It’s hard enough to color your own hair, but when it’s especially fine or coarse, it may need some extra attention if you want the color to turn out picture-perfect.
Our colorists know all the tricks in the business for getting the best hair color application possible no matter what your hair type. Here’s what to know when coloring fine hair and coarse hair:
For fine hair…
- When hair is “fine,” that means it has thinner individual hair shafts, which makes the strands more susceptible to damage and breaking than regular hair. It’s important to pay attention to coloring rules to give it extra protection.
- When you’re coloring fine hair, the hair color can work faster because the hair is thinner and absorbs color faster. Therefore, your hair may need less time to fully absorb the hair color.
- Fine hair is also better at holding onto the color molecules when you dye it, so the hair color shouldn’t fade out fast.
- If you have fine hair, you have a good chance of getting full gray hair coverage, since it absorbs the dye so well.
- Because hair dye works faster on thin hair, the color may come out darker or more extreme if you leave it on for a long time. Just remember not to leave the hair dye on any longer than prescribed in your instructions, or else it could damage your fine hair or end up with an overly rich, extreme color.
- One good way to color fine hair is to divide it up and color small sections at a time. This way you can make sure the color application is even and precise across the hair.
- Adding hair color can be a great way to make fine hair look and feel fuller, because dye often gives hair more body.
For coarse hair…
- If you have coarse hair or thick hair, it will likely be more resistant to receiving hair color than average hair.
- You may need to use a darker, stronger hair color to make coarse hair absorb it fully.
- Using a dark hair color shade can work well to cover any damage (or just the appearance of it) that’s already on your coarse hair.
- A good hair color pigment (such as eSalon’s!) will work to smooth down the hair cuticle, which can make coarse hair appear shiny and smooth.
- If you have coarse, gray hair, you’ll need to use a stronger hair color, such as a permanent dye, to really cover them. You’ll generally get the best gray coverage with a darker color as well.
- When you’re coloring your coarse hair, apply the dye to the gray areas first so that they get the most time to process the hair color.
- Read your instructions well to make sure you apply the hair color correctly and leave it on for the right length of time. Since coarse hair is more resistant, it may take longer for the color to absorb fully.
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