Do’s and Don’ts of DIY Hair Coloring
Coloring your hair is a great way to spruce up your look! Unfortunately, trips to the salon for professional hair color can get pretty pricey. The good news is that you can DIY, or do it yourself at home by following a few simple steps.
First, you need to determine whether you should dye your hair at home yourself, or if you should splurge for a professional.
One of the benefits of dying your hair or wholesale hair extensions yourself is that you can save money! While a professional hair color service can range from $85 all the way to $300 or more, depending on the service, an at-home kit costs less than $15.00, and the whole process with additional supplies can cost you as little as $25.00 in total. Another benefit is that you have complete control over the process. You don’t have to wonder what dye or products are being used in your hair because you’ll be doing it all yourself. Lastly, you can color your hair in the comfort and privacy of your own home at a time that’s convenient for you.
There are some cons to dying your hair at home yourself. If you don’t have experience working with your hair, or using chemicals to dye it, you run the risk of botching the color, and having to redo it yourself, or having go to a professional to correct your mistakes. You can damage your hair if you’re not careful, or if you don’t follow the instructions carefully. And, although you can do your hair at your own leisure, it may end up taking more time to complete the process than it would at a salon. If you have any doubts about handing hair dye chemicals, it may be best to go to a professional. But, most people can safely dye their hair at home if they follow directions!
Before you color your hair, the first thing you should do is access the health of your hair to make sure that it can handle hair dye. Although at home hair dye kits make it safe and easy to color your hair at home, you want to make sure that your hair is not breaking, and that your scalp is not irritated. If you are having hair and scalp issues, work on improving the health of your hair first, before you attempt a DIY hair coloring session. Also, if you have had previous chemical processes done to your hair, check to make sure that the hair dye products that you are using will work on your hair.
Once you have determined that your hair is healthy enough to be dyed, you can pick out a hair color kit to use to dye your hair at home yourself. There are many different types of hair dye. There are permanent hair dyes, and there are semi-permanent hair dyes. There are also rinses that only deposit color.
If you just want a gloss of color, you can use a rinse. The color will rinse out in a few washes. A semi-permanent hair dye also deposits color only and has no ammonia and is typically ready to use right out of the kit. This type of dye also washes out over time. For a permanent hair color change, you’ll have to use a permanent dye.
A permanent hair dye lasts longer, but it can potentially be more damaging to your hair. A permanent hair dye mixes an oxidizer with ammonia, which allows the color to deposit into the hair strands more deeply and last longer. Sometimes, to achieve a certain color, a lightening agent is used alone or before a hair dye. As complicated as it may sound, when using a DIY hair color kit at home, it’s usually as easy as picking a color and following the directions.
Some of the best at home DIY hair color kits on the market are listed below.
- Clairol Nice and Easy
- L'Oréal Feria
- Shea Moisture Nourishing Moisture-Rich Color Crème
- Revlon ColorSilk
- Manic Panic
So, how do you decide with kit is best when there are so many options on the market? Look for reviews. Check out reviews online on review websites to find out what experiences people have had with different hair colors, and how their hair turned out. Remember that results may vary, and your hair may turn out differently depending on your natural color.
The hair color kits typically include the hair dye or hair dye mixture, thin plastic gloves, a follow-up conditioner, and a detailed instructions. All of the dyes listed before come in a kit expect for the Manic Panic.
In addition to the hair dye kit, you will also need gloves, a mixing bowl, a hair dye brush, old clothes to wear, hair ties to section off your hair, an old towel, and a plastic bag to collect any waste from the dye kit. Although most kits come with gloves, it’s best to use thicker gloves that can be purchased at the beauty supply store. You will also need a moisturizer or Vaseline to protect the skin around your hair line, and a timer to make sure you only keep the dye on your hair for the allotted time.
Before you begin the process of dying your hair, be sure to do a strand test according to the directions. Remember that it may not be in your best interest to color a 4c natural hair texture because the color could alter the texture. Once that’s completed, you can finally start dying your hair!
Section your hair off into sections, then put on your gloves. Follow the instructions in your kit to mix up the dye and apply it to each section of your hair carefully, according to the instructions. Once you have completed the application, be sure to follow each direction to rinse out all the dye and follow up with conditioning treatments.
Then, enjoy your new hair color! If it doesn’t come out right, it’s best to wait awhile and let your hair recover from the chemical process before trying again.
To make your hair color last, be sure to use sulfate-free shampoo, or shampoos designed for color-treated hair, like Redkin Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner. Harsh detergents in shampoos can make your hair color fade over time. Any hair that’s been color treated is also more prone to damage due to a loss of elasticity, so be sure to condition your hair often with hair masks and conditioners designed for color-treated hair, like Aphogee or Phillip Kingsley’e Elastisizer.
With the right care, your DIY hair color will last you can enjoy it for a very long time.