How To Dye Your Hair
Dyed hair at home can seem intimidating, but it is actually quite once you know what to do. Dyed hair at home can also save you lots of time and money. Dyed hair will blend more naturally with your hair. Dyed hair coat your hairline, ears and neck before applying dye to your hair.
DIY hair dyes can be difficult, so we enlisted the help of celebrity hair consists Sharon Dorram and Kelly van Gogh so you can get a salon perfect hue at home.
IDENTIFY YOUR OWN NATURAL HAIR COLOUR
Your natural hair colour first determines where to start when you’re choosing your craving shade, says celebrity colorist Sharon Dorram, who has worked with Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, and Nicole kid-man.
People with heater base tones, like Emma Stone, who is a natural blond, can take on different colors than someone with a cooler opening hue. Ask your hairstylist, who will be more attuned to identifying nuanced tones.
Rome wasn’t built in a day-and drastic hair color can’t be achieved quickly, either. “The more marked the change you attempt, the more likely the results will be brassy, ashy or just plain unacceptable”, says celebrity colorist Kelly Van Gogh.
A subtle shift, on the other hand, like Camilla Belle’s lift from rich brunet to spicy cinnamon, is entirely attainable.
TRY ON A WIG
If you plan on building a dramatic change, that is more than three shades lighter or darker than what’s natural, Dorram advises, trying on a wig close to your preferred colour.
It’s quick, painless way to establish if the shade is right for you. Here, Amanda Seyfried dons a red bob on the set of the film.
BUY MORE THAN YOU NEED
Depending on the length and thickness of your hair, you should always buy a few boxes of dye, Dorram advises. Someone with below the chest strands, like miley cyrus, may require three boxes to get full coverage.
It’s better to have too much hair dye, than to realize you need more central through, she says.
FIND THE RIGHT FORMULA
From dyes like john Frieda’s precision Foam Colour are best for women with responsive skin, since the mousse like formulas won’t drip onto the face or hairline.
According to foundation chemist Ni’Kita Wilson, women with thick or curly hair will have better luck with gel or liquid formulas, like Kelly Van Gogh’s Master Blend and the L’Oreal Excellence Creme, which provide full coverage and distribute efficiently throughout the hair.
STEER CLEAR OF THE POOL
Chlorine flooring away the hair cuticle, allowing minerals in the water to get into the hair shaft and alter your color.
Rather than pitching in, sit pretty poolside, like Whitney Port, for at least two weeks before and after dyeing your hair.
BUY A SHADE LIGHTER THAN YOU WANT
Take it from Rihanna’s colorist Ursula Stephens, who knows a thing or two about alteration tresses: Hair dye forever comes out darker than the image on the box.
“Buy one or two shades lighter than your desired color,” she advises. “It is easier to amp up a color’s strength than it is to tone it down.”
SKIP THE SHOWER
The scalp‘s natural oils work as a barrier to prevent irritation, says colorist James Corbett of the James Corbett Studio in New York City.
Dirty hair is ideal for dyeing. It is also much easier to section second day hair, which ensures even color distribution.
He suggests skipping the shampoo a day before you plan to color and we suggest generous a cute baseball hat like Minka Kelly’s to sweep back unwashed strands.
SWAP YOUR SHAMPOOS
Certain shampoos, like clarifying or dandruff-fighting formulas, can strip away hair color with sulfates and harsh chemicals.
Get a colour preserving shampoo, which is more gentle. We like the Joico K-Pak Color Therapy shampoo and conditioner, which forms a lightweight, protective shield over the hair shaft-and smells great.Joico K-PAK Color Therapy Shampoo, $14; joico.com for salon locations. Joico K-PAK Color Therapy Conditioner, $16; joico.com for salon locations.
PREPARE FOR THE DAMAGE
Hair always gets a little damaged when applying color, even if you’re going back to your natural hue. Both permanent and semi-permanent dyes contain hydrogen peroxide, which chemically changes the color of the hair pigment.
Celebrity colorist Tracey Cunningham recommends using the Redken Real Control Intense Renewal Mask at least once a week to moisturize dry hair and restore shine.
The mask aids in repairing damaged hair and fortifying strands so they resist further breakage. Redken Intense Renewal Mask, $15; ulta.com.
DON’T DYE AFTER 7 PM
Most brands list a 1-800 number on the box that will connect you to a real life hair color expert.
Conversely, most of these hotlines close at 7 PM EST on weekdays, and are closed on weekends.
Dye during business hours. That way, help is only a phone call away.