We all love to get our hair professionally colored, don’t we? But once in a while, we do think about trying out hair coloring at home using the hair dyeing kit that comes in boxes because professional hair coloring is too expensive for all of us to afford it.
Is it Safe to Color Your Hair at Home?
There is this wide-spread myth that self hair coloring at home without seeking professional help could end up ruining your hair. To ensure a smooth experience of self hair coloring, one must always do a bit of research and get to know the facts, details, and risks that are associated with coloring their own hair. Though there are still a few risks associated with self hair coloring, opting it to enhance your hair tone or covering up a few gray hairs can actually help you as it turns out to be quite inexpensive and handy at times. Box-packed hair dyeing kits usually don’t cost much above 1500 bucks, and they come with a tiny instruction manual to guide you through the process.
The color-mixing part is also easy, although you are not usually presented with options to change the pigmentation. The box-packed dyeing kit has a much more prominent pigmentation than the ones that are used in salons. This is to make the hair dye formula work for all hair types. Stylists, however, tell that this method of self hair coloring which is comparatively cost-effective comes with its own bundle of risks if the user does not carefully calculate fine details like the type of product that has to be used, the amount of dye that has to be put on and the duration it has to stay on the hair for processing. If the hair dye applied is insufficient to saturate your hair, the end result could be very splotchy. If it is applied more than needed to saturate your hair, the end result could be dark and inky and could also give your hair possible damage.
What will You Need?
Here are a few things which you will surely need before you start dyeing your hair at home.
- Hair-color kit
- Mixing Bowl
- Plastic spoon
- White conditioner
Once you have all these, you might give a thought on which color you want for your hair, plus a few tips to do so, keep reading.
Pick a Color
You might have fancied the cover girl of a magazine for her virtually perfect hair color and wanted to have the same color done for yours as well. You will realize how complicated and divergent the shades are once you start gathering knowledge about hair coloring.
If you want a color that can subtly complement your skin tone, your knowledge about your skin tone is mandatory. For this, you can try a small test of flipping your wrists over. If you are able to see greenish veins, your undertone is more to the warmer side, and if you can see blue or purplish veins, your undertone is more to the cooler side. Similarly, golden and hazel eye colors indicate a warmer skin tone, and blue and grey eye colors indicate a cooler skin tone.
For avoiding that complete-washed-out look, the depth of the color you choose has to be at least two shades darker. Choices for warmer skin tones are “golden-beige and buttery-blonde.” Wheat blonde highlights also suit warmer undertones the most.
Buy More Than One Box
A lot of us, being first-timers, have the wrong notion that a single pack of hair dyeing kit would suffice. But it doesn’t work that way. It is always better to have a minimum of two packs, no matter how thin or short your hair is. Insufficient hair saturation leads to patchy and colored spots, and they can ruin your result. If you are a person with thick and long hair, it is better to buy at least three packs. Owning another pack just to be sure is better than realizing you would need more dye halfway into the process.
Consider Your Hair Texture :
One of the main factors that have to be considered while hair-coloring is your hair texture.
For curly and coily hair, the cuticles are rough. Curly hair is also more porous, and hence color absorption occurs quickly than other hair textures. However, curly hair is comparatively more fragile and brittle than other hair textures, which is why coloring can cause hair breakage on them. Hair strands of coarse and curly hair tend to get more frizzy and dry.
For straight-haired-women who also have voluminous hair, lifting of color is a tedious task. In that case, a stronger lightening solution and a hair strengthening treatment are recommended to reduce the extent of hair damage.
People tend to get confused with the difference between adding color and lifting color. Adding color is not as damaging as lifting color as the latter involves lifting your hair shaft. Hair, which is subjected to permanent smoothening, should not be bleached as bleaching damages your hair to a greater extent. However, dyeing is a temporary process and does not involve bleaching or lifting your hair shaft and hence can be done without giving too much thought.
Pick the Right Tools:
Some tools are mandatory and have to be kept handy for ensuring a less messy process.
- Towels: Don’t forget to stock up enough of them and pick the ones that are okay to stain as you would need them so much. A towel around your shoulders would help you in preventing your skin from staining.
- Clothes: Choose an outfit that is old and okay to stain and make it your go-to home-hair-coloring outfit. A shirt would be more preferable as they are easy to remove while washing the hair.
- Vaseline or Lotion: Dripping of dye mixture and skin staining is undeniable while trying to color your hair at home. Applying vaseline or lotion along the hairline can prevent skin staining.
- Gloves: Hair dye application is better controlled with gloves on, and hence picking up ones that fit you is recommended as they help in applying the hair dye evenly throughout your hair locks.
