Saturday, 21 December 2013

Semi Permanent Colour

If you've been a reader of my blog for a while then you'll know that since I started my hairdressing course I've been really keen to get my hair into a good condition.  I have a blog post here all about what I've been doing and little hints and tips. 

I've recently learnt a few things about DIY semi permanent hair colour so I wanted to share them with you as I figured most people have some sort of colour on their hair.

A small history of my hair colour... naturally I have a medium brown shade with a slight red tone.  I have had my hair postbox red, chunks of blond in all different tones.  For the lead up to my wedding I grew all of the colour out and had my hair my natural shade.  As this took so long I didn't want to ruin my hard work so I kept my hair this colour for a while but then the boredom set in so I got a huge chunk blonde underneath my part on one side - pictured above and below.


After a while I got bored of this so currently I have the L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss on my hair in Cherry Red or Berry Red (I used to flit between the two)  I did this as they claim to last up to 28 washes so I liked that after this time it would be gone and my hair would be back to normal.  Now when I say 'currently' I mean that I haven't coloured it in months now but here is where I get to the whole point of the blog post... I've found out something pretty important about the semi permanent colours.  

If you apply a semi permanent colour onto the same areas hair a few times, it takes it from a temporary change to a permanent change.  As red fades, I never applied the colour only to the root like I should have done, instead I threw it all over my head.  So now I'm left with two options, as the colour have now been trapped permanently under the cuticle of each strand I can either allow it to grow out or have a bleach wash to strip the colour (which apparently isn't as severe as it sounds but still means I will need a fellow hairdresser to do it for me) 

Another point is that there's another lady on my course that does the same thing with her long brown hair and the tutor pointed out that the tips of her hair are a lot darker than the roots.  When we picked up her pony and put the two together there's a huge difference this is because the older hair at the ends has been coloured over and over again.  So she is also in the same position as me with the options she has available to her.  If you were to visit a salon, certain colour corrections can be expensive so I wanted to put this knowledge out there just incase  you do the same.

Just to add... I realise I can keep colouring over my now permanent shade but the whole point of me choosing semi permanent is so that I could go back to my natural shade within a certain amount of washes.  

I hope you've found this helpful.  I appreciate it's one of my more random topics but I run this blog true to me, who I am and my thoughts.  As I didn't know that you could turn something temporary into permanent I figured you might not know either!

1 comment:

  1. I had that very issue and after using various colours (semis) from 2008 to 2011 my hair was in a pickle! I have grown all the colour out now finally so I can now have the highlights I've been wanting without fear of them going orange! I have been having strand tests at every hair cut n it's now ready and I'm booked in for 3rd Jan! Sooooo excited! Hope u had a fab Xmas Xx


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