The relationship with your hair has been wonderful for the past eight weeks. You wake up every morning to style it and every night you prepare it for bed. You wash it, deep condition it and your hair loves you for all of your efforts. All is well, or is it?

Every now and then a relationship needs a bit of spice to keep it interesting. Coloring your hair is a great way to liven up your mundane hairdo.

Before selecting a color, it is important to understand the dyeing options that are available to you. When it comes to changing the color of your locks, there are four options that are available: temporary, demi-permanent, semi-permanent and permanent.

Temporary hair color can come in sprays, gels and in applicator bottles. This form of hair coloring does not contain harsh chemicals such as ammonia or peroxide, therefore no color is being lifted from the cuticle.

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It has also been noted that the molecules in temporary hair color are to big to deposit into the hair shaft. Therefore the color can be completely removed after a couple of washes.

However, there are exceptions for individuals with damaged hair. If your hair has been damaged by styling, there is a possibility that the temporary hair color cannot be removed completely due to the increased porosity of the hair.

Demi-permanent hair color contains small amounts of ammonia and peroxide. Such low amounts of these chemicals slightly increase the porosity of the hair so that the color can deposit itself.

Since the hair only becomes slightly porous, demi-permanent hair color will eventually wash out of the hair after 28 shampoos. Semi-permanent hair color is contains an even lesser amount of ammonia and peroxide, therefore it can be washed out within 12 shampoos.

Permanent hair color contains the highest concentration of ammonia and peroxide. As a result, the majority of your hair color will be lifted and your hair will be porous enough to accept the new color.

Although this coloring is classified as permanent, the color will slightly fade over time. The Campus Salon recommends using products that are meant for color treated hair such as Lanzas Healing Color Care to increase the longevity of your hair color.

Determining what hair color would look best on you should be based off of your skin tone. The easiest way to determine your skin tone is to look at the color of the veins on the inside of your wrists. You have a warm tone if your veins look green. You have a neutral skin tone if your veins appear to be a bluish green. If your veins look blue or purple, you have a cool skin tone.

People with cool skin tones should try brown hair colors such as chocolate brunette or honey almond brown, golden blond hair colors or orange-red hair colors.

People with warm skin tones should try dark brunette hair colors, ash brown hair colors, beige and champaign blond hair colors and dark red hair colors.

People with neutral skin tones should try medium browns and reds as well as light brunettes and medium blonds.

Although these colors are recommended for these skin tones, the best way to choose your hair color is to choose what would make you happy. After all, it is your hair and your style, but no matter how you decide to color your hair, it is important to always manage the health of your hair.

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To keep your hair in great condition, you must keep your hair clean and moisturized. It is also important to seal the ends of your hair with oil, such as Moroccan oil which is sold at the campus salon, and avoid using styling tools as much as possible. If you must use styling tools, make sure you use heat protection, and try to limit its use to once a week.

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Michelle Liringis is the Lifestyle Editor for the 2013-2014 year. She is an English major with a journalism minor and has been working with the Niner Times since her freshman year.

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