11 Things to Know Before Dyeing Your Own Hair
DIY hair dyes can be tricky, so we enlisted the help of celebrity hair colorists Sharon Dorram and Kelly Van Gogh so you can get a salon-perfect hue at home. Click through our gallery to see the eleven tips you need to know before heading to the drugstore to pick up a shade. Here's to perfect at-home hair color today, tomorrow, and forever!
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1. Identify Your Own Natural Hair Color
2. Be Realistic
3. Try on a Wig
4. Buy More Than You Need
5. Find the Right Formula
Foam dyes like John Frieda's Precision Foam Colour (left) are best for women with sensitive skin, since the mousse-like formulas won't drip onto the face or hairline. According to cosmetics chemist Ni'Kita Wilson, women with thick or curly hair will have better luck with gel or liquid formulas, like Kelly Van Gogh's Master Blend (center) and the L'Oreal Excellence Creme (right), which provide full coverage and distribute efficiently throughout the hair.
John Frieda Precision Foam Colour, $12; target.com
Kelly Van Gogh Master Blend, $39; dermstore.com.
L'Oreal Excellence Creme, $7; target.com
6. Steer Clear of the Pool
7. Buy a Shade Lighter than You Want
8. Skip the Shower
9. Swap Your Shampoos
Certain shampoos, like clarifying or dandruff-fighting formulas, can strip away hair color with sulfates and harsh chemicals. Get a color preserving shampoo, which is more gentle. We like the Joico K-Pak Color Therapy shampoo and conditioner, which forms a lightweight, protective shield over the hair shaft-and smells great.
Joico K-PAK Color Therapy Shampoo, $20; walmart.com
Joico K-PAK Color Therapy Conditioner, $18; walmart.com
10. Prepare for the Damage
Hair always gets a little damaged when applying color, even if you're going back to your natural hue. Both permanent and semi-permanent dyes contain hydrogen peroxide, which chemically changes the color of the hair pigment. Celebrity colorist Tracey Cunningham recommends using the Redken Real Control Intense Renewal Mask at least once a week to moisturize dry hair and restore shine. The mask aids in repairing damaged hair and fortifying strands so they resist further breakage.