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Hair Colour
Coloured hair lightens and brightens the face, and makes you look better. Before you decide on whether or not you should colour your hair, ask yourself these questions: Do you have split ends Is your hair damaged Has your hair been recently chemically processed (permed or straightened) If your answer no to all three questions, your hair should stand up to colouring without any problem.

Highlights or all-over colouring

The first thing you need to decide is whether you want to highlight strands, or if you want to colour your entire hair. Both look good, and what works for you is a matter of personal choice. Here is a quick comparison:

Highlights tend to look good on straight hair, but if your hair is curly, you could opt for colouring your entire hair.
Highlighted hair is, of course, easier on the hair, as only selected strands of hair are coloured and not the entire hair, but once again, if you take care of your hair after colouring, there will not be any damage.
You could colour your hair at home instead of spending big bucks at a beauty saloon, by simply purchasing a packet of hair colour. Various brands of reputed companies are available in the market. However, you will not be able to give your hair fine highlights without professional help.

I have lovely hair. Will colouring ruin my hair

As long as you look after your hair well after colouring it, the quality of your hair will not go bad. Your hair may dry out a little, but regular oiling would keep the dryness under control. It is a myth that colouring ruins your hair. However, if you neglect your hair after colouring it, if you blowdry it too often and don't bother oiling or conditioning your hair, you will definitely cause it harm. Using colour that is too harsh, or leaving the colour on for too long, may also damage your hair. In any case, your natural hair that grows out will be just as healthy as it always was, and the only portion that will get damaged is the coloured part, so don't believe that your hair will get ruined for life after colouring it! In fact, if your hair is too oily, get it coloured to balance it out.

Should I colour my hair if I have split ends

If your hair is damaged, colouring it will only damage it further. Wait until your hair recovers before subjecting it to any form of chemical treatment.

Why should I do a strand test

If you are colouring your hair by yourself, make sure you do a strand test. Many women apply colour to their hair and wash it off only to find that their hair has not caught any colour at all. So colour a very small portion of your hair first, to see how long you need to leave the colour on. If you have curly hair, leave the colour on for less time than that specified, as curly hair is porous, and catches colour easily. If your hair is straight and healthy, it may take a while longer to colour your hair, so leave it on accordingly. After taking the strand test, you will get a general idea as to whether you need to leave the colour on for more or less time.

After-Colour Care

Oil your hair at least once a week. Apply a generous amount of warm oil to your scalp, and massage well, so the oil spreads right to the ends of your hair. After applying oil, whip up the yoke of an egg and apply it to your hair, for extra conditioning. If you like, you could add curd to this mixture too. All of these natural products are excellent for the hair, and provides it with all the nourishment it needs.

Leave the oil, egg and curd on for at least 45 minutes, and then shampoo your hair. Use a gentle shampoo, preferable one especially formulated for coloured hair.

Apply conditioner after shampooing your hair, to prevent your hair from drying. You could also consider a leave-in conditioner, which is preferable for chemically processed hair.

Natural alternative to conditioner:

Another tip for conditioning hair that works well for me is to simply apply curd to the hair after shampooing, leave on for five minutes, and rinse off. Do not apply shampoo again; simply rinse off the curd with water. This conditions your hair rather well, and keeps frizzy hair in check. However, I do follow up with conditioner, for increased protection.

Natural alternative to leave-in conditioner:

Apply 2-3 drops of oil, more for longer hair, to your palms. Rub them together, and apply to your hair.

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Name: mom-to-be
City:   Houston
Comments:   Is it safe to colour the hair during pregnancyNULL pls let me know...thank you..
Name: Radha
City:   Boston
Comments:   hi mom-to-be. no it is not recommended to colour your hair during pregnancy.
Name: yousra
City:   beaubassin
Comments:   what about natural colouring , like henna NULLi want a red colour .pls give me the recipe thx
Name: Shilpa
City:   Detroit
Comments:   Hi, I colored my hair recently and i am experiencing sever hair loss. How can i repair this damageNULL
Name: nisha
City:   Hongkong
Comments:   Hi, I have long curly and dry hair.I hear that applying egg yoke is really good for dry hair. Am to wash it off with shampoo after applying egg yokeNULL Thanx.
Name: Amanda
City:   Toronto
Comments:   My hair has been dyed many times through out the years. Dark brown is my original colour and Blonde is the colour i have been dying it all the time, now i'm sick of blonde and i want to get rid of it and change to a different colour but dye it one colour and have certain type of streaks. I don't know what to doNULL What colour should i dye itNULL I want it to be fashionable for the season also!
Name: sri
City:   Florida
Comments:   I just want to know if I could use the Henna powder that has an expiration date of OCT.2003. please suggest.
Name: abi
City:   trivandrum,kerala
Comments:   i have long black hair of moderate thickness. i want to have curls at the ends. also i want to have a reddish brown colour for my hair in the natural way. please tell me what to do.
Name: Sandy
City:   Thornloe
Comments:   I have dark brown hair and i have had it dyed several times but i can,t get the right that i want.I go lighter and i was told if i don,t want red in my hair to go to an colour with ash in it.But i still get that orangie red colour what can i doNULLI would like a nice light colour not to blond but in the light brown with highlights no red or orange colour.What can i do to get rid of those bad colours.
Name: gayatri
City:   edison
Comments:   Hi! I used to have straight and silky hair after I start colored my hair its getting dry and little rough.I always blow dry my hair after shampoo. Pls advice me what I need to do To keep my hair straight and silky.
Name: nidhi
City:   delhi
Comments:   i am mom of a 8 month old baby. i had great deal of hairfall. it has reduced now can i highlight my hair
Name: Nicola
City:   London
Comments:   Hi, I have shoulder length hair that I died red a couple of months ago. I now have roots since the colour was permenent, and i have not dyed it again. The colour in my hair now is quite dark, i was wondering, could i use another, lighter dye over the top of the one i already haveNULL it would be semi permemant to avoid the roots problem. or else could i use the same colour dye as before, only semi perm, on my rootsNULL pleas help!
Name: sarita mittal
City:   Glenn Dale
Comments:   i color my hair every month, but after color my hair, it stay only two or three weeks then i see gray hair again. i am tired of coloring my hair, and also my hair is falling.Please help
Name: Rachele
City:   Missouri
Comments:   Hello, I have been dying my hair lightest blonde since forever and now the beautician tried to darken it a little, it turned a grayish tint! HelpNULL do I have to be a bleach blonde forever or is there another shade I can try where it wont turn grayNULL
Name: Alex
City:   Auckland
Comments:   Hi, Great website. I am only 30 and have been going grey over the past two years. I just had a baby and the grey has taken off, nearly 50%. I have been dying the roots but my hair grows so fast I need to touchup every two weeks, what can I doNULL
Name: Thailand
City:   Bangkok
Comments:   Does anybody know where I can buy Melancor in Thailand
Name: Akankshaa
City:   Mumbai
Comments:   hi, please tell me why it happendNULL i have tried for highlighting my hair but there was no color after the wash, i kept it for almost 1&1/2 hr. my hairs are very straight & healthy not too long. please give me the of any loreal beauty parlor near andheri.
Name: sarah
City:   fairgrove
Comments:   i hate the fact that bondles want to be brunettes. i just hate it so much . i think its so stupid. why dont they just stick to there natural color i mean really if u think about it that is the color that looks best on you anyway. well thats just my opion. but just think about it really dont u agree.
Name: brooke wilson
City:   gtyfhe
Name:  cant tellu
City:   gdfthryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
Comments:   my hair is blond and curly do u no any colors i shold consiter thanks tooals

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