Hello, Beauties! Are you feeling down about COVID with your favorite salon being closed? Do you fear to mess up your hair dye at home? As your stylist, we have come up with our self-care guide to help you dye your hair at home like a pro.
Self-care should be your top priority!
As you plan for the upcoming get-together, make sure to keep yourself at the top of your to-do list. What that even means? If dancing brings you peace, be a maniac at your celebrations, and dance like it’s the end of the world. If cooking makes you happy, be a great chef, and you can prepare a perfect family dinner. If styling is what you like, be an artist and design your Party outfit yourself.
Doing whatever pleases the body and soul is a form of self-care.
Depression and anxiety have increased by 3-fold due to current circumstances, coronavirus, and global pandemic. This situation has made us realized the significance of small things and has made self-care more important during this quarantine.
With that being said, almost every salon and hairdresser is closed due to strict safety precautions, and we cannot go for a quick relaxing facial and hair spa to get that shining fresh out of the salon look.
But hey! Who said you must visit a Salon to get the care your skin and hair deserve?
Repeat after us.
“You Deserve all the Love & Care, and You Need Nobody to Do That for You!”
Our main focus is to hair dye like a pro at home, but you can also check these tips for achieving healthy skin to have that perfect canvas for your party makeup look. There are two basic hair coloring methods: hair dye with bleach and without it. You can do both procedures at your home like a pro. Whichever you chose to follow is entirely your choice. Now, without further ado, Let’s Get It, Divas!
Temporary Hair Dye: As the name temporary hair dye, it is more of a short-term test-color that subtly hues the hair. It lasts one to two washes.
Semi-Permanent Hair Dye: A deposit only formula and changes the tone of your hair. It remains on the strands and does not penetrate to the hair layers. This type of hair dye lasts 6 to 12 washes.
Demi-Permanent Hair Dye: An ammonia-free formula that can last up to 25 to 28 washes. It remains on the strands and does not change the structure of the hair.
Permanent Hair Dye: A penetrating formula that changes the structure and pigment of hair follicles. It usually lasts about 5 to 6 weeks.
NO BOX DYE, PLEASE!!
- Dying Hair Without Bleaching
If you want to get the exact hair dye color, bleaching is a necessary step. But, with bleaching comes damaging. And when we say damage, we mean DOUBLE THE USUAL HAIR CARE.
Not to mention the expense of special shampoos, conditioners, and other hair care products made specifically for the treated hair. It is not an easy task to get the hue on hair, especially without bleaching. And if you are treating your dark hair, then woohoo, you got work to do, girl!
How to Do it? The first thing you need is a hair dye (obviously Sherlock 😐). Now, the color you select should be according to your natural hair color. The applying method is the same for Dark, Brown, and light hair.
Brush your hair for a smooth application throughout the hair. You don’t want any hindrance while applying the color.
Start sectioning your detangled hair. Divide into smaller hair sections and secure them with a clip.
Hair Developer & Dye
Pour the developer and color into a bowl. Mix them to activate the dye.
Hair Color Application
Wear gloves to avoid dirty and colored hands. Put Vaseline behind the ears and to your hairline to prevent dye stains.
Now, the question is whether to color the roots or the ends first? Well, roots pick the color faster due to the natural heat of the scalp. If you start with roots first, it will be lighter than the mid-hair and the ends.
Keep the hair dye on the scalp as advised on the dye’s instructions (usually 30-45 minutes).
Hands Washing Off Hair Dye
Wash it normally with lukewarm or cold water.
To feel like a top salon VIP client at home, get an anti-splash portable shampoo tray to wash your hair dye.
Avoid shampooing for 72 hours and let your hair follicles fully close to trap the hue molecules.
With Bleaching Hair Method
The second and trickier method for hair dying is bleaching. It is best to get this done by a professional. We are going through a deadly pandemic, and it is a no-no option to risk your safety for a mere dye. But, you need to get it done, whether for a change of look .
To achieve a lighter tone on a dark tone, it is an essential step to bleach the hair first, but if not done properly, it can ruin your hair, giving you a Halloweeny look which you don’t want. Or do you? 😉
Brush your hair to get rid of the tangles and to distribute the color evenly.
Mix the bleach (white powder) with the developer. The developer volume depends on the level of hair lightening.
Volume 10: It can lift the hair color to 1 or 2 levels and has 3% hydrogen peroxide. 10 Volume developer is best for the same lightness level.
Volume 20: It is best suited for temporary hair dyes and can lift the color to 2 levels. (Best for hair dying at home.) It has 6% hydrogen peroxide.
Volume 30: It is best suited for permanent hair dyes and can lift the color to 3 levels. (Best for covering grey hair.) It has 9% hydrogen peroxide.
Volume 40: It is the strongest developer and can lift the color to four levels. (Best for blonde hair.) It has 12% hydrogen peroxide.
Divide your hair into smaller sections. If you apply the bleach to larger parts, it will give off patchy and uneven spots. Stick to the Bottom-Up Rule. Start from the mid-hair to the ends. Roots should be touched up at the end.
Bleach has harsh chemicals undergoing chemical reactions with melanin in your hair. Your hair is fragile at this stage, and you don’t want to mess up by brushing the hair or rubbing the bleach.
Heat Protectant For Hair
Cover your scalp with a plastic bag or shower cap as bleach needs extra heat to work best. You can also use foil to cover the bleached strand.
Patience is the Key
Wait for a maximum of 30-45 minutes and let the bleach do its magic. Do not leave for any longer; otherwise, you may have to lose some of your precious hair strands. (Yes, Seriously!)
Wash the Product Away
Wash twice with lukewarm water to make the bleach molecules inactive.
Tone the Undertone
Neutralize your undertone with a good toner. No box dye, purple shampoo, or a permanent color!
And the last and final step is to use a purple shampoo to eradicate the hair’s yellowy and brassy tone.
You would want to wait at least 10-15 days to apply the hair dye after bleaching if you don’t want to fry your hair by exposing it to numerous chemicals. After the worthy wait, apply the shade like normal, following the bottom-up rule. Leave it on for 30 minutes and wash it with lukewarm water. Don’t forget to use the conditioner at the end for the glossy look.