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Hair Color Vs Hair Dye Which One To Choose?

Many of us are unaware of the difference between hair dye and hair color and often choose the wrong thing for our hair. Let us explain the difference to you today. A hair dye penetrates deep into the surface of the hair whereas the hair color stays on the surface and only paints the hair from the outside because of which the hair color only stays for a little while. If you use a hair color you will need to touch up repeatedly. Thus now you know that the difference between a hair dye over the hair color. Different types of hair dyes and hair colors are available both online and in stores and you can select the one you like.

Revlon Colorsilk Beautiful Color, Permanent Hair Dye with Keratin, 100% Gray Coverage, Ammonia Free, 11Soft Black (Pack of 3)


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Revlon Colorsilk Beautiful Color, Permanent Hair Dye with Keratin, 100% Gray Coverage, Ammonia Free, 11Soft Black (Pack of 3)

Arctic Fox Vegan and Cruelty-Free Semi-Permanent Hair Color Dye (8 Fl Oz, VIRGIN PINK)


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Arctic Fox Vegan and Cruelty-Free Semi-Permanent Hair Color Dye (8 Fl Oz, VIRGIN PINK)

L’Oreal Paris Feria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color, Smokey Silver, Pack of 1, Hair Dye


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Arctic Fox Semi Permanent Hair Dye – Aquamarine 4 oz


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L’Oreal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying + Shine Permanent Hair Color, 3C Cool Darkest Brown, Pack of 1, Hair Dye


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Got2b Metallic Permanent Hair Color, M69 Amethyst Chrome


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L’Oreal Paris Feria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color, Fuchsia-cha, Pack of 1, Hair Dye


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Adore Semi-Permanent Haircolor #150 Platinum 4 Ounce (118ml)


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Keracolor Clenditioner Color Depositing Conditioner Colorwash, Rose Gold, 12 fl oz


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Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color Nourishing Hair Color Creme, IN1 Dark Intense Indigo (Packaging May Vary), 1 Count


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Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color Nourishing Hair Color Creme, IN1 Dark Intense Indigo (Packaging May Vary), 1 Count

SHRINE DROP IT Hair Dye – Pink


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John Frieda Precision Foam Color, Dark Natural Brown 4N, Full-coverage Hair Color Kit, with Thick Foam for Deep Color Saturation


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John Frieda Precision Foam Color, Dark Natural Brown 4N, Full-coverage Hair Color Kit, with Thick Foam for Deep Color Saturation

JOI COLOR INTENSITY Semi-Permanent Creme Hair Color (w/Sleek Heart-Shaped Mirror) Cream Haircolor Dye, NO DEVELOPER REQUIRED! (TITANIUM)


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JOI COLOR INTENSITY Semi-Permanent Creme Hair Color (w/Sleek Heart-Shaped Mirror) Cream Haircolor Dye, NO DEVELOPER REQUIRED! (TITANIUM)

Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Coverage Hair Color, Deep Medium Natural Brown (Glazed Walnut) 500 (Packaging May Vary), Pack of 1


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L’Oreal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying + Shine Permanent Hair Color, 9 Natural Blonde, Pack of 1, Hair Dye


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L'Oreal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying + Shine Permanent Hair Color, 9 Natural Blonde, Pack of 1, Hair Dye

Schwarzkopf Keratin Color Anti-Age Hair Color Cream, 5.3 Berry Brown (Packaging May Vary)


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Schwarzkopf Color Ultime Permanent Hair Color Cream, 8.4 Light Copper Red


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SEBASTlAN USA COTY CELLOPHANES, Hair Color Revitalizer with A3 Complex Conditioner, Deposit Only, Ammonia-Free, Peroxide-Free (w/Sleek Rat Tail Comb) Haircolor Dye (VANILLA BLONDE – 10.1 OZ)


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SEBASTlAN USA COTY CELLOPHANES, Hair Color Revitalizer with A3 Complex Conditioner, Deposit Only, Ammonia-Free, Peroxide-Free (w/Sleek Rat Tail Comb) Haircolor Dye (VANILLA BLONDE - 10.1 OZ)

Manic Panic Electric Lizard Hair Dye – Classic High Voltage – Semi Permanent Hair Color – Neon Lime Green Shade – Glows in Blacklight – Vegan, PPD & Ammonia-Free – For Coloring Hair on Women & Men


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Manic Panic Electric Lizard Hair Dye - Classic High Voltage - Semi Permanent Hair Color - Neon Lime Green Shade - Glows in Blacklight - Vegan, PPD & Ammonia-Free - For Coloring Hair on Women & Men

SARMOCARE DIY Hair Dye Coloring Beauty Tool Kit, Hair Coloring Cape, Dyeing Brush and Comb, Hair Tinting Bowl, Rubber Ear Cover, Hand Cover,Hair Dye Hairpin for DIY Salon Hair Dye Tool


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SARMOCARE DIY Hair Dye Coloring Beauty Tool Kit, Hair Coloring Cape, Dyeing Brush and Comb, Hair Tinting Bowl, Rubber Ear Cover, Hand Cover,Hair Dye Hairpin for DIY Salon Hair Dye Tool

Types of hair dyes or colors.

