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Dyeing Hair: Is There Anything More To This?

We all love to look attractive with crazy vibrant colors, and the history of dyeing hair is more prosperous than you might think. The colorful history revolutionized into the modern hair coloring industry we know about when the French chemist Eugene Schueller in 1905 invented the first hair dye.

People ditched natural dyes like henna, indigo, turmeric, and amla behind to explore the exciting new world of synthetic dyes. The one thing that stayed common in all the phases is how the chemical compounds altered your hair's color and texture to turn into your desirable color. But is there anything more to the dyeing than just fun?

Sadly, yes. The hair dyeing industry is not discussing the adverse effects of dyeing your hair using harsh chemicals for long, and the popular brands are monetizing over hiding such facts. But fortunately, you're at the correct place as we are here to tell you all about the dyeing world so that next time you want to color your hair, you know what might come out of it.

How dyeing hair can affect them?

When it comes to dyeing hair, a lot of people argue that it is not harmful because the dye does not reach the scalp; the skin does not absorb it, so it cannot damage hair at all. While there is some truth that dyes don't reach the scalp and don't get absorbed by the skin, that does not mean it will not damage.

It is well known that the chemicals found in the dye weaken the hair by the shafts by disrupting the backbones of the chemicals in hair. This weakening of hair causes the hair to break, especially hairs which are at stage 3 that is the hair in the telogen stage. To understand why this is so bad, we have to look at the

Four stages of your hair cycle-

Stage one is Anagen, where the hair grows. It can grow up to 6 years before going into the second stage of the hair cycle.

Stage two is Catagen, in which the hair is in the transformation phase.

Stage three and the worst affected by dyes is the Telogen phase. It is typically 2-3 months long where the hair is shed and is replaced by a new hair in the early

Anagen stage which is also the fourth stage.

Phew! That was a lot of stages of hair, but dyeing hair lead to an early falling of the hair, which is in Telogen, which can seem like accelerated hair loss. And as more and more hair reaches near the end cycle, they will fall faster due to the dye's chemicals. And since the new hair that is to replace this fall, hair has not grown yet reduces your hair density.

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What happens after dyeing hair?

The two main components of dye ammonia and hydrogen peroxide have two separate mechanisms.

Ammonia swells and opens up the hair cuticle, which helps the dye absorb. The peroxide in the dye causes the color change in the hair. Chemical reactions such as oxidation happen in your hair to remove the melanin pigments from them. The amount of peroxide causes different effects.

Are all Dyes same in composition?

Dyes that are lighter in colour have a higher amount of hydrogen peroxide. This is why people who color their hair from a dark color to a lighter color often see their hair's shortening. This is caused by the higher peroxide causing damage and making hair fall from shafts, which makes hair shortening.

Not only this, when people go to a very light color, then they might even experience breakage that can start from the scalp. This often results in a bald spot. Even though this bald spot is temporary, hair growth takes time to leave the spot for a long time.

How much of dyeing hair is too much?

A large majority of people use a temporary dye as it can be hard to commit to hair color. Sometimes you want to dye for a certain occasion or a day or two to experiment. There might be workplaces that do not allow you to have some hair colors. Whatever might be the reason it is temporary, dyes are the most in circulation. This means people might color their hair again and again.

This higher frequency of coloring your hair can lead to more and more damage. After that one round of coloring, your hair is already exposed to damage. It might recover by the natural process of replenishing, but if you color it again, it will be like kicking your hair when they are down. Sometimes as we already told, your scalp might even be exposed after dying your hair, so dying them again can cause damage to your scalp and damage the roots. This can lead to more permanent damage.

Well then, is it not simple? Let's buy a pack of more permanent dyes.

Well, it's not that simple again. While you do not want to damage your hair by reapplying the dye again and again, permanent dyes can cause a lot of damage in one go. Not just that, they can be more expensive, and there will be an additional cost for the products that you will require in order not to lessen the harsh effects of these.

It is also often said that temporary dyes provide a better and more natural color than permanent dyes. Most of the celebrities that go for permanent dyes also use more products to make them look more natural.

Semi-permanent Dyes-

Temporary dyes go away too quickly; permanent ones need too much care. The Goldilocks zone for dyes might as well be semi-permanent dyes.

These dyes do not change the hair's natural color as permanent dyes do by oxidation. It merely adds a layer of color to the one above your natural hair. But it lasts more than temporary colors, so you do not have to apply the dye as often as you have to in case of temporary dyes.

We all can go home and get our favorite color, so hurray, we found the best solution. Again, there is more to the story.

Any hair dye that uses ammonia and peroxide causes damage to your hair. Semi-permanent dyes use ammonia for swelling up the hair for it to absorb the dye. So the damage is inevitable, but it will less than permanent dyes.

Is there any safe alternative to dyeing hair?

To find a solution or alternative, you first need to know what is in those dyes that cause hair fall. Dyes are a mixture of numerous chemicals, but ammonia and hydrogen peroxide are the two for which you can be grateful for this accelerated hair loss.

If you are looking for an alternative, then these are the two chemicals you should focus on. We suggest going for natural dyes if you can because they will not have these chemicals but still always read the label. If you can't find your favorite shade of blue in any of the natural dyes, then pick one with lower amounts of ammonia and hydrogen peroxide.

But what if I still want to dye them?

Okay, we hear you. If these hair dyes are your last resort, then make sure that you use them in the best way possible to cause minimum damage and cause maximum effect. Depending on the type of dye you apply, you need to consider some of the things.

1) For temporary dyes

Make sure you have your hair healthy; if you already have damaged hair or face some hair fall issue, we strongly suggest against it. Once the dye has come off, do not apply the dye for at least a month. To recover your hair from damage, oil them properly. Please have a good hair conditioner and get a shampoo that has its main focus on hair damage.

2) For semi-permanent dyes

DO NOT cheap out on the dye. This color is going to stay for you for a while, so make sure the ingredients are of good quality. Before applying the hair color, take good care of your hair and make sure to repair any previous damage with conditioner and a good shampoo.

3) For permanent dyes

Always go to a professional. These are strong chemicals, and the amount of dye, the process of dying, time of application, etc., should not go wrong. If you feel any irritation, then you can let your stylist know, and your stylist can help you in the process. A good hairstylist will also help you out with a good quality brand. By shelling out a few extra bucks, your hairstylist will also apply additional products to reduce hair damage. Permanent color is a serious commitment, so it makes sense not to cheap out at any cost. 

With all this in mind, we hope you will find the best solution suited for you and have your long, shiny hair intact. If you suffering from Hair problems and want to do something about it, then you can visit our website of Mars by GHC where you can find dermatologist recommended products such as Minoxidil, Finasteride, Anti-DHT Shampoo and many more.

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