Almost half the women in America have or currently dye their hair and why shouldn’t they when it is so easy to do at home? Many of these women pay high salon prices for their color but you do not have to.
If you want to save money and skip the trip to the salon then think about learning how to dye your hair at home. If you take the proper precautions and follow the instructions then dyeing your hair is really quite easy. So, if you are ready to get the perfect hair color you have been dreaming about then look no further!
Before You Color Your Hair
Before you go out and buy the box of hair dye you should think about a few things. Yes, dyeing your hair at home can be a much cheaper option than going to the salon, but there are some cases in which this is not true.
For example, if your hair is severely damaged then your attempt to color your hair at home may result in even more damage that can only be repaired by a trip to the salon. So, before you buy the color and set out to dye your hair at home be sure that your hair is in healthy enough condition to take the dye without any adverse effects.
Selecting Your Color
You may think that selecting a hair color is as easy as looking at the picture on the box but if this is the method you use to choose your hair dye you may be in for a surprise. Yes, the color in the picture on the box should be accurate, but your own personal results will be determined by a number of factors including matching your skin tone.
The most important factor in determining the results of dyeing your hair is what color you are starting with. If your hair is blonde then most attempts to go darker should result in a fairly accurate match to the color on the box.
However, attempting to lighten your hair may not be so easy. When you pick up a box of hair dye, read the back to see the predicted results for your starting hair color. If you want to go too much lighter you may need to repeat the dyeing process or start by bleaching your hair.
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Another thing to pay attention to when picking out your hair color is the permanence of the dye. Hair dye is available in permanent, semi-permanent, and temporary strength so be sure you choose the right one.
Making Preparations to Dye Your Hair
Once you have selected your hair color and you have decided you are ready to begin you need to make a few preparations. First, part your hair in four different ways so that it will be easy to color the roots. Then, put on the plastic gloves included in your hair dye kit, pour the liquid dye into the developer and shake for at least 15 to 20 seconds.
Be sure you are ready to use the dye shortly after mixing it, do not let it sit overnight.
Do not wash your hair prior to dyeing it because your scalp will be more sensitive and prone to irritation.
Applying the Hair Dye
Once the hair dye mixture is ready you can begin to apply it to your hair. Start at the roots near the front and work your way back, saturating the hair as thoroughly as possible.
If recommended by the instructions on the box, comb the dye through your hair. Once you have used all of the hair dye you must let it sit in your hair. The amount of time you must wait varies according to the type of product you have selected and also according to the particular shade you desire.
Follow the instructions on the box as to how long to wait, then check a small section of your hair by rinsing the dye out of it. If the color is the right shade then you are ready to rinse, if not then you may need to wait a few more minutes.
Rinsing Your Hair
The final step to dyeing your hair at home is rinsing out the dye. You can do this either in your bathroom sink or by getting into the shower. Whatever method you choose, be careful not to splash outside the sink or shower area because the dye can stain tile and countertop.
Once you have completely rinsed the dye out of your hair you should be able to blow-dry it or let it air dry. Then style it in whatever way you like best!