The Great Hair Colouring History

The Great Hair Coloring History

From Kylie Jenner to Adah Sharma, a huge chain of celebrities has taken the plunge to color their hair more than once. The bottom line is, hair colors are hot. Be it flaming hot and commitment-free temporary hair colors, permanent hair colors or any other kind! Be it the early 90s or the 21st century, hair colors have always made their presence felt. Some happy tales of how tress tinting turned out picture-perfect are always sprinkled with traumatic incidents of burns and tacky hair colors. To the fortunate few, who have never had a bad hair coloring story to share, we say mazel tov!

Hair coloring revolves around our constant drive to alter ourselves, especially the way we look. Fashion changes over time, and so do hair coloring trends. In the ’90s, Indian celebrities mostly stuck to a variety of safe brown hair colors. (light brown hair color, dark brown hair color, chocolate brown hair color and more.)

At present, people are moving past natural hair colors and choosing among a bold red hair color, passionate blue hair color, aesthetically pleasing blonde hair color, fun burgundy hair color, poppy purple hair color or unusual grey hair color.

While you’re running behind scorching summer trends, monsoon arrives with its romance and swipes you off your feet with its subtle and dreamy set of trends. Everybody’s eyes are glued to the fast-changing hair coloring trends of temporary hair colors and they’re keeping up with the best hair color sets of each season with all their heart.

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Have you ever wondered how temporary hair colors, permanent hair colors and the others become the craze they are today? Where was the beginning? Why did we begin to color our hair and when did the wide-ranging categories of hair colors for men and hair colors for women flourish? We’ve found answers to a few of these questions and the answers are everything.

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Origin: From where it all began

Precisely, hair coloring goes back to the stone age. Yes, you heard that right. Archaeological evidence suggests that millions of years ago, humans used to dye their hair using reddish iron oxide which is found in dirt.

Since then, the journey of hair colors to modern-day India has been revolutionary. The only thing that didn’t change about hair colors despite everything? The fascination for it.

People of ancient Egypt are said to be the first ones to use henna. They applied henna to get rid of their greys. In Ancient Greece and Rome, people often utilized plant extracts to color their tresses naturally. The first ever permanent hair color was jet black. (Laughing in Indian.) It was also developed in Ancient Rome. Black remained the go-to hair color for a long time.

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It was during the Roman Empire that prostitutes were expected to color their hair blonde. Some of them depended on a mixture made out of plants to lighten their hair. In some other civilizations, people sported colored hair on the battlefield to flaunt their ranks and hopefully scare the opponent.

Little did people know that the funniest and the craziest discovery the world of hair colors had ever seen was yet to occur. Remarkably, in the year 1863, an English professor named William Henry Perkin began with coal tar to develop the cure for Malaria. However, his attempts took a turn for good, and the world got its first ever synthesized dye in the color purply pink.

From where it all began

Later Mr Perkin’s Chemistry professor August Wilhelm Von Hoffman improvised the discovery and created para-phenylenediamine or PPD. PPD became the base for hair coloring. It continues to be the base for several permanent hair colors to this day. It was in 1907 that the French chemist Eugene Schueller developed the first ever hair color suitable for commercial purposes using PPD.

Hair Colour

The formula of Hair Colors kept advancing over the years throughout the early and mid-90s.

Interestingly in the 1930s, actress Jean Harlow ignited the sensation of Platinum Blonde with her role in a Howard Hughes film. By the 1980s several hair color brands began to hire actresses to market their color collections to the target audience. Since then, celebs have played a major role in making hair colors acceptable to the rather conservative society in India as well. You’d have noticed Karishma Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit and more celebrities carrying iconic colored locks in the 90s Bollywood films.

The art of hair coloring: Present

The art of hair colouring

Fast forward to the 21st century. Over the years, hair color has evidently become a staple in the current beauty industry. However, the chemical composition of the colors has remained the same since its introduction as a commercial product over a hundred years ago.

Uncountable brands in the market have launched a wide range of hair colors for men and hair colors for women. Temporary hair colors or instant hair colors are worn and washed off in a day. Permanent hair colors require bleaching and lightening of hair. Then there are semi-permanent hair colors, demi-permanent hair colors and more hair coloring techniques that you and I haven’t even heard of. Oh yes, Anveya also provides Colorisma Smart Semi-Permanent Hair Color. These are free from harmful chemicals, repairs hair-bonds as you color and lasts up to 8-10 washes The hair coloring trends are everywhere. Soft balayage, highlights, lowlights, money pieces, global hair colors, ombre hair colors or rainbow tresses, over the last decade, people have increasingly gone for daring colors and styles.

Hair colors have become a form of self-expression for the young and the old alike. Age is just a number when it comes to hair coloring.

You may not get to choose your family, but you get to choose your hair color multiple times in a single lifetime. When are you hopping on the coloring bandwagon?

Fun Fact :“Black hair is the most common color of them all.”




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