People color their hair for a variety of different reasons. Some may not like their natural hair color, while others want to cover up gray hair. Whatever your reason for coloring your hair, you should know the difference between permanent and wash out hair coloring. Each has its pros and cons. The trick is to find which works best for your hair type and age.
Wash Out Hair Color
Today many women like to change both the style and color of their hair. Changing your hair color can be a dramatic change to your appearance and it’s relatively easy to do. Best of all, if you don’t like the results, you can always change it back. For younger people and those who change their hair color often, a wash out color is usually the best choice. Unlike permanent hair dyes that leave you with roots to deal with in about a month, wash out hair coloring allows your hair to return completely to its natural color. Within about six to eight weeks your hair should be back to its natural shade. Wash out hair coloring does not cause as much damage to the hair. For people who constantly like to change hair shades, this is the best option. You can have the color you desire without destroying your hair. A wash out hair color will also work well for women who have some gray hair or are just starting to go gray. They can keep their natural hair shade and still cover up the gray. However, the more you shampoo the more the gray hair will start to reappear. Wash out color can only be used to darken or maintain your current hair shade. For example, you can not use this type of coloring to change brown hair to blonde.
Permanent Hair Color
Permanent hair coloring is usually favored among women who have a great deal of gray hair. When the hair grows out, only the gray hair appearing in the roots are visible. With frequent touch-ups, the gray hair can almost be hidden completely. Women who choose to go blond or lighten their hair can only do so by using a permanent hair coloring. While a permanent hair dye can give you the color you desire, you may want to consider the long term affects. Constantly bleaching your hair will cause damage and may result in excess hair loss. Most hair stylists recommend that you only change your hair color by two or three shades. This means that if your hair is dark brown, it’s probably best not to try and go blond, at least not for a long period of time.
Whether you choose to try a permanent or wash out color, you will get better results if you choose a natural looking shade that compliments your skin tone. While you should like the color of your hair, it is just as important to have healthy looking hair.