I’ve been dying my hair from boxed hair color myself since I was 12 years old. You can get great salon quality hair if you do it right. Here are 10 tips for coloring your hair with boxed hair color.
1. Don’t buy the cheap boxes.
You may need to try out different boxes and brands before you find the box that works out perfectly for you. Do not try any hair color that is $5 or less. There’s a reason why those boxes are so cheap. I’ve tried a $2 box of hair color before and it was a nightmare. I ended up with orange hair on the top of my head and badly bleached hair on the the bottom. It’s not worth it to save a couple of dollars. You really get what you pay for. Two brands that I’ve had great success each time are Garnier and Feria by L’oreal Paris. You can easily find coupons for both of these brands in the Sunday newspaper.
2. Don’t wear anything you don’t want to get stained while dying your hair.
I personally don’t like wearing anything on my top while dying my hair. It’s nearly impossible to not drop any hair color so I find it’s easiest to just not wear anything and wash it all off in the shower. If you plan on just using the sink instead of taking a full shower when rinsing out the color you can easily just use a towel and drape it over your shoulders. Make sure it’s a towel you don’t mind getting stained because you will drop hair color on it. If you plan on dying your hair with boxed hair color again just have a designated towel that you use when dying. Also make sure you aren’t standing on a rug that you don’t want to get stained. Sometimes I lay down paper towels on the ground to catch any drops of hair color that might fall down. This makes for easy cleanup.
3. Have a back-up plan.
Sometimes we might want try a color that is completely different than our normal color. When using a boxed hair color you might end up with a disaster. I once tried to go blonde which didn’t work out for me. To counter the horrible outcome I redyed it a nice brown color. Usually dying your hair again with a darker color with fix a bad dye job. Make sure you don’t dye it again immediately after dying it the first time as this may cause your hair to fall out. A great idea is to wear a scarf or hat to cover your hair for a couple of days until it can be fixed. If you don’t see any results after the second time you dye your hair, or aren’t comfortable trying to fix it yourself, go to a salon and ask for tips. They may be able to give you they help that you need so you don’t have to pay to get it fixed by them.
4. Play around with wigs or beauty programs on the computer first.
If you are planning on dying your hair that’s much different from your natural hair color test the color on you first. You can go to a wig shop or a beauty store and try on wigs of different colors. There are also some computer programs and apps on the internet that let you upload a picture of yourself and “try” a wig on virtually. This will help you decide which color will actually look good on you. I have used a virtual program before which helped me decide on a color that I was curious about trying.
5. Buy more than one box.
If you have long hair you’re going to need more than one box. Some boxed hair colors come with more dye than other. To be safe it’s best to just have at least two boxes in case you need more hair dye right away. When my hair’s above my shoulder I can get by with just one box. Anything longer than that really needs two boxes.
6. Start from your roots and work from there.
When dying your hair make sure that you start from the roots and work your way out. Make sure you get the parts you can’t see, like behind the ears, and above the back of your neck. Use the mirror in your bathroom along with a handheld mirror to check and see if you got all of your hair.
7. Buy shampoo and conditioner for dyed hair.
If you want your hair color to last you’ll need to buy shampoo and conditioner that’s specifically for dyed hair. I use the Garnier Fructis shampoo and conditioner designed for dyed hair because I mainly use the Garnier brand of hair color. It seals in the color and makes the color last longer than regular shampoo and conditioner can.
8. Be careful when going in pools.
Hair color and chlorine don’t mix well. It is possible for your hair to turn green if you get it wet from pool water that contains chlorine. I like swimming in lakes because it doesn’t damage my hair the way pool water can. If you do swim in a pool a lot and don’t want to worry about your hair color you can buy shampoo that can strip the chlorine out. When I was younger I used that kind of shampoo since I was in the pool a lot.
9. Ask for help when you need it.
Ask for advice from family and friends that have used boxed hair color before. They may be able to give you some of their own tips and tricks. They might even be able to help you out during the first time you dye your hair. There is usually a number that you can call on the box of hair color so if you run into any problems while dying your hair call that number immediately to ask any questions you may have.
10. Don’t exceed the maximum time in the instructions.
In the instructions it should state the maximum time that you should leave the hair color in. Do not exceed that time. Even if it doesn’t look like your hair is turning out rinse the dye out immediately when you hit the maximum time. There have been a couple of times where I thought the color wasn’t taking but once I rinsed it out and my hair dried I could see that the color did take. If you keep the dye in longer than the maximum time you might end up with a burned scalp, a color you don’t want, or be at risk of having your hair fall out.