If you're in the salon every six weeks and pay north of $ 300 to get your hair color just right, you've probably wondered at some point how to dye your hair at home. It's discouraging, but with patience it can be easier than you think – especially if you're doing a single hair color or just covering up stray shades of gray (instead of a whole head full of highlights or complicated ombre hair color). To find out exactly how we should dye our hair at home, we turned to Estelle Baumhauer from eSalon, a website that specializes in custom hair colors with personalized instructions. Read on for Estelle's tips on how to master hair color at home like a pro.
Find your perfect match
Choosing a hair color can be difficult, but it's not impossible. I suggest choosing a shade that comes close to your natural or dyed hair color. Over the years, I've noticed that customers generally choose one or two shades that are darker than their actual hair color. So I would recommend choosing a slightly lighter shade.
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Do not go further before reading the instructions
Always read the hair color instructions before mixing the color. This is essential when working with professional dyes because processing time is incredibly important. For example, adding another five minutes when editing a root patch can make a big difference in covering gray hair.
The application of hair color is just as important as the choice of color tones. I guide my clients to design their application at home like in a salon and to use the application techniques of a professional. I recommend using plastic clips, a plastic cup and a hair color brush for a more precise application.
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Start by dividing the hair into four quadrants and cutting off each quadrant with a clip. Loosen a section of hair and gently apply the paint with your applicator brush to get a clean, even result. A hand mirror helps you to identify the roots at the back of the head. When you are finished with one section, reattach it and continue to the next section until you have colored all four quadrants. This technique helps you achieve simple, clean application.
Shine and rinse it
In a salon, the real magic happens in the shampoo bowl. You can borrow a colorist's technique, which we call "Shine and Rinse" in the shower. This technique helps remove color from the hair and adds shiny high gloss.
To master the "shine and rinse", add a little water to your remaining hair color with your gloved hands. This mixture should contain approximately even parts of hair color and water. Detach the hair color from the skin on your forehead and / or near your hairline by rubbing the area in a circular motion. The color seems to smear and the skin stands out. Pour the water-thinned hair color over your hair and massage the mixture into your scalp. This helps to loosen excess hair color. Continue with your ends and massage the mixture through your hair like shampoo until the hair color feels creamy. This should take a total of two minutes. Rinse your hair thoroughly until the water is clear.
Shampoo and condition
I have often noticed that customers simply rinse their hair color. It may not seem intuitive, but make sure you shampoo the hair after you rinse out the hair color. A good shampoo helps to remove color residues from the hair and to avoid scalp irritation without affecting the color just applied. Be sure to use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner.
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