In honor of the 4th of July, here is a quick guide to complete independence from your hair coloring woes.
No more stubborn grays, no more too-dark color – here are the most common questions that come up when you color at home, and how to liberate yourself from those annoying problems!
1. What if my hair color turned out too dark?
Darker coloring can happen if you have previously colored your hair and apply more color on top. Also, if you have fine hair, leaving the color on too long could create overly-dark coloring. Fine hair accepts color easier than standard hair, so it becomes dark faster.
If you’ve used a permanent color to darken your hair, you can lift it (go lighter) with a multi-step hair color removal process at a salon. Your other option is to go to a drugstore and purchase a product called Color Oops. This treatment will lift your dyed color about 2-3 shades lighter. Color Oops tends to work well for lightening a too-dark color, and stylists often recommend it as an inexpensive solution.
If you used a demi-permanent color to darken your hair, it will gradually wash out on its own. You can accelerate that process with a clarifying shampoo to wash out the color faster.
2. What does it take to go lighter at home?
Lightening your hair at home is a delicate process, because it involves harsh chemicals used to strip out your current color. It’s usually recommended that you perform this at a professional hair salon instead, and don’t try to go more than two shades over your natural color.
3. Can I do highlights at home?
Highlighting your hair is a difficult process. Trying to do highlights at home can turn out badly or even damage your hair. It’s generally recommended that you go to a professional hair salon for this procedure.
4. Why do I have bands on my hair after coloring it?
Women who color their hair often may encounter “banding,” which happens when your root retouch application overlaps with previously dyed hair. The overlapping band between the roots and the ends will become darker because it’s received twice as much dye.
If you’re doing a root retouch, you can prevent banding by making sure you just color the roots and don’t extend the new color through your ends. Don’t let any color sit on your ends, or else they will turn out considerably darker than your roots.
If you find that you’ve gotten bands, go to a professional salon to apply highlights to help blend the darker coloring. Then, make sure you maintain a consistent color for the next few months to prevent any more bands.
5. How do I prevent the color from fading?
You can prevent the color molecules from leaving your hair cuticle by treating your hair gently. Use a shampoo and conditioner designed for color-treated hair because they will be gentle and not strip out the color. In addition, don’t expose your hair to the sun, which will naturally make the color fade out faster. Heated styling tools will also contribute to fading color.
6. What’s the best brand for coloring my hair at home?
If you want to go the at-home hair color route, you may be resigned to the array of choices at the local drugstore. But another option is eSalon.com, a custom-formulated hair color company that blends your individual color on the premises and ships it to your door. The company has colorists on site who review your hair profile and make a custom color formulation just for you. They’re also on stand-by to help you out with any coloring issues that come up along the way.
Right now, they have a special offer for new customers: Get your first custom color kit for only $9.95 (a 50% savings!), with a full money-back guarantee including shipping (what other company does that?).