When was the last time you went to the hairdresser to refresh your hair color? We bet that for many of you, it’s been quite a long time. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, most people stick to social distancing and hair salons, restaurants and co. should close their doors for several months. The past year has undoubtedly brought numerous challenges that we wouldn’t have expected – even when it comes to skin and hair care. Sure, the world has much bigger problems right now, but a relaxing wellness day at home painting our nails or coloring our own hair can help us regain a sense of control over our daily lives and routines. If your mane is colored, then you know how annoying outgrown hairlines or faded hair color can be. But with so many products, color options and techniques to choose from, we quickly feel overwhelmed. Thanks to our tips and tricks, the once tedious process of coloring your own hair at home becomes a real breeze!
Just apply hair dye, let it sit, rinse it out and you’re done – hair coloring sounds so easy, doesn’t it? Anyone who has ever done it knows that it is quite exhausting and quite a few things could go wrong. It’s not for nothing that hairdressing training takes 3 years and there’s a reason why it’s so expensive to get your hair colored in a salon. To become a true professional and master all the modern techniques like ombrè and balayage, you need years of experience after that. Desperate times call for desperate measures and sometimes we have no choice but to take matters into our own hands. It requires skill, basic knowledge and enough time. If you want to dye your hair yourself, the first thing you should do is make sure you have everything you need, are not pressed for time and feel comfortable and relaxed.
Is it safe to dye your hair at home and is the active ingredient ammonia harmful?
Yes, it is generally safe and there is nothing wrong with coloring your own hair at home as long as you follow the instructions on the package and know the proper tips and tricks. However, there are some cases where you should rather not do it. If you have recently treated yourself to a perm or keratin straightening, it is recommended that you wait at least 10 days before coloring your hair. The reason? These are two processes that already put a bit of stress on the hair, and if you dye it soon after, it could cause split ends and breakage. In addition, it is important to know that recently treated hair absorbs the hair color much faster and you should shorten the exposure time a bit. Many women wonder if the active ingredient ammonia is harmful. This is an alkazing agent that raises the pH of the hair so that the cuticle swells. The smell is quite intense and in some cases can cause irritation to the mucous membranes of the eyes and nose. If you have a sensitive scalp, it is better to use ammonia-free colors that are rich in nourishing oils.
Dyeing hair yourself: You should know these tips and tricks for at home
- Choose the right shade – Don’t make the mistake of going to the drugstore and just grabbing a pack of hair dye. Since many women consider their starting color either too light or too dark, choosing the right hair color is the very most important step. Even if you love the model’s hair on the box, there is little chance that the end result will be the same on you. If you are unsure about the base, experts recommend choosing a color that matches the lightest tone of your hair. Also, if you want to dye your hair yourself, you should refrain from drastic changes and better visit a hair salon. In order to change from black to blonde or red or vice versa, your hair must first be blonded and if this is not done properly, you will most likely end up with an orange or other weird color. And after all, you don’t want that, do you? It’s best to choose a product that is no more than two shades lighter or darker than your current hair color. Otherwise, you may still need to go to a professional to fix the mess you’ve made.
Gather your tools
This actually sounds logical, but it’s still important to gather everything you need and always have it handy. Here are all the things you will need for hair coloring at home:
- Hair color – You don’t want to run out of hair color in the middle of the process. If your hair is shoulder length or longer, you may need two packs depending on the thickness of your hair. Mix the second package right away, too, so you don’t waste time afterwards. If there is some left over, you can just use it for the next time.
- Dye brushes make it easier to apply hair color.
- Handle comb and plastic hair clips are important to separate and fix the individual strands.
- Disposable gloves so that you do not stain your hands
- Old clothes and old towel to avoid color stains and so you don’t ruin your new sweater.
- Timer – Use an alarm clock or cell phone alarm to keep the application time accurate.
- Vaseline or other greasy cream – Apply a thick layer of Vaseline to the ears and facial contours to prevent discoloration on the skin. However, to avoid uneven color results, make sure the cream does not get into the hairline.
Perform strand test and prepare the hair
- Strand test – Even though it may seem like one of the less important steps, you should not ignore the strand test. Especially if you are coloring your hair yourself for the first time, the strand test can help you determine the final color result. This way, there will be no nasty surprises in the end and you can also test yourself for allergic reactions to the ingredients. To do this, mix about 1 teaspoon of hair color with 1.5 teaspoons of developing cream and apply the mixture to a strand of hair about 1 centimeter thick, which is normally not visible. Perfect for this is the section near the ear. After the specified exposure time, rinse the color with cold water and dry the strand. If you are satisfied with the result you, then proceed. And if not – then be thankful that you did the strand test.
- Pre-ride the hair – To ensure that hair coloring at home goes smoothly, it pays to do a little prep work. Because the scalp’s natural protective sebum layer prevents the risk for irritation, hair color works best on dirty hair. Experts recommend not washing your hair for a day or two before coloring.
- Consider your hair texture – Hair texture is just as important when coloring hair as it is when cutting it. Curly hair usually absorbs the color much faster and you need to adjust the exposure time accordingly.
- Use shampoo for the ends – If the ends of your hair are too dry, then you should not dye them. Instead, add two squirts of shampoo to the dye about 5 minutes before rinsing off the hair color and apply the mixture to the ends only. This way the dye won’t affect the hair structure too much, but will still give you a touch of color and shine.
And this is how you can dye your hair yourself
You have enough dye on hand and everything is ready to hand? Then you can finally get started!
- First, comb through your hair well, divide it into thick strands and use a comb to draw a middle parting.
- Read the package instructions and mix the dye according to the directions.
- Put on gloves and apply petroleum jelly to the ears, nape of the neck and hairline.
- Now apply the dye with the brush strand by strand, starting at the roots and working your way to the ends.
- So that already colored hair does not get in your way and the color result is even, it is recommended to put them aside with hair clips.
- Once you have applied all the color, knead the hair well again – similar to washing your hair.
- Now set the alarm and let the color soak in.
- Subsequently, rinse the color with lukewarm water until this becomes clear again.
- Lastly, use the conditioner provided in the pack to seal the hair color.
Refresh the color and dye the hair itself
We took the time and made an incredible effort to dye our hair ourselves and after just a few weeks, the hairline is starting to show. Since dyeing your hair every 3-4 weeks can damage the hair structure and lead to split ends and hair breakage, it would be wise to simply re-dye your hairline. Here’s how easy it is:
- Divide the hair – In order to dye only the hairline itself, you should first divide the hair into four sections. Make a center parting, and then use a handle comb to draw a horizontal line at the back of the head from one ear to the other. Then divide another vertical line in the lower part to the nape of the neck and pin the hair sections with hair clips.
- Mix the hair color according to the instructions
- Color the hairline – Detach the one lower section of hair and pull it up to the tips. Color the entire base and cover it completely, but only as far as it grows out. Repeat the step with the other three sections and finally dye the hairline on the forehead and nape of the neck.
- Leave on and rinse off – After the exposure time has expired, lightly distribute the rest of the dye in the hair and comb the hair well with a fine comb from the roots to the tips. Thus, the lengths and tips also get some of the color off and the final result will be nice and even.