Home Hair Dye Basics Your Stylist Won’t Share
Let's face it - we all love changing our hair colors frequently, and with the high cost of keeping your hair salon-done, it's much cheaper to buy hair dye off the shelves instead. It is a quick, easy and affordable way to change up your appearance. However, you and I both know that the odd hair color mishap is the one drawback to home hair dye jobs... I would know, because it happened to me just two days ago, and that's what inspired me to go learn more about how to do it properly.
Today, we're going to give you a breakdown of home hair dye basics. Hopefully, what I learned in my research and from speaking to experts, will help me when I go repair my bad 'do later, and will also help you avoid making the same mistake, whether you're doing henna hair dye, splat hair dye or red hair dye. When it comes to special effects hair dye, I suggest you go to a professional hair stylist.
You can alter your hair color using a temporary hair color, a demi-permanent dye, or a semi-permanent hair dye. These colors are usually ammonia free and will not strip your natural hair color.
Permanent hair dye opens up the hair shaft or cuticle to deposit the hair dye color into the hair. Permanent hair dye uses peroxide to do this, and when ammonia is combined with the peroxide, it allows the new permanent color to bond with your hair's cortex. This is usually used to achieve light shades on naturally dark hair.
Factors Affecting Your Hair Dye Result
Before you dye your hair, consider the following aspects of your hair, as it will affect the result, especially if you use a box kit. The result will really depend on your hair, and the condition of your hair will determine how long you should leave the treatment on. Times stipulated on the box are guidelines only.
- If your hair is porous, the hair dye will "take" more quickly, whereas low porosity will make it more difficult to process.
- Coarse hair will take longer to absorb the new color than finer strands.
- Your natural color will determine whether your new color will be achievable with a semi-permanent color. You can't go from very dark to very light without bleaching agents and high level developer.
- Your hair's condition is another factor. When you process your hair frequently, overall manageability, elasticity and curl pattern may change.
It is usually recommended that you speak to a colorist or stylist before attempting big changes or chemically altering your color, specifically if you're not very knowledgeable about the topic. Also, you should ask yourself the following questions:
- How will I maintain my color?
You should invest in maintenance products, such as color protect shampoo, conditioner and treatments.
- Will I have to use a bleach?
Bleach is harsh on the hair and it will be hard to keep your hair healthy - reconsider your options. Rather opt for a product with a low-level developer, a demi-dye, semi hair dye or even a tint.
Pro tip: Check out Clairol’s Color Theory Tutorial to learn about colors and levels.
- How often will my color have to be topped up?
This usually depends on how fast your hair grows, or how often you wash it (in the case of semi-permanent hair dye).
- Is my hair healthy enough to handle the chemical process?
If you have treated your hair chemically in the last three weeks, avoid permanent hair dye for another week or so. Consider your hair's history and how it has changed as the result of being chemically treated.
I hope these tips give you a better understanding of how to approach hair dye and that you will have a good experience. Remember to buy good quality hair dye kits for home use - your appearance is at stake, after all!