Offering a natural effect and more shine to the hair, tone-on-tone coloring is gaining popularity. It is even a perfect alternative to classic coloring. We explain it to you.
We know that getting color is a good way to give pep to your hair. But this hair technique has the disadvantage of damaging the hair a little, and even drastically drying out the hair when you opt for blond hair whose ammonia oxidation is not tender with the hair fiber, despite the care that can be given to them afterward.
Fortunately, not all colorings are equal in terms of result and hold, and there are colorings capable of boosting the hair as well as permanent coloring without having its small flaws. Offering reflections and shine but softer with the hair, this type of coloring is tone-on-tone coloring. And that's good, it is available in hairdressing salons but also achievable at home thanks to hair products similar to those of professionals.
Tone-on-tone coloring is a temporary coloring technique which is also called semi-permanent coloring in reference to its hold which is less compared to that of a classic permanent coloring which is permanent. A difference is explained by the fact that the product which is used to make it does not contain ammonia, in other words, there is no oxidation process (and therefore no discoloration) once is applied to the hair.
More concretely, while a lambda color will lift the scales of the hair to be able to deposit the pigments of the dye at the heart of the fiber thanks to oxidation, the tone-on-tone coloring is content to deposit its pigments on the surface of the hair. and sheath it on the way to give it more hold. The coloring cream used therefore sensitizes the fiberless. As a result, this type of coloring will gradually fade over the weeks and after a few shampoos, letting the natural color appear again by fading away, without any unsightly root effect. If the result is not permanent, it lasts about six to eight weeks all the same.
But if these temporary colorings exist for all hair colors (blond, chestnut, brown, etc.) and are able to transform them by giving them shine, reflections, or by darkening the hair by one or two tones, they do not lighten your hair color. So don't count on her to go from brown to platinum blonde!
Although it does not allow you to go from brown to blonde like a permanent color, tone-on-tone color can be used in many different ways to enhance your hair and your hairstyle.
It is a color that makes the hair shinier and is therefore particularly suitable for dull hair. It also allows, thanks to this, to nuance the hair by accentuating the reflections that it already has naturally. Some hairdressers also offer tone-on-tone coloring services solely focused on the shine of the hair for fans of a natural look. This is the case of Jean Louis David who offers a coloring service called Gloss which is actually a transparent tone-on-tone coloring that has been specially designed to boost the highlights of the hair without affecting its tint.
By boosting the shine of the hair, these surface colors can also revive a faded color or even replace certain patinas to neutralize unwanted reflections. They will also bring nuances to the hair to display a less uniform hairstyle and color.
This type of color is also very useful if you are looking to hide the first few white hairs that appear in your hair. It will then prevent you from displaying your silver filaments on all the hair and then in the roots at the regrowth. It is also effective for up to 50% to 60% white hair.
As you will have understood, it does not however cover all the white hair and if there are more of them in your hair, it will be better to entrust this treatment to a classic permanent coloring.
There are also certain tone-on-tone colorings specially designed to enhance white hair with gray shades.
Unlike so-called classic permanent coloring, tone-on-tone coloring does not contain ammonia, the active ingredient that allows the oxidation of the fiber and therefore the discoloration of the hair. It is therefore a type of coloring that better preserves hair health.
As with any color change, the expertise of a hairdresser is always the best option because only a hair color professional is able to choose the tone-on-tone color that suits you best and to carry it out according to the rules. art.
That being said, since it is a dye whose shades are very close to your base, it will be much easier to achieve yourself at home than an oxidation coloring and tolerates more imprecision. . In addition, in case of failed application, the result is not permanent and fades quickly. The risks are therefore lower.
Before applying your color, always do a skin test 48 hours before to be sure you are not allergic to it. To do this, apply a small amount of product to a small area of skin behind the ear or the crook of the elbow and see how it reacts. If you see any redness, swelling, or rash, do not apply the product to your hair. If no reaction is seen, you can start.
The coloring cream is not applied immediately after shampooing but on dry hair. Better to wait two days after washing to do your color. The application must be carried out using a brush at the roots so that they are well covered with the product (in particular to ensure that it will camouflage your white hair well if necessary) then lengthened on the lengths. Then, all that remains is to respect the exposure time before emulsifying with water and rinsing thoroughly. The exposure times for surface stains are generally shorter than those of conventional stains. Count on average about twenty minutes against 40 minutes for a classic coloring.
The good news is that this semi-permanent color is quite easy to maintain at home. To preserve it, it is best to swap your usual hair care routine for hair care adapted to the care of colored hair. These shampoos and masks, generally rich in vitamins, are designed to take care of the pigments of the coloring in order to prevent it from losing shine and washing out too quickly.