At home hair coloring can be a good experience or a disastrous one. One minute you're applying that perfect color and the next you discover splotches of a shade that is nowhere near the perfect color you started off with. So how do we avoid such disastrous mistakes? Coloring hair at home can be a successful experience if you're willing to follow all of the directions usually located right inside of the box of your hair color product or by simply following the guidelines listed here.
The first step in coloring your hair at home is choosing your color. The two main methods in coloring are permanent and semi-permanent hair color. Permanent color lasts until you re-color your hair or it fades away. Semi-permanent color generally lasts up to 24 shampoos depending on the manufacturer's product. Once you've decided on a method of coloring, you'll want to stay within a shade or two lighter or darker to your own natural color when choosing a product. While you're out and about purchasing your hair color, you'll also want to pick up a few hair clips for sectioning off your hair, a second box of the same hair coloring product if you have long hair, petroleum jelly and cotton balls for removing dye from your skin. Once you're ready to begin coloring your hair, you'll want to arm yourself with an old t-shirt and towels as well as the purchases mentioned above. Then follow the steps below.
- Do a hidden patch test just to be sure you are not allergic to the hair color product.
- Once you've done that, mix the dye by following the directions that came with your product.
- Apply petroleum jelly around your hairline to aid in preventing the dye from absorbing into your skin.
- Apply the dye beginning at the roots and working your way out to the tips in small sections until your hair is completely saturated with the color.
- Place the plastic hair cap provided with your product over your hair and secure with a hair clip.
- Keep an eye on the time stated in your instructions and stick with it or you may very well end up with severely damaged hair.
- Remove the cap and cotton balls, and rinse the dye from your hair thoroughly.
- Apply the conditioner provided with your product to your hair, leave it in for the recommended time, rinse, and finally, towel dry.
That's it! Now all that is left to do is sit back and enjoy your new hair color and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. Just remember, hair dye doesn't last forever, so you will probably want to recolor every six months or so and invest in a shampoo and conditioner meant for color-treated hair to prevent premature fading.
One final note: If you are going to make a drastic change in your hair color such as going from black hair to blonde, please seek a professional colorist. You should also seek a professional if your hair is severely damaged by coloring or if you have recently permed or relaxed your hair.