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How To Color Hair at Home: 4 Easy Tips To Get Salon-Style Hair Color

Updated on September 14, 2014
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Have you tried shaping your bangs at home? Have you decided to put your creativity to the test and add your own decorations to store-purchased shoes? Or, have you tried to fashion a stylish bag out of your old jean pant? If you have, then just like me, you too are a certified DIY (Do It Yourself) enthusiast. Nothing like conducting a few experiments yourself! Bitten by the DIY bug, I recently decided to try coloring my hair. It was a fun experience and I hope you try it too. But, coloring hair at home can be a little tricky. There were a couple of things that I learnt from my experience and I hope they will come in handy when you decide to color your hair.

1. Picking the right hair color:

This is not just in terms of the shade but also the type and brand of hair color you choose. Opt for a temporary or semi-permanent hair color as opposed to a permanent one. These hair colors come off in a couple of washes. So, even if your hair coloring experiment goes awry, you won’t have to place yourself under house arrest for the next few months!

It is also important that you choose a hair color that is ammonia-free. Ammonia-free hair colors are safer for your hair and they do not give out a foul smell that usually accompanies hair coloring products. I tried L’oreal’s Casting Creme Gloss for this very reason. The results were truly amazing as my hair felt glossy, shiny and soft after coloring it. The Casting Creme Gloss range offers several shades so it’s easy to find one that suits your skin tone.

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2. Preparations before you begin coloring:

Coloring hair can be a messy business so it’s important that you take precautions to protect your skin and your surroundings. Put newspapers on the floor and drape a towel around your neck. Cover your hands with gloves (which normally come with your hair color) and keep spare rags handy to wipe spills. Apply a coat of Vaseline along your hairline, ears and neck to wash off excess dye with ease.

Also, remember to test the hair color on a few strands of hair before you use it. This will help you get an idea of the shade you’re going to get after the color has been washed off.

3. Coloring your hair:

Don’t wash your hair on the day of coloring, but do so 24 or 48 hours in advance as the natural oils protect your scalp and also help absorb color. Mix the hair color as per directions on the box.

For applying color, part your hair into four main sections and keep these sections apart by pinning them with salon clips. Now, take smaller subsections from each section and apply color. Make sure that you make really small subsections so that the color covers each strand uniformly.

While applying color, start from the roots and work your way outwards. Pull the subsections upwards and pin them on the top of your head as you finish coloring.

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4. Washing off the color:

Read the directions on the box for this. Most instructions tell you to wait for 25 to 45 minutes. If you have a lot of grey hair, wait till the maximum time limit. Do not leave the color in overnight as this will make your hair extra dry. Use cool water to rinse off the color, then gently rub in the conditioner supplied with the kit. Do not wash your hair for the next 24, preferably 48 hours as this allows the hair color to penetrate through your hair shaft.

For the next one or two days, try to avoid exposing your newly dyed hair to the sun for an extended period of time.

Don’t worry if you don’t get it perfect the first time. After a couple of tries, applying hair color will become as simple as painting your nails!


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      4 years ago

      it all depends on what type of exoentinss you used. If you used synthetic hair then I wouldn't recomend dying the them. If you used real human hair you're all set. They can be treated the exact same way as your hair. I suggest using a demi permanent color only because they don't have the harsh chemicals like permanent dyes do, that way you wont cause too much damage to the exoentinss

    • Cherylann Mollan profile imageAUTHOR

      Cherylann Mollan 

      4 years ago from India

      Thanks Monis! Oh that's sad. But, on the bright side, you can experiment with styles now. Professionals really have some interesting ideas up their sleeves!

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      4 years ago

      Very useful article. I used to dye my hair at home, but I made too much mess every single time. Now I just go and have it done, but I miss days, when I didn't have to pay so much for it!

    • Cherylann Mollan profile imageAUTHOR

      Cherylann Mollan 

      4 years ago from India

      Thanks DDE! I do think coloring at home is beneficial. At least you can do it at your leisure, when you have the time. :)

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome tips here for coloring the hair at home. I sometimes do the same.


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