Lets Talk Hair Color Categories <> Beginning w/ Demi-Permanent


595779-001There are a four hair color categories in the world of hair color:
  • Temporary Hair Color
  • Semi-Permanent Hair Color
  • Demi-Permanent Hair Color 
  • Permanent Hair Color
At this particular time, ALL OF YOU....want to know ALL ABOUT: Demi-Permanent Hair color... 

It lasts longer than semi-permanent, is great for first timers, great for when that first grey hits your temples, is perfect for men/women wanting to color their grey at home with top quality hair color.


I developed a love and deep affection for the newest category of hair color many years ago, as soon as the category was announced, now, nearly every single line has a demi-permanent line of hair color. 

When I began in the hair business, Demi Permanent Hair color did not exist. this new category added a whole new plethora of hair coloring ideas and options that are endless.

 We use multiple Demi Permanent brands of Hair Color here at KillerStrands

 Demi is used on almost all Hair Color & Shampoo photo shoots. . . for any & all the boxed hair color brands . I'm sorry to say we don't use the product that is inside the box, we use the most expensive and BEST LINE of Hair Color that exists. What people want and look for is:  ? ? ? ? Shine - SHINE - SHINE - SHINE, and awesome condition. I mean besides the obvious "Photo Shop--ping" and silicone shine serums we have used since the 1990's if you can believe that ! We hi-jacked the silicone serums from the ethnic hair care companies...who found them to help with their FRIZZ 20 years ago which is pretty funny if you think about it.. that's how I found them 15 years ago!  We used to keep our photography secrets - hidden and away from the public. 

A while ago on the front page of the Los Angeles Times were 2 photos of a model  . . . both were in Color ....

The entire page was devoted to explaining in detail how the PHOTO SHOP program works and how almost every single actor, model and even sports celebrities have PHOTO SHOP Editing rights on every Photo taken of them - prior to publishing. The reason this article was in there? Seems one of the Kardashian sisters (who live near here)  had a photo taken of her and published 'accidentally'  PRE- PHOTO SHOPPING procedure. Turns out the young lady is a lot heftier than we see, think or believe her to be. Boy did that news spread, (operative word being 'spread')  - -lawsuits were threatened, yelling and screaming ensued we could hear all the way in my city 20 miles away ( not really but sounds good- - -  right?) all sorts of important things like that were flung from email to email.!! The result? The article on the front page of the Los Angeles Times, when I saw that initially I just laughed and laughed. It actually was a relief and I couldn't wait to not be restricted by that "silent" code of conduct.... 

Hallelujah! I could finally talk about it all openly and not have to worry I was the one blowing the whistle on the whole process. I WANT all the info out there, so young girls know the truth about these models that they look up to. I want them to see and hear how much work we go to, to make them look perfect , its something they can never achieve and it took me  a lot of years to comes to Terms with myself.....
The 2 photos of the model ( which were huge) showed the difference in very explicate detail, the photo on the left was the "Before" Shot.....the photo on the "right" was this woman "Photo Shop-ped" and 'After'. The article was a good one, I didn't even need to read it, I knew exactly what it said.... but when you have based a huge portion of your career on the deception we call advertising.... 

Well ---> It was as if I had been holding my breath for years, and I finally could let it out . That is what that article and those photos did to me and I'm sure every single other artist that works on advertising & photos and in that genre, from make-up people, to hair, to production, to P R, to Publicists, Agents, to the Celebs themselves. The truth finally out there.. OMG, don't you just LOVE the Internet..... here are the photos:
0000148398788 This is what young girls strive to make themselves like. . . something that just isn't even real. Please educate your daughters and yourself on this deception.... that is very carefully crafted.

Now, let me get back to Demi-permanent Hair Color.The newest classification of hair color which is called Demi Permanent is deposit only and referred to as 'semi' permanent by some manufacturers, it is very similar to semi, but more long lasting.  Some of the European companies have chosen to use super low volume peroxides to differentiate the semi from the demi lines. But if you read the first post, which I hope you do/did . . . “True” Semi-Permanent hair color is not mixed with any sort of developer or catalyst and that is how I feel it needs to stay. I teach you all this, in the hopes honestly, it depends on the manufacturer, the Colorist or the school as to how it is defined. My education is Vidal Sassoon based which is known as the "Harvard of Hair Schools" so I think you'll be safe using my criteria.
White_palette.jpgFirst of all it helps if you understand a little bit about the technical side of how hair dyes work. Semi-permanent color consists of tiny molecules that enter through the cuticle but they don’t affect the natural pigmentation of the hair. Because these molecules are so small they can be washed out after only half a dozen washes.This is the one and only hair color that does not change your own hair color at all. The rest do, which I know is odd to many of you. But there are no rules in hair color, there is no one single HAIR GOD that regulates how the hair color system works.  The hair color manufacturers make it up as they go along.
 DROP GOES THE JAW of most of you!

