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5 Types of Hair Color and What Hair Color Is Best for Me

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5 Types of Hair Color and What Hair Color Is Best for Me 5 Types of Hair Color and What Hair Color Is Best for Me 5 Types of Hair Color and What Hair Color Is Best for Me

Whether you're in the mood to try the latest color trend or dyeing your hair has become a permanent fixture in your hair journey, it's important to know the different types of hair color and how they will interact with your locks.

Not all color is created equal and each serves a different purpose. Knowing the five different types of hair color will allow you to feel confident in your new look -- whether you plan on keeping it or not!

Temporary Hair Color

Shades of gray and pastels have been lighting up social media feeds recently. These on-trend colors make for a pretty picture, but not everyone is ready to keep such a bold look for the long term. This is where temporary hair color comes into play.

Temporary hair dye coats the outside of the hair shaft. Within a few shampoos, the vibrant, new color will fade and the original shade can show again. This allows the wearer to experience a new hair shade without the long-term commitment.

However, you should know that damaged hair that's dyed with temporary hair color could look stained after a while.

Semi-Permanent Hair Dye

If you're ready to take that temporary look a little further, semi-permanent hair color will do just the trick.

These dyes are generally not formulated with ammonia, so they should not require any development, but can last up to eight washes. Semi-permanent dye can be a great option to cover gray hair if you know you can't get to the salon right away.

Some of the benefits of semi-permanent color can include:

• Help add gloss and shine to dull looking hair
• Great to use when growing out permanent color
• Help provide temporary root touch-ups

Like temporary color, if your hair is thin it could retain semi-permanent color more, meaning you may get more wear between applications. However, this also means the hair could stain for longer than expected.

Permanent Hair Color

If you're looking to stick something out long term, permanent hair dye is probably the right option for you. This dye requires more complex chemical processing and should penetrate your hair across the cortex. This means your color can last for weeks without visible signs of fading.

Permanent hair color can be used to:

• Help lighten, darken, or tone your hair
• Help provide high coverage of gray hair
• Help prevent fading
• Help provide high coverage

Despite its long-lasting benefits, permanent hair color will eventually have to be reapplied due new growth. Depending on your base color and what you'd like to achieve, you may have to gradually color your hair to achieve your desired look. While it would be great to go from dark to platinum in one sitting, slow and steady usually wins the hair color race.


Not every look requires all-over color, which is where hair highlights come into play. These are achieved by placing the color on different segments of the hair to help promote depth, tone, and shade.

The chunky-looking highlights of the past are long gone, and now a more dimensional, toned-down look has become a way to help refresh tired locks.

These include:

• Ombre: This style leaves the natural color at the root and gradually fades into a lighter highlighted tone at the bottom of the hair.
• Balayage: This highlighting technique involves painting on the highlights where they will pick up the light, and helps give tired-looking hair a youthful glow.
• Lowlights: Instead of picking strands to lighten, this technique can introduce darker tones to the hair and is perfect for a fall update.
• Textured Highlights: This style will incorporate different shades of highlights to help create a multi-dimensional look.

Most highlights for hair are done with permanent color, but they are much easier to change out than a full-coverage color job.

Root Color

For some people, gray hair can be the bane of their existence. You may not need or want a full color dye, so a root cover up may be the best way to help maintain your natural color.

The great news is that root concealer can range from temporary to permanent, and there are plenty of new options to cover gray hair.

• Sprays are a great way to help quickly cover the appearance of gray roots. If you need a quick solution, these sprays distribute color and can be washed out that night. These are not a great permanent solution, but are amazing for last-minute events and touch-ups.
• Low-ammonia, semi-permanent dye like L'Oreal Root Rescue can last longer than a temporary cover and offers even color in only a 10-minute process.
• Then, there are permanent options to help cover gray hairs for longer periods of time and help keep your color looking fresh.

A temporary root touch-up shouldn't take a long period of time, especially as you will probably need to reapply whenever there is new hair growth.

If you're ready to commit and cover, permanent options can leave your locks lustrous and maintained. However, there are also options for those who are looking to have a little fun with their look or try out something new.