Everything you need to know about dyeing your hair for the first time
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Dying your hair at home can be an intimidating experience. But don't worry, it's not as scary as you might think. Whether you're a dark brunette or a warm blonde, we'll tell you everything you need to know about going red.
Here are some of our favorite tips you might want to consider if you're thinking of dyeing your hair red at home.
Looking at your skin tone can help you determine which shade of red hair color would suit you best.
Copper tones work really well if your skin tone is warm. For fair skin, try a rose gold or auburn blonde shade. If you've got medium or olive skin, a red-brown auburn will look amazing. Darker skin tones can easily pull off rich, bright shades of red like burnt orange, fiery red, or a rich burgundy.
Just like skin tone, your eye color can help you pick the perfect shade of red for your new hair do.
If your eyes are green, blue, or hazel…
Think about using a warmer shade with red-orange undertones, such as auburn, if you have naturally blonde hair, or a shade with red-violet undertones, such as burgundy, if you are naturally a brunette.
If you’ve got brown eyes…
Transforming your untreated dark brown locks into a light red shade overnight can be challenging.
The good news is that you probably won't have to bleach your hair to go red. But you might have to lift (use a permanent hair color made to lighten and tone your hair) your color before achieving your desired bright red look.
Before choosing your desired red color, check your current shade first.
After choosing your color, we'd recommend doing an allergy test (even if you’ve colored your hair before). It’s easy to do:
And make sure you do a strand test before applying it directly to your hair. This will help you decide whether you like the color and is a great way to avoid any mishaps. Just make sure to follow the instructions inside the box.
To test the dye, take a section from the underside of your hair and color it roots to ends. Let it process for the full recommended time, rinse, and blow dry your hair. This is a great way to check to make sure you have the right timing for the tone (vibrancy) you want.
After choosing your color, it's time to start dyeing your hair. Here are some of our favorite step-by-step tips that can help you achieve the perfect color.
Red is the fastest color to fade, so you’ll probably need to touch up your color quite often (maybe even every four weeks). But we do have some tips and tricks that can help you maximize your color and maintain your hair health.
1. Use the right hair care products
Having healthy hair will help keep your red hair color longer, so use color-safe shampoos and conditioners specifically designed for color-treated hair. A color-depositing shampoo can also do a great job of keeping your color vibrant.
2. Shampoo less
Try to wash your hair less often to stop your red from fading. If needed, you can use dry shampoo to help keep your hair fresh in between washes.
On that note, conditioning is super important for colored hair as conditioner forms a protective layer over your hair strands. Deep conditioner helps trap hair color molecules from escaping and fading away quickly. Why not try a leave-in conditioner for extra color protection?
3. Pick the right water temperature
Remember to wash your hair in warm water instead of hot water. This helps keep your hair healthy by keeping the hair cuticle more sealed and smooth.
4. Be wary of excessive heat
Let your hair air dry naturally or use a blow dryer on a warm setting to finish your style (and try to avoid using heat styling tools). If you are using hot tools on your hair, always make sure to use a heat protectant. Also, try to avoid heavy sun exposure or try wearing a hat when outside in the sun.
A gloss is a great way to keep your hair shiny, vibrant, and fresh. Our Color Gloss Up range offers a salon-inspired color boost that will help keep your red vibrant for longer (while also conditioning your hair). It's super easy to use, you just need to squeeze the color out of the tube and apply it for up to 15 minutes. And voila!
We’d recommend using a gloss about two weeks after you’ve first colored your hair.
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