Hair dye : the process

Have you ever wondered how does someone get their hair a cool pink or grey or any crazy color that doesn’t naturally belong? Well there is a process behind it. As someone who has been dyeing their hair for years I have come to realize something is on what to do and what not to do. You may recognize me in class as I am the only person in Sc200 with pink and blue hair. So what happens when someone wants their hair colors such as mine? You have to bleach the hair first. Naturally the hair particles are made up of blue and red molecules.  When bleaching happens the hair cuticle needs to be open in order let the dye go in and develop into the hair.  The harsh chemicals that usually scare people away from dying their hair is ammonia, peroxide and alcohol. These are the chemicals that can damage the hair. Ammonia allows the hair color whatever hair color it may be to deposit into the hair. Peroxide is the chemical that is used to break down the chemical bonds that were previously in the hair to lighten the hair to a blonde color. The specific thing that is being messed with in the hair cuticle is the melanin which is the reason why your hair is the color it is. One common thing most people do not know is that there are dyes out there that do not contain many of the harsh chemicals in the hair. It is possible to dye the hair without completely damaging the health of your hair.  Doing simple things like sulfate free shampoo helps keep the color in reducing the amount of times of having to re dye the hair. Hair conditioning masks help keep the hair healthy and taking hair vitamins and putting oils specifically for color treated hair helps keep the hair alive.  Overall the task of dying hair is actually a long process and affects the cuticle, the melanin and the cortex of the hair. With the process of bleaching and lightening these things are compromised in order to let the new hair color develop and set in. Would you want to dye your hair after reading this? Would you not want to dye your hair after this?

4 thoughts on “Hair dye : the process

  1. Raegan S Pechar

    This blog is awesome, especially because I currently have teal hair!! I know the basic process, bleach, add color, etc. But chemically was always a foreign concept to me. However, since dying my hair, I’ve noticed some really tragic changes to it already. I had virgin hair prior to going blue, so luckily the damage isn’t serious, yet. However, I have friends that have been bleaching their hair since middle school, and as a result their hair is fried, dry, and doesn’t grow anymore. The American Cancer Society uploaded a post regarding hair dye and the risk of cancer. I had never thought of this risk when changing my hair color, but now I definitely might.

  2. Dante Labricciosa

    As a guy who only dyed his hair back in elementary school because he thought highlights were cool, I guess this post is relevant to me (haha). But really, this post is fairly interesting. But it needs a little more. You should cite and analyze sources of how peroxide and ammonia can affect a variable group compared to a control group without using such substance in their hair, such as this one here:, as regarded gives information on multiple studies of hair dye affects and its link to cancer. You can also go in depth of healthier alternatives to somehow changing the color of ones hair. But interesting blog and picture, just could use a little extra push for sources and evidence to help conclude what you are trying to say.

  3. sjt5442

    As a person who has had many different hair colors, it truly is a long and destroying process. At this point in my life I don’t think I will be doing anymore drastic changes to my hair color. Im in the process of growing out my natural color and its very frustrating getting my hair back to its original color and texture. This article gives you some insight on how truly hair dying is bad for you.

  4. Elsa Breakey

    I like this post mainly because while getting my hair dyed, I never really pay attention to the process or chemicals going into my hair. I get my hair highlighted once every two months or so, but refuse to use bleach. Obviously bleach isn’t good for your hair, especially once it touches the scalp. My hair dresser always tells me to let her know of ANY product that I use in my hair before she touches it. She once foiled a girls hair and used bleach in it – but the girl failed to tell her that she used Sun-In (makes your hair lighter in the sun). The Sun-In caused a chemical reaction with the bleach and foils that caused the foils to heat up and burn her head, forcing the hair stylist to rip the foils out and give her a style shorter than planned.

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