Dos and Don’ts of At Home Colour
Dyeing your hair from home can be a fun and exciting experience. Trying new colours, going for new looks and saving yourself a lot of money and time. When choosing to use at home colour it is important to be educated in the process before, during and after your application. Keep reading to find out exactly how to protect your hair, choose what colour is right for you and look amazing!
Understand your natural colouring
When it comes to dyeing your hair it’s vital to know which shades flatter you the most. By doing so you can look like you got your hair done in a professional salon, when really it was at your kitchen table. If your skin tone is on the cooler side and has more pink stick to tones such as ice blonde or ash brown. Avoid warmth, such as golden tones, as this is will make you look flushed. If you have a warmer complexion with olive tones, go for more golden colours as this will bring warmth to your face and be the most flattering. These include golden blondes and chocolate browns. Those who have a neutral complexion, lucky you! You will suit both cool and warm hair colours.
Experiment before committing
We all love to mix up our hair colour and try something new, whether that’s a bright fun colour or going white blonde for the first time. If it is your first time trying a new colour, don’t commit quite yet! Use a semi-permanent colour to try the colour first and see if it is a colour you want to have permanently. If you use a semi-permanent colour this also means you can mix up your hair more often, and have some fun. Pink, purple, blue, turquoise - the possibilities are endless!
Use colour protect shampoo
After you have dyed your hair it’s important to have shampoos and conditioners that will protect your hair colour. We want those results to last! To protect your newly coloured hair, be sure to use shampoo and conditioner that is sulfate free. Sulfates strip the hair of colour and makes it look dull and dry over time. Our Colour Protect range has an added Colour Protect Complex to help prevent fading and is suitable for all coloured hair. The result is colour that lasts.
Make sure you have enough product
The last thing you want during application is to realise you’re going to run out of product before you’re finished. If your hair is longer than shoulder length or thick then pick up 2 boxes to make sure that you can thoroughly coat your hair. You are better to have too much dye than too little to make sure that all your hair is covered to give you the best results.
Get someone to help
If you live with somebody who can help ask them to. It’s much easier to have somebody help you apply, especially for those hard to reach areas. It helps ensure that you application is even and is a fun activity for you both!
Skip the hair strand and skin sensitivity test
These are the most important stages of at home colour, the 48-hour hair strand and skin sensitivity tests. Instructions for both will be found on the box or leaflet of your Jerome Russell product. The skin sensitivity test is vital in determining if you are sensitive to any of the ingredients used. Carrying out this test can rule out the possibility of an allergic reaction during application or development. Alongside this, you must carry out the hair strand test. This is conducted to determine your personal development time, which is how long you should leave the colour on your hair. Everyone’s hair takes to colour different, due to various factors such as hair texture and past colouring, and to achieve your best results it’s essential to conduct the strand test. Give yourself plenty of time to do so before you want to colour your hair and you’ll have amazing salon quality colour!
Forget your roots
Roots will take colour different to the rest of your hair, so it’s important to treat them differently! If you are bleaching your roots then be sure to do a hair strand test on this section separately prior to application as development time may be different. If you are reapplying a colour all over the hair, apply this colour to your roots first as it will need longer to develop and then to the rest of your hair. Always remember the key step for best results – hair strand test!
It’s very easy to get excited and creative when it comes to colouring your hair. You want to go all sorts of different colours and experiment with what’s in fashion, but it’s vital to make sure you do not go overboard. Your hair can only handle so much, and if you constantly go from black to blonde to pink, this can result in damage. Take time between applications, do a deep conditioning treatment, and make sure you are not putting your hair through unnecessary strain. The best hair is healthy hair.
Keep any leftover mixture
Once you’ve applied the dye to your hair, if your hair is short or thin then there may be some mixture left over – do not keep this! Be sure to throw away any leftover mixture. When hair dye is exposed to air for an extended period of time it can alter the reaction that it will have to your hair. It may be tempting to keep it and use at a later date for a root touch up or another application but it is not a good idea, we promise.