Tips For Applying At Home Hair Color

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Have you been wanting to try some at home hair color?  Or maybe you’ve tried it and it didn’t turn out quite as great as you hoped.  Regardless, applying at home hair color can be a bit tricky and there are some key tips to know and apply to make sure that you get the results you’re looking for.  You know we always want to make sure we’re giving you the best beauty content possible, and if at home hair color is something that you want to do for yourself – we wanted to be sure to share some of these tips for applying at home hair color, so you succeed in your efforts!

Get Two Boxes of Color
While it may often seem as though you only need one box to fully process the color you’re looking to achieve, many experts suggest making sure that you have two boxes before you start the process.  While you may not necessarily need the second one, if you should find yourself needing to open it – you won’t be stuck with half of your head in color and half without.  Finding out that you need a second box when you’ve already started to apply the color to your hair is not fun, and can lead to some problems in your hair color developing properly.  Do yourself a favor and plan ahead, it’s better to be over prepared than under!

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Test the Color First
We get it, it kind of seems like a lot to do a test strip on your hair before actually applying the color to your hair.  But testing out the color can save you from finding out that the color didn’t work for you and won’t change any crazy colors (we’ve all heard the stories).  The best way to do this is to choose a small piece of hair that’s a bit hidden under the rest of your hair (the nape of the neck can be a great place) and apply the color to that small piece of hair first to see how your hair adapts to the color, and how it processes on your hair.  Once you find the result you’re looking for with the test piece, go about the typical process with the rest of your hair.

Use Clear Lip Balm on Your Forehead
There are different products that are said to help avoid any streaking from occurring from the color on your forehead, but experts suggest that you can get the same (if not better) result by simply applying clear lip balm to your forehead area.  It will prevent the color from sticking and streaking to your forehead and also allow you to get really close to your hairline because lip balm is such a small applicator.

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Lay Out All the Tools
Being prepared before you get started with coloring your hair is essential to your success.  Before doing anything, lay out all the tools you’re going to need for the process so they’re easy to reach and all together.  This will prevent you from needing to go around your house searching, and you can quickly and easily apply the product.

Your Dream Color Is In A Box

 

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While we almost always recommend that you see a professional when you’re in need (or in want) of a new dye job, we totally understand that there are instances that occur from time to time that leave you no other choice than to make a trip to the drugstore and journey down the boxed hair color isle. Since we know how difficult DIY dying seems, we’ve provided you with the necessary information you need to achieve your dream color when using boxed, at home color.

Before we get into it, it is important to understand that extreme color changes should not be attempted over the bathroom sink. If you are hoping to go from chocolate brown to bombshell blonde, we sincerely hope that you won’t attempt such a transformation at home. However, if you’re hoping to go only a few shades lighter or darker, then you’ve totally got this!

Know Your Natural Color
It’s essential that you know your natural color when deciding which boxed color to go with. You know the panel of colors on the side of the box? It shows the starting color next to the adjusted color after it’s been dyed. They think that many people don’t know that the starting color is what you should be basing that panel off of, not your current color of dyed hair. Choosing the box based on your natural color will increase your chances the dye doing exactly what you want it to do.

Play Dress Up
Have you ever seen a friend all dressed up in a Hallowed costume, wig and everything, and noticed how great they looked with the wig on? It happens more than you might think. While some people may notice how great a color looks on them by accident, that doesn’t mean you can’t figure out on purpose. If you’re thinking about changing the color of your locks, but scared that even a small change will make you look totally different, pay a visit to your local wig shop. Not only are you guaranteed to have fun trying out a plethora of hairstyles, but you’ll also get the opportunity to see exactly how the color you’re thinking about will look on you!

When In Doubt, Lighten Up
Even if you want your color to be a deep, vibrant shade, you should always buy the boxed color that’s a bit lighter than your desired shade. It doesn’t take a professional to know that boxed color doesn’t always come out as planned. Not to mention, the times that the color disappoints typically happen when it comes out darker than planned. It is this very reason that you should choose the color that is a bit lighter than what you actually want. If it turns out that you still want to go darker, it will be much easier than trying to lighten up.

