There is a great debate among naturals concerning hair color and dye. Is the hair still natural if it is colored? Are there chemicals in hair color like those found in relaxers? Will hair color cause natural hair to become straight over time? It’s a common topic of concern among naturals because once having gone natural, many wish to also implement healthy hair care practices and to use products that are safer for their hair and the environment.
There is a difference between hair color found in Walgreens, Rite Aid or a local beauty supply store and hair color which can only be purchased by licensed beauticians. Not all hair colorants are made equal. In addition to the products containing different elements, there are different types of hair colors for different uses.
Types of hair color:
Temporary– Is easily shampooed away from the hair also known as a rinse. It also helps fix yellowing hair and can be used more often. This includes spray on, mascara, bigen, colored styling and products.
Semi Permanent– Adds gentle color to the hair and tones prelightened hair. It doesn’t lift color but provides almost a “color coating” and lasts from 4-6 weeks.
Demi Permanent– Great for blending gray hair, bringing out natural hair color and fills in unwanted color. It cannot lighten the hair and contains a lesser amount of harsh ingredients.
Permanent– Completely changes haircolor and covers gray hair. This type of color can lighten or bleach the hair so bright, bold colors can be introduced.
Natural, Organic, Vegetable Hair Color
While natural to use, these types of hair colorants offer a tint to the hair but don’t lighten the hair. They most often need to sit on the hair longer to see results and can be messy to use, such as henna. The common issue with natural hair color is that applying this type of color may make the hair resistant to receiving salon quality hair color in the future.
Brush On Hair Color
Men’s hair color products such as Just For Men or Bigen contain metallic salts. This type of color has to be applied often and may encourage the hair to change color gradually. This is often used for lining, beard and mustache hair.
Now let’s take a look at ingredients. Many have said that hair color automatically means you are no longer natural. Some refer to natural as texture alone and some consider natural hair includes using natural products as well.
Hair Colors and Lighteners will often contain the following ingredients: