Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Do's and Don'ts of Dying

Don't worry, I'm not getting all morbid on you now that the festive season is over - I am of course talking about hair dye. I've been dying my hair for almost half my life now (I'm actually a natural blonde!) so here are some of the tips and tricks I've picked up over the years:

  • Apply a layer of Vaseline around your hairline, on top of and behind your ears to avoid weird looking stains.
  • Wipe away any splashes onto unprotected skin straight away with a strongly alcoholic toner (be gentle though)
  • Set up a mirror both behind and in front of you to get a 360° view and spot any missed patches
  • Buy decent gloves as the ones you get are usually useless and can't easily be reused (these are probably the best as they're latex free)
  • Use products for colour treated hair once you've dyed it to keep that colour looking luscious for longer, especially a UV protection spray.

  • Sit in a steamy bathroom while your dye is developing - you'll get drips and the dye won't take as well.
  • Skip using the included conditioner as it's designed to seal in your colour as well as add a boost of moisture. Otherwise it's fadesville for you!
  • Use hair dye on eyebrows. The results are generally not pretty! (I speak from experience here)
  • Forget to set a timer for however long your dye takes to develop. If it needs 30 minutes give it 30 minutes, no more or less, or you might not get the colour you were hoping for.
  • Do your dying right before a big event, just in case! Although you might be ok with a root touch up.

I would also suggest that if you're going for a big change in colour get it done professionally as your hairdresser can tailor the colour to suit your colouring and hair type, especially if you're going lighter. Playing with bleach at home may be ok for ombré styles but going platinum blonde in your bathroom? Your hair will probably never forgive you!

How do you ensure a perfect at-home dye job?

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