Coloring your hair at home and want to get the best results possible? Well, you can be your own celebrity colorist with just a few key hair color tips.
It’s also important to know how to look after your newly colored hair, so you can keep it looking vibrant for weeks to come. Read on.
At-Home Hair Color Tips: Color Your Hair At Home The Right Way And Make It Last Longer
Coloring your hair at home can be a less expensive, easier way to maintain your hair color. But it’s not without challenges. Whether you’re after a platinum blonde pixie or a luscious chocolate mane, here are some key hair tips to ensure that you color your hair the right way.
1. Beware Of The Box
The model on the box is not always an accurate representation of the hair color you’ll get. A better way to gauge color is to read the chart on the box that shows the final color that’s typical for a range of natural starting shades.
2. Always Follow Directions
While on the topic of the box, always follow the directions exactly. This is the biggest reason why people end up having to go to a salon to get their home-dye job fixed.
3. Buy Two Boxes Of Dye
If your hair is shoulder length or longer, you may need two boxes of hair color to ensure proper coverage, depending on your hair’s thickness. You can always return the extra box if you don’t wind up using it.
4. Understand Demi-Permanent vs Permanent Hair Colors
Be clear about what sort of color you’d like to play around with.
Permanent hair color is just that: permanent. Of course, it can still fade, and you can still color over it if you want to change shades. But permanent hair color is designed to give your hair a rich, long-lasting color. It’s also great for coloring gray hair.
Demi-Permanent color is ammonia-free. The dye wraps around the hair’s cuticle without penetrating the hair shaft. It’s a temporary stain that will last around 24 shampoos. It’s perfect for trying out new looks, and it won’t leave a regrowth line – so there’s no need for a root touch-up.
5. Always Do A Strand Test
It may sound like a waste of time, but doing a strand test allows you to figure out the timing of your hair color (i.e. how long you should leave the color on) for your own unique hair type and texture.
For example, the finer your hair is, the faster it’ll lighten – so you may not need the entire time that the box recommends. Strand test a few trimmed or hidden hairs.
6. Be Aware Of Your Limitations
If your hair is very dark and you want to go blonde, see a professional for coloring. Dark hair is notorious for turning orange when people attempt to turn it into blonde hair.
In fact, if you want to dye your hair more than 2-3 shades in either direction of your natural hair color, it’s best to talk to a professional. Otherwise, you risk not only a bad color job, but serious damage to your hair. If you’re looking to go dramatic red, this is also a great time to consult a pro, as red hair is the hardest color to remove.
7. Don’t Start At Your Roots
It may go against what feels logical, but your roots develop faster when you color them. This is because of the body heat from your head.
So, start your dye process about a half-inch away from the roots, and work about half way down the head. Then go back and cover the roots and hairline, continuing down the strands. Work in sections – you can use hair clips – to ensure you get even coverage all the way around your head.
8. Invest In A Bowl And Brush
Your box may come with a squirting device for applying color, but buy your own bowl and brush like the professionals use. They’re inexpensive, and they’ll help you more evenly paint on hair color with less mess.
9. Highlight Like A Pro
If you’re applying highlights (or lowlights), use a toothbrush or mascara wand to paint them on just in the places where the sun would hit. This will give you a wonderfully sun-kissed, natural shade.
10. Don’t Overwash Your Hair
It’s not just certain shampoos that can make your gorgeous color fade. Water in general is a culprit – especially hard water, which can also damage your hair.1
So, use dry shampoo whenever you can, to avoid washing your new hair color as often. When you do need to wash your hair, use a gentle shampoo that contains nourishing ingredients such as argon oil and keratin. Shampoos with harsh ingredients can strip away the color of your hair.
Protect your hair from pool water by using a swim cap or putting it up (out of the water) while you swim.
11. Protect Your Color From Heat Sources
Both the sun and heat styling can fade that vibrant color. 2 The sun also naturally lightens hair, so if you want to avoid this wear a hat or head scarf outside when possible. Constant heat styling will have the same effect, so try to mix up how you style your hair – try braids or twisted buns instead of using your curling iron all of the time.
Blonde? Brunette? Something Else? Use Your Skin Tone To Choose The Right Shade
Your skin tone can help determine what shades of hair color will best suit you. Keep that in mind before choosing that shade of brown, blonde, or red. Let’s take a look at what shades tend to suit which skin tones.
If You Have A Cool Skin Tone:
If you lean toward blues and greens in your wardrobe, and feel as though you look far better in silver jewelry, then you may have a cool skin tone. You’ll want to avoid any shades that are too golden, bronze, or coppery – anything considered to have an orange-base.
Hair color ideas include: light ash brown, chestnut, dark chocolate, icy platinum blonde, ash blonde, strawberry blonde, wheat blonde, cinnamon red, auburn, crimson, or scarlet.
If You Have A Warm Skin Tone:
If you lean toward warm colors in your wardrobe like peaches, golds, and oranges, and feel as though gold jewelry suits you best, you may have a warm skin tone. You may feel drained of color when you wear blue and green shades. If you tan easily, this can also point to a warm skin tone.
Seek out colors like: warm chocolate brown, golden brown, caramel brown, caramel blonde, golden blonde, champagne, honey, ginger, copper, or burgundy.
Note: If you feel you suit both of these categories, you’re lucky. You might have a neutral skin tone, and you can wear a wider variety of hair color shades.
Keep Hair Healthy: When To Head To The Salon For Help From A Pro
A salon stylist is always your best bet for hair color concerns. If your hair color doesn’t quite go as planned, a hair colorist will be able to help correct the issue. But it may cost you. So, be sure to only color your own hair if you feel it’s within your skill level.
Looking for something edgy and different? Salon colorists are a great source for hair color trends and for helping you make dramatic changes in hair shade.
Ultimately, no matter how you color your hair, it’s essential that you keep your hair healthy. l.