Beauty Buzz in Hair Care

Lighten your Shade with Hair Color Developers

The quickest way to perk up a dull look is by changing your hair color. Sometimes, though, the color on the box of your at-home hair dye kit isn’t always the color you ultimately wind up with when the dying process is complete. Some women find that the colored pigment dyes their hair a bit brighter or darker than they desire. Simply increase the amount of developer for a quick fix to the problem. When it comes to mixing hair color and developer find the right products and remember these tricks for precise application.

Developer is generally distinguished by volume of peroxide. The more peroxide, the lighter your shade. For instance, 10 volume peroxide is designed for permanent, yet no-lift hair color. It’s used when you want to add a tint of color to your tone, but still keep the same lightness level. Moving up a level, 20 volume peroxide lifts hair by one to two levels. This amount is typically used when you want to lift your hair color by one shade lighter than the natural color. Remember, though, the stronger the developer, the harsher affect it has on hair.

L’Oreal Professional Majicreme Developer 30 Volume is a hair color developer that can lighten natural color by three shades. The creamy formula offers gentle and a more controlled lightening action.

Another developer available, Schwarzkopf Igora Oxigenta Lotion works great to obtain maximum coverage results with a cream hair color.

If you are looking for a platinum blonde look, using a stronger volume can help. L’Oreal Professional Platinum Nutri-Developer is a lightening paste used for optimum lightening results.

Bleaching hair is a route to go to strip color entirely. While some women turn to bleach for all-over blonde, many beauty enthusiasts use the product to effectively strip a current or unpleasant color. If you want to lighten hair more than three or four shades or to eliminate brassy undertones, using a strong volume count of peroxide can achieve the look. When you move up to 40-50 volume peroxide and bleach, though, seeking help from a salon professional may be wise.

Have fun creating the hair color you want, while experimenting with the right balance between color and developer. Try out the volume levels of peroxide to achieve the lightened shade you desire.

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