How to Dye Your Hair At Home
Knowing how to dye your hair will help you save time and money, as well as give you a brand new look. It’s always daunting when you try out a new thing for the first time, but we assure you that you will really love dyeing your hair with the simple tips we’ve got for you.
You’re ready, right? Then, let’s go dye our hair.
- The first step of dyeing your hair is to prepare the hair first. Prepare your hair by washing it a day or two before you dye it. By doing this, you allow the natural oils in your hair to develop faster to allow the dye to bind to your hair more easily. The more natural the dye blends into your hair, the longer it will last. Avoid using a conditioner when you wash your hair, so that it doesn’t eliminate your natural oil. Make sure to never condition your hair the night before dyeing, so that it doesn’t dry out after you dye it.
- Pick your desired color. There are so many colors out there and it’s going to be a hard and overwhelming task for you if you do not know the color you want. For first-timers, it is best to pick a color that is either two shades darker or two shades lighter than your hair’s natural color. Pick a hair dye that is also temporary or semi-permanent – so that you get a second chance if you mess things up or if you do not like the color chosen. Temporary dyes wash out after 1 to 2 washes with shampoo. Semi-permanent dyes wash out after 20 to 30 shampoo washes, while permanent dyes are permanent, they never wash out. Their color only fades off after 8 weeks and you need to grow it out.
- Make sure you are protected. Hair dyes are notorious for their unwashable stains on items. Protect your surfaces from dyes by putting newspapers on the floor and around you. Wear an old t-shirt so that it doesn’t stain any of your favorite ones. Drape a towel or color cape around your shoulders to catch any dye that drips of your hair during the dyeing process.
- Brush your hair to remove all the tangles left in it, and also to make the application of the dye faster and your hair evenly dyed.
- Use a Vaseline, natural oil or a lip balm to coat your hairline, neck, and ears before you apply the dye to your hair, this helps you easily rinse off and dye that gets on your skin.
- Put on gloves. Normal rubber, latex, or vinyl, as long as they are gloves. This is to ensure that you don’t dye your hands as well as your hair.
- Use the supplied bowl or bottle to mix your dye and make sure that you mix it with a 20% developer. Mix it thoroughly till all the ingredients are well combined.
- Use a comb to separate your hair into four different sections and use large plastic salon clips to hold the sections of hair apart so that you don’t miss any.
- Break each section further into smaller ¼ inches – ½ inches subsections, this helps make the dyeing process evener. Circulate the hair dye around the hair and use your gloved fingers to work the dye into the hair. Leave it to sit for the maximum amount of time (follow the instructions on the box). Never leave it overnight to avoid irritating the scalp.
- Wipe excess dye off your neck and forehead with paper towels or wet clothes after putting a shower cap on your hair to prevent spillovers. Wrap your shower cap in a towel to produce more heat, this, in turn, increases the speed of the dyeing
- Once the time is up, rinse the hair dye off the hair immediately. Use warm water to rinse the hair till the water runs clear. Seeing your dye running out doesn’t mean your efforts have been a waste, it’s just the excess dye that is washing off, so don’t panic.
- Wait for at least an hour before attempting to shampoo your hair, so that the dye penetrates deep into the hair shafts. Finish it off with deep conditioning to help retain all its natural oil.
- Finally, dry your hair either by air-drying it naturally (highly recommended) or by blow-drying it with heat tools (of low recommendation), and style it in whatever way you want it.
There you go, you’ve just dyed your hair at home all by yourself. Now, go rock your hair dyed hair everywhere and anywhere. There are definitely some great hair extensions out there these days, meaning you can choose colors to fit your natural hair very well. Check out Amazing Beauty Hair if extensions sound like they may be your thing if you don’t dye your own hair.