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What hair color should I get? Read this article to learn how to color hair in just 5 simple steps.

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Time for a color change and don't want to pay heaps? Maybe you have a few grays that you need to disguise. In either case there is a right way to get the color that you will love without having to pay through the roof to do it.

With a few tips and maybe a pair of helping hands you can be on your way to a more colorful you!

Step 1 – Choose Your Color!

What hair color should I get? Here are a few tips to consider when you are choosing your color.

  • Going darker is easier

  • Consider your eyebrows

  • Consider the health of your hair

Going from light brown to dark brown is easier than going from light brown to blonde. The reason? To go from dark to lighter you have to “lift” the color out of your hair. In other words there will have to be some element of bleaching.

Is bleaching your hair bad? Not necessarily. Whether you can successfully lift your hair 1-10 shades without causing major damage is largely related to the type of hair you have and how healthy it is. In many cases to go from a darker shade to a lighter shade it is going to take a two step process. First you lift than you color.

When you are choosing your color if you want to keep it as natural as possible than consider the color of your eye brows. If they are black and you want to go platinum have at it but do know that your appearance will not be natural.

The health of your hair has got to be a consideration before you start the dyeing process. If you are doing a permanent color change than you will need to have healthy hair or you risk breakage, drying your hair out and winding up with a mess.

Deep condition your hair the day BEFORE you decide to dye your hair so it has a good fighting chance. You can also choose a moisturizing type hair dye.

Step 2 - Do The Strand Test!

24 hours before you dye your hair do the strand test. You will mix up a small amount of dye and try it on a small section of your hair (an underneath strand is fine) this will help you to do 2 things. 1. Determine the time you need to leave the hair dye in to get the color you want and 2. whether or not your are allergic to the product.

-You should not skip this important step in the process.

Step 3 – Let´s Go!

Once you have your color picked out and you have done your strand test the day before it is go day. One of the best tips there is when you are getting ready to dye your hair is to have everything laid out that you will need so that you are not running around the house with hair dye on your head dripping everywhere.

You will need an old tshirt to wear and all the contents of the dye kit. If you can have a friend lend a hand that would be great! Start by NOT washing your hair. Remove all metal from your ears, face and neck.

Brush your hair all out and start sectioning it off. Part your hair in which ever direction you normally part your hair. And section your hair into four parts.

Using the tip of the applicator draw lines of hair dye through the sections of your hair. If you have a friend to help you your friend can apply the hair dye for you. Do not use metal clips or bobby pins it can interact with the dye and cause issues.

Step 4 – Watch Your Time!

That strand test you did not want to take the day before you were going to dye your hair should have told you how long you need to leave the coloring agent in your hair. In most all cases the time frame is anywhere from 25 minutes to 60 minutes (the 60 minutes is usually for lifting color and going lighter).

Set your timer. Once your timer goes off rinse out the color. You do not have to wash your hair but should condition it. Using a conditioner helps to keep your hair from drying out and it also can help to seal in the color on your hair.

Step 5 - After Care!

Over the next few washings you may notice that there still is some color that runs out of your hair. This is perfectly normal and does not mean that you did anything wrong. You should invest in a color protecting shampoo.

To keep your color fresh for the longest period of time cover your hair up in the sun or when you are swimming especially in a chlorinated pool. With a little extra care your color will last at least two months!

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