Dyeing your hair at home can seem like a daring feat for the uninitiated. While many opt for semi-permanent hues to minimize the risk of a hair fail, it is possible to achieve a permanent, lighter color without drama. And, thanks to at-home kits like Bigen’s Easy Color Bold, the coloring process is much simpler and safer than you think.
Bigen offers up a moisturizing formula that is not only natural-looking but also boasts great grey coverage without any ammonia and low levels of peroxide.
But before you go to work on applying that new hue for a new you, check out these five tips for ensuring you get the color (and conditioning) your tresses deserve.
Start With Healthy Hair
Healthy hair is a must before any chemical treatment. Before adding color, deep treat your hair a few days prior with a hot oil treatment to condition and prep your hair. If your hair is already damaged and breaking, you might want to wait it out on the color and get your tresses in order. Seriously.
Be Color Safe
First of all (yes, we said it), unless you are a pro, it’s near impossible for you hair to look exactly like the box. So save the drama and for the salon and opt for a color that is maybe just a few shades lighter or darker than your natural color and know that your end results may be lighter than what you see on the model.
If you’re not 100% sure, start with a strand test (in the back) to ensure it’s the right color you’re going for — and that you are not allergic.
Double Up On Boxes
If you’ve got thick, natural hair or if your hair is past your shoulders, then get two boxes. Natural hair that is coarse tends to soak up color — fast. And, well, long hair that falls past your shoulders always requires more of anything. There could be nothing worse than getting started on a bomb color job and running out of product.
Be sure to use a glass or plastic bowl to mix up your dye. Do NOT use metal — bowls or combs — as it will cause the dye to oxidize and give you a new color that you were not aiming for.
Section Hair BEFORE Coloring
You’ve got a limited amount of time once you start applying color to get it right, get it even and avoid inconsistent splotchy patches. Once you’ve got everything else prepped, section hair into four quadrants and start in the back. The back of your head gets less sunlight and tends to be darker, so you’ll ensure more even coverage and color results.
Bonus Tip: Only Color The Roots/Virgin Hair
We know, we know, the color on your ends is fading, but coloring the ends to give it more “life” will only quicken the end of your ends. Overprocessed and damaged hair will ultimately dry out, frizz up, become brittle and break off. No one wants that.
But, if you’re looking to boost your already colored tresses, opt for color glosses and shampoos and conditioners designed especially for your new hair color.
Ready to get started? Press play below for a quick tutorial from the folks at Bigen.