How To Use Semi-Permanent Hair Color
I have to admit that I had never used semi–permanent hair color before, and wasn't quite sure what to think as I was buying the bottle of Clairol professional Beautiful Collection semi–permanent hair color. There isn't a whole lot that I have not done to my hair; I have done highlights, bleaching, color, low lights, streaks and more, but I have never tried semi–permanent hair color before. Semipermanent hair color can be a great option for people who are not ready to commit to a new color, or those whose hair has been damaged by repeated processing such as perms, bleaching or relaxing. Of course, it goes without saying that the best thing you can do for your hair is to leave it alone and not put chemicals on it. But if you find that you absolutely must, consider trying a semi–permanent hair color.
I bought the Clairol professional Beautiful Collection semi-permanent color in Honey Brown. The actual shade isB11W, base gold. It comes in a small reddish brown bottle that holds 3 ounces of color. I purchased this from my local beauty supply store for about six dollars, which seemed like a pretty good deal to me. The back of the bottle claims that his gentle semi-permanent hair color can give even overprocessed hair a rich indulgent color boost which will leave hair shiny and moisturized. The bottle also claims that this semipermanent hair color has aloe vera, jojoba oil and vitamin E in it. This sounded reasonable to me, and the Clairol name was one that I have trusted for many years. My hair was a light blonde and I wanted something a bit darker. My only complaint was that the color selection was very limited, but the honey brown seems to be a light brown that would complement my skin tone.
Clairol Semi-Permanent Hair Color
The directions on the back of the bottle said that I was to apply this semipermanent color to my hair after it had been shampooed and towel dried. This was a big change for me. Usually, when you apply bleach or color to your hair, your hair needs to be dry. I was a bit skeptical at how the results would turn out, considering that I was to apply this to damp hair and wasn't sure if the dampness would dilute the color too much. I have thick hair that holds in a lot of moisture, so I was even more concerned. At any rate, I decided to trust the instructions on the bottle. I washed and towel dried my hair, and I prepared to apply the color. I was a bit surprised at how thin that hair color was; it didn't give me a whole lot of control during the application. It also came out really dark, which I found to be a little bit intimidating. Towards the end of the process, it ran and dripped everywhere, and I was so glad that I had an old towel draped around me. I waited for it to process for 25 min.
I couldn't wait to rinse my hair and see the finished product. Of course, I couldn't see very much because my hair was still wet, but once it dried, it looked pretty good. I cannot honestly say that the color result that I got was true to the picture on the bottle, but he was reasonably close. It did come out a bit darker, but that is probably because my hair was so porous. The color lasted for about four shampoos before it began to fade. In the beginning, the fading didn't look too bad; in fact, it gave me the color that I wanted in the first place. After a few more shampoos, it was obviously time to either apply more Clairol semipermanent color, or switch to a regular permanent color. I should probably give my hair a rest at this point, but for some reason, I always go back for more.