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‘Hair’ are all the answers to colouring myths you always wanted

People say a lot of crazy things before you decide to dye your hair. We spoke to a bunch of people and discovered eight myths surrounding hair colour.

health and fitness Updated: Nov 16, 2015 08:16 IST
Madhavi Marasini
Hair Colouring

A different hair colour has the power to change your identity and make you feel like a whole different person altogether.(Shutterstock)

Many people feel pressured to look and feel young but some just want to flaunt their natural colour. People change their hair colour quite often. A different hair colour has the power to change your identity and make you feel like a whole different person altogether. Only a few embrace their natural colour, which, if done correctly can be really chic and isn’t ageing at all. But there is no harm in colouring either. Go red, pink, blue, blonde or burgundy - do whatever you want as long as it makes you happy.

But there are some horrible myths we can’t stand anymore, myths that make people second guess themselves. These myths make you question your decision to colour your hair. So it’s time to show people your true colours and embrace your true identity.

You must’ve heard people say hair colouring causes cancer. A study by the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology found no evidence of an increased risk of bladder cancer. “Hair colouring products have proven to be potent carcinogens in animal models. Epidemiological evidence of hair colouring products as human oncogenic agents remains largely inconclusive due to mixed results.”

Here are some myths about colouring hair that are been proved to be an absolute nonsense.

1. Hair colour will damage your hair

People who use silicon free colours are more likely to lose on hair quality. (Shutterstock)

“It’s been 3-4 years but colouring never damaged my hair. In fact its texture has improved. A coat of colour is added to each hair and I never experienced any thinning,” says Sonika Mendiratta, 24 who simply can’t live without coloured locks. Hair expert Preeti Thakur says “Silicon based colours are good, those who use silicon-less colours are more likely to lose on hair quality.“

2. Colouring leads to grey hair

Hair colouring and greying are not connected. (Shutterstock)

“Grey hair is completely genetic and colouring does not accelerate greying of hair. When people suddenly notice new grey strands when colour starts fading, they simply assume colouring and grey hair is connected,” says Noah Michael Paul, an award-winning hairdresser. Adds Sonika, “I already had grey hair before I jumped into colouring 4 years back, I don’t blame the colours.”

3. Hair colour is difficult to maintain

Good products are important but don’t buy them without consulting a hair professional. (Shutterstock)

Preeti Thakur, a salon professional with 18 years experience says, “Market and advertisements are making you think so, it’s pure business. Good products are important but don’t buy them without consulting a hair professional just like how you would consult a doctor when sick. Noah Michael Paul says, “from colouring, styling to hair care products, everything needs professional help.

4. Sunlight will make your colour fade quickly.

Just like your skin, there are products to protect your hair too. (Shutterstock)

Of course it’s annoying when the beautiful colour of your hair starts to fade out but it is inevitable. “Either you choose to colour your hair or not, UV rays will make your colour fade if you spend a long time in the sun. You use sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun; there are products to protect your hair too. Colouring isn’t fading your locks, the sun is,” says Preeti Thakur.

5. Hair colour won’t last long

Go for regular touch ups and your hair colour will last for as long as you want. (Shutterstock)

“When we colour our hair, we want it to last as long as possible but nothing comes easy.How can you expect it to blend with your hair forever and not see your natural colour when you are not ready to go for touch ups?” asks Preeti Thakur. “Care and proper follow up and it will last for as long as you want. “

6. Switching hair colour isn’t easy

Changing your hair from one exotic colour to another is easy. (Shutterstock)

“The wait can be a little long but switching can be done easily. Bleach or use hair colour remover and dye over the old colour directly,” advises Noah Michael Paul.

7. Colouring will make my hair thin

Deficiency in vitamins and minerals could be one of the reasons. (Shutterstock)

Many people style, colour, blow-dry, straighten and curl their hair to make it look the best; you lose hair while washing and brushing but surprisingly there is nothing unusual about losing hair then. “A coat of colour is added to each hair and I never experienced any thinning in 4 years,” says Sonika Mendiratta. “Internal problem can’t change anything externally. Deficiency in vitamins and minerals could be one of the reasons. Eat well; colour has no role here,” says Preeti Thakur.

8. Hair colour vs. Henna

Henna is now chemically treated. (Shutterstock)

Says Noah Michael Paul, “youth nowadays doesn’t believe in henna. It gives you one-standard-colour. People in old days used fresh henna leaves for hair nourishment. Hennas now are chemically treated and can easily react with your scalp.”