Double Up
The longer hair you have, the more color you need. Many boxes give the suggested amount of dye that you will need in correspondence with hair length, which is undoubtedly every helpful. However, if you have a heavy hand or thicker hair than average, you may find that you’ll need more than the recommended amount. Make sure that you don’t run out of color by buying an extra box. If you don’t end up using it, you can keep in on hand to care for your roots or you can return it.

Transitioning from Chemically Treated Hair

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A study conducted in the year 2008 offered two results that stuck out to us; the first major result was that 75 percent of women in the US dye their hair on a regular basis. The second statistic which caught our attention as that a whopping 88 percent of American women feel that their hair has an effect on their confidence levels!

If you’re like the majority of women in the country, you’ve colored your hair for all kinds of reasons. Whether you’ve done so to hide a few grays or you just generally enjoy the ability to change the color of your hair, you may have finally decided that you’re ready to go chemical free and let your natural locks grow free. Many people find themselves at this point for a variety of reasons. Whatever your reason, we’re here to help; read on to find out how you can successfully transition from chemically treated hair.

Do you highlight your hair on the regular?
If so, your transition away from chemically treated hair is arguably the easiest. Simply work on growing out those locks without coloring them, keeping in mind that you’ll have to rock different colored roots for a few weeks. The roots aren’t all bad, though! Since the ombre look is in, you should totally embrace the look of your grown out dye job. If you can’t stand the outgrown look, that’s okay too. You can have low lights placed in, reaping the chemical benefits just once or twice more. The lowlights will give you more of a natural look as you let the color grow out.

Do you color your hair a darker shade?
If you darken your hair on your own, it is probably worth your while to visit a professional for this transition. You should allow your hair to grow out for about two-to-three months, this way the stylist is able to get a goof idea of your natural hair color. Depending how dark you typically dye your hair, the stylist will with lighten the color or strip the color, either way, they have the goal of “lifting” the color. Once the color has been listed, they will re-color your hair by applying a solution that will produce your natural color. After that, your hair will continue to grow out and match the dye-job.

Have you been hiding grays?
If you’re ready to embrace your natural silver streaks, understand that the process may involve a bit more their the first two. Unfortunately, there isn’t a magic gray shade that works for everyone because believe it or not, everyone’s shade of gray is different. That said, here are a few options for you to consider when transitioning from chemically treated hair.

– Depending on your current hairstyle, you will benefit from frequent, shortcuts. Obviously, your natural hair color will fully grow out much faster if you’re rocking a pixie cut.

– Assuming that your hair isn’t totally gray yet, you can have your stylist put in some highlights or lowlights (whichever suit the color of your natural hair) to help with the transition until your natural hair has grown all the way out.

– Instead of coloring your hair with a permeate color, use a demi- permeate. Demi colors don’t completely cover grays and they fade rather quick. Although many people avoid demi’s for these reasons, it makes them a great choice to cover your new-growth roots with, since they will allow the gray to shine through and over time all will fade to your natural color.

Take Years Off Your Look

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The inevitable thing about life is we all get older; whether we like to accept it or not, part of getting older is acting and looking the part. Truth be told, your skin tone probably is not the same shade that it was in college. So why are you still getting your roots colored the same shade that you chose when you landed your first job? Believe it or not, one of the biggest secrets to taking years off your look is to choose the best color for your current skin tone. Now, one thing to keep in mind is that skin tone and skin color are not exactly the same thing. Typically, skin tone is described as warm, cool, or neutral; this is the skin’s undertone that shows through the color of the surface of your skin. This means that regardless of various changes in the actual color of skin (such as a sun tan or skin rash) the skin tone always remains the same.

