Hair Color for Fall/Winter
By Sumetra Reed
We saw so many amazing, bold and fun hair colors for spring & summer. With the cooler temperatures come warmer hair colors. Many have already added auburn, bronze, copper and honey blonde color(s) to their hair and I must say it looks stunning. Coloring your hair can be damaging so I always say if you don't have experience with coloring your hair, see a professional and get a consultation to make sure coloring is safe for your hair.
Prior to coloring your hair you want to have in mind what look you are going for and how long you want the color to last. Once you know that, you can decide if you want a semi-permanent, demi-permanent or a permanent color. If you have never colored your hair before, I recommend a semi-permanent color. Let’s take a look at the differences between the three.
Semi-permanent color is more of a stain. It does not require a developer and contains no ammonia. It’s great for lifting your natural color and will fade over time because it sits on top of the hair shaft instead of depositing the color into the hair shaft.
Demi-permanent color does not contain ammonia but it does contain a small amount of peroxide. The peroxide helps to open the hair cuticle allowing the color to deposit into the hair shaft but it doesn’t work well for lightening the hair color but great for darkening it. This type of color is great for making more obvious changes to your hair color but similar to the semi-permanent color, it will fade over time, typically after 8 weeks or 12+ washes.
Permanent color is the longest lasting of the color options and will not wash out. To get rid of permanent color it either has to grow out or cut off. Here’s what you need to know about permanent color. It contains both ammonia and peroxide so that the pigment of your hair color is lifted and the new color is deposited. It’s great for covering grays and is the best option if you desire to lift your hair color 1 – 2 shades lighter than your existing color.
I have had all three. I have never experienced any damage but I also included consistent deep conditioning treatment in my regimen to avoid dry brittle hair. My two go two brands are ION and O’Loreal. They both required a developer but worked great for my hair.
One brand that is getting quite a bit of buzz is Creme of Nature's Exotic Shine Color. They just did a huge event in Jacksonville, FL where several of our favorite bloggers and vloggers had their hair colored and styled by Pekela Riley using Creme of Nature's Exotic Shine Color. It's a box color and easy to use and the results were amazing.
If you do decide to color your hair for the fall, do your research, do what’s best for the health and have FUN!