Do you want to try a new hair color or freshen up your old one? If you want to dye your hair yourself instead of going to the hairdresser, you should know THAT!
Blonde, brown, red – no matter what hair color Mother Nature gives us given has, at some point every woman wants a color change. And at the latest when the first gray hairs start to disturb the overall picture here and there, the desire for a beautiful, intense hair color arises. Going to the hairdresser is of course the simplest, but not necessarily the cheapest solution. It is cheaper to dye your hair yourself at home.
But even if the DIY products all promise “easy use”, things can go wrong. We show you the seven most common coloring traps and give you Tips how to avoid them.
1. Dye trap: misjudge the initial hair color
Light or medium brown? Or is it dark blonde? Many women find it difficult to determine their own hair color correctly and estimate it to be too dark. In order for the coloring result to be as desired, it is important that the original hair color is correct. Only then does medium blonde really turn into hazelnut brown.
This is how you avoid the trap: Compare the hair color (regardless of whether it is colored or natural) with the images of strands of hair that are shown on most packaging of coloring agents. That’s a good starting point.
If the original hair color does not appear there, you should stay away from this product and look for an alternative. If you are unsure, you should ask the hairdresser you trust what your hair color is – you don’t have to tell him straight away that you prefer to dye at home than at his place.
If you are not at all sure of what you are doing, you can simply try a tint instead of a permanent color , because it is outside after 6 to 8 washes.
If you don’t like the result, the color can be removed from the hair without much effort and in a very short time. A good alternative between tinting and coloring is an intensive tint: It lasts 6 to 8 weeks.
2. Dye trap: Expectations too high
To be blond once – that was your dream for a long time! But instead of Marilyn Monroe, your hair now looks more like Pee Longstocking. It’s orange and it’s not even even, it’s blotchy.
This is how you avoid the trap: You can achieve great results with dye products for home. But not every color request can be realized in your own bathroom. Extreme color changes require a detailed analysis of the hair structure and a sound knowledge of the chemical processes that take place during dyeing. Those who bleach their hair themselves run the risk that the product will act too long (this damages the hair further) or too short (the result: orange!).
So visit the hairdresser you trust if you want highlights, the “ombré” look or radical color changes. If you just want to change your natural shade by one or two nuances or color over a gray approach, you can do that at home.
3. Staining trap: poor preparation
You bought a hair dye to take home and would like to get started right away – after all, it doesn’t take long. An old towel quickly around your shoulders and you’re ready to go … Stop!
Haven’t you forgotten important things like bobby pins, a comb and an alarm clock? Annoying! Because once the hair color is mixed, there is no more time to look around, after all, it has to be applied immediately …
This is how it works better: Take time to prepare well before coloring your hair yourself. Make sure that you have the following resources at hand:
- Coloring brush: makes it easier to apply, especially if you only want to color the roots.
- Hair clips (made of plastic!) And style comb: enable individual strands to be separated and fixed.
- old towel and old clothes: there are no nasty paint stains!
- Kitchen alarm clock or set mobile phone alarm: helps to keep the exposure time exactly
- Vaseline: prevents discoloration of the skin.
4. Dye trap: Too little dye
You have prepared everything so well: Put the old towel and the kitchen alarm clock ready to stop the time, apply the petroleum jelly to the skin as protection … and now this: When you apply it, you notice that the dye is not enough!
You still dosed generously at the base, now it’s getting tight for the lengths. The result can be: The dyeing result will be irregular because not all parts came into contact with the dye to the same extent.
So you avoid this trap: You have short hair? You will then be spared this dye trap. But from shoulder length at the latest you need two packs of dye in order not to get into trouble when applying. Mix the second pack right away so that you can use it without wasting too much time.
Of course, if you want to dye your hair yourself, you often do so to save money. But don’t be stingy with the second pack, otherwise the first one won’t bring the result you want either.
5. Dye trap: vegetable colors vs. Chemical paints
You were so sure you were right with this color. But somehow the light brown you wanted turned out to be very irregular. Only the top ten centimeters are the right color, nothing has changed in the lengths.
To prevent her this problem: natural hair color with henna or extracts from walnut shells dye the hair for a different mode of action than chemical hair colors. Some natural hair colors also contain metal salts to intensify the coloring process. That would not be a problem in itself, the only thing that is common is that hair that has once been dyed with natural hair dyes may not be treated again with chemical dyes.
It is essential that you wait with chemical color until the hair colored with natural colors has completely grown out or cut off. Otherwise, the result is unpredictable; bleaching can even lead to a permanent green cast.
6th Dye Trap: Dye all your hair
At the latest when the first gray hairs appear, many women resort to dye, or at least to a tint. If most of the hair is already gray, the fight against the roots begins. In principle, of course, it is not a problem to over-dye gray hair yourself .
However, many women make the mistake of not only dyeing the unloved silver lining, but also their entire hair down to the tips. The color result is then often irregular: the roots are no longer gray, but still have a different color than the rest of the hair. A clever camouflage of gray areas looks different.
So it avoids this problem: When you approach dyeing this trick helps: Massaging in the lengths and ends, and in all the games that still have your favorite color, a little hair conditioner. It wraps around your hair like a film and prevents direct contact with the coloration.
Then use a coloring brush to apply the color only to the roots. Do not add the dye to the lengths and tips until the last twelve minutes of the exposure time. This refreshes your color without being too strong. After the exposure time has expired, rinse your hair and continue treating it as described in the instructions.
7. Staining trap: Instructions not read
It’s not my first time dyeing my hair – at least that’s what you thought beforehand and that’s why you refrained from reading the instructions carefully. It’s just strange that the result is different than last time. The hair looks somehow more damaged than usual.
So you avoid this trap: Even if you already have routine is to dye your own hair: You definitely will the instructions carefully read!
On the one hand, this will prevent you from forgetting important steps in the dyeing process. On the other hand, it may be that the manufacturer has changed the composition of the coloring agent – and this, for example, shortens the exposure time. If you expose your hair to the color for too long, you will not get a particularly intense color, but only wear it unnecessarily. You should definitely avoid this if your hair is important to you.
Good question: wash hair or not before dyeing?
In most cases, the instructions for use state that the hair should be moistened before dyeing – but not washed. And there is a good reason for this: it is important to wash your hair before dyeing in order to remove any residues from styling and care products such as hairspray, gel, hair treatment, etc. Because they wrap around the hair like a film, which then may not be able to take on the hair color so well. Result: The result of the coloration is not as expected.
Therefore: Do not wash your hair with shampoo & Co. directly before dyeing, but only with water. The last shampoo should be 1-2 days ago.
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