Coloring your hair is always fun until your hair fades too quickly or you get dye all over everything after your hair is done. Here are a few hair dyeing tips & tricks I’ve learned after coloring my hair a few times.
Read and Follow All of the Directions Your Dye Gives You
This might seem like very basic information, but the people who made the dye know how the dye works. Always follow the directions for the best dye results. However, there are always things you can do that add on to the directions to get your color to last longer.
Put Petroleum Jelly or Vaseline on All of Your Skin That You Don’t Want to be Covered in Dye
Dye often gets all over the place so cover up what you don’t want to be dyed in petroleum jelly or Vaseline to help avoid getting dye in places you don’t want.
Pre-lighten Your Hair
Even pre-lightening your hair by a few shades will help the dye soak in better. You can always dye over top of your natural hair color, but pre-lightened hair soaks up dye better.
Wrap Your Hair in Aluminum Foil
By wrapping your hair in aluminum foil, will help you decrease the amount of dye that gets everywhere and it will help the dye soak into your hair. It also adds heat that helps dye soak into your hair.
While You Are Waiting With Dye Sitting In Your Hair, Add Heat To It
By adding heat while you have the dye sitting in your hair, it helps the cuticle layer open for the dye to soak into your hair.
Mix Equal Parts White Vinegar and Water
After coloring your hair, washing it out, and blow drying it, you may still find that dye is rubbing off everywhere. A half a cup of white vinegar and a half a cup of water should be plenty of enough to coat your hair. Dunk or spray the mixture into your hair and let it dry. While you are spraying the mixture into your hair, you will see more dye running out of your hair, this is okay. Make sure you don’t get any of the mixture or hair dye run off into your eyes. The vinegar will burn and hair dye is not meant to go in your eyes. If you get any in your eyes, follow the directions on your vinegar or hair dye container.
After your hair is dry, rinse the mixture out. You may have to use shampoo to get it out. You will again see hair dye running out of your hair. Wash your hair out until the water is clear and then blow dry it. If you are still getting hair dye everywhere, do this again.
Wait At Least 72 Hours Before Washing Your Hair
Your hair takes up to 72 hours for your hair’s cuticle layers to close. In simpler terms, it takes up to 72 hours for your hair to really soak up the dye. Avoid washing your hair so your dye has the time to set.
Wash Your Hair With Cold Water and Try to Wash Your Hair Less
Washing your hair with cold water helps keep the dye in your hair because it closes the cuticle layer in each strand of hair. Cold water = closes Hot water = opens
Wash your hair less than you normally would. Each time you wash your hair you are taking out some of your dye.
Use a Color Safe Shampoo
Some shampoos and conditioners contain ingredients that will strip the color out of your hair. Make sure your shampoo and conditioner say something about being color safe or safe for color treated hair.
Avoid Using Your Curling Iron and Straightener As Much As You Can
Heating up your hair opens the cuticle layer of your hair so your color will fade much quicker than you would like it to.
Let us know if any of these helped you during your next hair dye adventure at @Fuzzable!