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.

Experimenting With Dip-Dyed Hair

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Dip-dye and ombre colored hair have been quite popular for a few years now. The looks can be seen in both hi-fashion and street-style, and now you’re ready to give the trend a try too. You may be wondering what the difference is between dip-dyed and ombre colored hair; some of you might not have even known that there was a difference. Well, ladies, there is indeed a difference between dip-died and ombre hair! The easiest way to differentiate between the two is recognizing that ombre-colored-anything is the gradual process of once color smoothly blending into another. So when you look at ombre hair, you will notice that the chemically colored ends of the hair get gradually get lighter and lighter along the strands. Dip-dye, on the other hand, offers more of a solid transition from one color to the next – almost like a color block.

If you’re interested in dip-dyed hair, but aren’t ready to call your stylist and take the plunge at the salon that’s totally understandable. This bold look can be…well, bold. Which is why we’ve put together this step by step tutorial for you to experiment with dip-dyed hair at home. In doing so you should be able to get a good idea of how you feel about the look and if you think it’s something you’d want to consider more permanently.

  1. Before you go coloring your hair all shades of the rainbow, take the time to get inspired and figure out the color that you want. Even though this tutorial is only going to give you temporary color, it’s still going to stay put for a few weeks, so you’ll want to make sure that it’s a color you’ll be happy with.
  2. Once you’ve settled on a color, you’ll need to purchase a product that is labeled as “semi-permeate.” This will ensure that the color doesn’t last for months.
  3. In addition to the coloring product, those with darker hair may need to purchase a  lightening or bleaching product. The reason being that light colored tips is the key to achieving the actual color that you want; bleaching out the dark color from your hair allows the colored dye to set.
  4. When preparing to dip-dye, you should purchase more color than you think you need. It may seem silly, but the last thing you want to do is run out of color before you’ve completed coloring your hair. You should also purchase a pair of gloves, to avoid skin irritation and some sort of plastic cover-all for your counters.
  5. Be sure that you’re wearing an old shirt that you wouldn’t mind throwing out. Additionally, wrap your neck with an equally old towel to protect your skin from stain and irritation.
  6. Brush or comb hair that it already completely dry and set up all your products in front of you on the countertop. It’s easiest to do this in the bathroom that way you have a mirror right where you need it.
  7. Section by section, bleach the hair where you want the finished color to be. Because every bleaching product is different, it’s best that you follow the instructions for the product that you purchased.
  8. After you’ve rinsed out the bleach, repeat the same process with the color, directly on top of the bleached hair. You can either use a brush and paint it on, or you can literally dip each section of hair into the dye bowl and use your fingers to spread the color.
  9. After you’ve applied the color to each section wrap it in foil. This will help the product cure faster. Again, to ensure the best possible results from the product you purchased, follow the instructions on how long to let the product sit on the hair.
  10. Once the product has had enough time to color your locks, remove the foil wrappings and rinse the product out of your hair until the water runs clear. After the product is rinsed out wash your entire head of hair with conditioner only. Keep in mind that the more frequently that you wash your hair, the sooner the color will fade.