Hair coloring kits are popular all around the world, from the United States to Asia. In Vietnam, do-it-yourself hair coloring kits are popular amongst the youth who want to keep up with hair trends. In America, they are used by older women who want to cover up grey hair. Coloring your hair at home is cheaper than having it done by a professional, but it can be tricker, especially if you are new to the process.
Here are some things you need to have at home to ensure a mess-free, smooth hair coloring process.
1. Hair colouring kit
The most obvious thing you need before you start coloring your hair is the hair coloring kit itself. You can easily find one on the shelves at your local drugstore or beauty supply store. However, there are just so many options to choose from; you might get overwhelmed and make the mistake of choosing the wrong kit for yourself.
There are some tips that you should keep in mind before you make your purchase that include finding the color you want and looking at the photo example provided on the box to get an estimate on how the color will look on your hair. If you cannot find the exact colour you want, just get the closest shade.
Do not mix two different hair dyes just because you cannot find the right colour. Once you have chosen your hair colouring kit, it is recommended that you get two boxes so that you can reapply for a more saturated colour.
2. Moisturizer and petroleum jelly
Dyeing your hair at home can get messy, and if you have accidentally gotten some of the product onto your skin, it can be difficult to get it off. One way to prevent the hair dye from staining your skin, especially in the face area, is to coat it with a layer of petroleum jelly.
The idea is that the petroleum jelly will protect your skin, and once you are done with the colouring process, you can just wash off the jelly, and your skin will remain clean. If you do not have petroleum jelly, you can also try using a face moisturizer or a lotion. Both have a similar consistency to petroleum jelly and will also protect your skin from the hair dye.
3. Colour-safe hair products and treatments
Once you have dyed your hair, the next thing to do is to maintain the colour so it can stay vivid for a long time. Most professional hairstylists will tell you to not wash your hair often if you want to maintain the color of your freshly dyed hair but that might not be practical if you live in a hot and humid place or if you sweat a lot.
If you want to wash your dyed hair but keep the colour bright, try using colour-safe shampoos and conditioners that are specially formulated to help the colours of your dyed hair to last longer.
Another thing you need to remember when maintaining your dyed hair is to keep it hydrated because dry hair can cause the colours to fade faster. Try using hair oils before styling your hair, and use hair masks and treatments once a week to maintain a good hydration level for your hair and provide nourishment.
4. Heatless hair tools and hair dryers with cool air setting
If you enjoy styling your hair with straighteners and curling irons, you will be disappointed to know that these tools are not good for coloured hair because they can dry out your hair and cause the colours to fade quicker. Instead, try out heatless hair styling methods, which are safer for dyed hair and will not cause hair damage.
You should also switch out your hairdryer with one that comes with a cool air option because the cool air will keep hair cuticles from raising, which will keep the colour intact. The Xiaomi hairdryer is just one example of a dryer with a cool air setting, and it is very popular in Singapore, where the weather is hot and humid all year long.
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