It is said that between 65 and 75 percent of women dye their hair and the ratio of men who dye their hair is also almost the same. A few types of hair dyes are as follows.

Permanent Hair Dye

Permanent hair dyeing employs a procedure that strips the hair cuticles of their real color and adds the new shade. When the color wears off all you have to do is touch up the roots so the color is maintained. Permanent hair dye is dangerous when you do it yourself because this should only be done in salons. Permanent hair dye is an expensive thing and not many people can afford this procedure.

Semi-permanent hair dye

Semi-permanent hair dye is widely used by most people because it is inexpensive and a good alternative. These dyes last for about 8 to 20 washes and it depends upon the quality of the brand that you use. To prolong the life span of the color you can use color enhancing glazes and shampoos to prolong the effect. Similar to the permanent dyes, semi-permanent hair color also colors the hair deeply but not as deeply as the permanent ones. These semi-permanent hair colors can change the color of the hair and make the hair luscious the only problem when using semi-permanent hair dye is that it is difficult to choose from a wide range of brands.

Temporary hair dyes

Temporary hair dyes usually are found in the form of rinses, gels, pastes, mousses, or sprays. These hair dyes barely cover the surface of the hair. They don’t strip the hair of their natural color rather only add another coating to the hair. The temporary hair dye usually lasts until about three washes. Because of this reason they are very popular among youngsters because they can change their hair whenever they like and they don’t have to stay stuck with one color. It is temporary color but it doesn’t mean that they don’t damage the hair some of the hair colors have chemicals that harm the hair.

Gradual/progressive hair dyes

Gradual or progressive dyes are most common among men. These dyes have lead acetate that penetrates the hair cuticle and causes a reaction with the hair protein and sulfurs, which result in darkening the hair shaft. The darkening of the hair depends on the frequency of the use of these dyes. If you use this colorless often then the hair will gradually and quickly return the color that the dye was supposed to cover. 

Highlights

Highlighting the hair causes the least damage to the hair if used when there the hair is not dyed before but if the hair already is colored or treated then it can cause more damage to the hair or if the hair.

How to choose the right hair colors?

To choose a hair dye it is very important now that we are aware of the types of hair dye we may be able to select the dyes better. Most hair dyes have harmful chemicals in them because of which the hair can be damaged. To minimize the amount of damage to hair select a good quality product with color that is closest to your natural hair color. If you go for a color that is very light the chances of hair damage becomes more. Once you know which hair dye and which brand you want to use, the next step is choosing the right hair color.

Those with cool skin tones usually have very pale skin with pink or no undertone. Those people who have lighter skin may have a bluish-red undertone. If you have one of these then choose a hair color similar to platinum or a cool ash blonde or wheat to chestnut brown. Avoid choosing red shades that will not go with your natural coloring.

Those people who have medium to deeper cool skin tones usually have an olive undertone. If you belong within this category, you will look great in dark browns, deep burgundy reds, or even bluish-black hairs.

People who have warm skin tones usually have a peach or golden undertone. Those who belong to the lighter category usually have ivory, creamy beige, peaches, and cream, or a golden tan skin color. If this is you, then lighter hair colors with a decidedly warm undertone like beige blondes, strawberry reds, and pale golden browns are the perfect ones for you.

Those people who have a little warmer skin tones usually have more yellow-red undertone. Choose richer shades like deep honey blondes, chestnut browns, or copper reds.

Some commonly asked questions

How to tell if the product is hair dye or hair color?

If the product that you use is long-lasting and you don’t have to repeatedly touch the roots it means that you are using a hair dye, it is long-lasting and permanent. A hair dye is made up of strong chemicals that adhere to the hair for a long time. But at the same time, they have harmful effects on the hair as well. Whereas a hair color is usually mild on the hair and doesn’t harm the hair. Hair colors only color the surface of the hair and thus keep the hair safe from adverse effects.

Is semi-permanent hair dye as dangerous as the permanent hair dye?

As the name indicates semi-permanent hair dye is no doubt harmful to the hair but the intensity is less than the permanent hair dye. The reason behind is semi-permanent hair dye doesn’t have bleach in it. The semi-permanent hair dye is not chemically as strong and is less harsh on the hair that’s why it can easily be applied directly to the hair. The hair may repair from the damage caused by the permanent hair dye but the problem is that it fades after 8 to 10 washes. But those people who have grey hair is not much effective for them.

