It’s a good thing that you don’t have to go to a salon and spend lots of money and time whenever you want to spice up your look with a bit of hair color. If you’re careful and know what steps to take, you can successfully color your own hair at home and still look like you paid your hair stylist a visit.
All you need to do to accomplish this is take a few precautions, follow a simple routine and you’re good to go. It’s however advised to stick with a professional when you want a full head coloring, especially with permanent dyes. This might require a lot of processes and monitoring to avoid mistakes.
First before everything else, whatever color you want to dye your hair should not be more than two shades darker or lighter than your natural hair color. Next, you need the following items ready.
Get two boxes of hair color just to be safe
This is especially if you have long hair or short thick hair. Dye running out on you before you’re through is a disaster you don’t want to risk. You would also need disposable gloves – These will help to avoid stained fingers.
Color brush / toothbrush for highlighting
Using a brush to color your hair is more effective than when you use your fingers to spread the dye. A toothbrush used for highlighting will give precise and even strokes. Also you’ll need hair clips or ties to hold sections, wipes and lip balm.
It is advisable not to wash your hair for two days before coloring your hair. This is to avoid stripping natural scalp oils which are protective. Also, make sure you brush your hair and get rid of any tangles before coloring. Once you have everything ready, follow these steps:
1. Read the instructions on the box and follow them.
This is important to avoid getting weird color results, and for keeping good timing.
2. Perform a strand test.
Dye a small section of your hair to see how the hair color reacts with your hair. This is what will let you know whether you’ll get the results you want or whether you should get a different box.
3. Put your hair into sections.
This will allow for accurate application of the dye and keep parts of the hair you don’t want to color out of the way.
4. Apply lip balm on your hair line to avoid coloring it too.
Dye on your skin can take days to completely wash off, so don’t forget this.
5. Mix your hair dye in a mixing bowl.
Using a bowl with a brush will give better, more professional results.
6. Start applying the dye from the roots.
Start the timer at this time. Roots need more color and therefore more processing time. Comb your hair to spread the dye to the rest of it.
7. Wash your hair after the stipulated time.
Waiting too little or too long may affect the results negatively.
Lastly, you can apply hair gloss to your hair. This will seal the color and boost hair shine. With these steps, you’ll walk out of your bathroom looking like you walked out of a salon instead.