The hair is said to be a woman’s crowning glory. However, maintaining the hair and keeping it beautiful doesn’t have to be expensive. One great way to have gorgeous hair is by applying hair color into it.

 

On a side note, do the project in front of a big mirror, preferably a dresser with lights. If you don’t have one, perhaps you should invest in one especially if you’ll be coloring your hair by yourself regularly. You can find the best makeup mirrors with lights by browsing the Internet.

 

Finding out what color best suits you is the very first step to take. After choosing the hair color you want, you do not need to go to the salon to have your hair dyed or colored. You can actually do it yourself at home by following the steps below.

 

Washing your hair

 

You have to wash your hair with shampoo at least one to two days before you color your hair. By not washing your hair, your scalp will develop its natural oils. The natural oil from your scalp is a great adhesive or binder for the hair color or hair dye. If you have a dry scalp you can start conditioning your hair for about a week before you color your hair. However, you must not wash your hair the night before you color your hair. Conditioner prevents the natural oil from your scalp to develop thus making it hard for the dye to set in.

 

Choosing a color

 

Applying hair color at home is easy nowadays. You can easily get a hair coloring kit at the nearest supermarket. Do not be overwhelmed by the hundreds of colors that are available at the store, you must choose a color that is just a few tones darker or lighter than your current hair color.

 

Protecting your clothes

 

You can use old clothes while you are applying hair color at home. You can also place some old newspaper on the floor to avoid any stains. You can put a towel around your neck to catch and absorb the excess hair color that will drip from your hair. Make sure that these towels are not one of those special towels that your mom bought from a trip abroad. It is best to use a towel with a dark shade so that the stains would not be as visible.

 

Make sure to use gloves when applying hair color at home. Remember that these hair colors contain color pigments that are hard to remove from skin and nails. You must also protect the back of your ears when applying hair color at home. You can use petroleum jelly or any type of lip balm.

 

Mix, apply, and rinse

 

Mix the hair color that you bought with developer. Apply it evenly onto your hair with a fine toothed comb. Make sure that you follow the time stated on the box. Check a strand of your hair every now and then to check if you have already achieved the color that you want. Make sure that you do proper sectioning when coloring your hair so that the color or the dye will be evenly applied. Wash it off with shampoo and conditioner. Make sure that you have washed the color off thoroughly to prevent continuous lightening of your hair.

 

Having perfectly colored and maintained hair should not be expensive and time consuming. As you learn the basics, you may want to explore and learn other techniques.