There's nothing more refreshing than giving yourself a new look. But do you know the do's and don'ts when it comes to dyeing your hair?
I know we all love DIY because it gives us the opportunity to explore our creative selves, to learn new things, to discover new horizons, and, let’s be honest, to save some money. Yet, as my mother always says: “cheap is cheap.” If you are considering getting your hair dyed for the very first time, I must recommend that you to go to an expert first, so you can have an idea of how they do it: how they prepare your hair, how they divide it, how they apply the color, what suggestions they have, and even how they dry it and pamper you afterwards. This will give you a more concrete reference about how to do it rather than a tutorial because you will be there seeing it. With this in mind, these are the five golden rules you must follow when dying your hair.
Note to self: If your colorist avoids (or isn’t acquainted with) one of the following recommendations, grab your stuff and get the heck out of there because they aren't a good color artist, and you don’t want to get your hair fried.
Bleaching Is No Joke
Hair color does not lift hair color. This means that you cannot put a lighter color on an existing color. You'll need bleach; otherwise, it will fade away super fast, or it won’t stick at all. However, this is the most aggressive step of all, and it needs to be handled with care. Bleaching should be done at least once every three months. If not, there’s a very high chance of you damaging your hair or even frying it. Please, I cannot overemphasize the importance of taking it easy, since the chemicals in the bleach can also damage your scalp. You might wanna try using a 20 volume and then see how it works when you color your hair.
Warning: NEVER ever use volume 40 without the supervision of a colorist. EVER.
Let’s Get A Little Unruly And “Dirrty”
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Get your hair all dirty. This means: wash it with shampoo once, let it air dry, and that’s it. No conditioner, no gel, or wax, or cream... Nothing for the next three days. What for? Your scalp produces natural oils that protect and nourish your hair. Bleaching is very rough because it fades your previous color, and the oil will protect your hair from unnecessary damage. If you have very dry hair, consider not washing it for a couple of days longer; the greasier, the better.
Do The Strand Test
Like with any other new product you want to apply on any part of your body, first, you should try it on a small area of your skin or hair. You need to see if the color is the one you were expecting, but more importantly, if no allergic reactions appear on your hair or scalp.
Know The Nature Of Your Hue
Blonde and red are the most delicate tints: one changes its hue because of its lightness, while the other is one of the fastest fading colors. Both need special shampoo and care. Also, avoid pools since these tend to have water with a high concentration of chlorine; stay away from the sun, and avoid over-manipulation (go easy with combing and try not to play with it too much).
Mind Your Shampoo
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Commercial brands (or supermarket brands as I call them) are not the best cleansers for your hair. Why? Well, commercial hair products tend to have rather aggressive ingredients that harm your color and scalp. Sulfates are the worst; not only these will dry out your hair (and cause itchiness), but the sulfates will fade the color twice (or even thrice) as fast. Even the alkalinity of water may fade the color, so go easy when shampooing; three times a week is good enough. If you’ve decided to go blonde, look for special shampoos (they might come in blue). Also, try to avoid dry shampoo since it will collect the grease at the roots, so the natural oils will not reach the long strands of your hair and you will need extra products for something that can be achieved naturally.
We Can All Use Some Extra Help
Hair is just a bunch of tiny proteins that form a strand. When they're dying, these proteins break in order for the color to be absorbed. As a consequence, your hair becomes more porous and vulnerable to external conditions and it requires extra proteins to stay healthy. One way to do so is to allow it to get oily. Yet, you should consider investing in extra proteins that nourish your hair, like hair masks, serums, and ampoules. In addition, you should keep in mind that if you dyed your hair blonde, you should look for products that have no trace of color.
An Apple A Day Keeps The Scissors Away
Health and beauty are two things that come together. Your hair demands nutrients for it to be nourished, and though some products might do the trick, when it comes to health, there’s nothing better than a healthy diet. Otherwise, your hair will become fragile and dull, and eventually you will have to get rid of the dead hair. To prevent this, a consuming (good) oily foods on a daily basis is crucial: avocado, nuts, olive oil, and fish. However, keep in mind that you should trim your hair once a month, since it helps your hair absorb more proteins.
Cool It Down
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Limit the heat. Avoid hot water and use a thermal protector whenever you straighten or curl your hair. However, if more than a couple of weeks have passed and you want to shake up your looks, use a thermal protector to protect your hair and color. Heat can change the shade of your hair.
Good Things Come To Those Who Wait
After dying, give color time to set. Shampoo it two (or more) days after coloring. Also, keep in mind that coloring your hair should be done gradually. If you’re a brunette and have decided you want to go blond, it will take baby steps to achieve it: gradually bleaching and coloring in order to avoid damage. Also, do not double treat your hair. This means that if you just got a chemical relaxer or straightening treatment, you cannot color your hair for at least 6 months.
We always want to try new bold and daring looks, and there is nothing bolder than radically changing the color of your hair. Yet, like any other processes that require changing something in your body, you need to know the basic rules for it to be healthy. If you’re considering DIY, you might want to try to go to an expert first, so you can learn from the best.
Cover and article pictures by @saloncentric
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