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Using a Hair Color Kit More Than Once

Updated on February 21, 2011
Hair Color Kit
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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.

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      Peegee 

      15 months ago

      I find it easier to use a bowl & brush than a bottle. I have two plastic spoons (of 15 ml and 7ml) that I use to measure the developer and colour into the bowl. The box normally states the volume contained in the colourant and the developer. I just calculate half of this and used the spoons to measure into a bowl.

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      Lynsey Harte 

      2 years ago from Glasgow

      Great idea- this is also good for when only using a small amount of colour to "top up"

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      Fran Hafey 

      4 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Hey Ryan, that sounds like a good idea. Sometimes when I do touch ups, I don't need a whole kit either and I've had great luck doing what I do! I'm also going to try using two different colors, mixing them, so I will use this same method for that. I think it will work fine as long as I keep the un-used portions in a good container that seals good. Thanks for reading and for your comment. :)

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      ryan 

      4 years ago

      Just decided to grow out my facial hair and my mustach hairs are nuch blonder than my darker beard i literally only need about 1ml to do the trick gonna try deviding a touch up kit into 10 or so parts think it should work as long as i keep portions even!

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      Fran Hafey 

      6 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Hi Rich and Ayesha, thanks for reading and posting, I'm so glad the information was helpful. :) ~Peace~Mysti-Fran

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      Fran Hafey 

      6 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Hi Christina, I'm so glad this was helpful! I do it all the time because I have very thin hair. It's long but thin and it saves me a lot of money! I do this a lot for root touch ups or to even use different shades of color in my hair. It's worked well for me for a long time. Just make sure everything is measured equally and when storing its sealed well. Thanks for reading. :)

      Mysti- Fran

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      Christina 

      6 years ago

      Thanks so much for this info. I colored my hair last night and when I looked at the back of my head this morning I found that missed a spot. Went to the pharmacy to get another box but didn't want to use the whole thing. I'm actually thinking of trying 1/4 the mix because I literally need to cover 2 inches on brush cut hair.

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      Ayesha 

      6 years ago

      thanks for sharing!

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      Rich 

      6 years ago

      Perfect!! This is exactly what I was looking for.

      thank you

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