24 May, 2010

Does hair colour damage hair in the long run?

Many want to experiment with their looks and go for global colouring or highlights. We get two experts to help you decide if hair colour damages hair in the long run.

Hair colour damages hair in the long run.

Currently, there are 78 shades of hair colour available in the market. There are three types of hair colour: permanent, semi-permanent and temporary. All have chemicals in varying levels. Permanent dyes are harsher than the other variants. The dye mixture makes the hair shaft swell to accept the colour. Our hair has a form of protein known as keratin and the sulphur in the dye oxidizes with the chemicals and the hair protein to allow colour change.

Shirin Merchant, Proprietor of Kut & Make Salon says,
• Hair colouring, if not done properly may cause damage. Colouring opens up the cuticles on the hair shaft and dries up the cotex (second layer of hair) making it brittle and easily breakable.
• Over use of dyes, dyes left to develop for more than required time and other form of abuse can damage hair. After care with proper products is necessary to maintain the health of the hair.
Sunita Motwani-Makhija, Director, Schnell Hans chain of Beauty Schools and Salons, Mumbai, says,
• Chemicals in the hair colour do dry out hair but it is not just the colour but the after care which decides the condition of the hair in the long run.
• Protect hair with colour specific products to prevent dryness or dulling in the long run. There are many mild shampoos or conditioners for coloured hair. The ones which are ‘sulphate’ free react less with your hair and colour.

The experts are unanimous on the negative effects of excess usage of hair colour in the long run. But they do agree that with proper care of coloured hair, the damage caused can be minimized to a large extent. So colour your hair with caution and use products especially designed for coloured hair for a healthy and glossy mane!

Parimita Chakravorty


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