I have seen "Semi-Permanent Haircolor Boxes" where they provide developer in the box. That is a major hair color company going AGAINST the rules of haircoloring in order to sell a product to you. As you can see a semi-permanent hair color Can not and Should not COME with DEVELOPER. Maybe if I put this here, people that come to visit here,  will begin to learn and someday some of you will begin getting mad, when your hair color has been destroyed due to that fact. You must start writing .... start turning those companies IN.   Where do you turn them in? start with your local congressional Rep (Google it) and then CC the Food and Drug Administration (Google it).



Demi-permanent color also enters through the cuticle but it combines with other molecules in your hair to make it larger molecules and these take longer to wash out....Demi permanent color is used with any developer 3 Volume all the way to 18 Volume. So many of you get all in a fluff when I tell you 15 Volume is Demi the same as 10Volume ...the same as 6 Volume ... all of which we carry.  Hair color is a scientific science it is not an Artistic painting. If you follow the rules of the science that I try to teach ........you will have successful color. It also involves color theory from the artistic world though so you cannot just be a Cosmetic Chemist. When that web site online that claims to be all Cosmetic Chemists and they answer all your questions and they claim" they don't work for anyone". Ask yourself ........who do you know who works all day on a business does it for free??? My answer to you........No one.  The Cosmetic Chemists  HAD to get together with the hair artists in order to make the hair color chemistry work correctly, because they did not understand color theory at all.


....which brings us to Permanent hair dyes, these react after entering your hair because they use ammonia and peroxide which shrinks as the molecules of color go in the hair strands and then makes the color molecules EXPAND so they cannot get out once inside.... it makes the molecules much too big to be washed back out of the hair. If you keep this information about molecules in mind when deciding which hair dye to use then it will stop you from choosing the wrong product. stephanie-comb
Always make sure that you do a strand test before dying your hair, this makes sure that you have the color you want and that you don’t react to the dye, remember different dyes from different makers have different chemicals in them. There is no UNIVERSAL SYSTEM over-seeing the hair color business . . . that implements these rules/laws .  Its up to each hair color company to follow what we hope is this universal LEVEL System I talk about so much.
 Remember . . . You may ALWAYS request a Free Strand Test with your purchase, I do that to show you how much I believe in them.
  If you have long hair make sure that you cover it properly with the color in any of the categories.... otherwise you will end up with streaks you don’t want and make sure that your hair is clean and damp before applying the dye.  For the absolute best application I would ALWAYS suggest applying one of our Malibu2000 COLOR PREP Applications.  Make sure that your bathroom or wherever else you dye your hair has plenty of fresh air - its just great for the lungs and health...don’t use hair conditioner for a day or so before putting on the hair dye but you should shampoo your hair to makes sure that it’s clean.  When using Level 7 and darker I would suggest using a Barrier Cream  http://killerstrands.myshopify.com/products/lanza-protective-barrier-cream     which you apply around the hairline....it keeps the color OFF the skin, at the end of the process with darker colors. On the flip side there is also color-OFF that is used when the procedure is done and you didn't get it all off the skin.  http://killerstrands.myshopify.com/products/lanza-haircolor-stain-remover.
If you stain your skin when dyeing your hair then rub a little stain remover. You will lose some hair when dying it but to keep this to a minimum after you have dyed it rinse it with cold or lukewarm water.
I like to think of Demi Perm Colors as any color line that uses above 5 Volume and below 19 Volume Developer, which makes this the perfect category to be used on men's, the first grays and up to 20 -25% Gray.


