Color is a great way to experiment with a new look, but some of us have trouble committing. Since no one wants to be stuck with a hair color they can’t stand, DIY non-permanent hair color is a great way to play around with hues without getting stuck. Best of all, you can do this in the comfort of your home and at fraction of the cost of a salon. Here are a few tips on how to make DIY non-permanent hair color work for your curls.
1. Choose Close to Your Shade
For at-home dye jobs, you want to choose products that are no more than 1-2 shades darker or lighter than your natural hair color. It can be hard to get color to absorb with DIY non-permanent hair color from a box if the change is too drastic. Drastic, lighter colors usually require a bleach, which can be very damaging to your strands. Choose a color that won’t require bleach.
2. Know Results Vary
At home hair color is definitely not one size fits all in terms of color results. In fact, many boxes of non-permanent hair color will tell you what shade to expect based on your hair color. For example, if you have black hair, you might achieve more of a medium blonde instead of the platinum blonde of someone with light brown hair. Many women choose to stock up on more than one box to repeat the application if necessary to get the results they want.
3. Choose Liquids Over Foam
For curly hair, you may have a harder time absorbing that color because of your hairs natural porosity. Foam tends to be easier to apply, but it will definitely have a harder time penetrating strands for full-color coverage.
4. Take Your Time
Experimenting with a new look is something most people want to happen overnight. However, if you want to play with a new color and keep your hair safe, it is best to take baby steps into the world of at-home coloring. For example, try giving yourself highlights before attempting an all-over color. Try going only one shade lighter or darker instead of two shades. Keep in mind your hair type may be prone to damage and breakage. Introducing new colors can wreak havoc on the health of your hair if it isn’t healthy to start with.
5. Keep Up With Your Conditioning
Once you have colored your hair with a DIY approach, you still need to keep up with our routine. Conditioning your hair is more important than before. Color-treated hair may become dry and feel brittle. You want to make sure you use a rich leave in that is safe for colored hair. If you use products not intended for color treated hair, you will lose your color faster. A few of my favorites for this are SheaMoisture Sea Kelp and Pearl Protein Color Extend Leave-in Conditioner and Carol’s Daughter Tui Color-Care Hair Oil. They leave my hair hydrated and happy!
Taking a DIY approach to non-permanent hair color is a fun way to mix things up. With these tips to guide you, you can explore a new look today!