Hair Color FAQ

Hair color can be one of the most transformative beauty services available. It has the power to change your look, enhance facial features and natural coloring, and is the ultimate confidence boost. However, when it comes to coloring one’s hair, there are lots of common questions we hear. Let’s address some of the most common inquiries and emphasize the significance of consulting a professional, well-trained hairstylist.

1. What's the difference between permanent and semi-permanent hair color?

Permanent Hair Color: This type of color alters the natural hair pigment and requires growth or a color-corrective service to be removed. It can cover gray hair efficiently and offers long-lasting results. It’s perfect for those looking for a major change or to cover up grays.

Semi and Demi-Permanent Hair Color: This color sits on the hair's outer layer and gradually fades with washes. It’s great for first-timers, those looking to experiment with different shades, or someone wanting a low-commitment change.

2. Can I go from jet black to platinum blonde in one session?

Realistically, such a drastic change requires multiple sessions to maintain hair health and achieve the desired tone. Pushing the hair to lighten dramatically in one session can lead to severe damage and breakage. This is a perfect example of where professional guidance is crucial.

3. How can I maintain my hair color's vibrancy?

Use professional color-protecting shampoos and conditioners at home, avoid excessive sun exposure, and reduce the frequency of hot tool usage. Regular touch-ups at the salon can also ensure the color remains vibrant. Enjoy an in-salon treatment after your color to maintain that shine, health and wow factor!

4. Why does my blonde hair turn green after swimming?

Chlorine in swimming pools can bind to blonde hair, producing a greenish tint. Using a clarifying shampoo post-swimming or wetting the hair before taking a dip can help prevent this.

5. Can hair color cause allergies?

While rare, allergic reactions to hair color can happen. It’s always recommended to do a patch test 48 hours before full application.

The Importance of Seeing a Professional Hairstylist

Expertise and Experience: Professionals are trained to assess your hair’s condition, thickness, and natural undertones. This knowledge allows them to select the best products and techniques for optimal results.

Customization: Hairstylists can tailor the color mix based on your skin tone, desired outcome, and hair health.

Damage Prevention: Professionals understand the chemistry behind the color. They can minimize damage by ensuring the right amount of processing time and using quality products.

Correction: If something doesn't go as planned, a hairstylist has the skills to correct it. On the other hand, DIY color corrections can be disastrous.

Professional Products: Salons use professional-grade products that are often of higher quality than over-the-counter kits.

While it's tempting to DIY your hair color for convenience or to save money, the nuances and science behind achieving the perfect shade make it worth seeing a professional. Our student professionals are in the process of achieving a world-class education, and are supervised by industry-leading educators. You can feel confident putting your trust in the growing professionals at HDC Halifax. Click here to call and reserve your visit!