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Hair Dye For Beginners

Hair Dye Tips for the Beginner

If you have never dyed your hair, you may feel a bit intimidated by the process. Changing up your look through a different hair color can be fun, but for those who are inexperienced, hesitation may step in and keep you from taking the plunge to update your look.

There are different types of hair dye available for purchase. Make sure you know how to dye your hair before you choose one and get stuck in. It’s also very important to consider the process and decide if you want to dye your hair at home, or go to a salon for a professional job.

Most important is the decision of what color to choose. There are so many colors available, virtually every color in the rainbow, and it can be very helpful to get professional advice before settling with a certain color.

There are also several different formulations of hair dye and it’s important to understand them before you dye your hair for the first time.

Types of Hair Color

  • Temporary
  • Semi-permanent
  • Demi-permanent
  • Permanent

For a fun, and very temporary change, there are colors that wash out in 1 or 2 washings. Those with very light hair should be cautious as even these types can stain blondes. Semi-permanent color lasts around 28 shampoos and gradually fades each time you wash your hair. Demi-permanent lasts somewhat longer than semi-permanent but still washes out and fades gradually. These two types of color are intended to stain your hair and you can’t go light with semi or demi hair color. If you wish to have a long term change, permanent is the way to go.

Bleaching your hair

Bleaching is a permanent process that lifts the natural color out of your hair. It should always be done by a professional (unless you are very experienced and know how to dye your hair and have done it many times). Bleach can cause hair damage if not done correctly.

You must bleach dark hair before coloring it, especially if you want to dye your hair a bright color. Adding highlights to hair using a bleaching product is a common process that gives a brighter look without the drastic change that comes from all over color.

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How to Dye Your Hair At Home

Those who have never had any color on their hair should visit a salon for the first treatment. A professional can give advice on what colors will work with your skin tone and can follow the best procedures for your hair type.

Many people who dye their hair will choose to color it themselves once they become familiar with the process. Most hair dyes that you buy in beauty supply stores and drug stores are actually very similar to those used in salons and using the product at home saves a lot of money.

When coloring your hair it is essential to follow the directions on the box exactly as stated. Never leave the dye on longer than recommended as this can cause extensive damage to your hair, especially when using bleach. Always wear old clothing and keep a cloth with shampoo nearby to wipe away any dye that gets on your skin.

The following are items you should have on hand before coloring your hair at home:

  • Several sizes of hair clips
  • Rubber gloves
  • An old shirt or a plastic cape
  • A wet washcloth with mild shampoo

Follow the instructions on the packaging to the letter. Make sure to check for warnings and follow their advice for patch-testing before you start.

Selecting the color may be the most difficult part of coloring your hair. For a fun change, you can choose a vibrant color for a few pieces to accent your face. Highlights or lowlights can add a subtle or dramatic change, depending on how many you add.

See a professional if you are going more than two shades darker or lighter, unless you have a lot of experience. Coloring your hair can be a great way to change up your look. Have fun with it and if you’re cautious, start with something temporary. It’s easy to undo!