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25 hair coloring tips, tricks and hacks to consider

We all dream of giving our hair a fashion makeover with a certain color and catching everyone’s eyes! However, going to a beauty salon means you are spending a lot of money, not just on the hair coloring treatment but on the constant touch-ups to keep your color vibrant. Have you ever thought about coloring your hair at home? While it may sound overwhelming, here are some tips, hacks and tricks you can try to make your DIY hair coloring experience buttery smooth! If you don’t know any of these suggestions, don’t worry. Just scroll down and read on!


Strand Test: When it comes to coloring your hair, this is the absolute first thing you need to do before going all out with hair coloring. Do a strand test on a small section of hair near the nape of your neck by applying the color and leaving it on for the exposure time indicated on the pack. This way you can see exactly what the hair color will look like in the end and you will not end up with disastrous results!


Don’t trust the lady on the box: This is the most obvious mistake anyone can make when it comes to choosing hair color. Most people refer to the model’s hair color on the front of the box (permanent hair color). You may be surprised that your hair color is likely to be lighter than hers. This is because the developer in packaged hair dye is stronger than the dyes used in hair salons. This will lighten your hair more than it appears on the packaging. So you need to look out for the color guide on the side or back of the box, which will show you exactly how the final color will look on different base tones.

25 hair coloring tips, tricks and hacks to consider

Choose a darker color for a permanent color, a lighter color for a semi-permanent color: If you are dying your hair with a permanent hair color, choose a shade that is slightly darker than desired as the developer in the color will lighten your hair significantly . For semi-permanent hair dye, on the other hand, you should choose a shade that is slightly lighter than you would like. Because the longer you leave the color on your hair, the darker and more intense the shade will be.


Two packs: If your hair is past your shoulders and tends to get dry, then make sure you carry two packs of hair dye with you when dying your hair.



Hair Texture: There are two things you need to keep in mind regarding hair texture when thinking about hair coloring ideas. First, frizzy, curly, and coarse hair absorbs more color and tends to get a cooler shade when dyed. Therefore, any color you put on it will look slightly ashy and have blue undertones. Second, straight hair with fine or medium texture tends to take on a warm hue when dyed. So the color you end up with could have an orange or copper tinge to it. What you then need to do when choosing your hair dye is to opt for warm shades like gold or bronze, which are a lighter shade than your natural hair color if you have frizzy, curly hair, and cool shades like beige or ash blonde slightly darker than your natural color if you have fine, straight hair.

25 hair coloring tips, tricks and hacks to consider

Condition your hair ends before rinsing out the root touch-up: A key part of maintaining your hair color is touching up your hair roots as they grow out. This could be difficult as the ends of the hair are more porous and stains can form when the color is washed out of the roots of the hair. A quick and easy way to prevent this is to apply conditioner to the ends of your hair just before you wash the color out of the roots.

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Proper Parting: Proper parting of your hair is key to coloring your hair to prevent the end result from being patchy. But you have to work fast because once the product is on the scalp, the clock starts ticking on how quickly it will take effect. You want each section of hair to process the color for nearly the same amount of time. This reduces the likelihood of blotchy stains and uneven coloring. The best way to part your hair is to first part it vertically from the middle of your forehead to the nape of your neck and then horizontally from one ear to the other. This will divide your hair into 4 equal sections. Now start coloring your hair at the very back of your head and work


Shampoo + Color for Dry Tips: Because dry tips are porous and absorb color very quickly, when applying color to the rest of the hair, skip it, but keep some color in the bowl. Three minutes before washing your hair, add 2 squirts of color shampoo to the bowl and apply to the ends of your hair. This gives them a touch of color and shine.

Add Water and Massage It In: A great way to keep your color job looking even and avoid streaks, spots, or lines is to spritz a little water on your head and massage the color in right before washing.

25 hair coloring tips, tricks and hacks to consider

Don’t skip conditioner: There are two reasons why you should never skip conditioner after coloring your hair. First, it moisturizes your hair after the hair dye and shampoo have stripped it of its natural oils. Second, and more importantly, it closes the hair cuticle that the dye had opened up to enter your hair shaft. This will prevent your color from going darker than the shade you want.

Your dad’s old button-down shirt: If you’re not careful, you could end up dying more than just your hair with your hair dye! I’ve heard many horror stories about people ruining their nice clothes and staining their sinks and countertops with hair dye because they didn’t take the necessary precautions. Here’s what you need to do: Cover your work surfaces with garbage bags or newspapers and put on an old shirt or bathrobe before you start coloring your hair. This way you don’t have to pull clothes over your dye-covered head before rinsing off.

Have a white grocery bag or shower cap ready. It can help process hair color faster. Avoid using bags with logos or additional color as hair dye can soften these colors and bleed into your hair color.


Use petroleum jelly to protect your skin and hair from stains

Protect Your Skin From Stains: There’s nothing worse than excitedly washing the dye out of your hair and realizing that you’ve also got spots on the skin on your forehead and ears. The best way to prevent this tragedy is to put some petroleum jelly (or petroleum jelly) on your ears, along your hairline, around your forehead and the back of your neck. If you can’t stand the sticky effect of petroleum jelly, opt for a lipstick instead, which also makes for cleaner application.


Toothbrush for Highlights: The best way to give yourself some highlights or lowlights is to apply the color to small sections of hair with a toothbrush. The bristles of the toothbrush ensure a subtle and even application of colour. In this way, the highlights also harmonize better with your natural hair color.

Note: Do not use the toothbrush roughly. be gentle The bristles of the toothbrush can cause abrasions on the scalp. Applying hair dye can cause irritation and burns to the scalp.


Apply color to roots first: Because your hair is darkest at the roots, it requires the most dye and the most time to work through. So start by applying the color first at the roots and then spread it over the rest of the hair with a hair coloring brush, a comb or your fingers.

Emma Soleil
Emma Soleil

Hey there! I'm Emma!

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