Coloring your hair at home. So many benefits, but it could also be damaging to your hair if you make a small mistake. Personally, I like to color my hair at home because I hate spending the salon money so I look for easy, foolproof ways to do it myself.
After years of coloring my hair back and forth between blonde, black, brown and even blue once, (yes, I colored the tips of my hair blue like Kylie Jenner) I have found ways to protect your hair and find that right color.
Protecting Your Hair:
- Coconut oil! It’s always a yes and cheap. You can get coconut oil in its gel form or just regular oil. I really like buying it in gel form because I like melting it myself. So, all you’re going to do with your oil is apply just a small amount to your roots and ends and then comb through. If you do this a week or two every night before you apply color to your hair, it will be less likely for you to experience damage. Please do not learn this the hard way!
- Avoid heat styling a couple weeks before you color. Hair that has already been broken is almost impossible to repair, don’t make it even more less likely by heat styling and putting color on back to back!
- Have a hydrating, deep conditioner on hand. I really like Mane N’ Tail, Suave’s Humectant Conditioner and Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow. Use this after coloring and every day after that — FOREVER (:
- Hair repair masks, even if your hair is not damaged or in need of repair. Putting any kind of color on your hair strips it of many nutrients and applying a mask after rinsing out color will make up for those lost nutrients. The best mask I have come across is Phyto’s Intense Hydrating Brilliance Mask. You can get masks that will do really well too at grocery stores or a beauty store or even make your own!
Choosing the right color and brand:
- Before buying color, talk with a stylist or an accredited worker at a beauty store and ask about how you think a certain color would look on you — if it’s out of the norm like red, purple, green, blue, etc. Before I colored my tips blue, I talked with a hairstylist who told me that I would love it and that it was trending. When I asked about doing different colored tips, she told me my best bet would be blue. She was completely honest and sometimes another opinion besides your friends’ can be really helpful.
- The basics: blonde, black and brown. These are the easiest colors to work with and almost fool proof. * If you bleached your hair and want to go back to brown, mix the brown color with a color base of red! If you don’t your hair will, I repeat: WILL turn green. I may or may not know this from experience.
- Buying color from a grocery store/convenience store or wherever: Revlon’s Soft Black box color has always been my favorite. It’s literally $3 a box and their ColorStay conditioner that comes with it is so great for your hair. I have not used anything else because many will ruin curl patterns and damage hair more than they should because of more chemicals.
- Make sure you get enough! One box usually is not enough, unless you have really really short hair!
If you’re brave enough to color your own hair at home, keep in mind how to keep your hair healthy in the process. Also, don’t be afraid to try a new color — even if it’s something crazy like bright fire truck red. If you are totally convinced that you love it, that is enough and it will look good. Do your research and compare shades of that color. Look online for people who have the same textured hair as you and see what they look like with the color you want! You’ll definitely be addicted after the first time. I love the feeling of looking slightly different.
Have you ever had a hair color catastrophe?
What color do you absolutely, low-key want to try?
thanks for reading, stay golden