There are a number of must-know tips for dying your hair, so that you can ensure that you are not accidentally destroying your own hair. These tips apply to all aspects of the home hair-coloring process, from the type of dye that you end up purchasing to what you do to your hair before you dye it to the materials you should have on hand to properly get the job done. Check out a few of these must-know tips for dying your hair on your own.
When choosing the right shade of dye for your hair, you will want to pick one that is close to your natural hair color. It should be either two shades lighter or two shades darker. This is so that you can be sure the hair coloring will adhere to the color of your hair and not clash with it once you have put the dye in. As a specialist at the beauty supply store if you need to, so you can be sure you're not wrecking the color of your hair.
Only use semi-permanent dye to start off if you are first dying your hair yourself. This is so that you can have some practice and a margin of error the first few times you try to dye your hair. Any mistakes you make will only last a couple of days, until all the dye washes out. As with everything, especially hair dying, there is a bit of a learning curve as to what looks right when applied to your own particular shade of hair color. Once you are confident in your own hair dying talents, use the permanent dye.
You will need some basic materials to properly dye your own hair at home, on top of your hair coloring kit. Plastic gloves are usually provided with the kit but make sure you have an extra pair on hand in case they don't provide them for some reason. Put on an old button-down shirt you don't mind ruining with run-off hair dye. Make sure you have some Vaseline, a hair clip or two, a wide tooth comb and an old safety pin on hand. Also have some paper towels or a damp rag available to wipe up any spills of dye that might occur.
The more oily your hair is when you apply the hair dye, the better it will adhere and the more natural it will look once it is in place. In other words, you will want to not wash your hair for at least a day or two before you apply your hair dye, so that it will look better. If you happen to forget and wash your hair, you shouldn't dye your hair until the aforementioned time has passed, as it will be a waste of dye and could hurt your hair.