Does it feel like you’re buying a PowerBall lottery ticket when playing with the contents of those home coloring kits?
Has an attempt at home coloring ever ended in tears and panic?
You’re not alone.
Yes, coloring your hair at home can go exquisitely right or disastrously wrong. No news there.
Yet would you give anything to get natural looking color at home? You know like it’s 100% you.
It’s actually easier than ever to get rich, radiant, flawless color without stepping foot into a salon.
But not if you do this.
A friend called in a panic the other day. She had tried to color her hair herself. Hoping for fabulous the color she got instead was more like freaky. Yes she wanted a change but not something like this. Actually, she tearfully confessed, she was looking for something MUCH closer to natural color than she ended up with.
Hmmmm. What did she do wrong?
Seems she violated many of the unwritten rules for hair coloring at home. Had she heeded any of those little known, yet common sense hair color ideas, she may not be frantically trying to get an emergency appointment with a pricy colorist to fix the mess she created.
Not familiar with those ideas I just hinted at? Well let’s see if we can’t help to start to set you straight and straight on the way to lovely color at home.
DIY Hair Color Tips
Start Small: For example it’s always wise to start out small. By that I mean start out with a semi permanent color. Even henna might be better than going the completely chemical route that leaves you nowhere to turn should things go wrong other than pulling out your credit card and trying not to cry when you see what it’s going to cost you. Sure the result may not be hair that’s lightened for long. But it’s much easier to fix should things take a turn for the worse.
Instructions Please: Always, always, always read the instructions inside the box and follow them to the letter. If it says leave it on for 20 minutes, or whatever, then do that. Set an egg timer, if need be, to make sure you do. And remember if you pay attention to any articles about hairstyles for fine hair you may have read, then you know that hair type is more fragile to begin with. So take extra caution.
Easy Does It: Don’t go drastic yourself. Absolutely it helps to know our limitations. And when it comes to hair coloring you’re apt to have a more satisfactory outcome at home if you stick to a shade or two of the color you were born with. You can always lighten or darken over time. But once you’ve gone from honey blonde to midnight black, we’ll there’s no easy way out. And shaving your head isn’t easy.
You hair isn’t called your crowning glory for nothing. So treat it as such. Don’t do anything rash. And learn the skill of coloring your hair slowly by taking baby steps. Doing so will keep you from the heartbreak and bank breaking situation your friend found herself in.
Still let’s be realistic. I know you’re not going to listen to too much of what I say. So since you insist, here’s a great little video that walks you through the steps of bathroom coloring. Which I’ve included because a picture is worth a thousand words. Or in this case it’s a video. But you get the idea. Just remember you’ve been warned to proceed at your own risk. LOL
How to Easily Dye Your Hair at Home Using Drugstore Hair Dye
Here’s what you’ll need.
- Drugstore hair coloring
- Nitrile (latex) gloves that are somewhat hypo allergenic
- Hair elastics
- Throwaway shirt
- Plastic bag or shower cap
- Vaseline to run along your hair line to protect from staining your skin.
Important: Heed the advice about the patch test. Nothing worse than finding out AFTER you’ve slathered your head with a chemical concoction that you are reacting to it and not in a good way. So no whining. Just do the patch test, please?
This video shows you what to expect when you open the box. This way you shouldn’t be surprised since most DIY kits are pretty much the same. You should expect to find your color in one form or another, a developer in a container/bottle and post coloring conditioner.
The process is clearly explained so anyone doing this for the first time will roughly know what to do without having to wade through the instructions that come with the kit more than once.
Two important points are made. You want to make sure you hair is perfectly dry and, two, only color second day hair. The reason for the second day hair is to offer a bit of protection from the chemical process. Coloring second day hair will be less irritating to your scalp than it otherwise would be had you just shampooed your hair. Still there is no way to color your hair without irritating your scalp – some.
Also this can be a VERY messy process. To protect your bathroom floor slit open a big plastic garbage bag and lay that one the floor. It’s also smart to take up any of those pretty little accent rugs you’ve got in the bathroom too.
The video suggests starting at the roots and working your way up. This may work if your hair is super healthy and you have few, if any, splits. But we both know your ends are the oldest part of your strands and the part most likely to be damaged. All that makes them a color magnet meaning they’ll absorb more color and might come somewhat darker. So you can try this approach but you may find working from the roots down works best.
You can watch to see how she applies the dye, works it in and then how she rolls up the just colored lower sections and clips them up, out of the way.
Having applied the coloring solution throughout, she turns her attention to her roots and you want to make sure you get thorough coverage! Notice how the strands of her hair look totally saturated with coloring.
The hair is then tied up into a bun and held in place with an elastic. She covered her head with the plastic shopping bag and then waited.
She makes an important point towards the end and seems kinda disappointed actually. Her lovely hair was dried out a lot by the chemicals. Just goes to show DIY hair coloring can be damaging to your locks. The solution of course is to deep condition. A better solution would be not color your hair because prevention is better than cure.
But again who am I kidding? We all do it. Enjoy!