As summer draws near a lot of people are starting to consider switching up their hair color.
Whether you want to try something darker, lighter, or go all out with fluorescent colors, coloring your hair will always be a great way of expressing individuality and a fun way of showing your personality.
But don’t forget to disregard the health of your hair in exchange for style. Different colors and styles are amazing and fun, but so is having a beautiful and healthy head of natural hair.
So the question remains, how frequent should one color dye their hair?
The short answer to that question is that “It depends.”.
Frequent hair coloring: the risks
Maybe you are the kind who’s style is always changing, maybe you love coloring your hair a different color on a weekly basis.
Note that it’s not healthy for your hair if you color it too frequently in short intervals, this is even more risky if you are using permanent hair dyes. Permanent hair dyes are a kind of dyes that bleach hair, these kinds of dyes contain chemicals such as ammonia and peroxide. You might think that these ingredients have a scary vibe but if used in moderation they are actually perfectly safe.
But overuse of these kinds of dyes can dry out your hair leaving it dull and brittle. Frequent dyeing does not have any impact on the growth of your hair however, but you will start to notice that you are having a lot of split ends than usual with the overuse of dyes.
Not all hair types are equal, so different hair types will have their own reaction to dyes in varied ways. One dye might work fine for one and spell disaster for somebody else.
How often should one color their hair?
You have no real need to dye your hair often, what is recommended is that you color once every four to six weeks. There is a six to eight week lifespan in the case of permanent hair color.
So how long should you have to wait so that you can dye your hair again? If your hair doesn’t grow too fast and the roots start popping up at a dramatic rate, you can wait 8 weeks until re-coloring your hair.
If your hair needs a little touch up every now and again, 4 weeks is still an okay time. Just make sure that you follow a good conditioning and moisturizing routine. A properly nourished and healthy hair will able to combat the negative effects that is brought by the hair dye.
Semi-permanent hair colors are a different lot. They fade much faster and are gentler on your hair as they do not contain peroxide or ammonia. These kinds of dyes will usually go away after only six to twelve washes.
You can compare the effects of semi-permanent, demi-permanent, and permanent hair dyes and see for yourself what works best.