Thinking about a hair transformation? If you’re not bold enough to try an edgy new haircut, a hair colour change should do the trick. A quick switch in your hair colour too makes a huge difference to your face. Coloring your strands is a fantastic way to breathe fresh life into your hair and ensure it never looks boring. A rich colour can also help your locks look healthier and shinier. Hair colour, much like a haircut, can be customized to frame your face and bring forward your best features. Keep this hair colour guide handy the next time you’re going to the salon for that colouring appointment. There are numerous techniques of hair colouring, one of the most common one that is used however is fondly called ‘global’ (hair colour).
Global Hair Colour
Best Colour For Indian Skin
Global Hair Colour, Balayage And Ombre
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What Is Global Hair Colour?
As the name suggests, global refers to colouring your entire hair from root to tip with the same colour. Global hair color is popularly used to cover up greys, switch up your hair colour and bring uniformity to hair that was previously coloured in different hues. During the global hair color, the product will be applied from the root of your hair to the tips. A typical hair color job takes anywhere between 1-3 hours and will cost you upwards of Rs 2,000 depending on the length of your hair and the salon you pick. Usually, a global hair colour job is done before application of another hair colour like balayage or ombre. It sets the tone of your hair for the next colour job.
While you can definitely colour your hair at home using ready-made box colours that are available in the market, it is advised to avoid using these. While they are cheaper alternatives, these colours contain ammonia that makes your hair rough and brittle. Look for colours that are ammonia-free if you plan to colour your hair at home.
The Best Global Hair Colour For Indian Skin
While there are no rules when it comes to hair colour...if you have fair to medium skin, warm browns, caramel and burgundy look best on olive skin. Brighter colours like strawberry reds and plum-purples look great too! Warm-toned colours bring out the best in Indian skin.
Understand your undertones, if you have warm undertones then a colour that’s warm-toned looks best. If your skin has cool undertones, a hair colour that has cooler undertones looks best on you. If you’re confused, ask your hairstylist for help in understanding the best colour for your skin type.
What Is The Difference Between Global Hair Colour And Balayage And Ombre
Global hair colour means that your entire hair from root to tip will be the same shade.
Balayage and Ombre are hair colour techniques that colour only the bottom half of your hair. These are created freehand using free strokes, they are meant to take your hair from dark to light to lighter in a smooth, streak-free transition. The point of these two techniques is for it to look like your hair is naturally fading into lighter hues.
What Are The Benefits Of Global Hair Colour
- Global hair colour is useful if you’re trying to cover up greys. It colours your hair from root to tip, hiding any grey roots and ends.
- If you want to darken or lighten your actual hair colour, global color is a good option.
- If you’ve coloured your hair in the past and you don’t like the colour that it’s fading into, quick global hair color will cover up a previously faded hair color.
- If you want to experiment with a bold, new hair colour a global colour like burgundy and deep wine will sparkle and shine under natural light and give you a completely new look. If you want to color black hair to lighter colours like greens and blues, you will need to bleach your entire hair blonde before you apply colours like reds, blue and green.
Side Effects Of Global Hair Colour
If this is the first time you’re colouring your hair and you’re worried about potential side effects, I won’t lie to you. There might be some side effects. As is the case with any chemical treatment, hair colour can damage your hair. But to win some you gotta lose some, right? The side effects of hair colour are allergic reactions, hair damage, dry hair, hair fall and weakened roots. While it’s not necessary that you will have any side effects, these are just some of the possible ones.
When you colour your hair, you have to take extra care. This means you would be required to use a separate shampoo and conditioner for coloured hair and keep your coloured hair away from sunlight, sea water and chlorine. Using a hair serum regularly and using a heat protectant before styling your hair also helps prolong the colour. Keep in mind that your hair colour fades a little after every wash. So depending on the hair colour and the shampoo you use, your hair colour will fade accordingly.
How Much Does Global Hair Colour Cost?
The price of global hair colour depends entirely on the salon, the brand of hair colour being used and the length of your hair. Typically a global hair colour job costs anywhere upwards of Rs. 2,000. The longer your hair, the more expensive it gets. If you have shoulder length hair, global hair colour would cost you between Rs 3,000 to 7,000.
Global Hair Colour At Home
You can colour your hair at home too. You get ‘hair colour in a box’ that just needs to be mixed up and applied. When you do this, however, you must proceed with caution. Box colours are not used in salons because while they are more ‘permanent’ in nature, the ingredients they use can damage your hair in the long run.
