You’ve wanted to change up your look for a while now and you’ve picked out a few good inspiration pictures. It’s time to take things into your own hands!
During the pandemic, even after salons reopened, some people chose to dye their hair at home. One study found that about 33% of women applied their own dye since the lockdowns started!
But, if you’re not careful, you could end up with a hair catastrophe. Keep reading for our best tips and tricks for coloring your hair at home.
What Are You Starting With?
Before you go buy your products, you need to consider where your hair is right now. Do you have virgin hair or have you dyed it before? These kinds of factors will dictate what products you need to get the high-quality color you’re looking for.
Another thing to look at is the color level of your hair. Black hair is level 1 while platinum blonde is level 10. Where does your hair land on that scale?
What Color Do You Want?
Now that you know your starting point, you need to know how to get to the end result you want. If you want to go higher on the color level scale, you’ll want bleach and/or a developer to get there.
You may also need to add a color filler if you’re going darker and you need to add some pigment back into the shaft of your hair. If not, your darker colors will look green or dull.
Coloring Your Hair With Semi-Permanent Dye
First, you should know the difference between semi-permanent and permanent color for your hair. Permanent color lasts longer and can lighten your hair, while semi-permanent color (like most box dyes) cannot. Check out this site to learn more about the differences.
Protect your hairline with coconut oil or vaseline, then start applying the dye from the bottom up. Do not dye the roots yet because they will process faster because of the heat from your scalp. Do a second pass for the roots after the mids and ends can get a head start.
Once you’re finished processing, rinse your hair with lukewarm water. Shampoo with a sulfate-free shampoo and apply a color-safe conditioner.
Aftercare for Colored Hair
After you color, make sure to use color-safe products on your hair to keep the color vibrant as long as possible. You’ll also want to touch up your roots every 6-8 weeks.
Life Is Too Short for Boring Hair
If you end up with an ugly dye job, you can either have a stylist fix it. No matter what happens, your hair will always grow back!
Keep these tips in mind and you’ll reduce the chances of a disaster happening to your hair. But, if you’re not confident, you might want to book an appointment with your stylist.
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