If you haven’t learned to embrace your “shining silvers”, changing your hair color and style can make you look and feel younger. But doing it yourself can be a scary thought for some women.
Being armed with these simple tips will help you get the most out of your hair coloring experience and help you avoid the nightmares of home hair coloring. It will also help you save some money and most importantly enjoy your beautiful hair!
You can do this by yourself but I always recommend having a friend help if possible. It’s nice to have an extra set of eyes that can see the back of your head. It can also be a fun experience if you both dye your hair.
1. Trim your hair before you color. If your hair needs to be trimmed in addition to the color, get it done before you color your hair. You don’t want to cut it right after you color it, which can cause your color to fade more quickly.
2. Choose a permanent shade that is the same as, or a shade or two lighter, than your natural color. If you are completely gray, choose a shade that is close to the same color your hair was before it turned gray. Warmer colors like blondes, honeys, and lighter browns are usually great choices, just don’t go too dramatic. Try Clairol Nice & Easy Gray Solutions, it is specially formulated for hard-to-color gray hair and there is 12 different shades to choose from.
If you can, bring a friend with you to get a second opinion, so you don’t spend an hour in the hair color isle at the store. Sometimes that alone, can take the fun out of coloring your hair.
3. Do the Stand Test! All store-bought hair colors will tell you to do a strand test. Do it! You need to know how long to apply the hair color, and make sure that you are not allergic to the product. The time, that the instructions give you is just an estimate. This is especially important if you are not completely gray, so you can figure out how to leave the mixture on your gray, before you apply it to your entire head.
4. Before you start to color your hair, put on an old t-shirt just in case you drip. You will also want to put down an old sheet or towel on the floor and countertop. Just be careful not to put anything down that you can slip on. Be sure to wear your gloves too, the product will dye your skin as well.
5. Apply hair color to gray hair first. If you have previously colored your hair, apply the hair color to the outgrown-roots as well. Gray hair is typically more coarse, and can be more resistant to hair coloring. So it takes longer for the hair to absorb the color and produce results.
Typically you want to apply the hair color to the roots and gray, wait 15-20 minutes, then apply hair color to the rest of hair for uniform coverage. You should know your exact timing for your hair from doing the strand test.
6. Don’t Color your hair too often. Over-processing your hair can cause severe damage to it, causing it to break and sometimes fall out. Try to wait at least 4-6 weeks (or longer if you can) in between colorings.
7.Use an Anti-aging Shampoo and conditioner that is safe for colored-treated hair. These products are specially formulated for gray hair, which can be coarse, wirey, limp, and thin. This will help keep hair soft and manageable, and still preserve your color. Try Dove Pro Age Thick & Full Therapy Shampoo & Conditioner. They also have Advanced Care Styling Foam and Finishing Spray, to complete your look.
8. For extra color-resistant gray hair or fast-fading color, use a peroxide crème developer next time you color. Try Salon Care 20-Volume Crème Developer at Sally Beauty Supply. You can buy it online for $1.19 (or at the store). Leave the developer in your hair for about 5-10 minutes, gently towel it off, then apply your hair color.
9. Stick with short to medium hairstyles. They are easier to take care of, much easier to style, and it will usually make you appear younger. Bolder haircuts that frame the face are typically great for any face shape and can be styled with ease.
10. To create an easy but elegant look, try using a hair clamp like these. They are easy to put in and are perfect for dressing up a short or medium hair style, in just a few seconds. Just pin back the hair on both sides of your head, behind your ear or a little higher, and voila!
You are your way to amazing hair! Remember to drink plenty of water and eat healthy to nourish your hair from the inside out.