A semi-permanent mousse is perhaps one of the ideal products for toning brassy hair. This is because it does not cause any hair damage like the permanent colors and that you can use it in the shower post shampooing. If you use a good quality mousse, it can take less than five minutes to restore the brassy hair to its original, salon blonde hair.
Most mousses are such that you can apply them as often as necessary to get your manes even conditioned well. However, you may use them only once a week and after every shampoo for retaining an ash or silver tone. It also does not take much time in mixing and applying the content of a mousse. For 5 minutes longer in the shower, you can get rid of brassy hair and step out with salon blonde hair again. For best results for blonde hair, the mousse from Schwarzkopf Igora is worth trying.
A high lift blonde color is required to dye hair blonde without bleach, along with other typical tools such as brush and tinting bowl. Usually, the color that you select must be an ash tone, as it is needed to neutralize those unwanted yellow and orange pigment surfacing while lightening. These pigments are always seen when you apply a warmer shade.
A salon quality high lift is required if you need maximum lift along with a robust toning effect. A box dye will not do here, as they can neither high lift nor lighten up your manes. To save your time and avoid confusion while selecting from several promising brands, we recommend you Matrix for dark hair, as it is safe for lightening purpose. You can even rely on Schwarzkopf Igora and Wella Koleston, which have additional ash tone for avoiding gold and orange tones.
A semi-permanent color or Level 1 color is convenient for coloring your hair at home, by experimenting with new shades easily. Such a color can enhance natural color or modify it a bit, color your manes darker, deliver special effects such as lowlights on darker hair, and blend gray by giving those strands a lighter shade of the desired color. However, a semi-permanent color is not for lightening hair color, modifying to a completely different hair color, or for coloring more than 50% gray. It is ammonia free, has no peroxide at all unlike demi-permanent colors, lasts for 6-12 shampoos, and is gentler than several demi and permanent dyes. Clairol and L’Oreal are certainly a few best brands to offer such dyes.
A demi-permanent color is a ‘Level 2’ option that lasts much more than semi permanents without harming the strands, even if they are damaged. It lasts for up to 26 shampoos, has less quantity of peroxide to lift the cuticle only a bit, and has no ammonia. Such a color type is a deposit only color because it does alter the natural pigmentation but just adds color, shine, and volume. Thus, it is great for enhancing the prevalent hair color. It is preferable for covering the highlights, refreshing a bit faded look with shine, or changing to a darker shade.
Because the added color mixes with larger pigment molecules, it takes time for the color to fade or wash out. A demi-permanent color blends gray with a natural effect of highlighting and is ideal to cover 25% gray strands. Some of the top brands to consider for such colors are Paul Mitchell, Matrix, Wella Koleston, Schwarzkopf, and Clairol.
It is always wise to match the hair color to the skin tone before buying it. For this purpose, you need to try out the promising color hues. For a skin tone that is pale warm, you have three hue options namely, blonde, red, and brunette.
An ash blonde shade or other blonde hues with a tint of honey are considered warm to match well with your skin tone. You can even go for something too golden for enhancing the existing pink undertones on skin and consequently obtaining a refined, too warm outcome.
For a striking brunette look, a golden brown shade is your best choice. However, the extent of warmth you choose is fully dependent on your complexion’s undertones. In case of any doubt, a salon expert’s advice is useful. Professional brands such as Schwarzkopf have all these warm tones on offer.
Ademi-permanent hair color does not contain ammonia but do have milder chemicals than permanent colorants along with a little concentration of peroxide. It is a class-2 colorant and is also termed a deposit-only color. The color is gets deposited in the same way as a permanent hair color but without discarding the natural pigment of hair. As a result, such a color is incapable of lightening the existing hair color. You only can accomplish a similar or darker shade.
You can expect a natural look but it is not as uniform as permanent color. The color is likely to wash out within 28 shampoos but can last for more time if you have a very porous hair. After this, your manes restore to the former color.
Consider using a demi-permanent color for weak and damaged hair. A demi-permanent color is the second best option for covering gray without any more damage. A famous and reliable example is L’Oreal Casting Creme Gloss.
