So have you been thinking of changing up your look in 2015? Dying your hair is one way to do just that. I am not going to lie, I am a huge proponent in expressing yourself via hairdye, just look at my color history for just 2014…
I went from single process dark brown/auburn, to dual process light reddish brown with hi lites. In my whole life my hair has been everything from dark black to light honey blonde.
I do have some beginning tips if you are thinking about making the plunge. Remember hair color should be a gradual process if you are going from one extreme to another. The 1st pic was from January last year, the last one is my most recent. It took a whole year to go from one to the other. You need patience above all else!
1). Have a professional do it. I know this may not be a popular tip, but it’s the truth. If you have never dyed your hair before, or you want a more complicated look, go see a hair stylist. Dying your hair is in fact a chemical process. If you want to go from dark/light, light/dark in more than a 2 shade difference range, you could seriously damage your hair. Box color has gotten better, but no matter what, coloring your hair is not a gentle process. I mean it doesn’t hurt, (if done right), but if you don’t know what you are doing, it may take months or years to reverse a mistake.
2. Be prepared for costs/not having your hair look 100 percent perfect all the time.
I just want to warn you that even with box dye (if you ignore tip number 1) hair color gets expensive. Hair grows, and so does hair color (it grows out) I am not a perfect roots kind of gal. My hair grows back, and I usually wait as long as possible before a touch-up, because I don’t want to pay to have it dyed once a month. If you are a perfectionist, like you dont want any roots to show ever, I would save up for maintence, or advise to not dye.
3). How to go longer in-between visits. Don’t wash your hair everyday! I only wash mine twice a week. If that grosses you out, then become one with dry shampoo. Every time you wash, your color fades, sorry about that, but it’s just truth.
4). Use really good hair color shampoos, conditioners, etc. This one is hard to stomach when you already paid so much at the salon, but every time you wash your hair, hair dye just goes down the literally and figurative drain. You want to invest in products to make less dye…ie time and money fade away. Good products for beginners… Look for sulphate free shampoos and conditioners. Use a hair/heat protectant every time you style your hair.
My top color care products right now are
1). Joico Color Protecting Shampoo and Conditioner
2). Wen Cleansing Conditioner
3). Ojon Color Care Deep Conditioner
4) John Frieda Heat Protectant Spray
5). Wear a hat or an SPF spray in your hair while out in the sun. The sun can and will do funky things to your hair color. Protect it, it’s also good for your skin.
6). Have fun! Dying your hair is a good way to express yourself or change your look. If you hate it, hair always grows out! Who knows, you could become a blonde, brunette, readhead for life this year!
Stay tuned and stay original!