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Selecting Which Colour Product Best Suits the Job

Choosing the correct hair colouring product to match client needs and hair type is the first important stage of the colouring process.

The modern hairdressing salon today should have all the necessary tools and knowledge required in order to create, with the occasional exception, any colour a client wishes. The following guidelines are true for the majority of products on the market:

Type of Product

Type 1 - Temporary rinses, colour firmers, foams, paints or crayons
Non-oxidative, natural pigment remains, no added ammonia or alkali. These products serve to accentuate existing natural colour or boost fading artificial colours. Target colour is dependent on natural base.

Type 2 - Semi-permanent gels, creams or powders, vegetable or food-based dyes
Non-oxidative, target colour is dependent on natural base.

Type 3 - Demi-permanent products
Low oxidation, some lightening may occur. Composition will include colour-building chemicals, added alkali and hydrogen peroxide. Target colour is dependent on natural base. Process is chemical.

Type 4 - Permanent oxidative tints
Colour-building chemicals, full hair coverage is possible, target colour is less dependent on natural base shade. Composition includes added ammonia, alkali and hydrogen peroxide. Process is chemical.

Type 5 - Bleaches
Composition includes added persulphates, alkali and hydrogen peroxide. Bleaches provide maximum lift of colour depth. Lift can be achieved on natural as well as colour treated hair; the process is chemical.