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The science behind colour treatments

23 July 2018
The science behind colour treatments
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The beautiful thing about hair is that it lets you express yourself in a variety of ways without having to say a single word. Sometimes, though, we want to explore our creativity and tell a story that stretches beyond the boundaries of the natural colour of our locks.

And that’s where the magic of colour treatment comes in. Looking to go strawberry blonde, honey brown or light auburn? How about something even more adventurous, like bubblegum blue, or even pastel pink? The variety of hair dye colours is countless, and there’s sure to be something that mimics your mood.

But have you ever stopped to wonder how products create that shade you love? Don’t worry, we’re here to help!

The science behind colour treatments

The science behind hair dye

Hair is made predominantly from keratin, the same protein you’ll find in your fingernails. Two pigments in the protein, eumelanin and pheomelanin, dictate the colour of the strands. The former is responsible for blacks and browns, and the latter, orange, blonde and red. It’s the combination of the two that determines your hair colour, its particular shade, how dark or light it is, and so on.

Colour treatments essentially play with these two pigments, or even remove or overrule them to achieve the desired result. Temporary hair dye, for example, works by simply coating the outer cuticle of the strand. Permanent hair treatments, on the other hand, first remove the original colour and replace it with another. This is done by opening the cuticle to deposit the desired shade.

The science behind colour treatments

Choosing the right colour

Now that you have a better understanding of hair dye, it’s time to give your hair an explosion of colour! Selecting the right shade or hue can be tricky, and attempting to dye your hair on your own can only make things trickier.

What if you pick a colour that doesn’t work with your desired look, or worse, what if your locks react negatively and don’t take to the colour you’ve chosen? Then there’s the risk of stained towels and potential chemical burns to take into consideration, too.

Drop all that uncertainty, and visit your preferred salon instead. Not only will your expert stylist be able to recommend the right colour, they’ll custom mix a unique hue right there on the spot and apply it professionally in a way that doesn’t harm you, or your hair.

Maintaining your shade

Once you’ve got your luscious locks in place, you’ll want to look after them and keep them bright and captivating. Use products that are designed to keep the colour in, like Kérastase Masque Chromatique, a multi-protecting mask that deeply nourishes hair. If you’re looking for more day-to-day maintenance, you can use Kérastase Bain Chromatique Sulfate-Free Shampoo or Kérastase Fondant Chromatique Conditioner instead.

And that’s it! Love your colour? Good. Get out there, and let your hair shout out your individuality to the world.

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