I wrote this article on 8-10-2011 I just did some editing. I would like to get suggestions and a possible reason I didn't get any comments. It has less than 300 views. http://tamron.hubpages.com/hub/WhyStrandTestYourHair
My first impression from the title was that it was an article about drug testing. Then you dive right away into some technical stuff. Then I realize it's about hair styling, a subject I don't normally read. Once I got past the first part, you had some rather interesting stories to tell..
Here is my suggestion for what it is worth. Try placing experiences at the beginning of the article. The one with the hair on fire is especially interesting and illustrates why strand testing is important. Then you can relate the more technical aspects.
I disagree that people don't bleach their hair anymore. They definitely do. Are you talking about search engine views or Hub page views? Taking a guess with regard to search engines, I would say that probably a million people who wrote about the same topic got there before you.
I would hazard to guess by looking at the hub and knowing a little bit about women, but who bleaches their hair?
I mean, it's such an outdated thing to do.
Now that you say that and I think about it. I think your right its out of style right now.
I would still like to get some feedback.
I have never colored my hair, so I'm probably not much more qualified to post than Cagsil, but I'm wondering if replacing the word 'bleaching' with 'highlighting' would help you get more views. Or is there a more current word for that these days?
I change the colour of my hair frequently, anywhere on the range from dark plummy red to dark blonde with highlights, but would never use (or search on) the word "bleaching" in that connection. If bleach comes into the equation, it is only because whatever colour kit I'm using contains it, or because the hairdresser is using a bit to bring out some highlights.
As for comments, maybe you need to ask readers if they have had bad experiences, or insert a poll about whether readers colour their hair, whether anything bad has ever happened, etc. I read the hub, thought "Oh, OK" and wasn't really moved to comment.
I would be tempted to leave the URL as it is and edit the title and hub further.
Look into if it is worth removing the reference to bleaching from the title and having it match the URL or refer to hair dyes or colors. It could be that a look at any search terms that show on the hubs stats will help you.
Women do still bleach and color their hair some have it done professionally and some do the coloring at home. They might not all admit to it.
Possibly the hub does not really cover in great enough depth the reason and importance for the strand test or the best way to carry it out every time you use a hair color, even hairdressers should be doing this test.
I think if you check this out to make sure it is fact, people who have had a certain type of henna tattoo are more likely to have an adverse reaction to hair dye. So that might be a good bit to add. Also that some women suddenly get a reaction to a hair color product they have used several times before.
Apart from the competition, the topic is an important one and it is one that has been in the news at times in the UK when women have had life threatening reactions to a hair color they had used.
The importance of the strand test could be covered in a broader way as people suffer from reactions to hair colors not just from bleaching their hair. The images I have seen of a young women who had a reaction to a hair color makes it looks terrifying. You could add the stats for the number of women who seek medical help for this allergic reaction and make the readers aware that it can even cause breathing problems.
Hope this helps.
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