Vibrant Hair Shades are this Fall's Biggest New Trend -- What You Need to Know Before Experimenting with Bright Colors

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West Seattle's Pinup Salon offers up some key information about how 'punky' hair coloring works and what it does to natural hair color and its health.

Current fashion trends can be widened to such a degree that the basic guiding principle can be summed up as simply - if it makes you feel it! That is especially true of hair color, as countless examples of burgeoning Hollywood stars are freely experimenting with all kinds of unnatural shades. These 'punky' colors can be fun and provocative, but come with their own set of concerns. West Seattle's Pinup Salon offers up some important information for those looking to play with bolder and more vibrant hair colors, as well as what kind of maintenance should be expected.

'Punky' vs Regular Hair Coloring Products
The ultra vibrant 'punky' hair colors are simply a different product from those for natural hair coloring. Instead of permanently coloring the strands from within with what is called "developer", 'punky' colors act as only a surface stain. These semi-permanent colors are usually produced with only vegetable dyes and contain no developer. This presents unique concerns for coloring and maintenance.

Because 'punky' colors are semi-permanent surface dyes, the hair needs to be lightened ahead of time to ensure that the color is vivid and even. Bleaching is the common technique for lightening, but how much hair needs is entirely based on what color it is being dyed. A trained professional can help insure that the underlying hair is lightened to a shade that will effect the desired tone the least. As a surface dye, the underlying shade is crucial.

Maintenance Concerns
The importance of pre-lightening makes frequent maintenance critical for keeping the hair vibrant. A bleach and tone every 4-5 weeks must be done to lighten and blend new growth. Without this level of maintenance hair will result in bands of darker shades where it has grown too far from the scalp to lighten evenly.

Semi-Permanent's Lasting Effects
While it is true that vibrant, unnatural hair color is a surface dye considered to be semi-permanent, remember that it is still a stain and may not wash out of hair completely. This can create problems when slowly combining with the regrown natural shade. For those who wish to experiment without making the commitment, Pinup Salon suggest you start with their vibrant bonded-in extensions that cause no damage and can last for several months. At least be sure to consult a professional when determining which provocative hair color is right for you and your budget.

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Jen Sawyer
Pinup Salon
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