There’s a lot to think about when it comes to coloring your hair, and dealing with misguided information will only add on stress. So if you’ve been dreaming about trying out a new hair color but hesitant to do so because of a few horror stories you heard from a friend—we’re here to tell you to think again. We’ve heard our fair share of hair color myths too, which is why we’re breaking down five of the biggest myths surrounding hair dye below. Read on to learn something new and perhaps share it around, so we can all put a stop to these hair color tales once and for all, and feel free to explore new hair colors with peace of mind.
Hair Color Myth #1: Hair Dye Is Always Damaging
We’ve all been told that dyeing your hair causes damage, and while there may be some truth to that, it all comes down to the products and techniques you use. If you bleach your hair, it can cause damage since it works to break apart proteins in the hair to lighten the color. However, not every hair dye formula will destroy your hair or damage it to the same extent. It’s also important to know that what you may assume as damage from the dye can actually be caused by not following a proper hair care regimen for color-treated hair.
If you decide to switch up your color, remember to swap out your regular shampoo and conditioner for color-safe options. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Conditioner. Formulated with goji berry, this system works to strengthen and protect your strands from daily color aggressors like UV rays and hard water. We also recommend using the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm once a week to maintain the health of your hair.
Hair Color Myth #2: Colored Hair Looks Fake
Professional colorists hear it all the time—clients are afraid that refreshing their hair color will leave them with a hue that looks fake and obvious. In reality, hair dyes have evolved over the years and there are plenty of options for achieving a natural-looking hair color, even if it’s far from the shade you were born with. If you’re looking for a way to easily refresh your strands, we recommend using the L’Oréal Paris Le Color Gloss One Step In-Shower Toning Gloss in Clear to boost shine and give your hair a fresh hint of color without causing any damage. This color gloss deeply conditions (thanks to a dose of coconut oil) while enhancing your hair’s tone. It doesn’t require any mixing and you don’t need gloves. Just add it to your wash day routine, and in just 15 minutes you’ll have freshly toned, hydrated hair.
Hair Color Myth #3: Colored Hair Looks Dull
Don’t buy into the idea that colored hair will be duller than your natural hair color. With the right hair dye and coloring technique, your strands will look shiny and vivid in no time. The L’Oréal Paris Féria line offers multi-faceted shimmering hair color that promises to never appear dull or flat in several shades for you to love. If you’re still worried, you can always consider adding highlights or lowlights for extra dimension. And of course, you can reach for the hair gloss mentioned above to boost color and shine. Either way, your strands will be far from dull-looking.
Hair Color Myth #4: Hair Dyeing Takes Forever
We won’t deny that coloring your hair can be a lengthy process—especially if you’re starting with a dark base color and trying to go super light. To make a drastic change you may need to dye your hair in multiple sessions and use techniques that require more skill—like balayage, which can require several hours at the salon. However, if you want to make a change that won’t take up most of your day, that’s possible too with at-home hair color kits. Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Féria Hyper Platinum Advanced Lightening System Bleach which can lighten the hair to eight levels. It’s formulated with sunflower seed oil, avocado oil, and grapeseed oil to prevent your hair from becoming dry.
Hair Color Myth #5: Roots Are A Near-Constant Issue
Nowadays, grown out roots have become a hair trend that many celebrities and beauty influencers swear by. With a lived-in hair color look or a balayage style, rocking grown out roots is par for the course, making these coloring options really low maintenance. That means fewer trips to the salon and more money saved! But if you’re looking for quick root touch-up solutions reach for the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up, which conceals gray roots and new growth. It has a lightweight formula that won’t leave behind any sticky residue, and the color will last until your next shampoo.
There are endless mane misconceptions out there, so try to take everything with a grain of salt. Don’t believe everything you hear, and do your research to figure out what’s fact and what’s fiction.
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