Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Dying Your Hair

Here are some tips on dying your hair at home. The main thing to do is follow the instructions on the box of the dye you have bought. Trust me on this one, the box knows what it's saying. Half the time if the dying process doesn't work out it's probably your fault. First off, if you have never dyed your hair before I recommend finding a colour that is closer to your hair colour. For those who do this often can pretty much chance the bright purple or orange dye :) Make sure your hair is clean already. Wash it a day before. After you have chosen your product these are the steps to take:

  • READ the instructions on the box 
  • Protect yourself - gloves for your hands (which should come with the product); old t-shirt and/or towel to cover yourself with.
  • Coat your hairline, ears and wherever else with vaseline to protect the dye from staining places you don't want it to stain. (Check out the powers of petroleum jelly here.)
  • Now start following the directions on the box.
  • Remove any excess dye from around your eyes or anywhere else with a paper towel. Paper towels are disposable and convenient but an old towel will do.
  • When the time has expired for the dye to sit in your hair place your head under running water. Lather up the hair and rinse until the water runs clear.
  • Continue using the product as instructed by the box.
  • Allow your hair to air dry. Nothing is wrong with blow drying but it's always a better option to reduce the amount of heat on your hair. 
  • Try not to spend time in the sun for the next 24 hours. Apparently UV rays can interfere with freshly dyed hair. So don't plan a beach trip immediately after.
  • After the first 24 hours make sure to wash your hair with a shampoo that is dye friendly. Use your own conditioner and leave it in for about 5 minutes.
  • Thereafter, wash your hair the usual times you would have when you did not have dye in your hair. Just remember to use shampoos that will maintain rather than strip the dye from your hair.
Peace, Love & Blaze,