There are a number of hair colouring techniques you can use when it comes to colouring your hair. While some of these options can be easily done at home, there are some others which require professional help. Each of the different techniques add colour dimensions to the hair and makes some colours stand out from the rest.
* Veiling /Glaze colouring: This helps in brightening and enhancing up the coloured hair as there is a tendency for coloured hair to appear dull after some time. With veiling, a semi-permanent glaze in a richer tone is applied over a permanent shade which will add brightness to your old hair colour.
* Cap method/ Streaking: It is another way of highlighting your hair. This is ideal for short or medium length hair and for sensitive scalp. Cover the hair with the cap you get with the colouring pack or you can purchase it from any drug store or beauty supply store these days.
* Hair painting or Freehand painting (Balayage): This is used for long hair. In this technique, colour is applied on the surface of the hair to create subtle to dramatic highlight or low light colour effects.
* Colour all: This is one of the most popular method applied by many when colouring at home. This method helps in changing the colour of your hair into something more desirable or fashionable. Many people apply this method to cover the grey hair and to restore the natural hair colour.
Permanent hair colouring
Permanent hair colours have become one of the most popular colour products used in salons. It can add tone, darken, lighten and cover the grey hair in a single process.
* Basic foiling highlights/lowlights: Highlighting is one of the most popular techniques used to make warmer shades of hair colour go blonde. The highlights are often added to warmer tones, especially warm brown and red.
* Foil highlighting/lowlighting: This refers to the process of changing ones hair colour using a lightener or by placing and sealing the foil on the selected strand of hair by weaving or slicing out a section. Highlights brighten up tone and texture of the hair and lowlights soften and add dimension to the hair colour.
What hair colour is in fashion for highlighting?
* Go for the latest trend of combining warm and cool tones
* For light brown hair colour, you can opt for gorgeous highlights of blonde or ash blonde
* For subtle look on dark brown hair, go for caramel highlights not much lighter than natural colour
* Chocolate brown or caramel highlight will give soft effect on black hair
* For light to medium blonde hair, you can wear lowlights of classic blonde or any shade
Tips for long lasting hair colour
1. To retain hair colour, use a good shampoo and conditioner
2. Cold water is ideal for hair as it helps to give shine and colour by blocking the cuticles
3. Use professional colours only
4. Use a moisturizer rich conditioner as it helps to control dryness of the hair after colouring
5. It is advisable to go for deep conditioning once in a week or every fortnight to keep the hair healthy enough
6. Avoid using harsh shampoos that are meant to clear hair loss and dandruff treatments; they will strip off the colour quickly
7. Sunlight also works as natural bleach if exposed for extended period of time in case of vibrant and unnatural hair colours like red, blue and purple
8. Exposure to chlorinated water can turn blonde highlights into green tone and can also fade off the hair colour of brunette and red hues. Use a shower cap before getting into the chlorinated pool as it will soak less chlorine
9. Use flat iron on freshly coloured hair after it is dried as it helps in locking the colour into the hair shaft
10. Excess use of alcohol based styling products can strip hair colour. Always look for alcohol free products
11. Glaze colours come in both colour boosting and clear formula. They give instant shine and depth to the hair. They prevent red colours from fading and give a rich look to brunette or blonde shades
12. It is mandatory to not wash hair for at least 48 hours after colouring
10 tips for colouring hair
1. No matter what method you choose to colour your hair, you need the following stuff before colouring: hair colour, gloves, a plastic or glass bowl, a towel, conditioner and a wide-toothed comb
2. When you go to buy your colour supplies, stick with major brands
3. Don’t wash your hair for a day or so before you colour as a little natural oil on the hair protects the hair from chemical damage
4. As a beginner, one should stick to more subtle colours, one or two shades lighter than the natural hair to minimize the risk of lightening or darkening your natural hair colour
5. Brush your hair carefully before colouring your hair to have the best results
6. Before colour, it is best to test one strand and see the result
7. Smooth Vaseline along your hairline, ears and on the back of your neck to avoid your skin from colour staining
8. Wear old clothes with long sleeves to protect your skin from chemical damage.
9. Take time to read the directions on the colour kit entirely.
10. The colour should not stay on the hair beyond a prescribed time
11. If the colour is not mixed properly and in the right proportion, there are great chances of it fading out faster than its normal time.
Expert advice from a pro
For best results, get your hair professionally coloured by a professional colourist. If you prefer doing it at home yourself, read the directions on the label carefully and keep it for the prescribed time. Always use professional colours to add depth, dimension and shine to the hair and to avoid flat shoe polished look that an ordinary hair dye gives.
When it comes to start colouring hair at home or in a salon, always take your skin tone and eye colour into consideration while selecting your hair colour. If you choose to colour your hair at home, you should stick to more subtle colours, one or two shades lighter than the natural hair to minimize the risk of lightening or darkening your natural hair colour.
It always helps to give an idea of your desired look to your stylist, so that the stylist can find the perfect shade according to your look.