How to color your hair at home
It is easier and cheaper to color your hair at home, but there is also room for mistakes to be made. If this is the route you choose, be sure to follow the steps in this how-to. They are all extremely important.
1. Be sure to choose a color that is compatible with your skin tones. If you have warm skin tones, you should consider red, gold or auburn tones. Stay away from ash tones. They won't suit your coloring.
2. Be sure to check the color on the box, not the model's hair color. There is usually a guideline on the side that will give you some indication of the resulting color.
3. Read instructions at least two times. There is lots of room for error. And don't forget the strand test. That's important as well.
4. Wear the gloves. They are added to the kit for your protection.
5. If you are touching up the roots, be sure that this is the area that you target. You shouldn't be applying the color to the entire head as in the first application.
6. Use a timer to keep track of the time. It is very easy to forget when you are thumbing through a magazine.
7. Be sure to rinse thoroughly. The instructions say to rinse until the water runs clear.
8. Condition your hair with the product provided. Your hair needs all the help it can get at this point. It is going to be very vulnerable to damage.
9. Do not perm or straighten your hair for several weeks after coloring.
10. If you find yourself with a color that you didn't expect, DON'T rush out and choose another hair color and repeat the process. Call the help line for assistance. If that doesn't fix the mistake, head for a salon. They will be able to correct the color with the least amount of damage.