Imagine you come across a luscious red head on the hair color box and you think you can simply apply the hair dye to your black asian hair and viola! - you get the exact same hair color after an hour! But is it really that simple and achieveable?
The truth is that the same red color is not going to turn out exactly as the one seen on the hair dye box. In fact, the color you achieve will depend on your existing hair color. If your asian hair is at its natural black or already have darker color like dark brown due from the previous hair dye job, it will come out as a dark red. But if you already have very light or blonde hair from a previous hair dye job, then it will turn out as bright red color! So don’t always think that what you see on the box is what you will get!
Many asians like to get bright hair colors like flaming red or purpleish red or pink highlights. To do that, they will need to bleach their hair in order to attain such bright colors. Bleach is not a hair dye and can cause damage to your hair if done frequently. It merely remove your existing hair color pigments and act as a base before a lighter hair dye colour like bright red, pink or blue is applied. Asians usually do more bleaching than caucasians because asians have naturally darker hair color and bleaching will help to bring out the light and bright color that they desire.
You need to know that all hair dye products will cause some damage ot the hair to a certain extent. If you seek a 100% all natural hair dye, then its best to go for plant-based henna hair dye. Otherwise, a temporary hair dye like semi-permanent hair dye and and hair highlights should be able to color hair without harsh chemicals involved. Permanent hair dyes contain this element call hydrogen peroxide, which can be used to cover graying hair more effectively or to lighten hair color. Semi-permanent hair dye usually won’t get washed out so fast but it will also won’t last as long as the permanent ones. However, semi-permanent hair dyes are less harmful to the hair then permanent ones.
One thing to remember is that you should never mix different hair dye products, such as buying another hair dye brand to mix with the first bottle when the first one is not enough. This will evoked potentially harmful reactions to your hair and worst still, an uneven hair color. After you had a hair dye or hair color job, you need to do touch-ups to sustain the color at least every 3 months as your hair starts to grow out and the color starts fading due to exposure sun, harsh environmental conditions and regular washing of hair.
So next time when you get your asian hair coloured, remember to set the right expectations and know what you are getting into.