by dispersing natural pigment molecules, and resorcinol to facilitate cuticle opening. Dye molecules and pigments are then deposited into the cortex. 

-Semi-permanent and demi-permanent dyes avoid ammonia or bleach, instead relying on smaller colour molecules that infiltrate the cuticle and bond with natural pigment to deposit colour. Oxidation may also aid in developing semi-permanent shades. 

Following the colouring process, 'colour fixatives' are applied to lock in the new shade and prevent premature fading. These often include sodium sulfate, polyquaternium compounds, or EDTA. 

We understand this may seem like intense science, but beneath the artistic façade of hair colouring lies a foundation of complex chemistry. It's precisely why we recommend entrusting your Lake Country hair to the experts. Our highly educated stylists are trained to deliver exceptional care and the best hair colouring in Lake Country! 

Pros and Cons of Hair Colouring 

Before delving into hair colouring, it's essential to weigh its pros and cons. As highlighted earlier, hair colouring entails a chemical process that, if not executed correctly, can damage hair. On the upside, it offers a versatile means of changing your look, adding dimension, or covering unwanted grays. With expert handling, the process can even protect your hair from damage. 

On the other side, improper colouring can be detrimental to hair health, besides being expensive and time-consuming to maintain. DIY attempts gone awry may result in uneven colouration or, worse still, brassy tones! 

Ultimately, the decision to undergo hair colouring rests with you. If you're contemplating a change, we invite you for a complimentary consultation at Brick House Beauty, the premier hair salon in Lake Country. We'll ensure you achieve the desired results safely and impeccably. 

How Long Does Hair Colour Last? 

A common question from people contemplating hair colouring is its longevity. Hair colour can endure anywhere from a few weeks to several months, contingent on factors such as the product used, hair condition, and washing frequency. For instance, semi-permanent colour typically lasts 5 to 10 washes, while demi-permanent colour, fortified with a small amount of peroxide, offers a lengthier span, approximately 24 washes. Permanent colour remains until hair growth necessitates touch-ups, although proper maintenance is crucial to prevent premature fading. To extend the lifespan of your colour, opt for sulphate-free hair care products and limit washing. Prompt touch-ups can also preserve your colour's vibrancy. 

Tips for Optimal Hair Colour Results 

For optimal results, consider these tips when embarking on a hair colour change: 

  • Select a colour that complements your skin tone; consult with your expert Lake Country stylist for tailored recommendations.  

  • Opt for quality products like those we use at Brick House Beauty, ensuring vibrant, lasting colour.  

  • Refer to our comprehensive guide on choosing the right hair colour for you, available at our salon. 

We hope this article has shed light on the intricacies of hair colouring. Whether you’re looking for subtle enhancements or bold transformations, our expert Lake Country stylists at Brick House Beauty are equipped to realize your vision safely and confidently. Schedule a complimentary consultation today and embark on your journey to vibrant, beautiful hair! 

You can visit our home page to see all our Lake Country hair services and price ranges here: 

If you want to try any products to help maintain your hair, you can get them all by visiting our online store or by stopping by Brick House Beauty hair salon in Lake Country, BC. 

If you have any questions about your hair and/or hair colour, make sure to ask away at your next salon visit with our Lake Country hair stylists and until then, you can catch us on social media @brick_house_beauty. 


The Hair Colour Experts at your favourite Lake Country hair salon, Brick House Beauty 

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