Sure, picking the perfect hair color shade for your complexion is important. But the truth is, getting your best color starts even before you open your hair color box. Here are a few handy tips to keep in mind before you color….
Read the labels
Pay special note to the type of application listed on the box. Is it your first time coloring? Choose and “all-over” application. If you’re at it again, choose a “root touch-up” application to take care of any regrowth. This will prevent color from being too dark at your ends and help prevent over processing. That’s important to get the best result!
Buy 2 boxes
If your hair is longer than shoulder length or very thick and you’re doing an all-over application, you may need two boxes to fully saturate your hair. Also, keep in mind that the ends of long hair tend to absorb more color, so you may need to trim your processing time to prevent color from getting too dark.
Set up your coloring station
Gather your supplies: Old shirt, dark towels, timer, comb, plastic hair clips and petroleum jelly (apply to hairline to prevent staining!). Lay out the contents in the numeric order on the containers. Take out the gloves and directions. Read the directions! You’ll want to make sure you’re mixing the right products and what the timing should be.
Coarse hair generally takes more time to absorb color, so it requires a longer timing; fine hair generally takes less time to absorb color, so it requires a shorter timing. Hair that's dry or permed may absorb color quickly too. To play it safe, we recommend a strand test—it's a good way to predict how long you’ll need to let the color process. Read: Hair on the Side of Caution: How to do a strand test
Cut or perm before coloring
Cutting your hair before you color will ensure you’re able to see the full effect of your color. And, of course, your color will enhance your cut.
The same goes for perms. Perm first to ensure that the perming process will not interfere with your newly applied color. If you're using a permanent hair color (lasts until your hair grows out or you re-color), wait 7 - 10 days and shampoo at least once before coloring.
Some semi-permanent and demi-permanent hair colors can be used the same day as your perm—as long as your scalp is not irritated and is in good condition. Check the package instructions to be sure. Either way, make sure you do a stand test before coloring your hair. Perms and relaxers can leave hair more porous and allow color to absorb faster.
You generally shouldn't shampoo immediately before coloring, because this will remove the natural oils that help protect your scalp during the coloring process.
It's best to shampoo 12 - 24 hours before coloring when using a semi-permanent or demi-permanent hair color; shampoo 24 hours prior to using permanent color.
Start your timer
As soon as you’ve finished applying your hair color, set your timer for the amount of time indicated on the box. Setting it any earlier could affect your color result!
It's best to use the conditioner that comes with your hair color. It has been specifically tested for use with that hair color to help create softness and shine.
Demi-permanent hair color will last up to 28 shampoos—if you wash your hair every day, that's about 4 weeks. Permanent hair color (lasts until your hair grows out or you re-color) should be refreshed when your roots start to show, after about 4 - 6 weeks.
What kind of Box do you have?
For application tips, type your box name in the search bar above and when you get to the product page, click on “How to DIY” for a step-by-step tutorial. Happy coloring!