I use Demi Permanent Hair color on almost everyone EXCEPT if you want to go LIGHTER, that is the BIGGEST difference....in Demi-permanent color and Permanent color. The only action that will happen is Deposit of color - no lift <> no lightening......so remember that. There is no SUCH THING as a Semi-Permanent Blond no such thing as Demi Permanent blond. Those words make absolutely NO SENSE. If its a Level 9 blond that means it is a TONER .....remember why? because the developer is 10 or 13 Volume and that means its deposit only.  
I am of the belief that depositing color in the hair strands of either gray, white, or simply middle-aged (weak) hair can add:
  • strength
  • shine
  • illusion of thickness
  • reduce frizz & tangles 
This formula generally imparts vivid color results, and is ideal for covering un-pigmented hair, refreshing faded permanent color, depositing tonal changes without lift, corrective coloring and low-lighting.0002hair
 First of all it helps if you understand a little bit about the technical side of how hair dyes work. Semi-permanent color consists of tiny molecules that enter through the cuticle but they don’t affect the natural pigmentation of the hair. Because these molecules are so small they can be washed out after only half a dozen washes. Demi-permanent color also enters through the cuticle but it combines with other molecules in your hair to give larger molecules and these take longer to wash out, which brings us to Permanent hair dyes, these react after entering your hair because they use ammonia and peroxide and this makes the molecules much too big to be washed back out of the hair. If you keep this information about molecules in mind when deciding which hair dye to use then it will stop you from choosing the wrong product.  85274407

Always make sure that you do a strand test before dying your hair, this makes sure that you have the color you want and that you don’t react to the dye, remember different dyes from different makers have different chemicals in them. If you have long hair make sure that you cover it properly with the dye otherwise you will end up with streaks you don’t want and make sure that your hair is clean and damp before applying the dye. I feel using our product that is a pH BALANCER  and is called INTENSIVE....helps with the shine and the longevity of the color on the strands...83463998


By their very nature, demi's or deposit-only hair colors darken the natural hair color when applied. They cause little or no damage to the hair and are generally positioned as gentle and mild due to their low ammonia or no ammonia content. In recent years, many top  colorists will apply demi to the 'lengths' of the hair while permanent is applied to the roots. That is how the true color application should be applied.
Apply Permanent color to the base and Demi Permanent ot the ends to refresh the color if you are just trying to stay the same color.
This fights the build-up effect that can occur on previously colored hair and is also less aggressive, resulting in less damage.
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  • contains no ammonia
  • is mixed with an activator, such as peroxide
  • activator lifts cuticle slightly so color sits in and under the cuticle
  • lasts 18 to 20 shampoos
  • fades gradually and then washes out to the original color of the hair
  • used for toning, changing tone, filling in highlights, and going darker
  • good way to temporarily change hair color to try something new
  • also recommended to color hair that is already significantly damaged or over processed
Demi-permanent hair color is, in fact, permanent hair dye mixed with low volume (usually a 5,10 up to 15 Volume) developer that blows off the ammonia from the permanent tube so that only color molecules penetrate the hair shaft.


Demi-permanents are much more effective at covering gray hair than semi-permanents, but less so than permanents.


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However, demi-permanent hair colors must be used with caution because they are, in essence, permanent color and the darker shades in particular may persist longer than indicated on the box.
The two best lines in this category are:
  •  X.Factor and 
  • Wella Line, 
to date I have tested most every line and am still headstrong about these brands: its results & quality.

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46 comments:

  1. Hi KC,

    I'm just wondering how often can I dye my hair with a demi-permanent without damaging it? Would once a month be OK?

    Thanks!

    Niamh

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  2. I believe demi-permanents are the ones used as fillers, is that right? I think I may have read that elsewhere in the blog. I would love to learn more sometime about how to use them this way, such as...does a filler need to be used repeatedly, or only once? Is it is recommended that one use a filler that is of the same level as the natural (virgin) color? I think that would be an interesting post.

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  3. @galaxy once a month will be totally safe, since demi are very gentle (there is little lift) and if you hair is good condition before hand it should be fine.

    KC
    i am forever indebted to you, thank for share all this great information with me (and everyone else)
    i was able to impress the stylist today with my knowledge of the processes.

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  4. Galaxy,
    I wish I could get people to understand that hair color NO LONGER damages hair, when applied correctly. Todays Professional Hair Color, that you can purchase in our store can make your hair stronger, shinier and enrich the color you already have. HANDS DOWN.

