Coloring Your Hair at Home

how to color your hair at home? how to color your hair at home like a professional?

I am a hair dye enthusiast -- I love to color my hair. While some do it to cover gray or because they've always dreamed of being a blond, brunette or red head, I do it because I love that it's a non-permanent way to considerably alter the way I look. Well that, and also due to the fact that my normal hair color is an extremely unappealing shade of mousy, ash-brown.

Coloring Your Hair at Home

While I'm happy to shell out a fair-sized amount of cash to have my hair done professionally for special occasions, I can't afford to pay expensive salon prices every time I decide I need a change. I imagine this is the case for most of you fellow dye fans out there. I know that many hairdressers will try to persuade all of us that home hair-coloring kits will forever destroy our hair, but I also know of a few who will admit that many of the products currently on the market do a pretty decent job at a much lower price.

Having said that, if you do decide to try the DIY method, it is important to do a little research beforehand as the onus is on you to get it right. A botched at-home job will end up costing even more when you have to go to a professional to fix the splotchy, orange mess you've made of your former crowning glory. With this in mind, it's important to think about the four things listed here before you start the process.

You should give up the do-it-yourself dream and head to a salon if:

  1. Your hair is very damaged - Dyeing it on your own may only make things worse.
  2. You want to go blond - Any more than three shades lighter than your normal color requires the expertise of a professional.
  3. You're thinking of a really big change - As the article says, a stylist can help you decide if crimson red or jet black will really be a good look for you.
  4. You've already made a mistake - If you've tried to dye your hair and it hasn't turned out, don't try to fix it yourself. There's no reason to think things will go better the second time, so let a professional take care of it.
  5. If you're sure that you'll be OK to go it alone, it's probably a good idea to read the rest of the piece as it gives several pages worth of instructions on what type of dye to purchase, how to do a spot test, the best way to apply the dye, how long to leave on the color, how to best maintain the shade and more.

If you're fairly confident and don't feel you need lots of advice, I would still recommend taking a look at the article here, which offers 12 tips on how to successfully dye your own hair. Some of the best pointers include:

  1. Remember that your end result color will likely not match the color on the box. The name of the shade is your best indicator of what color your hair will turn out.
  2. You want to dye your hair, not your skin, your bathroom walls, the tile floor, etc. Before you start, cover your surroundings with old towels, wear clothes that you don't mind ruining and rub Vaseline on your forehead to prevent stains.
  3. Once you've successfully colored your hair, wait 24 hours before washing it again. According to the article it takes at least that long for the dye to settle.

Seasoned self-dye professionals may not need all of this advice, but for first-timers both articles offer lots of helpful information that will ensure you won't have to spend extra money at a salon to fix blunders. My biggest tip is to buy 2 boxes of coloring if you've got long or thick hair. Speaking from experience I can say with some authority that It's a terrible feeling to realize half-way through the application process that you haven't got enough dye to cover your entire head.

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