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7 Tips for Coloring Your Hair Successfully ...

By Alison

If you're thinking of changing your hair color, then read these tips for coloring your hair, and make sure you read them very carefully! Whether you're new to coloring, or have been experimenting for years, there are a number of points you should consider. It's easy to become complacent, which can lead to a less than positive outcome! So here are some useful tips for coloring your hair successfully …

1 Read Instructions

One of the most important tips for coloring your hair is to always read the instruction leaflet. Even if you have used the same brand countless times, read through it thoroughly. Instructions can change, so never assume that you do the same as before. Most kits are applied in the same way, but it's far better to spend a few minutes checking how you should apply the product.

2 Do a Patch Test

There have been a number of cases reported in the media (and presumably many more that haven't) of women having an extreme allergic reaction to a hair color. Invariably they admit to not having done the patch test, because they always use the same brand. It's possible to develop an allergy to a product at any time, and manufacturers do change the formula from time to time. So play it safe and always do the patch test.

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3 Assistance

Applying a hair color kit to your own hair isn't the easiest process. Enlisting the help of a friend is a smart move! They can apply the color more evenly, and also have easier access to the back of your head. Reaching round the back isn't so easy when you're applying the color yourself!

4 Choose Similar Shade

Sometimes you want a dramatic color change that will stand out. But if your aim is a natural look that could pass for your own color, then it's advised that you pick a color within three shades of your actual hair color. This ensures that root growth is far less obvious. Choosing a color similar to your own also means that it will match your complexion and eye color.

5 Cover up

Coloring your hair can be a messy business, so cover everything! However careful you try to be, you will almost certainly get some drips of colorant all over yourself and the bathroom. So wear old clothes that you don't mind staining, and use old towels. It's also a good idea to clip a towel around you, to minimise the chance of drips getting on your skin.

6 Baby Wipes

Have you ever had that annoying experience with color around your hairline - or worse still, drips on your face or neck? You can try the old trick of applying a thick layer of Vaseline around the hairline, but it's messy. An alternative is to have baby wipes handy, so that any drips or smudges can be wiped off immediately.

7 Application Technique

For best results, use the correct technique to color your hair. Remember that if you are "touching up" your existing color, you only need to apply the color to the ends. This is better for the condition. It's also easier if you section the hair. You can use a wide-toothed comb to ensure that the color is evenly applied throughout the length of your hair. This is even easier for a friend to do.

Coloring your hair is fun, but always play it safe. Read the instructions every time, and never omit the patch test. You don't want to risk an allergic reaction. If you have any known allergies, read the ingredients carefully or contact the manufacturers for advice. Nor do you want to ruin the condition of your hair, or have to run to the salon to get mistakes fixed. And if your hair looks like it's had enough of chemicals, give coloring a rest. Have you ever had any home coloring disasters?

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