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Tips to color your hair at home avoiding the most common mistakes

A 2013 International Journal of Trichology study on hair dyeing trends confirmed what we’ve long suspected: Hair dyeing normally starts at a young age, most of the time with semi-permanent dyes that appear to have fewer margins for error. Wherever at home or under professional supervision, the survey showed that of 263 men and women that roughly half of the group – more women than men – dyed their hair. The major part of the survey was that as many as 42% of people experienced side effects reactions, same like headache and itching.

This may be a reason to listen tips given by famous pro hairstylists for their insider home hair coloring tips. One of them is a – Stephanie Johnson, licensed hairstylist, makeup artist and photographer in Dallas, candidly reveal this secret, “As a professional, I do not advocate coloring hair at home. There are just too many variables and chemicals involved, and there have been some rather terrible and scary results I’ve seen along the way. Meanwhile some people have succeeded with it, still it is not a following example. I’ve received too many panicked phone calls during my professional career to ensure you that this is not the best choice.”

  1. Don’t go too dark

According to Julie Featherman, owner of USA Philadelphia’s JuJu Salon & Organics, one of the biggest mistakes women tend to make is: ”As long as they decide to do it at home, they often selecting a shade that is way too dark. “Many people consume their hair darker than it actually is. An advice for this case could be is to choose a shade that is a little bit lighter than the one you think your actual color is.”

Becky Sturm, whose is a Founder/President of the online beauty shop StormSister Spatique®, cautions “If you’re going to go dark brown or black, understand that you will not avoid appointment booking in a professional salon if you are seeking to remove it – unless you are about on growing it out. And we can caution you, the salon visit, in this case, will be expensive. Black is complicated color to remove and a process by itself involves to follow a multi-level steps instruction.”

  1. Don’t go too light

Blondes might have more fun but not necessarily when navigating the complexities of a home dye kit. If you go too light, you risk hair turning into ’orange’ and this will require a salon visit as well.

  1. Match your skin tone

This is the big trick you need to know to avoid that dreaded hair color wash-out after your final rinse: Your skin tone is going to tell you the last word.

  1. Red can be tricky

Red is one of the fun ones to try at. It’s important to remember, that the final red shade you end up only depends directly on your present hair color, not on what you see on the box. If you are starting with darker or medium-brown hair, go up a shade, or you may not notice much of a change eventually.

Many women think that they need to coat all of the hair length along with color when they actually only in need to apply it to the roots. After longer coloring practices, eventually your hair gets darker and darker, making the overall effect uneven: light and bright at the roots and dark looking from mid-shaft to ends.

One more advice from pros: ”Be certain to apply color to roots only. Partly coloring will cause damage to previously colored hair.”

CHL tips finalizing tips: Read and re-read the instructions. Don’t take only shortcuts.

Leaving the color on for too long or not processing for the full amount of time can ruin your results. And when it’s finally comes rinsing time. Watch out that you don’t ruin your favorite linens: ”Towels, sheets and shirt necks become seriously stained if hair color isn’t shampooed out completely”.