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Hair Coloring Problems

Hair coloring refers to the practice of changing the color of the hair for cosmetic reasons. People used to color their hair using dyes in ancient times where the hair would be treated to different chemical compounds. Coloring has become very popular these days and includes different kinds of techniques like highlighting, lowlighting or complete coloring. There are four main types of hair coloring which include permanent, demi-permanent, semi permanent and temporary. People who use hair colors may have different questions about the process, the types and the techniques. Given below are some of the commonly asked questions about hair coloring that have been answered by different Experts.

Are there any products that can be used to remove hair color?

The products that are commonly used to remove hair color include:

• Color Fix by Jheri Redding which removes unwanted permanent color. Controlled usage of this product will also help to correct the color in specific areas.

• Loreal Color Zap which gently washes all the permanent hair color. This product can be used for color correction; removal of dark shades from the hair, muddy, uneven color and color build up. The hair can also be recolored immediately after using this product.

• Loreal Effasol color remover can also be used with water or developer.

Can bleach be used to remove hair color?

Using bleach to remove hair color can burn all the proteins in the hair giving it a stretchy texture and leading to breakage and hair loss.

How can a strand test be done before coloring the hair?

In order to do a strand test, some hair about the size of a pencil should be snipped off near the scalp. The end of the hair that was near the scalp should be wrapped with a rubber band. A tablespoon of the hair color can be mixed for the test and applied to the hair. The hair can also be divided to check for different time frames and rinsed accordingly. The final color of the hair can be seen once the test strands have dried completely.

Will Clairol hair color cause a false positive breathalyzer test?

Clairol hair color will not affect a breathalyzer test and cause a false positive. The test could be affected by other things like diabetes, inhalers used to treat asthma, low carb diet or eating bread that has a lot of yeast.

How can an allergic reaction caused by hair colors be treated?

There are different options to treat allergies caused by hair colors. Some of the common ones are:
• Oral antihistamines like Benadryl
• Claritin can be used if Benadryl does not work
• Jojoba oil or shampoo
• Mixing a gallon of milk in the bath while washing the hair can help control the itching
• Topical 1% hydrocortisone cream or topical Benadryl
• Prescription medication like systematic steroid shots or pills.

Can aloe vera be used to treat an allergic reaction caused by hair color?

Aloe vera is normally used to soothe chemical burns. Though it may have a soothing effect on the scalp, it will not speed up the healing of the allergic reaction. It can be used in combination with other medications.

Is it possible to darken the color of the hair after having it light for some time?

Darkening the color of hair after keeping it light for some time is a difficult process, especially if it is tried at home. When the color of the hair is lightened, all the pigment from inside the hair shaft or cortex is removed. When darker color is applied to this hair, any new growth will not have a problem accepting this color, but hair that has already been processed will have no color pigment left. The individual will have to go to a salon and get the pigment replaced before coloring it again.

Can a person use non peroxide hair color if recovering from Shingles scabs?

It may not be advisable to use hair color while recovering from Shingles scabs because the reaction between the natural dyes may also be unpredictable. Some dyes can cause mild irritation on the skin and can cause open wounds on the scabs.

Hair coloring involves treating your hair to a lot of chemicals to achieve the desired color. Sometimes, you may suffer an allergic reaction to these chemicals leading to irritation or itching on the scalp. You should be very careful when using the hair colors because it can lead to hair loss or breakage as well. If you are coloring your hair for the first time, you may have questions about testing your hair, methods used to color it or reactions that you can expect to the hair color. Sometimes, you may want to know how to undo the current color. The information given on the packets may not always be reliable and may lead you to experiment with your hair which can lead to different kinds of side effects. At such times, speaking to an Expert and getting any questions that you may have answered can give you all the information that you need about hair coloring and its problems.
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