Things To Know About Hair Colours by SALSA hairdresser

There is so much to know about hair colours.  These days the beauty industry offers loads of different possibilities to change your hair colour.  Our Local SALSA Hairdresser explains the differences.

There is so much to know about hair colours.  The beauty industry offers loads of different possibilities to change your hair colour by SALSA Hairdresser. Read more on

1.  Ammonia

It is almost impossible for ammonia to trigger any allergic reaction.  Did you know that ammonia is naturally produced in the human body?  Bacteria in your gut and in your cells create ammonia when your body breaks down protein.  Ammonia is a waste product.
In order to add pigments to your hair, the cuticle needs to be stripped.  Instead of ammonia the beauty industry usually uses Monoethanolamine (MEA).  It’s an organic compound primarily used in the production of detergents, emulsifiers, polishes, pharmaceuticals, corrosion inhibitors, and chemical intermediates.

2.  Paraphenylenediamine (PPD)

What is paraphenylenediamine? Paraphenylenediamine (PPD) is a chemical substance that is widely used as a permanent hair dye.  PPD is used in hair dye because it is a permanent dye that gives a natural look, and the dyed hair can also be shampooed or permed without losing its colour.  About 0.5-1% of the population is truly allergic to PPD or PTD.

Allergic reactions to hair color can be triggered by PPD or PTD, the dye molecule that has been used in color formulas since they were first developed in the 1800s.  The darker the color, the higher the risk you may be allergic to PPD.  Replacements usually sound different but chemically they are very similar.

3.  Vegan Friendly

Hair colours are vegan friendly, as it is 100 % a chemical product, no animals used.

4.  Demi-permanent

Demi-permanent hair colour is most often an ammonia-free formula that contains a developer.  This can help colour last longer than a Semi-permanent, but not as long as a permanent hair color.   It gets under the penetrating the cuticle of your hair but doesn’t fully penetrate the hair shaft.  It doesn’t cover the hair too well, but it is a hair colour offered.

5.  Organic or botanical

Organic or botanical colours are based on vegetable ingredients. Henna, Indigo Walnut roots. rhubarb, and so on.  These pigments, mixed with water are a healthy natural way of dying and colouring your hair.  It avoids fading and also makes the hair thicker.  Just be aware that you can’t lighten reds or darker hair colours.

6.  Colour Enhancements

Colour enhancements are extremely versatile.  They can be used as a gentle conditioning colour enhancer.  It is ideal for an in-between services refresh, color correction, or to help give you a new look!  These usually temporary and last up to 10 washes.  They can also provide you with up to 30% gray coverage.  They add depth and tone to your hair colour and can be added to your own conditioner.

This is perfect for a little lockdown colour treatment without the risks.

7. Glossing

Hair gloss is a temporary treatment that can help revitalise your hair’s health and shade.  Glossing usually adds shine to your hair and evens the color tones, especially to dry and damaged hair after a lot of sun or following any color treatment or balayage.

8. Toning

Toning is used to correct the colour tone of your hair, especially getting rid of the yellow-orange or brassy colours.  The color tone used by the hairdresser will be the color opposite (on the color wheel) from the tone you want to get rid of.  To get rid of yellow use violet, to tone down orange, blue would be used.  Be careful when using silver, if you have bleached hair with yellow roots, the ends will often look dull and greyish.

Here are some before and after hair colours by SALSA

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About the Author: SALSA Hairdresser

I’m Christine at SALSA Hair Salon and I have been established in Almuñécar for over 10 years.  I’m multi-lingual and provide great value for money with my services.  Who wouldn’t want a hairdresser with a sea view?  My salon is located just behind the Paseo del Altillo, right across from Francisco II.  If you are walking by, look for my iconic bicycle, with hair products.  My hair & beauty services are typically by appointment only, so stop by or contact me today!   Learn more about SALSA Hairdresser or make an appointment.

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