What Hair Dye Really Does to Your Hair
Many of us get our hair colored, and we’re accustomed to the process - but what’s really going on? In this article, we’ll give you a step-by-step at the chemical processes happening and what’s occurs within the hair when you dye it.
First of all, hair dye has ammonia in it. It works by lifting the cuticle to get the hair ready to receive the color. The process usually calls for peroxide, which takes out the current color and further readies the hair for new color. The new color can then bind to the hair.
Keep in mind, the longer the dye sets, the more damage that’s being done to your hair. Oh, and the smell? That’s sulfur being released from your hair when the peroxide reacts with the hair’s proteins.
Any hair dye that promotes itself as ammonia-free will still lift the cuticle. Without the cuticle being lifted, the color wouldn’t stay. So when you reach for something gentler, keep that in mind!
Products like Nano DryFix can help treat this damage from the inside out, which could be a solution if you’re looking to treat your hair after coloring.
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