    I, like so many others have no gray and put Wella's Color Touch 6 R + 8RN...which gives me a 7RN on my hair which makes it stronger shinier and more vivid. I'm lucky - most people my age have lots of gray, I only color my hair needing the a fore mentioned advantages, otherwise I would be very happy to NOT do a thing to it.
    Natural hair color is only gorgeous and striking( in my opinion)when one is a child. Puberty, I'm sorry to say, starts the hair color decline.
    So many run to the drugstore as a teenager, many times behind the parents back and that starts them on 1 bad and damaging hair color after another.
    If a teen was to wet their hands by purchasing a tube of Color Touch, their experience would be positive and their hair health would be protected.
    That's part of my broad goal with this site. To educate parents which hopefully will trickle down and educate their young to the proper way to begin coloring their hair - - I realize its a long long road, but one foot in front of the other, is the way to start.

    KC

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  5. anonymous,
    you have fillers a little misconstrued. I just wrote about them and explained it very clearly, for the first time. Why don't you read that post?
    The reason I don't "give" links, is I want people to figure out how to find posts I've written.

    So many people don't understand that there is a complete "List" of all my POSTS right next to the RIGHT of this --->> see over there, in the Side BAR in the section called :
    LABELS/TAGS of all Posts
    All 400 Posts are listed with as SIMPLE names as I could come up with. Please check there for anything you need, if you can't find it, ask in the GROUP...There are many warm and helpful people in there. Thanks
    KC

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  6. Hi,
    Are you still doing consultations or are they on hold?

    Thanks,

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  7. Anonymous,
    Yes, I am going to try to get back to them this weekend. 8/29/09 .. I have not advertised them as I have about 6 to finish off... Have you paid? ...go ahead and pay if you haven't.......I will send you your questionaire and photo request. KC

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  9. In the past, my hair has been referred to by my stylist as a 'freak of nature' and my current very experienced stylist would now agree and here's why ...

    I am a Level 6/7 Dk Blonde/Lt Brwn that turns red/copper when lightened and but I also have cool skin & eye tone - so in search of Ash to compliment my skin tone, my current stylist used Matrix Color Sync Pastel SPA.

    We left it on for 30 minutes under a cap and my highlights turned out GREAT, but I ended up with 'hot roots' - what was Level 6 brown became a bright orange/reddish tone - it Lifted!!

    ...both my stylist and I are trying to figure out how this is even possible because she said there is no ammonia, no peroxide in this demi-perm product. She went back and applied a cool brown to my roots to tone it down which helped a bit, but the red/orange tone is still there.

    I am bummed because I've lost the depth and this tone makes my skin look splotchy ...not to mention I will now have to wait for this to grow out.

    Note: We used this same product 8 weeks ago without a cap and left it in for 15 minutes without any incident.

    Got any ideas???

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  10. I would never call any clients hair a "freak of nature"- that isn't very professional, polite or to be perfectly honest - - really isn't true.
    The problem with hair color as a whole is...
    If we all went by her terms: Everyone would fit the "freak of nature" category.
    There is a very solid reason there is no book on the subject.
    It cannot be written smartly because there are too many variables.
    If you've read any of the Blog you will see this loud and clear...
    Everything matters...
    > texture
    > your lifestyle
    > hairs porosity
    > base color
    > previous color
    > gray or not
    > hairs tenacity
    > DURP Dominant Underlying Remaining Pigment -- see we even have science

    Every head of hair we color is completely different than the last butt that sat in "the Chair".
    So by her standards everyone would be a freak of nature..
    I don't believe that to be true.

    this may seem harsh, but I like telling the God's honest truth on this site - so there is no reason to be any different here.

    Matrix is the cheapest color made, always has been. I find it hard to listen to anyone that chooses their hair color by "price" and not quality. I wouldn't trust a lick of MATRIX color and I have no idea what colors or line you are even referring to. I know they went thru a recent re-vamp of the line ( just like Color TOUCH and Koleston Perfect did )
    and what I will tell you is........
    Ammonia is the alkaline chemical that opens the cuticle and allows the hair color to penetrate the cortex of the hair.
    But the thing most hair stylists/clients don't understand is all the hair color companies got wind of the fact that clients & stylists started to seek out..."Ammonia-free" products... but there are a lot of other chemicals to replace ammonia that do the EXACT SAME THING.
    Personally,I want them to keep ammonia in my hair color products, then I know EXACTLY what I am going to get when I use everything.
    Its no "guess-work".
    Guess-work is a bad thing in hair color.
    You know what I wonder....
    Why she didn't run a Strand Test?
    You are never too old or too experienced to run Strand Tests.
    Especially with a New line of color...
    Hair color does NOT Lift hair accidentally.
    OK I just looked this line up - it has an "ACTIVATOR" that is added to the color, and as long as a hair color has a "developer" "Activator"...."peroxide" ---> all 3 are the EXACT SAME THING, {these companies change the name to trick YOU and to trick hair stylists} which BTW IS PEROXIDE you might want to teach her...
    you are going to have a little bit of lift...
    a "little bit of lift"
    is like a "Little bit of Cash"...
    Tempting, but not nearly enough to accomplish anything good.
    You don't have hot roots...when ever lame brain stylists don't know what they are doing they tell their clients they have HOT ROOTS.
    WTF
    ARE YOU KIDDING ME
    no wonder everyone thinks Stylists suck . . .
    its because they DO

