Instead of going to the salon, dye your hair at home will be the better choice to save time and money. But how to dye your hair at home? What products and kits should you need? Here we will share the steps to you.
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Of course, it's important to remember that while coloring your hair at home can save you money, it does cost you time-generally around 60 to 90 minutes. The dye itself is the biggest monetary expense, and with the cost of extra accessories, your total DIY job should cost around $25. And once you purchase hairdresser's clips and a dye brush, that lowers your outlay the next time around. If you're a fellow salon-hater, or simply do not want to spend $80 to $100 every six weeks, the substantial savings of home hair coloring may be enough to justify the investment of time.
How To Dye Your Hair Step By Step?
1. Select your shade.
To find your best shade at the store, eye those close to your current one. Boxed dyes are usually displayed in color order on a shelf: Hold a section of your hair up to a box to find a close match, then choose from the next two shades on either side.
2. Buy two boxes of hair dye.
You don't want to run out of dye halfway through the process. If your hair is shoulder length or longer, you may need two boxes to cover your whole head, depending on hair thickness. If you end up with a leftover box, you can always save it for next time or return it. Revlon ColorSilk got perfect scores from the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab's home hair color test.
3. Don't skip the strand test.
Though bypassing it is tempting, the strand test is key, especially when trying a new shade. Color a few trimmed or hidden hairs first, then look at the result before you commit. A common horror story from testers who didn't do this: hair that turned orange and purple!
4. Go naked.
To avoid staining clothes put on an old robe or button-front shirt (or as some GH testers do, go nude!) so you won't have to lift a top over your head when it's time to rinse. Cover surfaces (floor, sink) with garbage bags or layers of newspaper you can toss afterward rather than sheets or towels that can get soaked through and need washing.
5. Protect skin from dye and spills.
There's nothing worse than ending up with telltale stripes of color on your forehead. Rather than using a goopy salve to protect skin from dye, guard your skin against stains by gliding a clear solid lip balm along your hairline, including around your ears, before applying color. Its small size makes application precise.
6. Lay your tools out on the counter.
Think like a surgeon and lay your tools out on the counter before you begin. Read through the included instructions before you jump in. That way, you'll be clear on the steps and won't have to stop mid-process, which could lead to mistakes like leaving the dye on too long or missing areas.
7. Don't mix shades for a "custom color."
Unless you're a professional, combining two different shades of hair color is not recommended (ever!). None of the major companies we spoke to would guarantee that the resulting color would be a predictable combination. Even when you stick with a single color, the result usually varies slightly from what's pictured on the box. Your best bet is to simply pick one shade and follow the instructions to the letter, strand test included.
8. Stock up on extra gloves.
You slipped on the box's plastic gloves to protect your hands while putting on the dye, but you need to wear them while washing the dye out, too. Have a spare pair of gloves on hand to protect your skin from staining when you rinse the color off, in case your original ones are too soiled to use again.
9. Stop squeezing from the bottle.
Get a bowl and a brush, like salon colorists use, to mix and paint on the dye with less mess and the most even professional results. Squirting the dye out and spreading it all over your hair may be easy (and fun!), but this method can be messy and imprecise.
10. Start at the top.
Begin applying dye at the roots, since they need the most color (and processing time), letting it develop per package directions. Then comb it through the rest of your hair to distribute it evenly and avoid a two-tone effect. Work in four to six sections like salon pros do (use hair clips as you go if you wish) to ensure full coverage.
11. Put a shower cap on it.
Place a disposable shower cap over your head while the dye processes to prevent it from dripping. Then you can feel free to prep dinner or Netflix-binge.
12. Swap your shampoo.
No shampoo is totally color-safe since all shampooing requires wetting hair-and water itself strips dye. Though sulfate-free shampoos are thought to slow down color loss, our tests have found that they don’t always perform significantly better than those with sulfates.
Extend your shade’s life with a proven formula labeled for color-treated hair. Look for terminology such as color protect, "color-preserving ”or “for color” on packaging. Use a shampoo and conditioner specifically designed for color-treated hair because they won't strip away added color (which other products may) and can prolong the life of your new shade by a few weeks.
That's all for how to dye your hair at home. Hope it can help you. Of course, if you want to dye your weave hair extensions or wigs, here we can also show you the method. You can do it according to the below video.