Best Brands For Global Hair Colour In India
There are hundreds of brands available in India. Some of the best hair colour brands are ones that don’t contain ammonia. To make it easier for you to choose, we’ve curated a list of the best ammonia-free hair colour available in India. Keep scrollin’.
L'Oreal Paris Casting Creme Gloss Hair Colour (Rs 630)
L’Oreal was one of the first few players in the market who launched ammonia-free hair colour. If you’re looking for quality hair colour at home, L’Oreal should be on your list of brands to choose from. They have beautiful shades of reds and browns that look utmost flattering on Indian skin tones.
Schwarzkopf Palette Deluxe Intense Oil Care Colour (Rs 650)
Another one of the trusty brands for at home-box colour is Schwarzkopf. This particular hair colour has been designed to give your hair 30% more shine thanks to the Argan oil extract present in it. So while colouring your hair, it’s also going to nourish it and give it that dazzling shine. There are a couple of colours to choose from browns, blacks and chocolate tones.
BBLUNT Salon Secret High Shine Creme Hair Colour (Rs 185)
If you’re looking for slightly more affordable hair colour, check out this collection from BBLUNT. They’ve got browns, reds, wine, honey and even a deep blue-black. While the colour quality is not the best, the selection of colours is slightly better. If you’re looking for affordable hair colour, this one won’t disappoint. Just make sure you take good care of your hair after to minimize any damage.
Garnier Color Naturals (Rs 180)
The Garnier Colour naturals range has 7-8 beautiful colours to choose from. The collection is known for its wide range of browns. The package comes enriched with olive oil to nourish your hair but it’s also recommended you minimize heat styling to ensure your hair is in the best of health.
Now that we’ve given you all the info you need on global hair colour, let’s talk inspiration. We bet you’re thinking about getting your hair coloured now! Here are some fantastic hair colour ideas for hair of all lengths. Browse through these before that next salon visit so that you know exactly what hair colour will work for you.
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If you want to go lighter, then ashy brown is a flattering hair colour for women with cooler, fairer skin tones. This shade is a great idea if you’re looking for a global colour instead of highlights. Pair it with gorgeous layers to help make your mane look fuller. A medium ash can work better with duskier skin tones.
Beautiful, lighter caramel tones that gently graduate towards the ends give that attractive sun-kissed effect. It’ll give you that back-from-a-glamorous-vacay look, even if you’ve actually been spending your days cooped up in the office. This dye job suits all skin tones and hair textures. Pretty waves will just add to that beach bomb effect.
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Pretty golden strands running through dark brown locks. This
hair colour for women is perfect if you’re bored of your single-color, same old hair but don’t want to try anything too bold. If you want to keep it as natural-looking as possible, then simple highlights that are a couple shades lighter than your natural colour, seamlessly weaved in between your locks, are just what you should get.
Want to give your dark hair a glamorous twist? Mahogany is a beautiful warm colour with reddish undertones for glossy strands, especially under the sunlight. It’ll help make your mane look healthy and polished.
The Reverse Ombre
Want to liven up long hair? This hair colour for women will do just that and help you stand out from the crowd too. Just the like the name sounds, it’s basically flipping a regular ombre so your mane is lighter on top and gradually darkens as it reaches the ends.
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Tortoiseshell is a trend for perfect summer hair all year long. It’s basically dark brown, chestnut and gold blended together for multidimensional, expensive looking hair. Can you blame us for being in love with it?
Beach Babe Highlights
If you were wowed by Tara’s hair in Tamasha, then this
hair colour for women is for you. Think about going a few shades lighter than your natural hair colour and mixing that with varying shades sandy brown highlights (about 2-3 shades). Ask your stylist to weave them in through super fine sections. This way, it won’t give you that unattractive demarcation as your hair grows out.
The Balayage Technique
Balayage is a revolutionary hair colour technique where a lighter shade is painted freehand onto the hair, instead of the old-fashion method of using foil. This gives natural-looking highlights that look super healthy and like you were just blessed with fabulous hair. Go to a leading hair salon if you want to try this technique.
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Think JLo and even Kate Middleton - their rich hair colour is actually pretty perfect for Indian skin tones. To get a royal looking mane like them, ask for a base that is a few shades lighter than your original colour and then lighter, more golden highlights around your face that gradually lighten towards the ends.
Yes, we’re talking a blonde brown or honey brown. Why not enjoy the best of both worlds? If you’re in the mood to try something drastic, then gold and honey
hair colour for women blended across medium brown hair can help warm up your complexion while giving you a glamorous new look.
This story was updated in January 2019.