Using hair color or dying is more common than ever these days. Some people color their hair to hide their grey while others do so for the look. Today you find many branded and local hair dyes available in the market and people keep on switching from one brand to another. But less do they know that suitability is very important when you need to color your hair frequently and it is advised to stick to one brand. Besides the choice of color, there are few tips that can be followed for a more effective result.
Before coloring your hair –
Shampoo your Hair
Shampoo your hair before coloring to wash off the greasiness and dirt from hair. Oily hair does not hold the color for a longer time and will give you an uneven color.
Coloring makes your hair ends dry and thus they become prone to split. If you regularly color your hair then trim your hair once in two months.
One at a Time
If you want to straighten or perm your hair then do it two weeks before applying color. Both have harmful chemicals and if you do it simultaneously, it will affect your hair.
If you put henna on your hair for strength and shine then do it before applying color. Henna leaves a reddish tinge on hair and if you apply color over it, it will not give you the true shade.
Always go for a sensitivity test before opting for a new brand. You can either do it over a small portion of your hair or test it by applying it on your elbow. Leave it for 15-20 minutes, if it does not lead to rashes or itching, you can safely apply it on your hair.
Note for First Timers
For first timers, if you have a very sensitive skin: prone to developing pimples or boils or rashes, seek advice of doctor before applying color.
1. You need to keep the color for at least 1 hour before washing it off.
2. Use a very mild shampoo or shampoo recommended for colored hair.
3. Do not forget to apply conditioner even if the brand claims that it does not require conditioning.
4. Avoid going out in sunlight or wear a cap or cover your hair if possible.
5. Do not forget to oil your hair at least twice in a week.