So it's your first time and you're a little nervous. It's okay, we remember what it's like. Sweaty palms,
not sure what the result will be, wondering how your hair will look the next day. But coloring your
own hair is simple and once you do it, it's quite empowering. Why be at the mercy of a salon and
expensive prices? It's time to quiet your at-home hair color fears and become your own color pro
with our expert tips...
1 / GATHER SOME PINSPIRATION
If you set up an appointment at a salon, you'd bring hair color images to show the
stylist, right? Coloring your own hair is no different! Before you go into the store, have
an idea of what you like. That way you'll save yourself frustration in the aisle.
Collect images of celebs with your similar skin tone and eye color. Keep in mind, hair
color looks different on everyone. Copper may look good on your favorite actor, but
that doesn't mean it's right for your complexion.
3 / BE REAL
It's your first time, so stick within 2 shades lighter than your current color. The more
dramatic you are with your hair color (Re: Bleaching it platinum blonde), the harder it is
on your hair and the more upkeep it requires. And if you've waited this long to color,
we're guessing these are your top concerns.
4 / MAKE YOUR FIRST A SEMI OR A GLOSS
Why? Semi-permanent color is gentler on your virgin hair, plus it gradually fades after 28
washes. If you don't like it, no biggie! This is one mistake that won't come back to
haunt you. Try this: Natural Instincts.
5 / CHOOSE WISELY
So you've narrowed it down to two potential shades. Medium blonde makes your heart
flutter, but light blonde is vying for your attention, too. So what's a girl to do? Celebrity
Colorist and Clairol Color Expert James Corbett says, "Go with the lighter shade, it's
easier to darken hair if you don't like it than having to lighten a darker color." Decisions,
6 / ONLY FOOLS RUSH IN
Congrats you've picked the one! Now before you go too fast, do a strand test. Take a
small section from the underside of your hair and color it. Let it process for the full time
on the instructions, rinse and blow dry. Do you like what you see? If you do, then go for
the gusto. Read this: Hair on the Side of Caution: How to Do a Strand Test
7 / PROTECT YOURSELF
Apply petroleum jelly to your hairline to prevent hair color from staining skin. Other
supplies you'll want to always have on-hand: Dark towels, hair clips, wide-toothed
comb, a timer and a rockin' playlist.
8 / GET READY FOR THE MORNING AFTER
When you're ready to wash, avoid hot water and clarifying shampoos that can strip
hair color. Instead select a hair care regimen that's made specifically for color-treated
Okay, now go get 'em, Girl! You've got this.