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Hair | The Paint Analogy


The paint analogy is a key principle when it comes down to the business of hair dye. I've sat and explained this countless time to friends, family and even random people in the hair dye isle, and it goes a little something like this...

Imagine you hair like a canvas - it's not exactly blank is it - it's brown, ginger, blue... it's whatever colour it is right? And then you come a long with a nice new bottle of dye expecting it to turn whatever colour the drop dead gorgeous cover girl is sporting. We all do it. But realistically that's never going to happen.

Buying dye without bleach is like buying paint to go on top of paint. It's why most people who rush out and buy a pack of (bleach-free) blonde hair dye end up scratching their head when the end up several shades darker than before they'd begun.

That's where bleach comes in. Bleach is the white paint - the ohmygod we've really done a number on this wall paint, the blank canvas. That's not to say that you have to bleach your hair platinum blonde every time you wish to change your hair colour. If you're going darker it's fine, similarly if you want a less pronounced effect or are going four shades either side your current hair colour - that's fine too. But bleach is a necessary evil if you're planning on going any lighter.

Thankfully most bright dyes such as the Live Colour XXL range now come with hydrogen peroxide built in taking the painful bleaching process from a two-step process to a one-step and salvaging some of your natural hair colour in the process. Don't get me wrong, it's still bad for your hair - any bleach is it literally strips off the colour like paint remover. But at least it's less hassle right?


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