DO IT YOURSELF HAIR COLOR
1. Wash your hair 24 to 48 hours before dyeing. Doing this allows the natural oils in your hair to develop which in turn allows dye to bind to your hair more easily. The dye will blend more naturally with your hair and that tends to make it last longer. *If possible, avoid conditioner when you wash your hair the day before dyeing it. Conditioner eliminates your natural oils, which you need for the dye to set in more easily.
*If your hair is extremely dry, condition it every night for at least five minutes in a hot shower for a week before you plan to dye your hair. Then, do not condition your hair the night before dyeing. This will keep your hair from drying out after you dye it.
Pick a color that you really like. It's easy to get overwhelmed by the hundreds of shades you can choose from. If this is your first time dyeing your hair, its best to stick to a hair dye that is no more than two shades darker or lighter than your own natural hair color. *If you are new to dyeing, you can also try dyeing your hair with temporary or semi-permanent dye first. Using one of these types of dyes ensure that if you mess up, you won't have live with your mistake for long. Keep in mind that you have to apply semi-permanent dye to damp hair.
*Temporary dyes usually wash out after 6 to 12 shampoos. Semi-permanent dyes will rinse out after 20 to 26 shampoos. Permanent dyes generally last for six to eight weeks, but can sometimes last for longer.[
Protect your home and yourself from dye stains. While you want to stain your hair, you do not want weird blotches of cherry red all over your carpet and favorite shirt. Cover any surface around you that might get dye on it and put newspapers on the floor. Have paper towels nearby to deal with spills. Wear a ratty old shirt you do not like, preferably one you are ready to throw away. It is very easy to get dye on whatever shirt you are wearing.
4. Put a towel or color cape around your shoulders. The towel or cape will catch any dye that may drip off of your hair during the dyeing process. You can purchase a color cape at a beauty supply store. If you decide to use a towel, use one that is a dark color to avoid visibly staining the towel. Secure the towel in the front of your neck with a safety pin or clip.
5. Brush your hair well. Make sure that there are no tangles left in your hair. This step will make applying the dye easier, but it will also help you to make sure that your hair will be evenly dyed.
6. Coat your hairline, ears and neck before applying dye to your hair. You can use vaseline, lip balm or the conditioner included in the kit (if one is provided). This step is optional, but applying this coating will make it easier to rinse off any dye that gets on your skin.
7. Put on your gloves. Gloves generally come with a dye kit but if they don't, you can simply use normal rubber, vinyl, or latex gloves. Remember that it is very important to wear gloves when dyeing your hair. If you do not, you will end up dyeing your hands as well.
Use the supplied bottle or a bowl to mix the dye. Follow the directions provided on the box. Most box kits include bottles that you use for mixing the dye. Follow the instructions to combine the dye ingredients into the bottle provided. Then, shake the solution until the ingredients are well combined. If your dye does not include these items, then you will need to purchase a bowl to mix the dye in. *If your hair dye does not come with a paint brush, you can buy one at your local beauty supply store or just use your gloved fingers do it to apply the dye
9. Mix your dye with developer. This only applies to some dyes--the box your dye came in with have instructions regarding developer. The developer is generally included in the kit. If it is not, you can purchase it at your local drugstore. *If you need to purchase your own developer, choose a 20% developer.