Hair dying – An ancient art!

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Hair dying has become so vast that this industry has flourished so much in recent years. In old times hair dyes were just popular amongst middle aged men and women but over the years people of different age groups have started using hair dyes increasingly. Hair dyes are available at every grocery store and even in pharmacies. Hair color was traditionally applied to the hair as one overall color. The modern trend is to use several colors to produce streaks or gradations, not all work on top of a single base color. These are referred to as:

  • Highlighting, where sections of hair are treated with lighteners, usually to create blonde streaks.
  • Lowlighting, where sections of hair are treated with darker hair color.
  • There are also newer application techniques such as ombre, where hair is dark on the crown and bit by bit becomes lighter toward the end.
  • Splashlights, where a horizontal band of bleached hair stretches from ear to ear.

These can be applied by the following methods to get desired results:

  • Foiling, where pieces of foil or plastic film are used to separate off the hair to be colored; especially when applying more than one color.
  • Cap, when a plastic cap is placed tight on the head and strands are pulled through with a hook.
  • Balayage, tipping, or dip-dyeing, where hair color is painted directly onto sections of the hair with no foils used to keep the color contained.

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Skin irritation and allergy

In certain individuals, the use of hair coloring can result in allergic reactions and/or skin irritation. You should always go for a sample test to be sure that you donot have allergic reactions.

Hair breakage

Hair that has been damaged by excessive exposure to chemicals may results in dry, rough and fragile hair. Use special color treatment shampoos and conditioners. Oil your hair regularly and do not forget to use serums.

Skin discoloration

Make sure you apply petroleum jelly on top of your ears and on your forehead to avoid any discoloration, because it looks really bad if you get some color on your skin. Wear gloves while applying color even if you’re using a brush because chances are you might get some color on your hand while mixing your color or even during the application.

Plant based dyes

For all those who cannot apply commercial hair dyes, can use plant based hair dyes that are not harmful and are semi-permanent. Henna is an orange hair dye and sometimes red if the application is prolonged. It is not at all harmful for your hair and makes your hair thick and healthy. In Mughals time henna was used on hair hands and even under feet. They painted their nails with henna to get red or orange toned nails that stayed there for a while.

Latest trends

  • Browns and caramels are really in this year.
  • Low lighting is preferred over highlighting.
  • Burgundy was also seen on many celebs.
  • Streaks of blue, pink and purple are also very popular amongst the younger group of people

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Madiha HassanWritten By Madiha Hassan (95 Posts)

Madiha Hassan is Chief Consultant at IdeasGuild. She is an interior designer, an artist and a blogger.

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