Keeping the above in mind, your skin color or your complexion tends to develop a dull color, or what some might call pale. When your hair color is the suited to your skin tone, the dulling skin makes it more obvious, and it can make you look drained and tired. No one should look washed out, even on their worst days! To make sure you look your best at any age, keep reading and find out which color complements your skin tone.

Fair with Cool Undertones
You should try… an auburn hair color with a shine reflecting dimension, this will bring out the natural pink in your cheeks, making you skin appear fuller and younger! If you’re not one for reds, you may like a multidimensional blond hair color, which will offset any dullness in your facial skin, making your skin like brighter.

Fair with Warm Undertones
You should try… soft copper colored hair. This color will flatter your age by creating an illusion to soften wrinkles and fine lines, especially around the eyes.

Between Fair and Medium with Warm Undertones
You should try… a natural looking ombre, much like Julia Roberts sun-kissed look. The low placed lighter colors draw attention away from the hallowing areas of the face, giving the appearance of immature facial skin.

Medium with Cool Undertones
You should try… a silky soft black hair color. As long as you don’t kill and dry out your hair with heat tools day after day, your hair will give off a young radiance. Keep in mind that jet-black can be harsh, but if you stick to a soft black your complexion will appear smooth and young.

Medium with Warm Undertones
You should try… a golden or milk chocolate brown hair color. This color is one that flatters women of any age. This works even better if you have brown eyes! The coordination your hair and eye colors create a natural bronze appearance for youthful looking skin.

Home Hair Coloring Tips

Coloring your hair at home on your own might seem completely terrifying – especially if you’ve never done it yourself before. Lionesse understands your fears, and wants to help you by providing you with some helpful tips and advice before you begin. Check out our tips on home hair coloring in the article below.

Woman coloring her hair at home.

Follow Included Instructions
Every at home hair coloring kit comes with a helpful instructional pamphlet. Be sure to read it before you complete your at-home coloring, and also be sure to follow all of the instructions. By doing exactly what is recommended, there is little room for error.

Remove Skin Stains Immediately
If you do happen to get any of the hair dye on your skin, no worries – keeping old towels nearby, wipe off the hair dye from the skin, and using soap and water, the mess should wash away quickly.

Woman getting her hair colored in a salon.

Skin Patch Test
All at home hair dye kits may contain products which could trigger an allergic reaction in some women. The reaction may range in severity from mild, such as a skin rash, to severe – such as anaphylaxis. Although it is rare, it does happen – and it can be life-threatening. Avoid this from happening by completing a skin patch test 24 hours before actually undergoing the coloring treatment. Instructions on how to do this come in every box of hair dye, so be sure to get that done and out of the way before continuing – and even if you have used the same exact hair coloring dye in the past. Allergies tend to develop over a period of time, and by now, you could very well be allergic. It is always better to be safe than sorry!

Protect Your Clothing
Anytime you are doing an at-home coloring kit, be sure to wear clothes you don’t care to ruin, and go the extra mile by protecting your clothes with a cape or old towel.

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Wear Gloves
Let’s be real: hair dye stains, and it can take forever to get the dye out of our skin. Who on earth wants to walk around with dyed fingers? We haven’t seen that as a beauty trend as of lately, so our intuition tells us nobody. Avoid finger staining by wearing the gloves provided in your kit, or opting for a professional pair of coloring gloves sold at nearly all beauty supply stores.

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Use Vaseline around the Hairline
To avoid dripping of the hair color and staining of the skin around the hair, use a semi-thick layer of Vaseline around your forehead, ears, and neck to avoid this problem from occurring.

Don’t Fix Mess Ups Yourself
If you followed all of the instructions but somehow still managed to mess something up, never try to repair the problem yourself. Head to your local salon where an expert trained in this exact thing can help you to correct the problem and look your best.

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Don’t Wash Your Hair for 48 Hours
After coloring your hair at home, it is recommended not to wash the hair for the next 48 hours after coloring has been completed, to avoid washing the color out or fading the color. When you do wash your hair, opt for a color safe shampoo and conditioning product.