Your Dream Color Is In A Box


Women dying her hair

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.

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.

Woman wearing gloves and coloring heir hair.

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.

Woman applying vaseline

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.

Woman shampooing her hair while bathing

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.