    Sounds like the "Freak of Nature" title should be hanging over her head
    ..........not yours.

    You need to join the Group, the Blog and the Store.
    take back control of your hair

    KC


    There should be a very simple solution to this....just don't go anywhere near the person that did the damage.

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  11. First I have to disagree. I use Matrix and like it. If you are an experienced hairdressed and educated in the line it can work well for you. That being said... Developer, activator... yup- peroxide. Tricking hairderssers? I hope other hairdressers aren't that stupid. As far as your "experienced" hairdresser...ugh!. When you put a cap on the head you are keepeing in the body tempature. Color Syn is a demi-permanent color, when the "deveoper" is mixed with the color it has a 3.5 level of peroxide. Heat and peroxide equals lift. Of course your roots lightened and got "warm". If your color worked at 15 min with no heat- why change it? If it's not broken don't fix it.

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  12. I have used Wella products for years and have really liked their products both for color and hair care. My stylist just introduced me to the Color Touch line by Wella. Sadly I had to move away from her and am trying to use a similar product. I have found Wella's 'Color Charm' demi-permanent line at Sally's Beauty Supply, which has some of the same shades as the Color Touch line; but I cannot find any information on Wella's website or anywhere else online referring to Color Charm products.

    I was wondering what you knew about Wella's Color Charm line and it's relationship with Wella.

    Also wanted to let you know that after I purchased the demi-permanent line I read the ingredient list to find that both the Color Charm demi-permanent dye and activator lotion have Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in them. Since I started reading your blog, I have stopped using products containing SLS and the thought of having my hair sit and absorb them during the process of developing color concerns me.

    After self-teaching myself and friends how to dye our hair at home. I find it really annoying how company's wont let us peons purchase the same coloring products that they sell to professionals. It didn't cross my mind that Wella would stoop to using SLS in their products.

    Thanks for all the hair care information. I live by it and tell all my friends about it.

    -Sonja

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  13. I've used Wella Colour Charm several times and found it to be very drying. Plus, it bsolutely stinks. It's just a liquid (consistency of water) that you mix with peroxide- there doesn't seem to be any conditioning ingredients at all.

    Now I use ISO i-colour which is like a cream. It makes my hair soooo shiny and soft, I'd use it even if I didn't need to colour my hair, just for the shine and richness it gives!

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  14. Anonymous,
    Why don't you just purchase Color Touch from our store? I make it available to everyone...it is wonderful.
    Wella is the worlds Premiere Hair Color Company...with Hair Color being all they make, Wella makes all big strides in new hair color technology.
    It is one of very few companies with 8 separate Color Lines of different qualities & prices.

    Color Charm is the lowest quality, with the cheapest pricepoint. But in starting this BLOG . . . I actually bought 2 dozen tubes and began my testing...with hopes of having people buy and use it.

    Big, no....HUGE HUGE mistake...there is no way I would recommend to anyone to use Color Charm Color, it is horrific.

    I also don't want anyone thinking that I agree with Galaxy's comment that ISO color is good. I have never heard that comment from anyone professional or non... and I may not remember much... But comments I keep track of.

    KC

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  15. I didn't say you did agree with me. I am entitled to have my own opinions on colours and it is possible to have success with colours that you don't sell.

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  16. I would really like to color my hair a dark brown or black underneath and a deep red auburn on top. Any tips on how to accomplish this? I looked at the feed on the sidebar for past articles but wasn't sure if you had something there explaining this. Do you do this all at once or do you have to do one and then the other? Will Demi work for this?
    My natural or "virgin" color is a light brown/dirty blond but I colored it with dark brown a few months back with permanent "boxed" (I know bad idea-I'm learning) dye. It seems to be fading out already. Great blog by the way, very helpful.