At first determine your existing hair color. There are 10 levels of hair color and each of them is represented by a number from 1 to 10. 1 is the darkest and 10 is the lightest. Understanding this will help you decide your new hair color. The first number in a shade number on the front of the pack represents the level of that hair color. If you have colored hair, before the coloring process you may have to pre-lighten your hair. Slightly darken the hair color.
After this, find a shade that best suits your current hair color. If you have a doubt between two shades, pick the lightest. If your hair is lacking any coloring process, you can choose a shade that is lighter than your natural color.
Find a shade up to 2 shades darker than your current color. Also decide whether you need a natural shade or want to add some reflects. If you would like a very natural looking shade, choose a shade that is your desired level (1-10), that has a zero after the first number. 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 and 90 are pure, natural shades. If you would like to add some reflects to your color then choose a shade that has a number other than zero after the first shade number: 41, 53, 56, 62 and 83.
The second number indicates a reflect that is added to the base color to put in shimmer and luster. You will be most suited to cool reflect tones if your skin has a pink undertone. Warm tones are best suited for people who tan easily. If your skin has a yellow undertone, you will be most suited to warm reflect tones.
Whether it is to restore radiance to dull hair or for changing colors, the best way out to transform the look is make use of the techniques lowlight or highlight. An important facet before you go ahead is to be well informed regarding what you need, say experts at Paul Mitchell.
This coloring technique adds different shades to certain strands of hair so that it ends up having depth, texture, volume and contemporary hues. The main focus here is on certain parts of hair.
Highlights complement natural hair. But sometimes women overdo it and as a result stylists are forced to use lowlights to tone them down. When highlights are overdone, it can make your face and skin look dull. Lowlights on the other hand help create a vibrancy of color that bring out your face and skin.
Tips for various hair types:
Those who are endowed with dark hair remember, you should not go more than three shades lighter than their natural color for highlights and tones of red and tortoise (a blend of copper and gold) colors work best for lowlights.
For those with Brown Hair red lowlights make highlights look much more natural on brunettes.
You have a gamut of colors to choose from for highlights and don’t have to adhere to the three shade role. Golden and copper colors work best for lowlights.
After having colored your hair blonde, the first thought that comes into your mind is how to make the color last for long. Experts at Schwarzkopf suggest certain rituals and treatments that would allow you to enjoy this blonde hair. Whether it is a natural blonde or a blonde that is obtained from color treatments, it needs more care than the regular darker shades. Naturally blonde women have hair that is finer than those with other colors. In case you have colored your hair blonde, the chemicals leave your hair limp and dull.
Following are some suggestions that the experts at Schwarzkopf provide:
Blonde goes well with Silver and Gold. You can maintain this color using products that will make your hair ultra shiny and healthy looking.
Products like intense moisturizers with transparent ingredients help in removing the dullness of the hair.
Special conditioning products contain ingredients that absorb ingredients like magnesium from tap water and makes hair naturally shiny.
Sometimes you can go the extra mile by adding gold and silver pigments. These pigments intensify hair and provide it light reflections that are appealing to the eyes.
However you must remember that while stepping out in the sun, you need to take extra care by using UV products and wearing hats so that the rays of the sun are kept out.
The need to remove gold from your hair arises if you have lightened your hair color and it has washed out. Washing out of hair color results in brassiness of hair. To remove it you don’t have to be a professional. Experts from Schwarzkopf suggest certain tips that you can follow:
Use a brightening shampoo and conditioner that are specially formulates with blue based dyes to counteract the gold brassy tones. Shampoo and condition for a week and if the desired outcome is not obtained, try using a toner.
Choose a blue-based color toner, such as ash light, medium or dark ash blond, to offset the brassy tones. Mix a level-10 developer cream to the toner and follow instructions
Make sure you wear latex gloves and use a color application brush. Mix the application until it is uniformly thick.
Wrap a towel around your neck prior to applying color. Part your hair into four sections and secure each section using a large clip.
Remove the clip from one of the sections and apply the color solution from roots to the ends. Repeat the procedure until all the sections are covered.
Allow the color solution to set in for about 10 minutes and test a strand for color. If the brassiness still exists wait for another 10 minutes.
Rinse your hair with warm water until all traces of color have gone and water runs clear.
Apply a small amount of conditioner to the hair and work it evenly through. Rinse your hair.