Fancy a makeover? Subtle changes through make-up are easily achieved, however a dramatic effect on your overall look can only really be made by making a drastic change to your hair - or hair colour.
Colouring not only spices up your overall image, it can also make some hair types easier to style. Let's come to grips with the different kinds of hair colouring.
Glazing (also called semi-permanent colour, washes, and colour stains) promotes hair shine and texture. It washes out in a maximum of six weeks and only works in one direction – darkening. Professionals strongly recommend staying within two shades of the natural hair colour. Considered to have the ‘gentlest' effect on the hair, glazing can also liberate you from the ‘grey stuff', but only temporarily.
Demi-permanent colour, on the other hand, can enhance your hair's colour. If you are a brunette, demi-permanent colour can lift your hair shade a level lighter. It will take about 1.5 hours in a salon to apply and the colour has a good life span, lasting a maximum of 20 washes.
Permanent color disguises grey hair more extensively. It is a long-term type of colouring, but its biggest disadvantage is a tendency to ruin the hair cuticle unless proper care is taken, increasing the necessity to have the colour applied in a professional salon.
Personally, I always prefer to go down the highlighting and streaking route. This enables you to blend different colours and achieve a unique look. Adding lighter strands in specific areas is common. Blonde is contrasted with dark brunette, while streaks get thicker near the face and finer at the back.
Highlighting the hair also permit a very vanguard appearance – a slight addition of blue/purple gives an attractive shade to black hair, while blonde looks appealing with red!
Last but not least is bleaching and it is an extremely time-consuming procedure. If your skin is olive/caramel then there is a risk of looking ‘artificial' with very white blonde hair (yes, we have all seen it).
This summer, red dyes have become a thing of the past, with blondes and brunettes becoming the centre of attention. Blonde hair goes through the entire shade spectrum – from pale to ash-tone. Black shades are in the spotlight with violet undertones.
After you've dyed your hair, focus on taking the best possible care of it. Weekly deep treatments and regular trims are a must. Roots should be treated every 4-6 weeks, which is especially important when opting for shades very different to your own hair colour.
Apply products for chemically treated hair, otherwise, use a mild shampoo. Wash your hair in cool water; water that is too hot tends to dull colour! Avoid sunlight as much as possible (quite impractical to do that in the UAE, but you can always wear a hat!). When brushing your hair use short strokes – long strokes will remove all the styling products. Finally, keep the dryer as far away from the head as possible.
When colouring hair it is vital to get a professional to do the job. One of the few salons in Dubai that specializes in this area is My Time Hair & Beauty Salon. The salon provides permanent colour, highlighting and bleaching.
Mrs. Annie Barekh, the salon's owner, clarifies, “We always give individual advice to our clients. Sometimes we would recommend one type of hair coloring over another; it all depends on the condition of the hair. We also provide pre-lighting, which is similar to bleaching but not as rough. Moreover, one may opt for our herbal oil that keeps the hair soft and silky. Once the hair has been dyed, our hairstylists apply a special conditioning treatment. It nourishes the hair and prevents it from becoming brittle. A ‘retouch' – root colouring – must be done every 45 days.”