It’s color time, but before you go all YOLO on us and dive right in, let’s go over a few coloring caveats. After all, the last thing we want is for your face to turn as red as that new hue due to an allergic reaction or an embarrassing color mishap. So do as Smokey the Bear or any mom does and put safety first. Here are a couple things to look into before you color.
Do the “Am I Allergic” Analysis
We know, we know, “analysis” isn’t a fun word, but we’ll make this fun – promise! First things first, gather up the proper tools. You’ll need:
- a cotton ball
- a plastic bowl
- a plastic spoon
- the hair color you plan on using
Got all your gear? Ok, lets get to some expert experimenting, shall we?
Using your plastic spoon, measure out a spoonful of color and the same of the developer into your plastic bowl and mix it up. Be sure to tightly recap the bottles.
Then take your handy-dandy cotton ball, dip it in the color, and apply a little dab to the inside of your elbow.
Let that little color patch sit tight for 48 hours. Be careful not to wash it off! After two days, check your colorful test site for redness or rash. If you don’t see anything conspicuous and no itching, burning, or other not-so-fun sensations occur, congratulations! You’re not allergic to your hair color! Yippee! Let’s celebrate by taking that color from your elbow to your hair!
Confirm Your Color
Now it’s time to make sure the color you have is the one you want!
Cut a ¼ inch wide strand of hair from your roots (back of head) and tape the strand together. Completely cover with the mixture remaining from the Allergy Test and time for the time indicated on your hair color product. Finally, rinse off the strand and dry it. Look at the strand.
Did the color turn out how you hoped? Great! Now it’s time to make the rest of your strands just as color happy. Mix the remaining color into the developer bottle as stated in the instructions and follow the directions on the instruction sheet for All Over Color Application.