A Few Tips to Coloring Hair to Prevent Hair Loss

If your hair is thinning and you’re thinking about hitting the ‘ole coloring bottle, you might want to take a step back.  Coloring thinning hair can be safe, but there are a few precautions you need to keep in mind.

One of the major myths about coloring hair is that it permanently damages the hair shaft. This is true, but only if you’re bleaching it or use the color against the direction on the packaging.

Additionally, semi-permanent colors with an acidic base can in fact protect the hair cuticle and the hair itself, according to Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, MD. As a dermatologist and clinical instructor at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, she understands the needs of thinning hair.

If you want to keep your hair color, especially if its thinning, keep the following tips in mind.

Avoid Bleach

Any color change requiring bleach will cause some damage to your hair. However, if you properly apply your hair color, there shouldn’t be any issues for your hair. If you’re considering a major color change—such as moving from jet black to blonde—you may be better off making a transition with a wig.

Opt to Blend your Color

Choosing a hair color that is close to the color of your scalp can in fact lessen the noticeability of your thinning hair.

“You never want someone looking away from your eyes and up at your head when they’re talking to you,” says Dave Lemke, owner of Kings Head Hair Salon in Milwaukee. Lemke specializes in helping clients with hair loss. He goes on to recommend having lighter hair around your face as you age, as it softens your features.

Go to a Salon

Professionals simply have access to better higher-end color options. Additionally, your stylist has the experience to match the right color to your face and features. It’s also a good idea to request vegetable-based dyes, cellophanes, and hennas. These agents are much easier on thinning hair. It’s best to avoid bleach altogether.