Many women enjoy hair coloring as a fashionable way of styling their hair. While it is a great way to change one’s image and make one’s complexion look brighter, it can also cause damage to the hair. Let’s look into the disadvantages of hair coloring.
How does hair coloring change hair color?
Hair coloring uses two chemicals, the first and second chemicals, to change the color of the hair: the first chemicals contain oxidative dyes and alkaline agents, while the second chemicals contain oxidants, and mixing these two chemicals causes the oxidative dyes to develop colors.
The alkaline agent contained in the first agent causes the hair to swell, opening the cuticle on the surface and making it easier for the agent to penetrate inside. The second agent, decomposed by the alkaline agent, generates oxygen, which decolorizes the melanin pigment inside the hair, and at the same time, dyes are generated.
The dyes become larger as their molecules bond with each other and are unable to exit the open cuticle, thus fixing the color in the hair.
Effects of Hair Color on Hair
In hair coloring, alkaline agents pry open the cuticle on the hair surface in order to allow the agents to penetrate inside.
The agent penetrates into the cortex, one of the hair’s internal structures, and breaks down the melanin pigments in the cortex to fix the dye, which changes the hair color.
Because the cuticle, which normally protects the surface of the hair and protects its luster and smoothness, is forcibly pried open and the inside of the cortex, which protects the strength of the hair, is affected, the hair tends to be inevitably damaged.
Effects of Hair Color on the Scalp
Since hair color is composed of ingredients that cause chemical reactions inside the hair, it can be considered a minor irritant to human skin. It is not wrong to assume that it has some kind of effect on the skin.
If you have sensitive skin or scars on your scalp, hair color ingredients may irritate your skin and cause inflammation. Frequent hair coloring is also not good for the scalp.
Continuous damage to the hair follicles can affect the hair’s renewal cycle, which can easily lead to hair loss and thinning.
How to prevent damage as much as possible?
What can we do to prevent damage to our hair and scalp caused by hair coloring? The best way is to avoid using hair color.
However, it is also true that many women now want to enjoy hair coloring as the essence of fashion. To minimize the burden on the hair and scalp, it is recommended that hair coloring be done at least two to three months apart, if possible.
It is also recommended to consult a professional at a hair salon for hair coloring and care that takes into account the condition and damage of your hair rather than doing it yourself. You want to enjoy hair coloring after properly understanding the effects and disadvantages of hair coloring on your hair.