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Are you in the mood to change ? The first big step is picking out your dream shade, which is a process of trial and error. But apart from color selection, you need to know what product works best for you. Familiarizing yourself with the types of hair color products available in the market helps you avert hair dye disasters. To help you out, we’ve rounded up examples plus tips on how to use them. 

What Are the 4 Types of Hair Color?

Hair color products come in a variety of formulations, each with its own purpose and advantages. They can be categorized into four general categories:

Try permanent dye for a long-lasting color payoff.

For those seeking a dramatic, movie-worthy , permanent hair color is the ideal choice. The formula has ammonia and peroxide, which work together to lift the hair cuticle and lock the dye deep into the thickest layer of hair. This chemical reaction is what allows permanent dyes to last longer than other types of hair color.

If you choose to permanently , follow the instructions on the boxed dye kit carefully. Split your hair into four or more sections. Apply the color from roots to tips and work through them from front to back.

To maintain light brown to blonde shades, wash your colored hair with TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Shampoo. This purple shampoo features Anti-Brass Purple Formula, which uses violet pigments to preserve light shades and neutralize yellow undertones.

Use demi-permanent hair color to refresh your dyed locks.

The best way to describe demi-permanent dye is it’s not as strong as permanent color, but it doesn’t wash out as easily as semi-permanent dye. The magic is in its low-level developer, which allows the pigment to penetrate only the surface layer of the hair cuticle. While this means it can’t lighten your hair, it’s effective at enhancing existing color or sans damage.

Demi-permanent dye gives you more leeway for error since it fades after about 20 washes. For even coverage, comb the color through your hair. You can dab a little amount of shampoo to remove any stains on the scalp.

Pick semi-permanent dye if you’re hair-curious.

Semi-permanent hair color offers a middle ground between temporary and permanent options. Its standout feature is its gentle, non-oxidative formulation. It coats the outer layer of the hair shaft and leaves a stain that gradually fades with each shampoo.

If you have dark hair, you can leave the color to sit for a few minutes longer than instructed. But be warned: your hair will feel dry after. So, condition your locks after rinsing out the dye to replenish moisture.

Have fun with temporary hair color on special occasions.

Whether you’re going to a music festival or , temporary dye is a low-maintenance way to add a pop of color to your look. It can come in many forms, including hairsprays, gels, and chalks. How temporary is it? Well, the staying power may vary but most wash away completely after a single shampoo.

Temporary tint may be one of the most user-friendly types of hair color products, but it’s not the best option if you want to dye all your strands. The formula tends to be less concentrated, so the hue is likely to look patchy if applied across the entire head of hair. However, it truly shines in , streaks, and accents.

Other Types of Non-Permanent Hair Color 

Want to make a bold statement without the commitment? There are plenty of low-risk alternatives you can try for yourself. Just make sure to do a patch test on your wrist to make sure you’re not allergic.

Go natural with henna.

Unlike many types of hair color products that alter the hair’s pigment, henna coats the hair shaft with a reddish-brown hue. On top of that, henna also helps moisturize and rebalance the natural pH levels of your strands. The cons? Results can be unpredictable, especially on previously dyed hair. Additionally, some people may be allergic to henna.

For coarse or coiled hair, mix in ¼ cup of conditioner into a cup of henna powder to help eliminate frizz. If you prefer a darker shade, apply pure henna paste to your locks, cover them with plastic wrap, and leave them overnight.

Do a hair gloss treatment to “fine-tune” your hair color.

Give your tresses a little boost of shine and dimension with a semi-permanent hair gloss. It’s a blend of pigments and deep-conditioning agents that can tint or darken your locks. As a bonus, your hair will feel silky-smooth and look like a glazed donut (in the best way).

Since hair gloss is ammonia-free, you can do it every month or so to maintain your color. However, the process is best left to the pros.

Cover your gray hair with a root touch-up spray.

While we’re fans of the salt and pepper hair, some women would rather camouflage . If you’re part of this crowd, a root concealer spray is the best bang for your buck. Simply shake the can, aim the nozzle at your crown, and spray on the color like you would with dry shampoo.

The problem with many root cover-ups is they often flake or rub off easily. To prevent this, reach for a quick-drying, long-lasting formula like TRESemmé Root Touch-up Spray for Black Hair. It’s free of ammonia and peroxide, so it won’t cause damage to your strands and scalp.

Which types of hair color products are you most keen on using? Once you’ve made your decision, taking care of your newly dyed tresses should be your priority. Don’t let all your efforts (and money) go to waste. Check our guide to !