How To Color Your Hair And Help

Hair color help is found in this article. Dyeing and bleaching hair is very popular now. Here are some hints and some warnings about doing so.

Many people color their hair. There are some basic procedures which will cover how to do it, and what to watch out for. Here are some hints to get the desired results and make sure that the hair is still healthy.

When buying dye/bleach, always read the box and check the color charts. There are different kinds of bleach for different natural hair colors. Though the brand may produce the same shade, what's used for hair that's light brown will be different from the bleach for hair that's very dark brown. Using the wrong kind of bleach here could cause the hair to turn orange or other strange colors. Always check this. For dye, color charts still need to be checked. Although it would seem as if putting a dark color into hair would be easier than lightening hair, it too can have problems. Sometimes certain dye colors are not tested on certain natural hair colors. For the most part, very dark dyes are not supposed to be used on very light hair. If the color change is drastic, see a salon. Otherwise, look for a product that won't last too long.

READ THE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY! This cannot be stressed enough. Sometimes a product is not meant for a certain hair color and will automatically turn out bad. Other times there are warnings about allergic reactions. There are always guidelines for how long to leave the color in the hair, and that is not to be ignored! They will also tell you exactly what to do. They must be followed to the letter, as not doing so will increase the likelihood of getting a poor result.

Test for allergic reaction, especially if one is highly sensitive. These products are NOT hypoallergenic, and need to be tested to see if they cause a reaction. Test a little on your skin and see if you suffer from any reaction. If no reaction occurs, go ahead with dyeing. If a reaction does occur, do not use. Get advice from a professional.

If highlighting, a "hood" is often provided in the package with holes in it for pieces of hair to be drawn through. If this is the case, put it on before doing anything with the bleach. Then put the gloves on. This is very important, so as not to stain one's hands. If bleaching all the hair or dyeing, the "hood" should not be put on until after the dye is in.

If the dye/bleach requires mixing, then do so once hood and gloves are in place. Carefully saturate the hair with dye, or, if highlighting, add color to selected pieces. Find a way, if there's not a hood, to make sure that they don't touch the rest of the hair. If they do, tiny highlights may show up in random places. Use all the dye for mid-length hair, less for shorter hair. For very long hair, two packages may be necessary.

Once the dye is in the hair, wind it up into the hood and leave it for as long as the directions say. Some may need to have heat applied, especially bleaches. Time the dye carefully. It's usually better to be slightly under time than over time. When time is up, hair must be rinsed carefully. If a shower is to be taken, one might think about rinsing hair some in the sink first, in order to get the bulk of the dye out. It still can and will stain skin. A bath should never be taken to get the dye out unless the hair has been completely rinsed in the sink.

The conditioner provided in the package must used. It keeps the color looking better and the hair healthier. Some products, especially permanent ones have weekly conditioning treatments. Although dye is much better for hair than it ever was before, it's still stressful for the hair. Use all of these conditioners; they help out with that quite a bit. Don't wash hair unless the package says to; it can fade the color. Wait until the next day.

Always remember that this is a chemical, and a dye. It will stain anything, and it will make people sick. Once it's used, it must be disposed of properly. Do not pour any extra dye down the sink; it must be thrown in a trashcan. No dye can be saved for touch-ups or for any other reason. Sometimes chemical reactions can occur in the dye after sitting around for awhile, which could be hazardous to health. The package should be specific about this.

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