Hair Coloring Tips

We all love to show off our hair specially if it has beautiful colors, but not all of us have the time or money to go to a salon. So if you’re planning to DIY your way to those colors I’ve listed a few tips you might want to take note off.

  1. Don’t believe everything you see.
  • Don’t believe what you see on the front of the box, because the mixture in at-home permanent dyes is stronger than the ones used at salons, so it lifts the color and makes it lighter than what you see on the box.
  1. Choosing your color.
  • For permanent dyes – choose a color that’s a little darker than what you want.
  • For semi-permanent dyes – choose a color that is a little lighter.
  • Always do a strand test on a small section of hair near the nape of your neck. Apply the dye and leave it on as instructed. This will show you exactly how the hair color will turn out.
  1. Buy more than you think you need.
  • It’s better to be prepared than sorry.
  • If your hair is shoulder length or longer and extremely coarse, use two boxes of the same shade to ensure full coverage.
  1. Check for texture.
  • Your hairs texture can also affect the result of your hair dye.
  • Course, curly, and frizzy or unruly hair sucks up color faster and will become cooler-toned when you dye it, so it will look ashier, or slightly bluish.
  • Fine to medium hair textures don’t absorb color as easily and will become a slightly warmer tone when you add dye, meaning it will have orange, red, or copper undertones
  • If your hair is frizzy or curly, pick a color that’s warm (golden, copper, bronze), but a little lighter than your natural hair color
  • If your hair is fine and straight, choose cooler shades (champagne, beige) that are slightly darker than your natural color.
  1. Section, section, section.
  • To avoid patchiness, create a middle part that runs to the back of your head and split the hair into four sections, two in front of the ears and two in back. Always apply the dye from back to front, and start from the roots, since this part needs the most color.
  1. Strip it down and lay it all out.
  • Strip down or wear a shirt with buttons, or one that you won’t cry over if it gets wasted, or you can use garbage bags just for covering.
  • Lay all your materials in a reachable space, and mix your color in a bowl and paint on with a color brush.
  • Wear a shower cap after dying to avoid staining unnecessary stuff around you, and prepare extra gloves since you’ll be needing them when washing your hair.
  1. Use your lip balm.
  • Glide a clear solid lip balm along your hairline, specially your forehead to avoid having strips of color on them.
  • Use a dye kit two shades lighter than your color and paint on highlights with a clean toothbrush or mascara wand. Place them sparingly where the sun would hit.
  1. Add some shampoo.
  • 3 minutes before you’re supposed to rinse, add two squirts of shampoo into the dye left in the bottle. Shake it up and apply the mixture to your ends.
  1. Don’t forget you’re conditioner.
  • Wet your hair, run conditioner through it, and shampoo directly on top of the conditioner. This puts a barrier between your color and the shampoo while still removing excess natural oils. Next step: Recondition, rinse, and go
  • If you skip the conditioner step, it leaves the cuticle open and the color keeps working and that will result to a much darker shade.
  1. Forget about your ends.
  • Avoid dying the ends of your hair because it will make your hair look inky and heavy over time.
  1. Tweak the results.
  • If you’re not happy with the results of your hair dye, you might want to apply a deep conditioner to your damp hair, and then cover it with a plastic wrap or shower cap and a hot damp towel. Leave it on for 20 minutes, but don’t forget to blast it with a blow-dryer after the first 10 minutes. Then shampoo and condition your hair.
  1. When you’re done.
  • To get rid of the stains on your skin, mix a tablespoon of olive oil with some whitening toothpaste and rubbing this mixture on the stains with a cotton ball.
  • Oh! And avoid dying when it’s already after 7:00pm. Most brands list a 1-800 number on the box that will connect you to a real life hair color expert. However, most of these hotlines close at 7 PM EST on weekdays, and are closed on weekends. Dye during business hours. That way, help is only a phone call away.


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