How to Color Your Hair Safely at Home

Learn how to color your hair safely at home and you’ll never have to put up with dull, lifeless hair again. Over the years, new, improved products have become available for those who want to color their own hair. The chemicals are not as harsh as they once were and there are creams available to keep your hair soft and manageable.

Choose the Best Dye for Your Needs

When learning how to color your hair safely at home, learn about the different types of dyes so you can make a good decision on which one is for best for your needs. Coloring your hair at home is easy when you know some of the basic rules to follow and which dye to use.

Permanent dye contains peroxides and ammonia that can cause the most damage to your hair because it lasts much longer than other types of dyes.

Semipermanent dyes have a shorter lifespan than permanent dyes but will be gentler on your hair. They are recommended for those who are dyeing their hair for the first time or anyone who has very sensitive skin.

If you want something that will last longer but you’re not ready for permanent dye, try the long-lasting semipermanent ones. These usually last up to about 20 washes. Regardless of which type of dye you use, buy quality products.

Avoid Common Mistakes

One of the biggest mistakes made by women and men who dye their hair at home is doing it too often. Even when you use a semipermanent dye, you must wait the appropriate amount of time between dyes to prevent damage that can cause your hair to fall out or cause an allergic reaction to occur.

Another common mistake is not rinsing the hair well enough. Leaving dye in your hair can cause it to fall out, so make sure to rinse well using cool or warm water, but not hot. Rinse your hair until the water runs clear.

Don’t use hair dye on your eyebrows. It’s too strong for your face, and hair dye can cause eye irritation just from being that close to your eyes or can cause real damage if it gets in them.

Also, always apply the hair color in a well-ventilated area.

Protect Your Skin

Take time to test for allergies before applying the color to make sure you’re not allergic to the dye before you use it. Place a small amount of hair color in an inconspicuous area (on the hairline at base of neck) and give it 48 hours to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction to the product.

When applying the color, protect your skin by rubbing petroleum jelly around your forehead, face, and ears to keep the dye from staining or irritating your skin. If you do get any on you, use rubbing alcohol to remove it as soon as possible

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