5 things to know before dying your hair

dying hair grayColoring your hair for the first time can be scary. After all, you have no experience doing it, and showing up at class or work like a complete freak is not what you are looking for. You can book an appointment at a hair salon, but that doesn't mean you'll get the results you were expecting. Even though they work with the best professionals and top of the line brands, bad communication can be in the middle of your stylish and yourself, leading to something you didn't ask for.

Besides that, hair salons tend to be pricey, and since this will be your first time dying your hair, you don't really want to break your bank account for something that may not be worth it. The following 5 tips for dying hair will make the process easier and within your means!

wella professionals blondorschwarzkopf professional igora vario blondThings to know before dying your hair:

  1. Make sure you know which color you want to get

At this point, you've probably done a research with the best colors for you! Pinterest and instagram can be a great source, if you haven't already looked up there. If your natural hair color is dark, you'll probably need to bleach it in order to avoid an undesirable result. Wella Professionals Blondor & Schwarzkopf Professional Igora Vario Blond are high quality hair bleaching products I would recommend. On the other hand, if you are dying hair gray for the first time, your results (according to the box color) will be pretty accurate.       

  1. If this is your first time, don't be radical

loreal professionnel dialight hair colorGoing from platinum blonde to jet black or the other way around is not how you should do it if this is your first time. As it may look good, it can also be a total disaster and the only way to avoid that crisis is by changing just a little bit. If you have dark brown hair and you want to go blonde, you can probably start by getting a chocolate or light brown tone instead of drastically going to a much lighter color. You could also try a temporary hair color if you don't want to wait, or simply get a wig and see how a certain tone will look on your skin and facial features.

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  1. Buy more just in case

Getting more than just one box color has many advantages. First of all, you will be safe if something happens to one of the boxes, because you bought more. Second of all, since it is your first time coloring your hair, you don't really know how many boxes you are going to use, you might need just one or even three, so getting more than one box will help you prevent getting only half of your hair done. And last but not least, if you end up only using one box, you can save the other ones for a near future and you'll have the same color! The L'Oreal hair color is highly recommended for beginners, because its formula has a protective serum that will not damage your hair as much as other products. Some recommendations are: L'Oréal Professionnel Dialight & L'Oréal Professionnel Majirouge.

  1. Apply a hair mask the day before you'll dye your hair

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wella professionals sp luxeoilRemember that you are going to expose your hair to a lot of chemicals, especially if you are thinking about bleaching your hair. A hair mask will hydrate your hair and prepare it for that exhausting process. Wella Professionals SP Luxeoil, Phyto Phytojoba & Matrix Biolage Exquisite are great options for the day before you get the best at home hair color!


  1. After coloring your hair, change your shampoo and conditioner to maintain the tone!

joico color endure shampoomatrix total results color careNow that you have done your hair, it is time for a change in your shampoo and conditioner selections. Look for products that are made for color treated hair. Brands like Kerastase, Chi, Joico, Garnier & Loreal Paris can be great alternatives. Some recommended products are: Matrix Total Results Color Care Shampoo For Colored Hair with Matrix Total Results Color Care Conditioner For Colored Hair & Joico Color Endure Shampoo For Colored Hair with Joico Color Endure Conditioner For Colored Hair.phyto phytojoba hairmask


Prepared by: Priscilla Eslo
notino.com beauty editor