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How to dye your own hair – the tips and tricks to make sure it looks like you just come from the salon every time
Not everyone has the time to visit the hair salon, let alone sit in the stylist’s chair for a good two or three hours and get the hair done. Sometimes box color is the only option, which is why it is super important to know how to dye hair at home properly.
You may not be able to make expert dip dye, ombre hair or balayage yourself, but there are rules to follow when you do your roots or go for a completely new color.
There’s a reason why a ‘hair colorist’ is a real profession – it’s all about getting the right formula to get the exact shade you want. So if you are thinking about drastically changing your color, we recommend visiting a specialist with a few hair color ideas in hand.
However, if you’re thinking about covering your gray, going darker or adding blonde highlights to frame your face, here are some tips and tricks will help you get salon results at home.
How to dye your hair at home
1. Buy two boxes
Imagine getting half way and realizing youve run out. If your hair is past your shoulders, or short and thick, we recommend you need two boxes to cover your full head.
2. Do a patch test
You have no idea whether your skin will react to the chemicals of the hair dye or not, so you must always do a patch test. It’s better to find yourself now, rather than later …
3. do a STrend test
We know you’re excited about changes, but you need to do it right. You need to check that your current hair color reacts well with the formula, because if the change resembles anything more than swamp water, you will not be so happy. (Keep scrolling with our tips on exactly how to do both a patch and lace test.)
3. Keep your hairline clean
Swipe some lip balm along your hairline where you do not want any paint to go. This will keep it from dying your skin, which can take days to get off. This is one of the biggest tips on how to color your own hair.
4. Brush your hair
Make sure your hair is untangled before you start, even the smallest bundle can cause a big problem.
5. Section your hair
Professionals always divide hair into four parts – down the middle, and then from ear to ear across the crown. Paint the front sections first because this is the most visible, so you need the full processing time.
6. Do not use the bottle
Yes, this is what is normally provided in the box, but squeezing paint directly onto your hair will not give you a salon finish. Instead, play colorist and use a mixing bowl and a color brush to apply the paint.
7. Use a toothbrush
If you just want to add some highlights, use a clean toothbrush or mascara wand and apply where the sun would normally lighten your hair (i.e. around your face and on the tips). This will give you natural looking highlights.
8. Start from the top
Always start at your roots when dyeing your entire head a different color – this area will need more to develop the color – then comb through to the ends.
9. Wash your hair properly
Do not shampoo immediately after dyeing your hair, just rinse with water initially. When you do shampoo your hair, make sure that it is sulfate-free sulfates cause your hair to be quiet and encourage the color to be excluded.
The best hair color at home
Hair connoisseur Josh Wood released his own line of professional hair care for consumers to use at home for hair tinting. The range includes shampoos, conditioners, root touch-up brushes and a ‘color shot’ toning mask.
The hair dye is exceptional, easily blending through your entire head of hair to cover all outgrown roots without painstaking combing through paper-thin layers. It is easy to use, with the results you would get in the chair.
With one step further, you can go to his website, answer a few questions about the needs of your hair and you will be directed to the products you need. And You can even pop on YouTube for extra tips and tricks from the person himself.
The first color at home with ‘Omegaplex’ anti-breakage technology. This Schwarzkopf product is designed to protect the hair chains, seal color and even repair the hair after three weeks with a serum shot, repair sealer and repair remover. Think less breakage and a choice of 15 shades of vibrant color, from blonde to black.
If you’re feeling adventurous and, rather than muted brunette, you would rather bright yellow or punchy blue tresses, there really is no other brand to consider.
Bleach London are the kings and queens of alternative color and their completely vegan range is available in boots, starting at the delicious low price of £ 6. Incidentally, these are the colors that are also used in their salons.
With names like Awkward Peach, The Big Pink and Washed Mermaid, these colors are not for the finely-hearted, but you might just be tempted once you take a look at their Instagram …
How to make a slap test
Here are Josh Wood’s tips on how to do a patch test:
1. Mix a coin-sized amount of the color activator and the color together in a bowl.
2. Use a cotton bud to apply a small amount behind your ear.
3. Leave it on for 48 hours, you should not even notice that it is there. Try not to wash it off in this time frame.
4. Tip: It is very important to fasten the caps on the bottles tightly after you have opened them for the patch test. If you do not, the products may oxidize, and the active ingredients will not work.
5. If you have any signs of reaction to the patch test, wash it off immediately and do not use the color.
6. If you show any signs of reaction to the paint, go ahead and use the color as instructed.
How to make a beam test
You may have heard of a beach test, but still ask yourself, what the heck is it? A beam test is a preliminary test of the hair. It determines its suitability for processing, aka dyeing. Here’s how to do a beam test:
Do a beam test on a section of hair about 1/4 inch thick (choose from below so you can hide it) to see if your hair will choose the color you want.
1. Put on protective gloves.
2. Choose a strand of hair to try.
3. Separate the rest of your hair off using plastic clips so that the strand does not touch the rest of the hair after the hair color is applied. Then paint the edge.
4. Wait 24 hours to make sure you are happy with the hair color results.
5. If you are happy with the color, go outside and paint off.
How to dye your hair blonde
It is much easier to get a darker color because you add pigment to your hair; If you want to dye your hair blonde, it is more difficult because you take pigment. Firstly, you should have an idea of the blonde hairstyles you like the look of. Secondly, read everything you need to know about blonde.
The key to getting a great blonde shade is to work with the natural color on the partition to leave an organic texture that doesn’t look stripy. If your hair is naturally a more ashy tone, go for an ashy blonde. Similarly if your roots have a touch of redness, go for a champagne hue.
And remember, you may have to dye your hair more than once to get the blonde you want. The best thing you can do for your hair is an Olapex hair treatment to improve the quality of hair between the sessions, because this will keep it too brittle, and to use one of the best purple shampoos when washing your hair. Brasiness at bay.
How to dye your hair silver
Many of the same rules apply to dyeing your hair silver, or any other lighter colors like pink and blue. The key is to ensure your hair is bleached earlier. Once this is done, you can apply your silver rinse.
First, do not wash your hair for 48 hours. The natural oil will help protect your scalp against any bleaching irritation. Apply a purple toner first to remove any yellowness from your bleached hair. Then, apply your paint according to the steps above. Once you have the desired color, keep it through shampoo with the best sulfate-free shampoo.
And there you have it, the complete guide on how to dye your hair at home.
Take your time, follow our instructions and your hair will look good as new in no time.