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Tips For A Beautiful At-Home Hair Coloring

If you enjoy coloring your hair or you're thinking about trying something completely new, you've probably considered making an appointment for a professional coloring at your local salon. If you decide instead that you want to color your hair yourself at home, it can be less expensive, and does not take very long to complete. Here's some helpful tips to make sure your next hair coloring adventure turns out beautifully.

Deciding on a Shade

You're standing in the aisle of the drug store, staring at the row of endless color options. But which shade do you choose? If you're coloring your hair for the first time, you will want to consider a few things like your skin tone and the length of your hair. Look at some pictures of people with a similar skin color and hairstyle to get an idea of what the different shades might look like on you. Choose a more "safe" or mellow color selection at first, so if you do not like it, it'll be easy to color over. Remember that darker colors are more difficult to change, so start out light just to play it safe.

Application is Essential

Each brand of hair coloring comes with its own unique set of instructions, so be sure to follow them very carefully. Open the box and lay everything out on the bathroom counter before you begin. Read the instructions carefully for both the mixing and application steps. Make sure you wear quality gloves (most come with their own pair) while you color. Mix the ingredients carefully and thoroughly, and begin applying the color as soon as you're done mixing. Make sure you set a timer so that the hair dye does not sit on your hair too long, or that you don't rinse it out too soon.

Taking Care of Your Color

After you've rinsed the dye out in the shower, you should apply a deep conditioning treatment to your hair. Let it sit for at least one minute before you rinse it out. Most brand name dyes come with a small tube of special conditioner for you to use right after the application. Rinse your hair thoroughly, making sure all dye is out and the water is running clear. For red heads, the sun can fade your color much quicker than other shades, so apply a spray treatment that contains special sunscreens for hair that will help it last longer. Good conditioning is the key to colored hair. You will most likely need to reapply and freshen up your color every four to six weeks.

Talk to salon experts like Escape Hair Salon for more information.