- Wide Tooth Brush or Comb: A wide tooth brush smooths the die evenly throughout your locks, much similar to gloves, and hence having one is better than going with the one in the kit.
- Plastic Clips: In order to ensure maximum coverage of hair dye application, plastic clips are to be used to secure your hair in sections and give you a better picture of the area you are applying and the next section you have to proceed with.
- Shower Caps: Shower caps help in retaining the heat in your head and thus aid in speeding up the dyeing process. In addition, wearing them after applying hair dye gives your hair the time to set and also allows you to roam around comfortably without worrying about dripping.
- Alcohol Wipes: Alcohol wipes are optional and could be very useful to remove the skin stains that your hair dye has caused.
Section Your Hair for Coloring:
Follow the below steps to ensure even hair dye application.
- Comb back your hair and run the comb through the center of your scalp to create two even hair sections.
- Divide the two sections into four sections by running the tip of your comb horizontally from ear to the previously sectioned center. Repeat this process on both sides. Clip each section to secure them. After this, you can begin the application of hair dye.
Start Dyeing Your Hair
Here are simple steps, which one can easily follow to dye thier hair at home byt themselves. Have a look:
- Wash your hair 24 or 48 hours prior to coloring as this helps in allowing the natural oils in the hair, which helps in the binding of the dye with your hair. Avoid conditioning your hair as that might restrict the natural oils of your hair.
- The hundreds of shades that are worn by models might overwhelm and confuse you. But if you are getting your hair colored for the first time, choosing a shade that is two shades lighter or darker to your hair is the best choice to go with.
- As already mentioned above, stick to the instructions that come with the kit and follow them to combine dye ingredients. Shake the solution to get them all well combined.
- Divide your hair into sections, as mentioned above.
- Break each section of your hair into further subsections and allow the dye onto your hair using the applicator bottle, brush, and gloved hands for maximum coverage of the dye. If you are a first-timer, apply your hair dye one inch above the roots, and for touch-ups applying 1/2 inch from your roots is recommended.
- As mentioned already, make sure to wear the shower cap to avoid the dripping of your hair dye.
- Set a timer to make sure that your hair is saturated appropriately and follow the timing instructions that are provided in the kit.
- After your hair is set for sufficient time, use warm water to rinse your hair and keep rinsing your hair until the water that runs back from your hair is clear.
- Waiting at least half an hour before applying shampoo to your hair is recommended. This is done to allow the penetration of color into your hair shaft. Shampoo your hair as usual, and this time you can use your conditioner.
- Air dry or blow-dry your hair as usual in whichever way you prefer.
Protect Your Skin From Dye:
As already mentioned above, a towel around your shoulders would help you in preventing your skin from staining. Dripping of dye mixture and skin staining is undeniable while trying to color your hair at home. Take a dollop of vaseline or lotion and apply it along your hairline and ears to prevent skin staining. Don’t forget to wear a shower cap as it avoids the dripping of the hair dye.
Put a Shower Cap on While You Wait:
Shower caps aid in the retaining of heat in your head, which helps in speeding up the dyeing process. In addition, wearing them after applying hair dye gives your hair the time to set and also allows you to roam around comfortably without worrying about dripping.
Apply Shampoo and Conditioner:
Let your hair set for sufficient time. Once you are done with the waiting, use warm water to rinse your hair and keep rinsing your hair until the water that runs back from your hair is clear. Waiting at least half an hour before applying shampoo to your hair is recommended. This is done to allow the penetration of color into your hair shaft. Shampoo your hair as usual by taking a dollop and massaging the scalp. Rinse with water after shampooing. Take a few drops of conditioner and rub them against your palms. Comb through your hair using your fingers, starting a little below from the scalp. This enables the even application of conditioner throughout your hair. Let the conditioner sit for at least five minutes after which rinse your hair as usual. Avoid clarifying hair products after coloring your hair as they remove the color from your hair.
Dry Your Hair:
After the shower, take sufficient time to dry your hair. Air dry using a microfiber towel or t-shirt as they are not harsh on your hair like conventional towels. You can also go with blow-drying. Make sure to keep your blow-dryer at a low temperature as higher temperatures damage your hair.
Look in the Mirror:
Once you are done with drying your hair, style your hair in amazing ways to flaunt your colored hair.
Hair-dyeing will be a wonderful experience if you try it on your own and will also save a lot of money in your pocket once you start doing it at your home. If you don’t feel satisfactory about the new look of your hair, it is better to book an appointment in a salon and get your hair professionally color corrected.