By Simoneel Sidiki.

  Yup we are still stuck at home and spending copious amounts of time on social. Our Seditors current TikTok addiction these days includes watching endless videos of coloring hair at home. Celebrities like Hilary Duff, Taraji, P. Henson and Dua Lipa alongside us simple folks are whiling the hours away on TikTok and have really taken to posting their own DIY hair coloring skills. So while a trip to the salon is not on the cards, here’s how to get the job done without leaving the house. 

If you are a hair color virgin

If this is your first time dying your hair, don’t get too extra with some difficult technique and end up with disastrous coloring results. Start tackling your virgin anxiety by determining your natural hair color and then decide how much lighter or darker you want to go. There are some rules as to how far you can go on either end of the scale.  For permanent dye, choose a color a shade darker than what you want because of the strong developer that goes into this dye.  With a semi-permanent dye, however, opt for a lighter hue of your preferred color. Semi-Permanent dyes do not come with a developer, so hair gets darker and darker the longer you leave it in your hair. In this case, be conservative and choose a color that's a bit lighter from the get-go.

A basic rule of thumb is to not ever go more than two shades darker or lighter than your natural color when dying hair at home. That way you can be pretty certain that the final result will work well with your natural skin tone, plus you’re far more likely to get a refreshing and reasonable result.


Prep your hairline

Wear a pair of gloves and take an emollient such as Vaseline and wipe it carefully around the crown of your hairline and behind the length of the backs of your ears. This will allow you to be able to remove excessive hair color from the skin more easily and prevent having to rub skin raw to remove the dye. 

Invest in the basics

Hair color application is just as important as the color selection. Follow simple and yet efficient techniques like a professional to achieve optimum results. Invest in some basic tools such as plastic clips, a plastic bowl, and a hair color brush for a more precise application. Start by sectioning the hair into four quadrants and clipping each quadrant with a clip. Unclip one section of hair and gently apply color using your applicator brush for a clean, even result.

The next tool that you will thank us for is to buy a hand mirror that will help you to see the roots at the back of your head. Once done with a section, clip it back into place and proceed to the next section until you have colored all four quadrants. This technique will help you achieve a simple, clean application.

Strand Test

Before going overboard and color the hair try doing a strand test. It helps you to determine the final color result so there are no surprises when you dye your full head of hair. It also allows you to test for any allergic reaction you may have to the ingredients in the dye. 

Shine and rinse

In a salon, the real magic happens at the shampoo bowl. You can borrow this colorist’s technique called the “Shine and Rinse” method and take it to your shower instead. This technique helps remove the intense color from the hair and add a glossy high shine to your mane. 

Take a little bit of water and loosen the thick hair color from the skin on your forehead and/or near your hairline by rubbing the area in a circular motion. The color will appear to smear and lift off the skin. 

You can also take any leftover color you have and add equal amounts of water to it. Pour this water-diluted hair color mix over your hair and massage the mixture into your scalp. This will help loosen any excess hair color. 

Continue on to your ends and start massaging the mixture throughout your hair, like how you would shampoo, until the hair color feels creamy. This should take a total of two minutes. Rinse your hair thoroughly until the water runs clear.

Shampoo and Condition

A lot of people don’t use proper shampoos and conditioners after a good coloring job. This is counterproductive and can damage the hair.  Always use a high-quality shampoo and conditioner after rinsing out the hair color, to prevent any scalp irritation and preserve hair color. Make sure to use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner. Pravana Nevo Reparative Shampoo and conditioner are a vegan and gluten-free duo that contain quinoa and soy proteins to increase hair strength and restore elasticity. This unique formula is made up of the most nourishing plants and nuts. This healthy hair mix of ingredients keeps hair nurtured, preserved, and protected.


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