Coloring your hair can be both an exciting and scary thing. Just something about switching up your style by way of a new color is enough to add a little spunk to anyone’s life. But if you are someone who wants to try the at home dyeing route you might want to take some things in consideration before you grab that box!
It is vital to do a lot of research before dyeing your own hair. To start there are different kits out there from a variety of brands. For women of color there are Dark n’ Lovely, Clairol, Shea Moisture*, and Creme of Nature just to name a few. Within all of these there are numerous amounts of different colors. One may come with treatments, one may have a lifter ingredient to boost color and the list goes on.
There are a lot of things to take into consideration before coloring your hair. Make sure you do adequate research and check out reviews on products.
2. Decide on a color.
You also want to find out which color you are going for. Do you want to transform with a dark auburn or a honey* blonde? Are you wanting a semi-permanent hair color that will wash out after a couple of rinses or something permanent where the color molecules actually penetrate the cortex within your hair shaft thus permanently altering it?
Keep in mind it requires more work to maintain lighter colored hair because it tends to be more prone to drying. Are you up for the required maintenance?
3. Hair preparation is mandatory.
Prior to coloring your hair you want to make sure the quality and state of your hair is in impeccable condition. Because coloring consists of adding a chemical to your hair, the healthier your strands are prior to the process can set the tone for the outcome and continuation of your color.
Added steps to do include a protein treatment and a deep condition about 3 days before coloring. This ensures that your strands are at their strongest and can hold up to the treatment.
4. Skin allergy test.
Although extremely rare, allergic reactions to chemical hair dye products are real. The last thing you want is to apply an entire bottle of hair dye to your head and have a major reaction. Whatever product you decide to go with will instruct you to do a skin allergy test prior to use.
This is completed typically about 48hrs before hand and the manufacture will give you step by step instructions for what to do. It generally consists of adding a little of the product to your forearm and seeing if you have an adverse reaction to it.