Using a Hair Color Kit More Than Once
Saving Money on Hair Dye
It's always good to save money and be frugal. When it comes to dying hair, we only have a couple of choices, either going to a salon or doing it at home. I've found it's not difficult to dye hair or really expensive, but saving money on beauty products means having money for other things.
For people with short hair or thin hair, using a whole Hair Color kit is often too much and can be wasteful. The instructions in the Hair Color kit tell us not to store hair dye once the chemicals have been combined or mixed because it can expand and burst.
I've found a way to use a Hair Color kit twice, saving myself money.
In a hair color kit, there are usually numbered or marked containers for each part. There's a bottle for the Hair Color Blend, a bottle to mix it in that has the Color Activator in it, a tube of Conditioner, the Instructions and disposable Rubber Gloves. I've gotten good at cutting the kit in half so I can use the other half another time.
The bottle with the tear off tip holds the Color Activator. I use a black marker to make a line on the bottle for what looks close to half. I pour half of the Activator (until I get to the line I made) into a container I've cleaned to put it in. I use the tiny glass jelly or jam jars that come in gift baskets or anything that is safe and seals tight. I've had good luck with using them and I like that their glass not plastic. I hold the Hair Color Blend bottle up to the light and I see how full it is. I use the marker again to mark the bottle at half and pour half into the Activator bottle with the Color Activator.
The next step is to put the rubber gloves on and take the tip of the Color Activator bottle off and shake to blend the Color Activator with the Hair Color together. I squeeze it onto my clean, dry hair, working it in, especially the hard to cover areas first, then the rest of my hair. Add water if it helps it to cover your hair, if the color kit suggests. Some kits are cream and some are liquid. I time it and leave the Hair Color on my hair the desired amount of time. Leaving my gloves on, I get in the shower or use a hand held shower and rinse the Hair dye off my hair, making sure to scrub a bit to get it all. I then use part of the Color Conditioner that came in the kit and work it into my hair, leaving it on while I take the rest of my shower. I rinse off the Color Conditioner and let my hair air dry. (My personal preference) I check the lids on the left over Hair Color and put them all back in the box for the next time!
A few extra tips:
Always follow the instructions in the Hair Color kit.
You can buy extra rubber gloves at most department stores and pharmacies. I keep them on when rinsing my hair because I've found it helps keep my nails from turning colors.
Do not store mixed hair dye and always store un-used portions safely. Use good judgment when using a Hair Dye kit that's older or has been opened. Some have dates on them, some do not.
You can use a Root Hair Color Brush to help reach your hairs roots and areas around your ears, neck and forehead. I got mine from a Touch-Up Hair Color kit and rinse it and re-use it.
These instruction are based on an average Hair Color kit and the instructions may vary slightly if using a different type. I didn't use names of the dye kits due to copyrights and advertising reasons.
2000-2011©Mystickblue/Fran Hafey All rights reserved.