Split dye hair is often associated with the look of a man or woman, but a new study suggests the dye can also be used to colour a person’s hair in other ways.
A team from the University of Michigan found that women who were dyed with dye that contained a mix of two different types of dye, indigo and green, could retain a distinct, golden-like appearance.
The team, led by Professor David Schloss, also found that dye-treated hair, even dyed with a mix that contained green and indigo dye was able to retain the appearance of blonde hair, despite its overall coloration.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, showed that the different types in the dye also affected the appearance and function of the hair, making it possible to achieve the desired colour without the need to change the dye itself.
“For a woman, the dye’s colouration is important, and the intensity of the colouring will determine how the hair is affected by the dye,” said Professor Schloss.
“The intensity of that colouring is related to the wavelength of the dye.”
For women, the intensity and the colour of the dyed hair is also related to how the dye is applied.
The findings suggest that dyeing a man’s hair with indigo or green dye may result in a less defined look and the appearance that is more “feminine”, according to Professor Schlossel.
While the dye may look like a man, its function is different.
“Women can get the same results with blue, orange, green, purple or white dye, depending on the dye and how the color is applied,” said Dr Sarah Kavanagh, a professor of beauty sciences at the University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.
“Indigo and indigos are both green and blue, but the colour is actually blue and indian green, which is the colour associated with Indian women.”
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“So for example, a woman’s hair is supposed to be blue, indian, and yellow, which means it’s a good colour to wear to a wedding,” said Associate Professor Kavanagah.
“But a man might have a darker shade of indigo, so the colour may look more masculine.”
“But for the most part, the colour we see in people’s hair really comes from the body’s reaction to it, not the dye.”
When a person has a naturally dark coloured hair, it’s likely they have a stronger reaction to the dye, and that may mean they will not achieve the same effect.
“It’s important to remember that different colours are just variations on the same principle.”
The team found that it was important for people to remember the different effects of different dye types when choosing a dye for their hair.””
The most obvious thing to remember is that indigo is a red pigment, and green is a blue pigment.”
The team found that it was important for people to remember the different effects of different dye types when choosing a dye for their hair.
“It’s always a good idea to do a bit of research about the type of dye you want, and then have a look at all the different options before deciding on which you like best,” said Prof Schlossels.
“There’s no one perfect dye.”
“However, if you do your research, and you’ve chosen the right dye for you, you’ll be surprised at the results.”