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Temporary Colours
Temporary colouring products primarily add highlights and brightness to natural hair colour, tone down grey or yellow hair, and blend streaked hair. They can't produce drastic changes in hair colour. They offer a good way to test a colour since they are easily removed with a single shampoo.

There are two types of temporary colours: rinses and high intensity colour products. The rinses colour the hair only lightly, while high-intensity colour products impart deeper shades to the hair.

Rinses are available primarily in liquid form. After it has been applied, the hair is styled, without rinsing. When used in high concentrations the effects are not natural. At least one brand of spray-on temporary colour in this category is available.

Dyes used in rinses are usually certified colours, that is, purified synthetic dyes that have been tested for safety and certified by the US Food and Drug Administration for use in food, drugs, and cosmetics. These dyes are quite safe, so no patch test requirement appears on the product label. Rinses also contain a mild acid that enhances the uptake of dye by the hair.

Some products may contain other synthetic dyes in addition to certified colours so the label includes a precautionary stateent and instructions to perform a preliminary patch test.

Most of these products are designed to provide styling and conditioning effects in addition to colour.

Some products are available as sprays, mousses, or gels. Some, promoted as "fun" colours for the hair, are available in bright red, blue, gold, silver, pink, and other exotic shades.

All the temporary products deposit the dye or coloured particles on the surface of the hair, rather like a coat of paint. There is little or no penetration of the dye into the hair structure. For this reason the high intensity temporary colours may rub off on pillows and clothes. Perspiration may cause some "bleeding" of colour onto the skin. While temporary colours are somewhat resistant to water, they are completely removed with a single shampoo.

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Romancing the mike
By Vidushi Seneviratne
Whether it's pure 'rock and roll' of the 70s or authentic Sinhala baila, this artiste's infectious energy is sure to lift your spirits. Clifford Richards is an entertainer. This was crystal clear to all those present at the beat show organised by Good Shepherd Convent, Kotahena, held at the B.M.I.C.H. last Sunday. Compering as well as singing at this concert, his capabilities as a multi-faceted artiste were clearly evident.

Clifford's involvement in singing began while he was still a student at his alma mater, Trinity College, Kandy. Participating in talent contests and musical shows organised by the school, he began to make his mark as a talented singer. No, he was not a member of the school choir, he smiles for he had always had a voice more suited for the microphone. "Since childhood I've been used to singing into a mike. I'm not used to singing with a group of people," he laughs.

Many believe that when one gets involved in the arts, educational goals are put on hold. But Clifford is an engineer and while studying at the Peradeniya University, he continued to make use of his artistic talents. Not just singing, but presenting as well.

Joining the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation as a radio presenter, he has been with them for the last four years. He hosts the SLBC's morning show aired from 8.00 a.m.-10.00 a.m., every Monday. Being a news presenter as well, Clifford is the news anchor for I.T.N.'s English news bulletin on Sunday and Monday nights. He had his speech training under the guidance of Noeline Honter, at her school for Speech and Drama.

A lively announcer, Clifford has compered many public events from dances to musical shows. Asked how he got into the field of announcing and compering, he had an interesting story to relate. Singing at a show, which for some reason did not have a compere, Clifford was asked to fill in. His witty and energetic style obviously impressed the audience. "It happened quite by accident," he recalls.

At present he is a part of a group named Friends in Harmony, which performs at wedding receptions and other functions. He has already released three Sinhala originals and has plans for more in the future. An 'Oldies' show is also on the cards, as he enjoys singing the hits of the '70s.

And never content with just one pastime, he is involved with the family business of orchid growing as well.

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