Facts Checked By Freewill Beauty Experts - Written by Rupali Goswami (Beauty Expert) on 10th Oct 2020

Do You Experiment With Hair Colors? Here's A List Of Hair Dyes You Should Know About

Experiment With Hair Colors

It’s fun to change your hair color from time to time, isn’t it?

Hair dyes can upgrade your look, make you look more stylish, or if nothing, it can transform your hair game. It’s a fun and easy way to change your hair dye without much of a commitment as it fades away in a few months, and you can dye it up again in a different color!

If you are a hair-dye virgin, then this might look terrifying to you at first as it requires a lot of care and maintenance. Hair coloring has become a vital form of self-expression, but things are not as easy as it seems when you dye your hair for the first time or go for a completely different color.  

What are Hair Dyes? 

Hair dye is considered as a synthetic substance that is used to change the color of your hair.

Hair dyeing can be done for various reasons, such as to cover white or grey hair or to make it look more fashionable or stylish. You might also want to keep up with an ongoing hair trend or bring back the natural hair color that has disappeared because of sun bleaching and exposure to chemicals.

Hair dye is believed to be the most common and popular product between women and men. In the olden times, hair dyes were used to make from metallic compounds, plants, or a mixture of both. The timeline of each hair color and the technique used by your hairstylist matters a lot.  

Types Of Hair Dyes:

Let’s understand the types of hair dyes to get a better picture of what would you like to experiment with and how will you be able to make the right choice: 

Temporary Hair Dye:

Temporary hair dyes are made for those people who want to keep up with the latest trends but just for a short period. Temporary hair dyes, also known as washout hair dyes, only coat the hair's outer shaft. That’s why the results don’t last for a longer time. The new dye will wash out the next time you shampoo, and your hair will return to its natural state (the natural color of your hair).

These hair dyes also come in the form of a spray, which requires you to spray directly on whatever amount of hair you want. Then you are good to go. 

Semi-Permanent Hair Dye: 

Semi-permanent dyes will do its magic if you are ready to take your temporary hair dye a little further. While temporary hair dyes last till your next wash, semi-permanent hair dyes last for about eight washes. These hair dyes don't contain ammonia.

Some fantastic benefits of semi-permanent dyes include glossy and shiny hair, a great option when growing out permanent hair dyes, and helpful for temporary root touch-ups. Semi-permanent hair dye is a great option for those who hate running to the saloon and finding themselves an at-home dye to cover grey hair. 

Demi-Permanent Hair Dye: 

Demi-permanent hair dye falls in the middle of temporary hair dye and semi-permanent hair dye. It is somewhat similar to the semi-permanent hair dye due to its ammonia-free properties, and it's not permanent.

More than similarities, there are a lot of differences between semi-permanent and demi-permanent hair dyes. Like a developer is required to mix demi-permanent hair dyes, it penetrates the hair shaft rather than just coating it, and because of this, these hair dyes last longer for about twenty-four washes.  

Permanent Hair Dye:

If you desired to hold on to one color for the time being, then permanent hair dye is the way to go! Permanent hair dye penetrates the hair shaft more deeply and requires more complex chemical processing. So it will last for weeks without fading away.

You can do a lot with a permanent dye, lighten it, darken it, or tone it or use it for major grey hair coverage.

Due to new hair growth, permanent hair dyes will eventually go away. If you are looking for an extreme, you would gradually experience it. For example, if you want to go from dark brown to platinum blonde, it won’t happen in just one sitting. In this scenario, patience is the key if you're going to experience the desired look. 


Besides an all-over color, you can opt for some fun looks for your hair. That’s right! We are talking about highlights. In this, the hair dye is placed on different segments of your hair to help provide more tone, depth and shade. Highlights always look trendy and can be done in various styles. 


Besides an all-over color, you can opt for some fun looks for your hair. That’s right! We are talking about highlights. In this, the hair dye is placed on different segments of your hair to help provide more tone, depth and shade. Highlights always look trendy and can be done in various styles. 

Textured Highlights: 

These types of highlights create a multi-dimensional look by adding different shades. 


These highlights work by adding darker tones to your hair to add more dimension for a seasonal change. 


