Q: I am always totally confused with which products are best for my hair. I am 51 years old. I now use
(for the last 3 years or so), a semi permanent color, which washes out again, because I find that permanent coloring damages
my hair so much. I have fine limp hair and so I use a volumizing shampoo every other day with a volumizing conditioner just on the
ends. I also use a volumizing root lifter but still, after a couple of hours, my hair is limp again.
My questions are:
1. Does permanent color really thicken your hair?
2. With fine hair like mine, that is also color-treated, do I use products for color treated hair or for fine hair?
A: Well, to answer your questions:
1.) Yes, permanent color does actually thicken your hair by expanding the cuticle layer in order to
deposit color into the shaft, or disperse the existing pigments. Many women and men who have fine hair like the change in texture
created by the haircolor process. They often find, depending on the type of color process, that the hair looks and feels thicker, seems
to have more weight and substance, and moves in a more-pleasing manner.
2.) Because your hair is both fine and color-treated, you should use products for color-treated
hair. This is because the products designed for color-treated hair are made to be gentle and preventdamaging the hair which can be
more porous and therefore more susceptible to damage. Products for fine hair are also designed to be gentle, but often not as gentle
as those for color-treated hair.
I do have a suggestion regarding your use of the root-lift product. After applying the root lift
product to the scalp area of the hair, try blow-drying the hair with your head inverted, at least until the scalp area of the hair is
dry. You can also apply a maximum hold styling gel to the scalp area of the hair along with the root-lift product for additional hold
and longer-lasting lift.