Do you want to try a new hair color or refresh your old one? If you want to dye your hair yourself instead of going to the hairdresser, you should know THAT!
Blonde, brown, red – no matter what hair color Mother Nature gave us, at some point every woman is in the mood for a color change. And at the latest when the first gray hair begins to disturb the overall picture, the desire for a beautiful, intensive hair color arises. Going to the hairdresser is, of course, the easiest, but not necessarily the cheapest, solution. It is cheaper to dye the hair yourself at home.
But even if the DIY products all promise “easy use”, some things can go wrong. We show you the seven most common dye traps and give you tips on how to avoid them.
1. Coloring trap: incorrectly assess starting hair color
Light or medium brown? Or dark blonde? Many women find it difficult to correctly determine their own hair color and rate it too dark. In order for the coloring result to be as desired, it is important that the original hair color is correct. Only then does the medium blonde really become hazelnut brown?
How to avoid the trap: Compares the hair color (whether dyed or natural) with the images of strands of hair that appear on most packaging of colorants. That’s a good starting point.
If the original hair color does not appear there, you should keep your hands off this product and look for an alternative. If you are unsure, you should ask your trusted hairdresser what your hair color is – you don’t have to tell him right away that you prefer to dye at home rather than at his home.
If you are not sure of your thing at all, you can simply do it with a permanent color instead of a permanent one tint try it, because after 6 to 8 washes it will be outside again: If you don’t like the result, the color can be removed from the hair at short notice without much effort. A good alternative between tinting and coloring is intensive tinting: it lasts 6 to 8 weeks.
2. Dye trap: expectations too high
To be blonde once – that has been your dream for a long time! But instead of Marilyn Monroe, your hair now looks more like a pee long stocking. It is orange and not evenly, but spotty.
How to avoid the trap: Great results can be achieved with coloring products for the home. But not every color request can be realized in your own bathroom. Extreme color changes require a precise analysis of the hair structure and in-depth knowledge of the chemical processes that take place during dyeing. Those who bleach their hair themselves run the risk that the product will take effect for too long (this will also damage the hair) or too short (the result: orange!).
So go to the barber of your trust if you want highlights, the “ombré” look or radical color changes. If you only want to change your natural tone by one or two shades or overdye a gray approach, you can also do this at home.
3. Dye trap: poor preparation
You bought a hair dye for your home and would like to get started right away – after all, it doesn’t take long. Quickly put an old towel around your shoulders and off you go… stop!
Didn’t you forget important things like hair clips, a comb, and an alarm clock? Annoying! Because once the hair color is mixed, there is no more time to look around, after all, it must be applied immediately …
Here’s how it works: Before dyeing your hair, take some time for good preparation. Ensures that the following tools are at hand:
- Dyeing brush: makes application easier, especially if you only want to dye the base
- Hair clips (made of plastic!) And style comb: enable the separation and fixing of individual strands
- old towel and old clothes: there are no nasty color stains!
- Kitchen alarm clock or set cell phone alarm: helps to keep the exposure time exactly
- Vaseline: prevents discoloration of the skin
4. Staining trap: Too little coloring agent
You prepared everything so well: put the old towel and the kitchen clock ready to stop the time, but the petroleum jelly on the skin as protection… and now that: when you apply it, you notice that the coloring agent is not enough! At the beginning you dosed generously, now it is running out for lengths. The result may be that the coloring result becomes irregular because not all parts came into contact with the color to the same extent.
How to avoid this trap: Do you have short hair? This dye trap is guaranteed to be spared. But from shoulder length at the latest, you need two packs of colorant so that you don’t get into trouble when applying. Mix the second pack straight away so that you can use it without losing much time.
Of course, if you want to dye your hair yourself, you often do so to save money. But don’t be stingy with the second pack, otherwise, the first one won’t bring the result you want.
5. Dye trap: plant colors vs. Chemical colors
You were so sure that you were right with this color. But somehow the light brown that you wanted turned out to be irregular. Only the top ten centimeters have the right color, nothing has changed in the lengths.
How to avoid this problem: Natural hair colors with henna or extracts from walnut shells dye the hair according to a different principle of action than chemical hair colors. Some natural hair colors also contain metal salts to intensify the coloring process. That would not be a problem in itself, the only thing that is common is that hair that has been dyed with natural hair dyes must not be treated with chemical dyes afterward.
It is essential to wait with chemical color until the hair colored with natural colors has completely grown out or been cut off. Otherwise, the result is unpredictable, and bleaching can even lead to a permanent green tint.
6. Dye trap: dye the whole hair
At the latest when the first gray hair shows up, many women resort to the colorant or at least a tint. If the majority of the hair is already gray, the fight against the beginning begins.
In principle, of course, it’s not a problem to over-dye gray hair yourself. However, many women make the mistake of not only coloring the unloved silver lining but the entire hair right down to the tips. The color result is often irregular: the base is no longer gray, but it has a different color than the rest of the hair. A clever camouflage of gray areas looks different.
How to avoid this problem: This trick helps with dyeing the roots: Massage a little hair conditioner into the lengths and tips, or into all areas that still have your desired color. It wraps itself around the hair like a film and prevents direct contact with the coloring.
Then apply the paint to the base with a dye brush. Only give the dye into the lengths and tips in the last twelve minutes of the exposure time. This will refresh your color without being too strong. Rinse your hair after the exposure time and treat it as described in the instructions.
7. Staining trap: Instructions not read
It’s not the first time I dye my hair – you thought beforehand and therefore refrained from reading the instructions carefully. The only strange thing is that the result is different than the last time. The hair somehow looks more attacked than usual.
How to avoid this trap: Even if you already have a routine in dyeing your hair yourself: you should read the instructions carefully!
On the one hand, this prevents you from forgetting important steps in the dyeing process. On the other hand, it may be that the manufacturer has changed the composition of the colorant – and thereby e.g. the exposure time is reduced. Anyone who exposes their hair to color for too long does not get a particularly intense color, but only strains it unnecessarily. You should definitely avoid this if your hair is close to your heart.
Good question: wash hair before dying or not?
Most of the time you can read in the instructions for use that you should dampen the hair before dyeing it – but not wash it. And there is a good reason for this: it is important to wash the hair before coloring in order to remove any residues of styling and care products such as hairspray, gel, hair treatments, etc. Because they cover the hair like a film, which may not be able to accept the hair color as well. Result: The result of the coloring does not turn out as expected.
Therefore: Do not wash the hair with shampoo & co. Directly before dyeing, but only with water. The last shampoo should be 1-2 days ago.
Don’t forget: colored hair needs to be taken care of!
Use a hair conditioner after the coloring so that the new color lasts better. It is important to provide the hair structure with nutrients after dyeing. Especially in summer, you should use shampoo or special care products with a sun filter.
Also, don’t forget to take care of your hair after coloring with a special shampoo for colored hair. By the way: whether the hair is colored or not, shiny hair brings out beautiful hair color.