Curious? We were, too. Popular hair color brand Bigen answers all of your permanent and semi-permanent hair color questions. Whether you have fine, coarse, dense, damaged, short, long, or gray hair, all of your answers are below.

What are the differences in the color formulations (i.e. liquid, cream, and powder)?

Liquid is easy to distribute throughout the entire head. It is ideal to quickly cover all gray hair on the whole head, however it can be messy to apply.  Cream is economical and allows you to use only the necessary amount needed, easy to apply along hairline, mixture does not splatter or drip easily. This is ideal for root and hairline touch-ups.  Powder is more economical compared to the other two and only requires water. With powder you have the option of rationing the amount needed. This is ideal for all-over color, root, and hairline touch-ups.
Bigen Semi-permanent comes in a cream and uses direct, oxidative dye. This product is nourishing to your hair since its formula is oil-rich and does not contain ammonia or peroxide. Bigen Permanent Powder comes as a powder and requires mixing with only water before applying to hair. This product is gentle to your hair since its formula does not contain ammonia and no hydrogen peroxide is required.

Is each option formulated for certain consumers based on curl pattern or porosity?

While all formula types are suitable for all hair types we recommend semi permanent color for those with fine hair or relaxed, chemically processed, or damaged hair. Semi-permanent does not have ammonia or peroxide.  Coarse hair is difficult to dye, if wanting thoroughly colored hair in one application, permanent color is recommended.

Are all of the color options available in all three forms?

  • Semi-permanent color is available in a wide range of shades and is intended for those looking for a change in hair color without the damaging effects, while providing temporary but long-lasting color, however, semi-permanent color does not have a lightening or lifting effect. To achieve lighter or brighter shades, you must apply semi-permanent color to lighter or pre-lightened hair.
  • Permanent powder is available in a range of shades that are primarily darker. It is a deposit only hair color, and is intended for those looking for beautiful, long lasting results with 100% gray coverage or to enhance natural hair color.
  • Cream and liquid permanent hair color have the widest range of shades. These formulas can provide lightening or depositing actions allowing for colors from darkest black to platinum silver. These formulas are also some the strongest and are potentially the most damaging to hair.

How should you prime your hair before the color application?

All hair color should be applied to clean hair, free of styling product buildup.  Shampoo your hair at least 24 hrs. before permanent coloring. This will allow your hair to recoup some of the natural oils to protect hair and scalp.

What are your tips for preserving the color after application?

  • First, it is recommended to rinse hair thoroughly until water runs clear. If hair is not well rinsed after the coloring process, it may actually cause hair damage and promote color fading.
  • Next, you should always apply a conditioner made for color-treated hair immediately after coloring. Conditioners designed for color-treated hair will have a pH value of 3 to 4. This will help to return the cuticle to a closed state. For a while after coloring, some of your cuticles won't close as easily as they did before coloring. Continued use of color-safe conditioners will expedite cuticle closure to help prevent hair damage and color fading.
Good hair care is recommended on a daily basis, because your hair cannot repair itself without your help. Additionally, coloring results last longer with good hair care habits.
  • For cuticle care, use a leave-in treatment and be careful not to rub hair together while it is wet.
  • For pigment care, be aware of UV rays, they can be damaging to hair. The chlorine in swimming pools will fade color faster. Do not relax hair, as chemicals used in relaxers can cause damage to color treated hair.

What are your tips for root touch-ups?

Cream and powder formulas are great for touch-up application. 
With permanent color, apply on new growth and wait for 15-30 min. If necessary pull some of the color down to the ends 5-10 min. before washing out hair.  Semi-permanent color is great for a quick root touch-up that won’t expose previously colored hair to further damage.

What are your tips for gray hair?

Start color application in the area that contains the largest amount of gray hair. That way the areas needing the most color will experience the longest processing time and complete coverage is obtained.

What are your tips for preserving color while swimming?

While chlorine used in pools as a disinfectant is weak, it contains a bleaching effect. Be sure to thoroughly wash your hair with shampoo & conditioner made for color-treated hair after swimming to prevent fading.

How many packages would you recommend for highly dense hair versus someone with low density in each color option?

1 at-home color products should cover:

  • very short(less than 5cm long)
  • short (covers the ears)
  • medium (down to the chin)

2 at-home color products should cover:

  • long (between the shoulders and waist)
  • very long ( up to or below the waist)

Very dense hair may require more product. Always make sure to thoroughly saturate hair completely with color product.

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This article is sponsored by Bigen.