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.
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.