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  18. Hi, I'm interested in a consult on Dia Color by L'Oreal.
    Thanks,
    Page

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    1. I know nothing about that brand I am sorry.
      KC

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  19. I only do consults on Haircolor I have tested and approve of...Sorry.
    KC

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  20. Hello,
    I LOVE your website! Thank you so much for the education! I have natural dark brown hair and after a professional put level 3 on it ..it turned black! Then they had to bleach it and deposit a new color, darkness is ok but it has plumy/red tones ..... I love the picture above in this post with the dark brown hair and in the sun it has golden tone .... how do I get that? What should I tell my hair colorist to make them understand? Thanks!!!

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  21. I just found your blog and I love it! I am a hair hobbiest. I was raised by a cosmetologist and took on doing some friends and family when she moved out of state. I love to learn and would take classes if they would let me. I have toyed with the idea of going to beauty school but I can't justify the expense (especially because I have a Master's Degree in another field). Since I do not have access to most professional color lines I have been using ION Color Brilliance from Sally's. So far I have found the color results to be reliable and it leaves the conditioned. However, I am looking for a better color-line for "reds." Do you have a recommendation?
    Thank you!
    New Fan- Kasie

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  22. This was a really helpful post. I didn't know the differences between types of hair color until now.

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  23. Killer Chemist sounds like a douche.

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    1. and you sound like a Rocket Scientist...

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  24. Thank you for understanding the chemistry of hair color. Would you check out kenra color and educate the "educators" on the difference between demi and permanant color. Its so frustrating how so little stylists in this indrustry do not have knowledge of color and why they do what they do.

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  25. Hi,
    I have just bought 6 bottle of Clairol Torrids #660 AUDACIOUS RED. I was blonde (bleached and porous) and recently used a demi permanent to go back to red. It worked like a dream after multiple failed attempts with permanent colour. The demi colour I used has a little brown mixed in to a mahogany copper base, it's a bit dark for my colour preference but was great as a filler. Now I want to use the AUDACIOUS RED on my regrowth with a 30 Vol developer as my natural colour is close to a level 6 brown.
    After reading this post I think I will do my lengths with AUDACIOUS RED using a 5 or 10 Vol developer to keep the overall colour and not damage my already fragile hair.

    If I understood your post right, I can use a permanent colour (such as Clairol Torrids #660 AUDACIOUS RED) and get a demi permanent effect by using a low vol developer?

    How does using a low Vol blow off the amonia levels in the tint?

    Thanks,
    Great post!

    Fey

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  26. Lightbulbs went off when I read "if it's a level 9 blonde that means it's a TONER". It's taken me awhile to understand the dual action of permanents--lift and deposit. Also, where toners fit into the range of permanence. Do toners range from Demi to Semi Permanent, deposit only, and do pre-lightened hair applications of toner benefit more from Semi Permanent (than compared to Demi on normal hair) because lightened hair will always have a more open cuticle, and therefor be able to receive the deposit without the very mild lift from the Demi developer/ammonia action? Or is the Demi developer/ammonia action super delicate on pre-lightened hair as well and actually beneficial?

    I'll read this toner blog posts again, I really appreciate the depth, detail, and evidence based information on your site!

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  27. I bought a demi-permanent hair color recently thinking that it would only deepen my color a tad. I was looking at the color swatch of hair at the store and thought it was the shade that I wanted. What I thought was burgundy was darn near black! What the heck happened? Why is it that some colors come out looking darker? I was not happy! Right now I can live with it, but I want my burgundy hair color back! I would hate to bleach again, but I heard that a clarifying shampoo would lift the color.

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  28. Hi! I just stumbled across your blog and I'm so happy I did! Gonna get settled and study up :) I do have a question..what demi perm colour would you recommend for a level 7 coppery red? I'm looking for something that'll help maintain the colour between root touch ups. I haven't really seeb my natural hair colour in about a decade but I'm pretty sure it's a level 7.

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  29. I'm glad you found me too !
    I too am a Leve 8 RC, so we are also close in color. A special page on Reds has begun and I will be taking time out from Teaching Level System to focus on special products for Reds.
    Personally I love Wella Demi Perm-COLOR TOUCH, which you may get in our store...
    http://killerstrands.myshopify.com/products/wella-color-touch-demi-permanent-color
    use 8-RG {Wella runs one full level darker than any other line]
    We also have a Group on YAHOO GROUPS...just google it.

