Choosing the Right Hair Dyes for Mature Women

By this time in your life you have probably used a hair dye once or twice! (Wink wink). Or you may be one of those people who embrace their grays and don’t even want to touch the stuff. Either way, you have noticed your hair changing slightly and wonder why. Let’s say you have been dying your hair since you were in your 20’s. Now you are in your 50’s and your hair seems to be changing. You are either perimenopause, menopause or completely done with menopause and things are not good. You wonder if there are any tips or tricks for dying your hair at your age so you start researching. Let me show you how you have to change in treating your hair during middle age as opposed to when you were in your earlier years. But first let’s take a look at what hair dye is and some do’s and don’ts of using it.

What is Hair Dye?

There are 4 types of dyes: temporary, semi-permanent, permanent and gradual or progressive. Dyes can be soluable or insoluable. We will be referring to the insoluable kind here because we want it to last and not rinse out with water. So in this case, permanent or gradual dyes. So the controversy with hair dyes in this day and age is the question, “Is it safe?” I am not here to sway your opinion one way or the other, however you do need to be aware that dyes have many harmful chemicals in them that can cause negative health effects. Is there a solution to that? There is always the organic or natural route but you still have to be careful and read to see if a harmful chemical has been used. Reading and researching a list of chemicals from a reliable source is always helpful. If you find a safe hair dye that you want to try you can even talk to your hair salon and ask if they can use that on your hair. When it comes to your health, don’t skimp.

How Do I Choose the Right Hair Dye?

There are several factors that you should consider when choosing the right hair dye.

  1. Ammonia-Free Formulas: Look for hair dyes that are ammonia-free or low in ammonia to minimize potential damage to aging hair and scalp sensitivity.
  2. Moisturizing Ingredients: Look for hair dyes that contain moisturizing and conditioning ingredients, such as argan oil, keratin, or coconut oil, to help nourish and protect the hair.
  3. Gray Coverage: If covering gray hair is a priority, choose a hair dye specifically formulated for gray coverage to ensure long-lasting and even results.
  4. Gentle Formulas: Consider hair dyes designed for sensitive scalps, as they are formulated to minimize irritation and discomfort during the coloring process.
  5. Semi-Permanent Options: For a less committal approach, consider semi-permanent hair dyes that gradually fade over time, allowing for a more natural transition between colorings.
  6. Professional Consultation: Seeking advice from a professional colorist or stylist can help in selecting the most suitable hair dye and color options tailored to individual hair needs and preferences.

By considering these factors, older individuals can make informed choices when selecting hair dyes that are best suited to their hair type, condition, and personal preferences.

5 Important DO’S and DON’TS of Hair Dying

So you have taken the plunge and dyed your hair using your best knowledge and research along with confiding in a colorist at a salon. What are the best methods of keeping your newly dyed hair at maximum health and vibrancy until your next session? Here are a few do’s and don’ts to consider.

Don’t #1

If you have been dying your hair for 20-30 years already and it is beginning to look like cotton candy DO NOT redye your hair yet another time. This is a sign that it is brittle, dry and frankly has just been “fried” too many times. This will not make your hair look better. It is weak and needs to recoup.

Do #1

Let your hair rest from dyes for a few months. It might be time for a new colorist to help you nurse your hair back to health. Confide in a professional to know what to do. They may recommend protein treatments. This will strengthen your hair and get it ready again for the next dying process.

Don’t #2

Don’t wash your hair every day! As we age our hair goes from super oily to drier. The luster is already beginning to diminish so washing it every day like you used to is not a good idea. With hair dye, the color will fade quicker when it is washed more often and then you will want to dye it again the next month.

Do #2

Train your hair to be washed every other day, or better yet, twice a week. It CAN be done! Also to help give it a little body while it is waiting to be washed use dry shampoo. Avoid the aerosol dry shampoo as it has more harmful chemicals in it than the powdery kind.

Don’t #3

Avoid alcohol-based products. These dry out your hair and also fade the color (dyes).

Do #3

Apply a leave-in conditioner which will hydrate your hair protecting the shafts and the color treatment.

Don’t #4

Avoid DIY dye jobs. Your hair is more fragile and dry from hormonal changes and might not be strong enough to handle it.

Do #4

Consult your colorist at your salon and see if she recommends it. Especially if you are going to an extreme color.

Don’t #5

Don’t allow negative choices in your life that affect your health. Believe it or not, negative choices such as eating a lot of greasy or sugary foods, lack of exercise and increased stress will affect your skin and your scalp during the perimenopause and menopause phase.

Do #5

Good lifestyle choices are important at your age. Eat the right foods, drink a lot of water, exercise and learn to say “no” to stressful situations that could elevate your blood pressure.

Valuable Takeaways

When it comes down to it, just remember when choosing hair dyes everyone is different and does not fit into a cookie cutter mold so go with what you are experiencing at this moment. When choosing hair dyes at an older age, consider these important factors:

Ammonia-Free FormulasLook for hair dyes that are ammonia-free or low in ammonia to minimize potential damage to aging hair and scalp sensitivity.
Moisturizing IngredientsOpt for hair dyes that contain moisturizing and conditioning ingredients, such as argan oil, keratin, or coconut oil, to help nourish and protect the hair.
Gray CoverageIf covering gray hair is a priority, choose a hair dye specifically formulated for gray coverage to ensure long-lasting and even results.
Gentle FormulasConsider hair dyes designed for sensitive scalps, as they are formulated to minimize irritation and discomfort during the coloring process.
Semi-Permanent OptionsFor a less committal approach, consider semi-permanent hair dyes that gradually fade over time, allowing for a more natural transition between colorings.
Professional ConsultationSeeking advice from a professional colorist or stylist can help in selecting the most suitable hair dye and color options tailored to individual hair needs and preferences.
By considering these factors, older individuals can make informed choices when selecting hair dyes that are best suited to their hair type, condition, and personal preferences.

By considering these factors, older individuals can make informed choices when selecting hair dyes that are best suited to their hair type, condition, and personal preferences.

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