We all like to experiment with our hair colour from time to time, and with lockdown beginning to ease, it’s understandable why many people are looking forward to trying out a brand-new colour as we embrace the world opening up.
However, you should avoid following in the footsteps of the latest TikTok hack that sees women spraying perfume directly onto hot hair straighteners to change the colour of their hair.
Not only will this not work as an effective way of noticeably changing hair colour, doing so will inevitably cause damage and could lead to hair loss if it’s already in a fragile state. Most concerning though is that this hack poses a serious safety risk.
Perfume contains alcohol, which is highly flammable. Ethanol, which is the primary alcohol used in perfumes, has a flash point of approximately 16 degrees Celsius. Considering most hair straighteners can get up to around the 200 degrees Celsius mark, it’s clear to see how this hack could easily become a fire hazard.
If you’re looking for a quick and temporary way to change up your hair colour, use hair chalk or colour spray as a safer alternative when switching up your look. If you have light blonde hair however, do be wary of potential staining that could be caused by using these products. Alternatively, get in touch with your hairstylist, who can best advise on how to refresh your colour and avoid long-lasting damage.
And if you’re seeking to make your hair smell a bit fresher, always opt for a hair mist over perfume. The alcohol present in perfume will dry hair out whereas hair mists are specifically designed to hydrate the hair and provide UV protection while giving hair a pleasant scent.”
By Nicole Petty, Hair Care Expert at Milk + Blush