Hair Color Help: Preventing 5 Common Mistakes

Dye your hair at home and avoid these common hair dying mistakes.

If you dye your hair at home, it is easy to make some very common mistakes, even if you've been dying your own hair for a long time.It is also very easy to avoid these mistakes, if you follow these helpful hints and tips.

Mistake # 1 : Coverage

If you have short hair, complete coverage of the color is usually not a problem.However, if you have longer hair-usually at least past your shoulders, making sure you have colored all sections of your hair can be an issue.You may think you've gotten it all, but then when you wash it out, you realize you missed a spot!

Some companies make hair color kits for people with longer hair, the boxes are labeled as such.Or you may choose to buy two boxes of the same color, just to make certain you have enough.Also, you may want to have a friend help you, they'll be able to see the back of your head a lot better than you can.

Mistake # 2 : Dried out hair

When you color your hair a lot, it can dry out very quickly, especially the ends.The best way to avoid this is to dye the ends last.Color the rest of your hair, and then let it set.When you have about 15 minutes left, dye the ends.You'll still get the same color, but it won't be sitting on the ends drying them out.Also, don't leave the color in longer than the directions say.Most color will set itself in the specified amount of time; anything longer just damages your hair, even if you can't see it right away.Remember to condition your hair as often as you can.There are some wonderful daily conditioners made especially for color treated hair, as well as some weekly deep treatments.

Mistake # 3 : Color choice

Not every hair color looks good on every person.It's usually best to go about 2-3 shades lighter or darker.If you are going for a more extreme shade, try a semi-permanent dye first, one that washes out slowly.That way if it's not right for you, it will go away more quickly, and the semi-permanent color won't be as damaging as a permanent color, especially if you can't live with the shade at all, and need to dye it again quickly.

Mistake # 4 : Dye on your skin

No matter how careful you are, you will get the color on your skin.There are several very effective ways to prevent this.First, putting petroleum jelly around your hair line will help a great deal.It will keep the color from seeping into your skin.Second, a towel draped around your shoulders will keep it from getting on the lower part of your neck and colar bone.Also, wash off any dye with soap and water and a warm towel as soon as you can.

Mistake # 5 : Fumes

Hair color stinks.There's no way around that.Remember to dye your hair in a well ventilated room-open the windows!Or, if there are no windows, turn on the fan.You'll still be able to smell it, but it won't be quite as harmful.

Always remember hair color is never permanent.It will grow out, wash out, fade out, and when all else fails, you can always get what you don't like cut off.And if you follow these tips, you should be able to keep your hair as healthy as possible!

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