1. Choose the right color
If you already know which color you want, you can skip this step. But if it’s your first time, you should know not to trust the model on the box. We know she looks picture-perfect, but this is not the final color you will end up with. Experts say it will be lighter than what appears on the box and they advise to go darker than your go-to color because semi-permanent formulas are stronger than the ones used at the hair salon.
2. Consider your hair texture
Curly and frizzy hair absorb color faster then fine to medium hair textures. So how do you pick the right shade with all these details to absorb? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Choose a color that’s warm with golden, copper and bronze undertones that it a little lighter than your natural color if you have frizzy or curly hair. And pick a color shade with champagne and beige undertones that is slightly darker than your natural color if your hair is fine and straight. Most importantly, consider buying two boxes for maximum coverage, especially if you have longer or thicker hair.
3. Test it out first
You don’t want your skin reacting badly to the chemicals or ending up with the wrong color. So, start with patch test: mix a small amount and use a cotton bud to apply just a bit behind your ear and try not to wash it for 48 hours. If your skin shows no sign of reaction, then you’re good to go. If it reacts to the dye, wash it off immediately! You can also do a strand test by choosing one from underneath so you can hide it. After dyeing it, wait 24 hours to see if you are happy with the results.
4. Prep it right
- Avoid knots by brushing your hair and untangling it before starting
- Section your hair into four parts: create a middle section and split it into two, one that runs from the front to the middle and one at the back, and two front sections on the sides
- Keep your hairline clean by coating with lip balm or Vaseline as this will avoid dyeing your skin as well
- Don’t use the bottle provided in the box. Use a plastic mixing bowl and a color brush to apply the dye just like a pro
- Start from the top: Always start from your roots as this area will need longer time to be colored, then move on to the ends and comb through your hair. If you are touching up your roots, apply the color to your routes only. Since the ends absorb the color very quickly and just rinsing out your roots can stain them. Our tip would be to apply some conditioner to your ends right before you rinse the dye off the top of your head.
5. Wash it off
After dyeing your hair, don’t apply shampoo immediately. Start by rinsing out with water only and use the moisturizer provided. On your next wash and because your hair needs products especially formulated for colored hair, use Pantene Pro-V Colored Hair Repair Shampoo and Conditioner that nourishes your hair deeply and adds a protective layer that shields it against styling damage.
What did you think of these tips and tricks? Tell us in the comments if they would be of any help when you dye your hair at home.