Avoid Hair Dye Disasters- Part 1

hair dye disasterIf you’re brave, you’ve probably tried dying your hair at home to save a few bucks. And chances are high that one of those times you messed up. Well fear not DIY hair-dyers! There are some amazing tips here to help you look as golden good as Jen Aniston. Follow these celebrity stylist tips to gorgeous locks every time – even at home!

According to Aura Friedman, a premier colorist at the Sally Hershberger Downtown Salon, the main thing to consider when coloring your hair is the darkness of your mane, how light you want to go, the current condition of your hair and its texture, porosity and density. Porosity is the hair’s ability to retain moisture. Cuticle layers have to lift to let color and moisture in and they have to close back down to keep them in.

Dark Curly or Coarse Hair

Curly hair naturally has a rougher cuticle and is more porous than other textures, making it easier for the strands to absorb color quickly. Curly hair is more fragile and dryer than other hair textures, though. All-over coloring, bleaching and lightening affect the hair cuticle and can cause damage, dryness and dullness.

Dark Fine or Thick Straight Hair

Women with dark fine, straight hair have to be cautious as well. Fine hair processes a lot quicker since it’s thinner and less dense than other textures. If you’re not careful, the hair will damage just as easily.

Light Fine or Thick Hair

If you’re blond and want to go dark, it shouldn’t be a problem since you are just depositing color onto your hair. “Adding color to hair is not damaging, it’s when you are lifting color that there is a problem because you are literally whittling down your hair shaft. That’s how abrasive lightening hair can be,” explains Aura.

Types of Hair Color


Permanent color is necessary when you want to drastically alter the color of your hair. This color process uses a hydrogen peroxide and ammonia-based product that lifts the cuticle layer to allow for color deposits deep within the hair shaft. The color can’t be washed out, but it can gradually lose its intensity over time.


Semi-permanent color does not last as long as permanent color. Color is coated on the outermost layers of your strands as well as absorbed lightly within the hair shaft depending on the porosity of the hair. (Note: Porous hair absorbs more color than nonporous hair.) It can’t lighten hair. Color lasts up to three months, gradually fading away with each shampoo.


Temporary color or rinses coat the outermost layer of your hair strand. It can’t lighten hair, so instead it’s often used as an enhancer to your natural color, making it darker or richer. When applied to pre-lightened or very porous hair, temporary color may stain the hair shaft. It’s safe to use after a chemical relaxer process and will fade away after a couple washes.


Henna deposits color onto the hair, but can’t lighten strands. It’s a natural, plant-based alternative to chemical dyes. It doesn’t contain harsh ammonias and peroxides, and often imparts thickness and shine.

Check back next week for the second part about picking the right hue!