The Ombre effect looks amazing on hair. It leaves your roots with the natural hair color and moderately fades away into a lighter highlight at the bottom of the hair.  


Henna is generally known for its use of tattooing the skin but is also widely popular in the hair color business. It comes from the henna plant and gives your hair a reddish hue along with shine and color. It serves as an excellent option for those who experience allergic reactions to hair dyes. 

Root dyes:

If you are only looking to cover up your greys and do not require a full-on colored hair, you can opt for root dyes. These come in both categories temporary and permanent. 

Hair Bleach: 

Hair bleach is specifically used if you have brown or brunette hair to lighten your natural hair color before dyeing it lighter. This bleach should be done very carefully as it is the most damaging to the hair.

What You Need To Know: 

  • The highlight treatment known as “Balayage” is the easiest to preserve because it doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. Balayage mainly adds shine and gloss to your hair rather than a touch-up. It provides a fantastic shine to your color-treated hair to enhance your look for a more extended period. 
  • Red shades are trickier to maintain as the color is considered hardest to achieve, hardest to get rid of with the possibility of fading the fastest. You need to be 100 percent committed if you are looking to have a red dye in your hair.
  • Sometimes it can be a little challenging to make your hairstylist understand the exact hair color you want to go for; the best possible thing you can do is bring a lot of photos with you to let them have an idea of your desired look. 
  • It is very important to keep your skin tone in mind when choosing a color for your hair. The simple way to find that out is to take a look in your jewelry box; if you think gold suits you, then chances are you have a warm skin tone and shades like chocolate brown, and platinum would look amazing on you. If you are more of a silver jewelry kind of a person, you have a cool complexion that goes well with colors like blonde, warm red, and deep golden brown. 
  • Choose your hair care products carefully, which are made specifically for color-treated hair and can increase the longevity of your hair color. Be it a shampoo, conditioner, mask, creams or anything else.  
  • You might want to wait patiently for the final look. If you opt for big changes, then it can damage your hair in a major way. So that’s why hairstylists prefer to give some time to let your hair recuperate between each session.
  • Using a purple shampoo will banish brassiness if you plan to go blonde or have darker hair with blonde highlights. 


The most common and dangerous ingredients that can be found in hair dyes are: 

  • ammonia, 
  • peroxide, 
  • p-phenylenediamine, 
  • diaminobenzene, 
  • toluene-2,5-diamine, 
  • resorcinol etc. 

These ingredients can irritate the eyes, skin, and lungs, and cause several allergies. Hair loss or breakage, blistering in the scalp, chemical burns, and discoloration of the skin can also be some outcomes.  

Side Effects Of Using Hair Dyes:

  • Most hair colors contain ammonia, which breaks through the shaft of your hair, and the peroxide strips away the color by bleaching out the natural pigment of your hair. This ultimately causes hair damage. Avoid overprocessing your hair to save it from harmful chemicals. 
  • A common allergen paraphenylenediamine can be found in hair dyes which can cause allergic reactions to your hair and skin. People with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis should stay away from hair dyes. 
  • It is a long-term commitment as you would have to rush back to the salon every month for an endless number of sessions for regular touch-ups and maintenance. 
  • Hair dyes can cause asthma, conjunctivitis, or even cancer in some cases if not used carefully. 

Some Hair Dye Safety Tips: 

  • Always read the labels carefully and research your way through all the ingredients to avoid applying any harmful chemical compounds in your hair, what you should use, and what is not made for your hair. 
  • Know that even if bleaching and lightening agents like PPD, Resorcinol, Ammonia & Peroxide are present in natural products that don’t make them safe to use.  
  • You can opt for semi-permanent dyes if you are looking for something synthetic rather than using permanent dyes that contain harmful ingredients. 

The Bottom Line 

Last but not least, it’s okay if you’ve ruined your hair by doing it yourself at home, and you are not happy with the result of that particular shade.

No worries! You can go to a professional, and they can give you proper guidance on how your hair can be fixed. Still! Always try to be open with your hairstylist and try telling him what you exactly want so that you get to experience the fantastic benefits out of your hair dye.