Hair color is a powerful tool for self-expression, and many people opt for semi-permanent hair color to experiment with different shades and styles. However, there is one common mistake that many people make when using semi-permanent hair color that can lead to disappointing results. In this blog post, we will uncover this common mistake and provide you with a simple yet effective solution.
What is semi-permanent hair color?
Allow us to take a moment to refresh our mind. Unlike permanent hair color, which penetrates the hair shaft and can alter its natural pigment, semi-permanent hair color coats the hair's outer layer with color molecules. These molecules do not penetrate as deeply, resulting in a temporary color change that gradually fades with each shampoo.
Don’t shampoo after?
A common pitfall that many people fall into, and should be avoided is shampooing after applying semi-permanent hair color. Following your initial application of semi-permanent hair color, it is important to not shampoo your hair. This may seem counterintuitive, as shampooing is typically a regular part of our hair care routine. However, there is a specific reason why it is important to skip this step after coloring with semi-permanent hair color.
The purpose of shampooing is to clean the hair, which is why hair color molecules also wash off during the process. Therefore, shampooing after your first semi-permanent hair color application will result in premature color fading. While it may be tempting to shampoo your hair after coloring, it is important to resist the urge. Instead, focus on rinsing your hair with cool water to remove any excess dye without stripping away the color. Your normal hair care routine can be resumed on your next designated hair washing day, using products for color-treated hair to maintain the vibrancy and longevity of your semi-permanent hair color.
The simple solution
Allow us to present you with the solution to this commonly made mistake: shampoo the hair beforehand. Shampooing your hair before applying the color is of utmost importance as it eliminates product buildup, oils, and impurities. This enables the color to effectively penetrate the hair strands. Additionally, it should be noted that most semi-permanent hair colors are designed to be applied to freshly washed hair.
Final tips for vibrant, longer-lasting color
It is important to follow the instructions provided with the semi-permanent hair color product. This includes the recommended processing time and any post-color care recommendations. Taking proper care of your colored hair, such as using color-protecting hair products, can also help maintain the vibrancy of your color and prevent faster color fading. It’s advisable to limit the use of heat-styling tools, as excessive heat can cause color to fade. If you do use heat-styling tools, always apply a heat protectant before styling your hair.We hope you found our blog post on avoiding a common mistake with semi-permanent hair color helpful. Shampooing your hair before applying the color, rather than after, can make a big difference in the longevity and vibrancy of the color. Do not let this mistake ruin your hair color experience - follow our advice and achieve the best results. Thank you for reading, and we hope you enjoy beautiful, vibrant hair with Bigen’s semi-permanent hair color selection.