Why Your Should Always Add Sweet N Low To Hair Dye, And Other Salon Secrets
Katie Mooney 3/4/2017
Having your hair dyed professionally ensures color expertise, a much-needed social outing, and some overdue pampering (in some cases, even a glass of champagne!).
However, coloring your hair at home offers a comfortable setting, negates the need to schedule an appointment, and gives you the color you've been wanting without breaking the bank. Perfect your at-home dye job with these insider tips and tricks.
You may be expected to sit still for the duration of your coloring process in the salon - however, when you dye your own hair in your own home, the rules change! By simply wrapping your saturated hair in a plastic bag, you not only allow yourself mobility (without dripping all over that white carpet), but the bag-generated heat helps with the color development as well!
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The Conditioning Cure
Gearing up to utilize a box of at-home hair color? Remember: always prep for success! The week prior to you playing hairdresser on yourself, be certain to apply a deep conditioner or hair mask to your luscious locks on two separate days. The "conditioner love" will ensure that your hair is primed and ready for color absorption.
Mirror Mirror On The Wall
If you've ever attempted to color your own hair, you realize how difficult it can be to get a good view of the back of your head - the "dying dilemma" is real! And, this certainly isn't the type of project you just want to "wing." Before you begin, set up mirrors which allow you to see yourself clearly, and from all angles. It'll be smooth slathering with this helpful hint.
Bring On The Bristles
If you're tossing around the idea of putting in your own highlights - you'll want to get a load of this interesting (and effective) tidbit before beginning the bleaching bonanza! As it turns out, an ordinary toothbrush not only keeps your smile clean and bright, but it has the potential to be your highlighting best friend as well! Corey Powell teaches you how.
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Protect With Petroleum
Did you know that Vaseline can keep away those pesky (and unattractive) hair-dye skin stains? Well, now you do! Before dying your hair, simply apply a thin coat of petroleum jelly on the skin along your hairline. You want people to notice your fabulous new "vivacious red-apple" hair color, not the "ridiculous red" stains on your forehead.
The Great Disappearing Act
So, you forgot to apply the Vaseline, and now you've got dye marks on your skin - what next? SC explains that by combining a tablespoon of olive oil with a dollop of whitening toothpaste, you create the perfect (and very effective) stain-removing solution. Ditch those dye-marks instantly with this simple, inexpensive, homemade mixture.
Baby Wipe Bliss
Keeping a package of baby wipes close by during your at-home salon session is certainly a good idea. These quick clean-up cloths are great for wiping those runaway globs of dye, as they occur. Whether your hair color solution drips onto your neck, your counter, or onto the bathroom floor - "a swipe of baby wipe" comes to the rescue!
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Just Say No
...to metal that is! Metal bowls and spoons are wonderful when preparing dinner, but not when preparing your hair color solution. A chemical reaction will occur between the metal and the components of the hair dye, drastically changing the outcome of the hair dying process - and not in a good way. This toxic combination (metal and hair color) actually changes the color (that you've so carefully selected), and may even have the potential to break-off your hair. Plastic bags at the grocery store, bad - plastic utensils during hair coloring, good!
Softening Strong Roots
You've got an obvious "dark roots" look going on, and you need a quick and easy fix for tonight's big dinner - well, we've found the softening solution for you! SC explains that with the help of an eyeshadow the color of your roots, and with a fluffy eye shadow brush, you can minimize the "root look."
Simply brush on a bit of the eye shadow starting at your roots, and then out about an inch. The powder will ease the transition between the two different colors - blending them together in a more harmonious way. Use a touch of light-hold hairspray to gently coat your masterpiece, and you and your "knock-out self" are out the door.
Just A Spoonful Of - Sweet 'N Low
If you've been the victim of an "itchy scalp" during the hair dying process, worry no more - you are certainly not alone, and we've got the scratching solution for you! LisaLise shares that after speaking with several hairdressers, she was able to gain a collective (and effective) answer to the irritating itch problem: Sweet 'N Low. As it turns out, by adding this petite and perfectly-pink packet to your hair dye, you can eliminate the scratch from your hair dying experience! LisaLise has the details.
Check out this stunning, sun-kissed "brush" tip to get your hair ready for the summer:
Sure, the pamper-filled salon experience is wonderful (quite wonderful, actually). However, coloring your hair at home, inexpensively and on your own time, is sometimes just more convenient. Share these fabulous follicle hints with your friends and family, and help others to color their own hair - with success!
Sources: YouTube/Bebexo, YouTube/Corey Powell, YouTube/Hey Renee, SC, One Good Thing By Jillee, LisaLise - Natural Skin Care FB Image Credit: Facebook/MetDaan, Flickr/Steve Isaacs