The History of Hair Dye

Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 3.17.56 PMThe History of Hair Dye

Did you know that more than 75% of American women dye their hair! That means that less than 25% of women out there actually have their natural hair color, and don’t get fooled, there are amazing hairstylists and colorists making sure that it looks so good and natural that you don’t even notice that it’s dye and not a natural hair color!

Today, hair coloring is very popular, but it’s not just a new trend; the dyeing of hair is an ancient art that involves a complex treatment of hair with various chemical compounds. In ancient times, the dyes were obtained from plants and other natural sources. Some of the most well known are henna, indigo, Cassia obovata, senna, turmeric and amla. Others include katam, black walnut hulls, red ochre and leeks.

The development of synthetic dyes for hair traces back to the 1860s, discovering the reactivity of para- phenylenediamine (PPD) with air. Eugène Schueller, the founder of L’Oréal, is recognized for creating the first synthetic hair dye in 1907. In 1947 the German cosmetic firm Schwarzkopf launched the first home color product named “Poly Color”. Hair dyeing is now a multibillion-dollar industry that involves the use of both plant-derived and synthetic dyes.

In old times, dying your hair was not as safe as it is today, but people were so fascinated and excited about the possibility of changing their hair color that they did not consider other factors such as damage and otherwise.

Now-a-days, experts are working hard to find better and safer ways of dyeing hair in ways that are safe but also effective, ensuring that you not only look great but you are also protected.

Lucky us, today we can enjoy many different techniques and options for coloring and dyeing our hair such as:


Hair color was traditionally applied to the hair as one overall color. The modern trend is to use several colors to produce streaks or gradations, not all work on top of a single base color. These are referred to as:

  • Highlighting, where sections of hair are treated with lighteners, usually creating blonde streaks
  • Lowlighting, where sections of hair are treated with darker hair color
  • There are also newer application techniques such as ombré, in which hair is dark on the crown and bit-by-bit becomes lighter towards the ends, and splashlights in which a horizontal band of bleached hair stretches from ear to ear.


Hair coloring can also be applied on the scalp for a more solid level of coverage

  • Root Touch-Up, where color is applied only to the most recent section of hair re-growth, usually the first inch of hair from the scalp. Generally those getting root touch-ups get this service repeated once every 4–6 weeks as the natural color grows in and becomes apparent. People who color their hair to try and cover gray often do these root touch-ups
  • All-Over Color, where individuals desire a single color process
  • Block Coloring, where the individual wants 100% coverage but desires two or more colors to be placed resulting in dimension and contrast

Summer is a great season to give your hair some life with some highlights or a cool ombré style. So stop by now at Coco’s, located at Aventura Mall. You can schedule with our front desk at 305.933.9889. We have a team of seasoned, professional stylists waiting to assist you in getting the perfect look you’ll love!