The right hair color transforms your look and gives you confidence but it can also drain your bank account. Hair salon dying treatments can cost anywhere from $60- $150 give or take. For women who are trying to be financially responsible or perhaps they simply don’t have the time or the desire to sit in a salon then dying your hair from a box at home is a great option.
How to Choose a Color
If you’re heading to the drug store to dye your hair then chances are you already have a general idea of the color you want and the major brands including Revlon, Clairol or L’Oreal all have a questionnaire to help you determine the right shade.
When it comes to making a overall choice to which color you should buy from your drug store you can go darker or lighter but it’s recommended that you stay within one or two shades of your natural (or current) color. Permanent dyes are best for covering pesky grays; sheer glosses are recommended to brightening your shade or adding tints. For example, a blonde that wants to go red should use a tint but a light brunette who wants to go a little lighter can use a blonde gloss.
Tip: Judge the color of the hair by the hair sample picture on the box not by the color on the model.
If you are new to at-home hair dye kits or you’re trying a shade that’s different then opt for a semi-permanent hair color or do a test piece by coloring a small and discreet section of your hair.
- Temporary colors: 6-12 shampoos
- Semi-permanent colors: 20-26 shampoos
- Permanent colors: 6-8+ weeks shampoos
Tips for Dying Your Hair
Now that you’re home with your color, it’s time to dye your hair. It’s best to invite an assistant over rather that’s a friend, sibling or parent but of course you can do it on your own.
Prep and Organize
You’ll want to create an at-home salon by gathering essentials including:
- Wide-tooth comb
- Hair clips
- Old button-down shirt (or any t-shirt but this will be easier to take off with dye in your hair)
- Plastic gloves (generally provided with hair coloring kit)
- Old towel
- Petroleum Jelly (optional)
In addition to these items it’s a good idea to purchase a mixing bowl and application brush rather than using the bottles or wands given to you in the box. This will give you more control when applying the hair color.
Divide and Dye
Sectioning off all of your hair before applying the color will ensure that you get the dye allover. If you have bangs then section them off separately to guarantee that they get saturated.
Use the comb and section your hair off into equal quadrants, twist and clip with the large clips.
Apply petroleum jelly around your hairline to prevent hair dye from dying your skin.
Mix color according to directions (preferably in a mixing bowl rather than the bottle)
Focus on one section at a time and “paint” the hair from front to back in small sections. With your fingers (and gloves) run the color from roots to end and repeat for each quadrant. Pay extra attention to hair around the face, roots and bangs.
Wait for Dye
Wrap your hair up on top of your head and position in place with a clip or hair elastic.
Now it’s time to wait for the dye to do its magic. You should follow the instructions provided with the at-home kit, which is generally 25-45 minutes. Leaving the hair dye on longer won’t change the results dramatically but leaving it on for less time will. If you have grays then leave the hair color on for the maximal recommended time.
Set a timer on your phone, stove or with a kitchen timer. This will help you ease your mind so you don’t have to keep checking the time.
Rinse and Wash
When it’s time, rinse and shampoo your hair as usual. Always complete the job with the deep conditioner provided in the kit. The conditioner works to seal the color and promote healthy hair.
After the initial wash it’s best to wait at least 24-48 hours before your next shampoo so that the color has time to completely penetrate your roots and tresses.
Hair colors always look different wet than they do dry so before panicking or deciding that you don’t like the color you should dry and style your hair.
If you are unhappy with the color then don’t hesitate to call the number provided on the box to talk to one of the company’s hair experts. They can advise you on the proper treatment or recommend a color or color combination that is closer to what you were hoping to achieve.
Don’t hesitate to do your research. Many of the large brands have “chat with an expert” option on their website or you can call the number on the box for helpful tips on application and choosing a color.