Confession: I have a deep, passionate love for at home hair color.
Major brands have added some amazing formulas to their arsenal of products that promise 100% coverage in beautiful shades that oh, by the way, nourish your lovely locks with relative ease and without the hefty price. of a salon.
Clairol and L'Oreal are two of my favorite brands because they offer a wide range of shades from almost pure white blondes and inky blacks to sexy reds and rich brunettes.
But as much as I love L'Oreal, I find myself turning to Miss Clairol more and more for their Perfect 10 system. With your box of Perfect 10, you get two different options for application: the classic, slightly pointed applicator for all-over color and an applicator that looks (and acts) like a comb, so it's perfect for root touch-ups. Now, while at home color is simple and relatively goof proof, there are some tips and tricks that will make things even easier for you.
*Unless you have extensive experiance with at home hair color, it's best to stay between two to three shades of your current hair color. If you can't choose between two shades, go with the lighter option.
*Wash your hair the day BEFORE you intend to color it. If that's not feasible, wash hair in the morning and apply color in the evening. The natural oils your scalp produces will help protect your scalp from the chemicals found in hair color.
*Immediately before, use a fine-toothed comb to get rid of any knots or snarls. You want smooth, tangle dree hair for better application. If you have knots, it can cause streaking or spotting.
*Divide your hair into sections using clips and apply color one section at a time, starting from the nape of your neck and working your way up to the crown.
*After the color has developed, rinse thoroughly and apply the deep conditioner.
I actually use the Perfect 10 color to do my highlights because it's so quick and easy to do.
*Apply color directly to your roots and allow to sit for about five minutes.
*Use wide-toothed comb to constantly pull color through your hair. The comb will help to evenly deposit the dye through your strands while giving it a more natural look, similar to boliage highlights.
If you leave your color on for more than the recommended time, don't panic. Modern hair dye has an agent in it that stops the color from processing after a certain amount of hair, so it's almost impossible to over-process your color.