7 Semi-Permanent Beauty Treatments Worth Paying For
Some semi-permanent treatments are so good they're recession-proof -- and others don't live up to the hype. Find out which ones can change your beauty routine for the better
Lasts: 4 to 6 weeks
Who should do it: Anyone with dry, damaged hair that needs a boost in shine and color.
Why you should get it: "If you're experiencing dryness, switching to semi-permanent color can rectify the situation," says Jerami Brown, color specialist at Paul Labrecque Salon in New York City. "Anytime you use a chemical like peroxide, you're opening the outside layer of the hair follicle in order to allow the color to penetrate."
This ultimately compromises the integrity of the follicle, and leads to damage. Since semi-permanent dye has more pigment than permanent dye, with only a fraction of the peroxide, you can get the same brilliant color without the damage. But what I love most is the shine. It makes my hair look healthy even when it's not.
What you won't like: Since semi-permanent dye only has 3 percent peroxide it's better for your hair's health, but it won't do much if you want a drastic change -- like going from brown to blonde. Semi-permanent color will work best if you're going one to two shades from you natural hair color. And the more you shampoo, the faster the color will fade. So limit your shampooing to every other day and switch to a mild formula that's meant for colored hair.
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