The Salon
Serving Westchester for over 20 Yrs
Scarsdale, Bronxville, Eastchester, Larchmont, White Plains

(914) 412-2812

Types of Hair Color


There are four main types of color to choose from. Choosing the correct type of color is essential if you want to change the way I look and achieve the results you want.

Semi-Permanent Color

Semi-permanent hair color is good for people who are coloring their hair for the first time and aren’t quite ready to kiss their natural hair color goodbye. If you’re not looking to make a drastic change and just want a gentle boost of color, semi-permanent color may be for you.

Often referred to as a, this type of color can. Because you’re adding a product to the hair shaft, it often makes you hair feel thinker. It can tame frizz, make your hair appear healthier, and make it easier to manage.

Since semi-permanent color has no ammonia or developer, it simply coats the hair with color, which is why it's often referred to as glaze, color stain or color wash. It’s a great way to boost your hair’s shine and texture. It washes out in after a few shampoos.


Demi-Permanent Color

Demi-permanent hair color is ideal for those who want more of a change, but don’t want to do anything drastic. While it contains no ammonia, it does have a small amount of peroxide. This opens the hair cuticle slightly so some color can sit in it. Demi-permanent color is better at  darkening hair than semi-permanent color, but it can’t lighten hair. While demi permanent color fades over time, it still lasts longer than semi-permanent color.

Permanent Hair Color

If you're looking to do something totally different, and know that you want to live with a certain color for a while, permanent hair color is the way to go.

This type of hair color breaks down the hair cuticle, and deposits pigment directly into the hair shaft, changing its color forever.

Permanent color is more versatile than the other types of color because it can both lighten and darken hair. It lightens hair by bleaching and depositing color in one-step.

This type of color covers grey better than other types of color.


You can add highlights to your hair using any of above methods. The main advantage of highlights compared to single process, it that it can adds depth and texture to your hair.

They can also be added to a specific part of your head, such as you’re the hair around your face, or placed throughout your hair to give you a great, all-over dimensional look.

Salon vs. At-Home Hair Color

While do-it-yourself hair color sounds simple, and can look good, salon color has a number of advantages over home systems that sound easy, but often fail to deliver. Here are some reasons why you should always visit The Salon.

Box Color

When you're trying to choose a hair dye color in the store, the color is often misleading. This is especially true when all you have is a picture on the side, and a model on the front. The box color may appear perfect in the store, but after you get home it’s often completely different to what you thought.

There are several reasons for this. One of the most common is you hair’s texture. Manufacturers formulate for the average person, and if your hair varies, the results may not be what you expect.

Hot Roots

This is what salon stylists call roots that are brighter and more intense than the rest of your hair. Hot roots occur when the whole head of hair is colored, but the roots become over-processed due to the heat from your head. Also, the ends of hair are more porous, and able to absorb more color, which leaves you with bright roots and dark tips over time.

This problem happens to a lot of women who use home dye kits, and it can be avoided by visiting a salon because they use can use a different color on the roots and tips to ensure even color. Stylists often mix several colors together to achieve the shade you desire and ensure it’s even all over.

Missed Spots

Missed spots are a regular occurrence with home hair dye systems. It's easy to miss spots when dyeing your own hair because you can't see the hard-to-reach areas. People often miss large chunks of hair when they dye their own hair because they can’t see the back of your head. And, if you ask a friend to help, do they know which technique to use.

This can be particularly embarrassing if you’re trying to cover gray, or achieve an completely different color.

Damaging Treatments

Your hair can become damaged after just one bad coloring mishap. And, it isn't easy to repair your hair after it’s been damaged by color, or other styling tools and treatments. When you go to the salon, stylists can tell you if your hair is starting to become damaged, and suggest products to minimize damage or treatments to get your hair back on the road to health.

You might not be able to spot damaged hair as quickly as a stylist because they're trained in this area,  and are educated on how to repair it. As well as suggesting products to use, stylists can tell you what to avoid.

For instance, some home hair lighteners can fry your hair if you use them with the wrong type of dye. Professional products are specially formulated to prevent scalp irritation and damaged hair.

If you used an at-home dye kit, and didn't get the results you wanted, call the experts at The Salon at Westchester. Our stylists can fix your accidents, and get you the color you want. And, the good news is that it won’t break the bank.


Home dye kits may appear cheap at first glance, but they’re a lot more expensive than you think. Depending on the length of your hair, and your skill level, you may require two or more of these kits to cover your entire head.

If the color is not right, you’ll need to buy another kit or two, and hope that it works this time around. Because these kits are messy, you also may need to replace a towel, bath mat or shower curtain. When you add these things to the mix, to say nothing of the mess, it costs almost the same price to dye you hair at home, as to get it professionally colored at the salon.

We have a variety of different price points and offer services to fit every budget. If you’re adventurous, and willing to be photographed, the model program may also work for you.