Hair color chemists use very clear language when they describe the various ingredients
in color products. We don't need to be as precise, but I think our members here might
be interested in the language used in hair color laboratories.
Here is a bit of information I discovered while reading COLOUR CHEMISTRY, second
edition by Robert M. Christie. How honored I am that one of the most frequently noted
contributors to this book was Dr. John Corbett. He was a key figure in my young
professional life; as I had the opportunity to hear his lectures, and to observe his
work at Clairol's hair color laboratories.
So. Let's understand the words chemists use when creating hair color. Of course, we
interchange these words all the time.. but their chemical makeup is different.
DYES and PIGMENTS. A desired color is generally achieved by by incorporating colored
compounds referred to as dyes and pigments. Sometimes the word "colourant" is
used to encompass both types of coloring materials. But, Dyes and Pigments are
DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT in their properties and in the way they are treated during
the manufacture of hair dye.
DYES ARE SOLUABLE. PIGMENTS ARE INSOLUBLE. So, dyes can be incorporated into a liquid. Pigments, however, differ, and do NOT break down when in contact with liquid.
Other means are required to incorporate important pigments into the modern hair coloring products we use today. PIGMENTS are identified as being organic or in-organic.
The successful working colorist has little need to delve this deeply into the subject of hair color.
Members here, however, make up an important group I refer to as being "CAREER
COLORISTS". This type of information helps you stay more informed about how the products we use are created.
I look forward to seeing you in class: Naples, Florida, Flanders, New Jersey, Bend, Oregon,
and, coming soon.... announcements about and additional IMMERSION Into Color Event
in Pittsburgh, Pa. ! Interested? Go to the top of our page here and click "Group Classes
and Events". That takes you to any information you might desire! B