Ask an Expert: Which Coloring Sytstem Is Best for Me?

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Our expert, Senior Beauty Scientist for Pantene (Proctor & Gamble), Rolanda Johnson Wilkerson is back to answer another reader’s hair question.

Question:  I recently went back to chemically straightening my hair with relaxers and have been thinking about dyeing my hair a bright color for summer.  Given that my hair is fine and I’ve never dyed it before, what type of coloring system do you think is best for my first dabble into color?  Permanent color, semi-permanent, or a rinse.  Does it make a difference?

Answer: If you are dyeing your hair for the first time and on your own, it is recommended you first start with either demi or semi-permanent hair coloring systems, especially since you are chemically straightening your fine hair. A demi permanent will not give you the bright color you are looking for but it is great for enhancing natural color and refreshing color. This type of coloring system lasts up to 24 washes. A semi-permanent color is also good for enhancing natural color of hair and it’s safe for use after a chemical relaxer. This type of coloring system lasts anywhere from 4-12 shampoos. If you choose to achieve that bright color using a permanent coloring system, always wait one week and one shampoo after a relaxer service before applying permanent hair color. This ensures that there is no scalp sensitivity or discomfort. Be sure to pay special attention to the elasticity of the hair especially with your hair type. If the hair shows signs of breakage, permanent hair color is not recommended.

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