Salons offer a wide variety of hair-related services–they often cut, style and color hair. However, due to the rising prices of salon services today, a lot of people (especially women) venture into coloring their own hair. With numerous DIY hair coloring products available in every health and beauty store, dyeing your own hair may seem like an easy thing to do. However, if you are planning to color your locks in the comforts of your own home, there are certain things that you need to keep in mind to make your at-home salon session a success.
Unfortunately, there are some instances where coloring your hair at home may not be a good idea. Even though coloring your locks at home is much cheaper than going to a salon, you could end up spending even more in the long run if you damage your hair. If any of these situations apply to you, you might want to entrust your precious hair in the hands of a professional stylist instead.
- Your hair is severely damaged (excessive breaking, falling, sun damage, etc.)
- You want to have a dramatic hair color change (going from blond to a brunette or brunette to a redhead)
- You already colored your hair but you screwed it up and now your head looks like a color collage of a 4-year-old
Choose the Right Color
Once you’re sure that you’re qualified to do your own hair coloring, it’s time to decide on the right shade. Basically, hair colors are separated into two categories – warm shades and cool shades. People with warm coloring should go for warm shades and people with cool coloring should go for cool hues. So how do you known which group you belong to?
If your hair, eyes and skin have tints of gold or red then you belong to the warm category. If you have more of a bluish tint to your features then cool colors work better for you. If you have trouble deciding whether you’re warm or cool, go to a makeup counter, pretend like you wish to buy something or try a product and casually ask the beautician what tone are you.
Blue-black and platinum blond colors look best on cool-colored individuals. If you belong to the warm group, try gold highlights, dark auburn or strawberry blond.
Color Your Hair
Once you’ve selected a color that you want, it’s finally time to dye your hair. One of the most important preparations that you might want to do before dying your hair is the allergy test. This means leaving a smear of a the coloring formula on the inside of your elbow for at least two days to see if you have any allergic reactions.
Once you’re good to go, be sure that you read the instructions twice before you begin the coloring process. You don’t want to be in the middle of dyeing your hair only to find out that you missed one of the crucial steps. Before you begin, make sure that you also have the complete necessary materials that will likely include an old towel, a timer, rubber gloves and a hair clamp to hold your hair up.