Most women have tried dyeing their hair at home. There are many pros to dyeing your hair at home from a box: it’s cheaper, less time-consuming, quick fix for root touch-ups or covering up grays. But it also comes with some risk. You have to do your research and guarantee you’re choosing the best color for your hair and commitment to the hair color. Before you dye your hair from a box read these common mistakes:
Going By the Color on the Box
Don’t trust the color you see on the model on the box. Use the descriptions (ash, medium, golden) and the color swatches rather than the color you see on the front of the box.
Trying to Do it Yourself
Don’t try to color your hair yourself (unless you’re really experienced). It’s always better to have a friend, family member or partner help you get the tricky areas. It will guarantee an even dye.
Leaving the Color in Too Long
After you put the dye in, you might lose track of time and end up with darker hair / overly processed hair. Set a timer and rinse it out according to directions.
Choosing Permanent Hair Color
Semi-permanent hair colors wash out over the period of 8-12 shampoos and can last longer with proper products. However, permanent hair color sticks around until you get a colorist to fix it. Nobody should make that type of commitment with a hair color unless they’re very confident in the shade and brand. Also, permanent colors generally have to be mixed but semi-permanent are ready to go.
They Don’t Do a Test Strand
Testing the hair dye on a small section can save you a lot of trouble. You will get a better idea of how the shade will look on your hair and you can determine if you will have an allergic reaction to the hair color before covering your head with it.
Over Coloring Grays
A lot of women opt to dye their hair because of grays. Box hair dye can be a cheap and effective way to do it and you usually DO want to go permanent with gray hair. However, if your hair is only 30% or less gray hair then rather than risking the damage of permanent colors, use a semi-permanent with “natural” in its name.
Not Wanting an All Over Color
Hair is full of different shades of color. If you’re a natural brunette you’ll notice many shades of browns and perhaps blacks or dark blondes in your hair. When you choose a box hair color, it is often just one shade. If you don’t want a one-dimensional hair color then you might need to schedule a salon visit.
Dying Overly Processed Hair
Overly processed hair is often dry and porous. If your hair is already dry and damaged then the hair dye might be darker than you anticipated. The hair color will also apply unevenly if you have damage because the ends will be darker than the roots.
Running Out of Product
If you have thick, curly or long hair then always buy two boxes.
Trying to Make a Big Change
If you want to really change up your look like going brunette to blonde or blonde to red – then it is better to consult a professional. Box hair dyes can be a great fix for touch-ups or for going 1-2 shades darker than your current hair color.