Permanent or semi-permanent? That's the question anyone colouring their hair must address. So what's the difference between the two and how do you know which one is right for you? Read on...
Permanent Hair Dye - Best for radical transformations or touch-ups
The name of this hair dye says it is all! Permanent hair dye is built to last, meaning it won't fade for quite some time, even after multiple washes. So who should be jumping on board the permanent dye bandwagon? Professional colourists are likely to steer people wanting to cover grey hair towards a permanent dye as it offers a long term solution. A permanent shade is also the right choice if you're colouring your hair a completely different shade to your natural colour. The best part about permanent dye is it's super easy to maintain the colour – all that's needed is the odd root touch-up.
Semi-Permanent Hair Dye - Best for a tailor made change
So why would you bother with a semi-permanent hair dye if it's just going to wash out anyway?! The thing is, semi-permanent dyes are less about creating a drastic before-and-after transformation and more about enhancement of natural colour. For instance, your colourist may recommend a semi-permanent "gloss" to add depth and shine to your natural hair colour. The other selling point of semi-permanent dye is it doesn't contain ammonia. Plus if you're a commitment phobe, a semi-permanent colour allows you to dabble with a new shade in the knowledge that it will start to fade after a few washes.
Whatever Your Dye Type, Maintenance Is A Must!
Regardless of whether your go-to hair dye is temporary or permanent, a solid hair care routine is a must in order to maintain coloured hair. A shampoo and conditioner that helps lock in the colour pigments and encourage hair health is a non negotiable – try the L'Oréal Professionnel Vitamino Color A-OX range.