First times - Tips for coloring your hair
Top five things we wish we’d known!
1. Know your skin tone
In a nutshell, cool skin tones suit cool hair colors, warm skin tones look best in warm hair colors and if you’ve got a neutral skin tone, most hair colors will suit you (lucky you!)
You can get an idea of your skin tone by looking at the veins on the inside of your wrist - blue veins indicate a cool undertone, while green veins indicate a warm undertone. See both? You’re most likely a neutral.
You can read more about skin tone and hair color in this article.
2. Test before you dye
Always do a skin test 48 hours before you dye. It’s also worth doing a strand test (just take a section from the underside of your hair and color it. Let it process for the full time on the instructions, rinse and blow dry – so you know if you love the color - or not!).
3. Be ready before you start
On our checklist we’ve always got
• A mirror
• A towel or apron
• Two boxes of color (if you’ve got long hair one box might not be enough)
4. Don’t dye your hands, your clothes (or your hairline!)
With your checklist ready….don’t forget to….
• Wear plastic gloves (these often come with a hair dye)
• Cover your clothes (put on a towel or a plastic apron) or wear an old t-shirt
• Put Vaseline around your hairline to reduce any dye on your skin
5. Be “after color” ready
To max out the lifespan of your hair color, choose a shampoo and conditioner that is designed for colored hair, use a hair mask (once a week) and avoid too much heat (too hot water, heated hair appliances and the sun).
It’s also worth thinking about just coloring your roots next time and not your full head to avoid over processing your hair – our Root-Touch Up product is super easy to use and gives great, natural results.
For other ways to keep your color looking great for as long as possible – read on here.