Don’t Wash Your Hair Ahead of Time
A good rule of thumb before you get your hair colored is ‘do nothing. If you get your hair colored after a shampoo it can burn your scalp! Don’t be embarrassed to see your stylist with dirty hair. In fact, celebrity stylist Stone says it’s better for you if you don’t wash ahead of time. The natural oils of your scalp and hair will actually help out during the coloring process. Dirty hair is ideal for dyeing. It’s much easier to section dirty hair, which ensures even color distribution.
Go Ammonia Free
The health of your hair is very important and hair dye is a chemical so please choose an ammonia free hair dye. Ammonia is one of the harshest chemicals for your hair. It strips your hair of protein, moisture and it fades your color faster. Ammonia free color not only saves you from the hair damage, but it also allows color to last longer.
STEER CLEAR OF THE POOL. Chlorine strips away the hair cuticle, allowing minerals in the water to get into the hair shaft and alter your color. Rather than diving in, sit pretty poolside, for at least two weeks before and after dyeing your hair.
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Buy More than You Need
Depending on the length of your hair one box may not be enough and unless you’re going for the ombre look–you will be highly upset if you run out of hair dye midway through. If you don’t use the other boxes, great–RETURN THEM.
I know you are probably anxious to see your new hair color, but don’t skip the strand test! The strand test is extremely important in making sure the color you get is the color you want. There’s nothing worse than planning on a rich red and you end up with an ashy brown. Or you expected a nice honey blonde and you look like a Halloween pumpkin. And a personal favorite, your color looks exactly the same and nothing like the color on the box. If you don’t do the strand test you risk all of the above happening. The strand test doesn’t take very long to do and can save you from color mishaps
How to perform the strand test
- Put on gloves to protect your hands.
- Choose a strand of hair for testing the color. You may want to choose a strand that’s usually hidden when you style your hair. Or you can use shed hair from your last detangling session.
- Separate the strand from the rest of your hair using plastic clips. You don’t want the strand to touch any hair after you’ve applied the color to it.
- Using a plastic utensil (not a metal one), mix 1 teaspoon of hair color and 1.5 teaspoon of developer. Immediately reseal the bottles.
- Apply the color to your strand following the process described in the Instructions.
- Wait 24 hours for the color to settle and see if you are happy with the results on the strand.
- f you are happy with the color results, you can go ahead and do the full application following the Instructions.