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How to apply hair colour at home
Applying hair colour at home is a simple process which can be done with the knowledge of the right hair colour process and the right tools and hair colour products. There are variety of hair colour products which can change the look of a person within a few minutes and achieve the look of a professional hair colour at a minimal cost.This article details on the procedure to be followed for applying hair colour at home including root touch up and also the tips to be taken care while applying the hair colour.
Changing the hair colour has become the order of the day. The need for hair colour may be hide the grey or to present a totally different, new and bold look. The hair colouring procedure has become so easier that every company comes out with a new and innovative product every now and then. The products are all user friendly and with a basic knowledge of the mode of application, the time and money spent on a parlour can be saved. The application of hair colour generally involves two important steps – choice the perfect hair colour and the mode of application of the hair colour.
How to choose the right hair colour
There are four determinants which help a person judge the hair colour which would suit them.
The best shade for people with pink tone of skin can go for ash shade.
A person with tanned skin tone should choose dark shades of colours as light shades would give a fake look.
A person with yellowish tone should avoid yellow, golden and orange shades. One should stick to dark brown or deep red shades.
A person with a pale skin can choose any hair colour.
Dress colour which suits the person
This is directly related to the hair colour which one should opt for.
If red, orange, golden yellow or rust colours suit a person, the person should basically go for warm hair tones like blonde, golden brown, strawberry blonde and auburn.
If black, royal blue or pine green colours suit a person, the person should opt for cool hair tones such as jet black, ash brown, burgundy.
If red, purple, dark grey colours suit the person, one should opt for neutral tones like beige blonde, chocolate brown and mahogany.
Jewellery which suits the person
If a person looks good in silver jewellery, then the person has a cool skin type.
If a person looks good in gold jewellery, then the person has a warm skin type.
Colour of the eye
Brown, hazel and green eyes have a yellowish base and hence, the person should go for colours with warm tones like blonde, golden brown, strawberry blonde and auburn.
Blue and grey eyes have a blue base and the person should opt for cool tones of colour like jet black, ash brown, burgundy or light gold.
Choosing the right shade of hair colour can help a person avoid the horror of finding a disaster done to the hair at home.
How to apply hair colour
Steps involved in applying hair colour at home are:
Choose the right hair colour based on the above mentioned determinants. The choice of cool tones or warm tones should be wisely made. There are different varieties of hair colours available in the market – permanent hair colour, temporary hair colour and semi-permanent hair colours.
Instructions written on the product should be read carefully. Every product requires a different time for process of colouring to be completed. It is imperative to conduct a strand test before using a new product to judge the time exactly required by the hair for colouring and also to check the exact colour of the product on the hair. Even if the person is sure of having chosen the right new colour, a strand is necessary to check the results.
The hair colour should be applied only with gloves in hands and with a hair colour brush. Mix the hair colour solution as per instructions on the box. Most of the hair colours require the coloring agent to be added to the bottle of developer and then shake vigorously to mix them.
Comb the hair with a wide toothed comb to get rid of tangles in hair.
Wrap an old towel around the shoulders from the back. Mostly, the hair colour will spill on the towel and stain it. It is also advisable to protect the nearby walls and floor with waster cloth or paper to avoid wall and floor staining.
Part the hair into various sections so that every sub section and strand is coloured properly. This can be done with a comb and clipped with various clutchers. Parting should be ideally done into four sub strands starting from forehead to nape and from ear to ear. This might look like a plus sign on the head.
The hair should be neither too dirty nor too clean. The hair should not have been washed for atleast two days prior to the hair colour day. The natural oils of the hair help to prevent irritation on the skin and hair scalp.
Apply the hair colour mixture on the dry hair from the roots to the tip of the hair. The entire strand should be properly coloured with the hair colour brush.
After the specific section of the hair is coloured, it is advisable to pile it up on the top of the scalp and clip it properly. It can be folded and then clipped to avoid it from falling on the uncoloured hair section.
Once the entire hair has been coloured, the entire bunch of hair can be piled to the top and clipped or a covered with a plastic head wrap.
It is important to begin timing the hair colour based on the tests of the strand test.
After the colour time is over, the hair should be washed and rinsed thoroughly with cool water till the hair colour product is properly washed off and the water after washing the hair is clear. If warm water is used while washing the coloured hair, the cuticles with open and large colour molecules can escape from the hair. Cool water helps protect the molecules within the hair cuticles and help longer stay of the colour.
It is very important to condition the hair with a deep-conditioning product. Most of the hair colour products come with a colour protect conditioner to restore moisture of the hair and soften it. The colour protect shampoo and conditioners should be left for atleast 10 minutes to ensure that the product seals the colour in the hair.
It is always advisable to use colour protect shampoos and conditioners once the person has started colouring the hair. It will help in long retention of the colour of the hair. Leave-in conditioners do a double job of protecting the hair colour as well as protection from heat and damage due to styling.
Tips and Warnings on hair colouring
The following tips should be used as a guide for any person who has just started hair colouring or is contemplating change of hair colour.
Never go more than two shades lighter or darker than the current hair tone for colouring at home.
Semi-permanent hair colours are generally best for home colouring.
Spread a thin layer of Vaseline or rich moisturizer on the outer edge of the hairline. This will prevent the skin from getting stained while applying hair colour to the hair.
Never apply another colour on top of the coloured hair to lighten the shade. Heading to a parlour is the best choice in such cases where the hair colour appears very light or very dark.
Hair colour can be applied to the roots every 4-6 weeks instead of colouring the entire hair. This can prevent damage to the hair and many hair colour companies have products specifically for root touch up.
It is important to judge the exact colour in the box by the gridline mentioned on the box. The colour on the picture of model on the box should not be used as a guideline.
Even if the colour of the hair is not as desired, it is advisable for wait for atleast two weeks to re-colour the hair to prevent damage.
If hair colour enters the eye, splash fresh water into the eyes immediately.
The hair colour procedure is easy and with practice, a person can get the perfection of a parlour. However, if the person contemplates a total change of colour or very high shades of darkness or lightness, then an expert at a hair parlour will be the best to guide. Hair colouring can be a success only if the hair is taken care of properly with colour protect shampoos and conditioners.
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