Coloring your hair at home can be a tricky endeavor. Are you going to get the color you want? Will it damage your hair? How long will it last? While we are big proponents of heading to a salon for major hair changes, there are some solid ways to score a great at-home dye job — especially with semi-permanent hair color.
Semi-permanents, like Bigen Semi-Permanent Hair Color ($4.99), don’t contain ammonia or peroxide, so they are a safer option for maintaining healthy tresses — including processed and relaxed hair. While that means they won’t help you go blonde or some other lighter hue, semi-permanents can enhance your natural hair color, add some highlights or tones to your already bleached tresses and cover greys. Another bonus, since they wash out in anywhere from four to 12 shampoos, your color will gradually fade leaving less noticeable roots.
The question now is how to do it right — at home. Read on for three tips to slay your new hue this summer.
Apply to damp hair
While your hair is damp, the hair shaft is open. Since there’s no ammonia, applying semi-permanent hair color on towel-dried hair will allow it to soak up color better. It will also help with a more even application (so less spotty patches) and you’ll use less dye, which is great for those of us with super long or super thick hair.
Do not shampoo
Remember how wet hair equals an open shaft? Well, you don’t want to wash out that vibrant color you just put in your hair. Instead, shampoo and towel dry hair BEFORE applying color. Once applied, simply rinse out the hair dye and condition as usual. (IMPORTANT: This ONLY applies to semi-permanent hair colors.) This will allow your hair to absorb the hair dye.
Keep it bright
To extend the life of your color, opt for color-safe, sulfate-free shampoos. Also, look for shampoos for your specific color — especially if you’ve gone read. Be sure to rinse hair with cool water.
Press play below for a quick tutorial from the folks at Bigen.