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Why your hair colour fades so fast

Why Your Hair Colour Fades so Fast

You’ve got the perfect colour for your hair, after years of searching. Yet, barely weeks of stepping out of the hair salon, it’s already fading. Before you think of going all ‘gangsta’ about wanting to burn the hair salon, take a moment to read Tropika Club’s findings on why your hair colour fades so fast. 

How much can your hair take 

The colour pigments you choose for your hair binds on individual hair strands. But pigment particles can still escape the hair shaft’s cuticle. For example, when you shower, the water will dilute the colour pigments on your hair, fading the colour of your hair. 

As to how fast it will fade, it depends on the colour you choose as well. If you choose lighter colours, you need to open more hair cuticles to get those colours. But once you open the hair cuticles, fewer pigments lock onto the hair, so they fall out easier. 

Your natural hair colour matters too 

Melanin, the compound that colours our skin, hair and eyes, have three types: eumelanin, pheomelanin, and neuromelanin. But let’s focus on eumelanin and pheomelanin, as neuromelanin isn’t really involved in the colouring of things we can see.  

Eumelanin: Brown and black pigments. If you have dark-coloured hair, the difference between the brown and black pigments will give you the various shades of brown or black on your hair. You get blonde hair when you have small amounts of brown eumelanin and zero black eumelanin. 

Pheomelanin: This pinkish pigment colour body parts such as your lips. Once you have equal levels of eumelanin and pheomelanin, you get red hair. 

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