If you want to save money, it makes sense to dye your hair at home rather than paying a huge amount of money for a treatment at a salon. However, if you want to end up with glossy, vibrantly colored tresses, there are certain important facts that you need to keep in mind in order to avoid disaster. Read on to discover seven things that you need to know if you want to make your hair dye look like it was applied by a professional.
1) There is a huge difference between various dye formulations:
Finding the right dye for you depends in part on the reasons behind your decision to dye your hair. If you want to create long-lasting results, cover up some grey hairs or dramatically change your color from dark to light, a permanent dye is the right choice. However, if you have the less demanding goal of darkening your current hair colour or if you are looking to blend your roots with the rest of your hair, shop for a semi-permanent dye. Finally, if you are looking to cautiously dip your toe into the world of hair dyeing, it is a good idea to start with a temporary dye. These dyes tend to wash out after around six or eight washes, so they are a safe bet if you are still at the experimenting stage and have not decided on a particular look.
2) Always prepare your hair for dyeing:
If your hair is in good condition, your dye will tend to provide shiny, flattering results. In contrast, brittle and tired hair can lead your chosen dye to produce an underwhelming or dull colour. As a result, it makes sense to treat your hair kindly before you apply the dye. Around a week or two before you want to dye it, deep condition your hair with a specialized treatment cream.
3) Not all highlight shades will look good on you:
When expertly done, highlights can look classy and brighten up your hair without changing its overall colour. However, if you choose the wrong shade then your hair can end up looking cheap or brash. The trick is to pick a color that is no more than two shades lighter than your overall colour. It is also vital to do a strand test before you commit to highlighting your entire hairstyle.
4) Stay safe:
While most people experience no problems when dyeing their hair, it is important to remember that some serious allergic reactions have occurred. In order to make sure that it is safe to dye your hair at this time, always instigate a skin allergy test at least two full days before you apply the dye to your hair. To perform this test, apply a very small amount of the dye to the skin inside the crook of your elbow and do not touch it for 48 hours. If there is no redness, swelling or itching, it should be safe to dye your hair as planned.
5) Cover up your routes in a methodical way:
If you want to dye your roots, start by separating your dry hair into two front sections and two back sections before you try to apply the dye. Always use the brush that is provided, and consider specifically choosing a dye that comes with a particularly small brush that makes it easier to get right into your roots.
6) Don’t wash your hair for at least two days after it is dyed:
If you wash your hair sooner than 48 hours after you have dyed it, this will probably take some of the colour of it and make the overall shade look less vibrant. Although you may feel that your hair is dirty and oily after two days, this waiting period will prolong your dye’s effectiveness and help your hair to look its best for many weeks to come.
7) Protect your dyed hair from heat:
Finally, if you expose your hair to too much heat (from hairdryers, tongs or curling irons), this can cause the colour to fade more quickly. If you want to protect your hair without sacrificing style, make sure you invest in a styling spray that helps to guard your hair against the damaging influence of heat.