Which ingredients must be excluded when looking for hair color?

There are some chemicals that everyone should be aware of and they are very harmful to the hair so one must always be cautious when buying a hair color. Chemicals such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Parabens, Ammonia, and Resorcinol must be avoided when buying a hair dye. The composition of our hair consists of Keratin and the harmful chemicals threaten the texture, quality, thickness, and color. Harmful outcomes like scalp irritation, allergies, hair fall, headaches, fatigue, and even cancer may take place. Some of the chemicals also stop hair growth after applying for some time.

Precautions while using a hair dye or hair color

Always use a good quality shampoo for the color to last and improve the health of the treated hair.

Never use the products containing sulfate on colored hair.

Make use of clarifying shampoos on color-treated hair only before coloring.

Always oil the hair for at least 3-4 times in a month.

Revlon Colorsilk Beautiful, Permanent Hair Dye

Ammonia-Free, Permanent hair dye that can be done at home

100% coverage

Lasting, high-definition color and glossy shine

Revlon 3D Color Gel Technology gives rich, natural-looking, multi-tonal color from top to bottom

Makes hair silky, shiny, healthy, and make them better looking than before coloration

Has Keratin and Silk Amino Acid

Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme

Enriched with color boost technology & a blend of triple fruit oils–avocado, olive & shea to create permanent hair color, even for darker hair

It is rich in color and has non-drip crème formula.

Perfect for normal hair

Nourish your hair with hair color & hair care from Garnier.

This is easy to use hair dye and can be applied at home as well.

Arctic Fox Vegan and Semi-Permanent Hair Color Dye

Formulated with vegan ingredients with no animal byproducts. 

No harmful chemicals are used in Arctic Fox hair dye so the hair isn’t damaged as the chemical-based hair colors do

Arctic Fox hair dyes are gentle on hair and can be used again and again and conditions the hair to restore vibrancy.

Long-lasting Colors doesn’t Smear and has a sweet scent

Make the hair vibrant, glossy, and shiny.

Doesn’t contain peroxide, ammonia, ethyl alcohol, or PPD.

L’Oreal Paris Excellence Creme Permanent Hair Color

It is made up of triple protection system that seals, replenishes, and conditions the hair

The hair color provides 100% coverage.

The hair is protected with its excellent formula and is kept glossy and shiny till the next hair color.

This color is long-lasting and provides lasting radiance to the hair.

It colors the hair from root to tip without causing any damage to the hair.

The color doesn’t fade away after a few washes and stays on the hair for quite some time.

Doesn’t contain harmful chemicals that would harm the hair

Garnier Olia Ammonia-Free Brilliant Color Oil-Rich Permanent Hair Color

It is made up of the formula for making the hair look healthy.

 It is made up of an exclusive 60% oil blend with natural flower oils.

The hair color is free from ammonia

Nourishes the hair from root to tip

Makes the hair look glossy and shiny along with conditioning the hair.

This hair color provides all the care that is needed for our hair.

The color lasts longer on the hair and is safe to use.

It is easy to apply and can be applied at home as well.

Adore Semi-Permanent Haircolor

Gives hair a beautiful, glossy and a shiny feel

Free from alcohol, peroxide, and ammonia

Semi-permanent hair color.

Punky Alpine Green Semi-Permanent Conditioning Hair Color

The most vibrant color that your hair deserves

These cool hair colors are made without acid dyes

This hair color leaves the hair silky, smooth, soft, and conditioned.

The hair color is long-lasting and doesn’t wear off after only a few washed.

The hair color is highly pigmented and made up of completely vegan products

This hair dye is very easy to apply and can easily be applied at home.

Just For Men Easy Comb-In Color

This formula automatically stops coloring the hair after 10 minutes, so your hair won’t become too dark

This is as easy as combing your hair

This is a long-lasting hair color that stays in the hair for as long as eight weeks.

This not only colors the hair but also conditions them and makes them soft, smooth and shiny

The comb applicator helps to color the hair, especially where they are grayer.

Godefroy Professional Hair Color

This can be used on beards as well as mustaches, sideburns, temples, anywhere you need a little color.

Covers the gray hair from root to tip.

It is very easy to use so you can do anywhere you want.

 Nourishes the hair and conditions them.

It has a cream formula that does not drip for applying easily. 

This product shouldn’t be used on the eyelashes or eyebrows.

Wella Blondor Multi Blonde Powder Lightener

This color provides intense and vibrant colors to the hair

This hair color is made up of high-quality ingredients.

This is best for hair care and is gentle on hair.

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