You asked

What are the different types of hair colours and dyes?

There are four basic categories of hair colour and every variation of hair colour fits into one of the categories. They are blond, brunette, red, and grey. Here are the different types of dyes for hair:
Permanent hair colour
  • Permanently changes the pigment of your hair shaft, does not wash out but will fade over time.
  • Requires maintenance to new hair growth after 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Once it’s in your hair it can’t be removed to restore your hair to its natural colour.
  • If you use permanent hair colour and you don’t like the results, a corrective colouring treatment must be used. It should be a shade similar to your original colour.
  • Many people choose to go to a hair stylist for permanent colour to ensure they get it right, as it is after all permanent.
Semi-permanent colour
  • Often used to cover grey hair and dye hair darker.
  • Doesn’t last as long as permanent colour.
  • You can do semi-permanent colour treatments at home.
When choosing a hair dye, it's important to understand the basic hair colour terminology:
The Level
This is a scale of hair colour based on a 10-step scale, with 1 being the darkest (black) and 10 being the lightest (blond).
The Tone
This is the warmth or coolness of the hair colour. Examples of cool tones are blue black, ash brown and blond, and platinum blond. Warm tones include brown with gold or red highlights, red, strawberry blond, and golden blond.
The Intensity
This is the strength of a colour tone.

More questions

Human hair extension can give great results making your hair look thicker, and longer. However, they are expensive, so you need to know how to look after them. We’ve outlined some simple ways to help keep...
Many of us suffer from dandruff on a daily basis. It can be embarrassing and itchy and often mean you have an irritated scalp. You may find that even regular washing of your hair doesn’t get rid of it and...
Using the right hair brush can have a better effect on your hair than using the wrong one will. It’s something most of us don’t give much thought to. A good brush will make your hair shine more and...
Dandruff is a common complaint and one that is surrounded by many myths. In this article we address some of the common queries we hear about dandruff and attempt to answer any questions you might have...
There are four basic categories of hair colour and every variation of hair colour fits into one of the categories. They are blond, brunette, red, and grey. Here are the different types of dyes for hair...
Most of us have tried to use a ceramics straightener at some point or have had a hairdresser use one on us. They can give great straight and sleek results on most lengths of hair. If not used correctly, the...
A spiral curling iron is an alternative to the traditional curling iron. It is used in the same way as a regular barrel roll curling iron and results in bouncy corkscrew shaped ringlet curls. So, if this sounds...
Do you have straight hair and dream of having loose, bouncy curls? If you want to curl your hair but are unsure whether to choose a curling iron or hot rollers to get the look you want, this article may help...
Many of us spend a lot of time straightening our hair every morning with flat irons. Wouldn’t it be great to wake up with sleek and straight hair that you didn’t need to spend so much time working...
Perms have improved a lot since the 80s! They no longer mean frizzy hair and fake looking curls. If you’re fond of curing your hair with an iron or rollers, it might be time to consider getting a perm. A...



Hello Mama!
Help us help you by allowing us and our partners to remember your device in cookies to serve you personalized content and ads.

We're on a mission to help our mums and their families thrive by informing, connecting and entertaining.

Join us in our mission by consenting to the use of cookies and IP address recognition by us and our partners to serve you content (including ads) best suited to your interests, both here and around the web.

We promise never to share any other information that may be deemed personal unless you explicitly tell us it's ok.

If you want more info, see our privacy policy.