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  30. I have the X Factor large tubes of color (medium brown, I forget the number at the moment), which I have been using with 20% developer in a ratio of 1.5: 1, which is what the tube specifies. I want to continue using this on the roots, but make a "demi" color for the lengths. So if I mix my tube color with, say, a 10% developer, would I use the same 1.5 :1 ratio? And how long do I leave on the demi-permanent color. I leave the permanent color on the roots for 45 minutes.
    Mary

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  31. Hi.can you please tell me where can demi permanent color be found??

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  32. yes, I am not supposed to carry these colors and sell to the public, so they are hidden....follow this link:

    http://killerstrands.myshopify.com/products/wella-color-touch-demi-permanent-color

    for the BEST Demi- Permanent Hair color!

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  33. Hi! Can I use a demi/semi over faded permanent colour?

    I have dork brown hair, with a few greys, and started having my hair professionally coloured with permanent dye to cover them. I went about 1-2 shades lighter than my natural colour. I then decided to stop dyeing it, as it wasn't worth the cost and potential hair damage for just a few greys - and I like my natural hair colour. So I have been using one of those 'colour touch up' things for the greys, and it is great. But now it's been about six months since I last had my hair professionally coloured, and the dyed part has faded a bit, and it isn't shiny (or as nice as the regrowth of my natural colour). I would like to compensate for this with a semi/demi that's close to my natural colour. Which would be best? I'd like the least damaging product possible, but one that will still work.

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  34. I retired, decided to try platinum hair as a mid-life crisis change. Yes, that means at 63 I intend to live to be 126. LOL Seriously, my mother has had natural white hair since her twenties, so I wanted to see how it looked. Not me, especially in the sunlight outside.

    My hair isn't in great shape now, as you can guess. It is, I think, overly porous so won't take a color or keep it. I tried 2 oz of 10N and 1 oz of 10V (Agebeautiful) with a 10V developer and the white in my hair picked up the grey, not overly, but too much for me. The rest stayed the same, around a level 12.

    I'd like to, now that I've had my fun, become a light blonde around an 8 or 9 level. I am willing to go to a medium blonde 7 level if I need to, knowing it'll wash out lighter eventually. My skin is cool toned, eyes blue. I was born a level 8-9 level blonde. By the time I retired, my hair was a level 7N (some ash in it) and some salt and pepper grey with almost solid white/grey at my temples. It looked DULL and aging on me. My fine textured, fairly thick hair with a slight wave, mostly straight felt very good and silky, (with the exception of kinky mind of it's own silver grey hairs )- once upon a time.

    Can you help me? I'm not sure of my next step to looking natural and healthy, not dull and old, despite reading your articles for days?

    I read your article on platinums wanting to go darker.

    My question is, since Demi -Permanent sounds like what I need, should I put gold or red or both back into my hair? I'm not sure the level or color I need. I've heard gold (which is scary since I look terrible in gold, even my jewelry is silver) and I've heard red. Both colors are supposed to look terrible on cool toned older women.

    Hope I'm not confusing us both as to what my question is. :-)

    MO

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  35. Je suis heureux de chercher votre stratégie distingué de développement de la publier.
    bilder freistellen

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  36. Thank you for these news.They help to have a clear idea about the diferent hair dyes very well, I think :) .Just an inquiry please; what happens if someone uses a permanent hair dye (with ammonia)with very low volumes (5 volumes, for example)? does it cover gray hair ?Does the final result depends on how much fine the hair is? Kind regards from Italy and thank you :)

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    1. many factors come into play when trying to determine hair color properly., That is just not enough information for me to give you the right answer and I wouldn't want to do that;
      KC

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  37. Sometimes you sound like a child when you respond to comments...like an annoying know it all..and in reality you dont!! Let other people voice there opinion sometimes there right and your so wrong!!

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  38. It is nice that you consider the right hair color.

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  39. It will cover gray for 1 week probably...
    But, it depends on percentage of gray
    how resistant the gray is...........etc.
    But it will not cover it well at all - always use 20 Volume to cover gray and be sure partial amount of formula is a Neutral !

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  40. Which color is better, Matrix or Wella? Which cost more? Thank you.

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  41. Wella,
    but only the high-end Wella,
    such as:
    Illumina, Koleston Perfect and Color Touch are all wonderful hair colors and the top. Look in our storehttps://killerstrands.myshopify.com/

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