Not every dyeing experiment is successful, and sometimes your hair may not take the new color as you expected. Before you rush to the hairdresser and spend a lot of money, you may be able to solve the problem yourself. You may have tried to dye or tone your hair, but there is hardly any color on your head, even though you followed the instructions exactly. Perhaps some parts of your hair took the color, but others didn’t. In that case, one or more of the following three reasons may be the cause:

#1 You use products with silicones

woman with black dyed hair

Check your product range or use an app like INCI Beauty to review your shampoo, conditioner, and other hair products. Are you using almost only silicone-containing hair products? These may be the reason for a silicone build-up, a kind of protective layer that has formed around your hair. Although it makes your hair appear smooth and silky, it prevents the color pigments from penetrating your hair.

The solution:
Before attempting to dye your hair again, you need to get rid of the silicone film on your hair. Use a clarifying shampoo for two hair washes, and then switch to silicone-free products.

#2 Your hair is too damaged

50 year old woman with thick golden blonde hair

Have you done a lot to your hair in the past, such as bleaching, straightening, or otherwise damaging it, without properly rebuilding it? Your hair may be so damaged and open that the pigments of toners and colorings simply won’t stay in your hair. You can often tell by the fact that the new hair color is absorbed by your natural roots, but not by the damaged lengths and tips.

The solution:
Unfortunately, the only solution for really damaged hair is to care for it, wait for it to grow out, and avoid further chemical treatments. In the worst case, you can only dye your hair again once the damaged hair parts have grown out, and you have cut them off. Some women in online forums have had good experiences with henna dyes, which are said to adhere well to hair. It might be worth a try if you want to dye your hair red.

#3 Your hair is natural

natural, unbleached hair may not take a hair color

Sometimes natural, unbleached hair may not take a hair color. For example, if you have dark blonde natural hair and want a beautiful golden blonde, a simple coloring in that tone may not be enough. Even more noticeable hair colors may not adhere well to natural hair.

The solution:
Most hair pigments adhere best to slightly bleached hair because the hair’s cuticle layer is slightly roughened and open to pigments during the bleaching process. Before you can achieve a more intensive color change on your natural hair, you may need to lighten it slightly. Do a bleach wash or use a gentle lightener. Now, nothing stands in the way of a golden blonde or bright red!

If none of these options work for you, unfortunately, you may need to go to the hairdresser to find out why your hair won’t take color.

Why white hair won’t take color?

grey white hair wont take color

White hair is often more resistant than other colors because the strand has lost its natural pigment and become completely devoid of any melanin or dye-absorbing molecules. This means that even if you use permanent dyes, they may have difficulty sticking to the strands and will likely fade quickly over time due to lack of absorption by the follicles.

However, all hope isn’t lost! There are several methods available that can help make sure your new hue stays in place for longer periods of time, such as using semi-permanent dyes or bleaching agents which open up the cuticle layer so that it’s easier for dye molecules to penetrate deeper into each strand, resulting in better retention rates overall. Additionally, prepping your locks beforehand with deep conditioning treatments also helps ensure better results from any coloring process, since nourished tresses tend to absorb product much more easily than dry ones do!

There are also semi-permanent dyes available, which can add a subtle hint of colour and shine without damaging your natural tresses too much over time. You could also opt for highlights or lowlights which will help blend in any greys and give an overall natural looking effect – plus no one will be able to tell what colour was originally there!

Why white hair won't take color

Finally, if none of these options appeal, then why not embrace it? Grey is often seen as a sign of wisdom and maturity, so don’t let anyone convince you otherwise – rock those silvery strands with pride!

About the Author Jaylee Burmer

Jaylee always brings positivity into every room she enters! She is passionate about writing since 2015 and loves to share her thoughts with the world. Her posts range from topics such as fashion, lifestyle, travel and health & wellness - all with an inspiring twist!

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