Don’t’s is such a funny word… I’m not really sure if that’s how it’s supposed to be spelled… Anyways. Hi guys! As I’m sure you’ve all read my Hair Dye History post (which if you haven’t, you can read here), this is my follow up post. Get ready for a quick run down of all the hard-learned lessons I got from years of dying my hair.
Do: Consult with the internet to find a colour that matches your skin tone. Here is one from the professionals at Madison Reed. The first time I dyed my hair I went straight to google to pick whether lighter or darker colours would work with my skin tone. At the time, I had to figure out first what my skin tone and type was before figuring out what went with it. It was a lot of tabs open and me struggling to make sense of it, I wish I had had this tool at that time, it takes you through things step by step and makes it easy to follow and understand. A+ work Madison Reed.
Don’t: Base your decision solely on these tools. My favourite hair colour that I’ve ever had was one that, if I had taken advice from these professionals, I would never have tried. There was definitely people who thought it looked awful on me, but I loved it, and that’s what really mattered to me. I hated sticking to “safe” colours, which is what I feel like most people with warmer skin tones have to stick to, so I branched out. Now, if you’re someone who really cares what others think and if they like how you look (which I have no problem with, it just depends on who you are), by all means, stick to the charts. But also take into account that you will never be able to satisfy anyone, so you might as well just satisfy yourself. Also take into account that just because the test tells you a colour will suit your skin type, doesn’t mean that you will like how it looks. One thing I always do is look at celebrities who have a similar skin tone and see if I like how they look with a hair colour like the one I want. At the end of the day, you’re going to be paying for it, and you’re going to want to like how you look, so make sure you consult more than just one source.
Do: Take your business to a trained hair professional, especially if you’re going lighter. Bleaching your hair by yourself is just (frankly) unsafe if you have no clue what you’re doing. It won’t end up being cheaper, it’s not worth it. Darker at home box dyes are a good quick fix, but don’t assume that your hair will look like the colour on the box, after a couple of weeks it will be a different colour.
Don’t: Trust just any hair professional. As we learned in my previous post, sometimes instagram pictures can be deceiving. I have gone to my fair share of stylists and now know what I’m looking for in one. If you have a friend who’s hair you really like, ask them for their stylists name but then ask a couple more questions. Ask if the stylist listens to what you want, ask if they let you do whatever you want. Chances are, if they let you do whatever you want, they’re not the best stylist. A good stylist will listen to what you want and then explain your options, sometimes what you want isn’t what’s best for your hair. If you’re going red, your stylist should warn you that it will be hard to change if you decide you don’t like it. If you’re going from brown to blonde, your stylist should be talking to you about how the bleach will affect your hair, and check in case you have a reaction, and talk to you about things like Olapex. A good stylist is one that does good hair, but also one that is a good consultant, and lets you know what you’re in for.
Do: Pick a box dye if you’re short of money. If you really want to change your colour or need to cover up grays or roots, by all means pick a box dye up.
Don’t: Assume that all box dyes are the same. If you plan to continue box dying your hair, keep the top flap of the box. The top part has all the information like the brand and the dye # on it, that way you can be sure you’re getting the same colour.
Do: Experiment with hair colour.
Don’t: Continuously dye your hair a new colour every couple of weeks. Dye it in moderation and give it time to recover from the hair dye or you could end up with permanent damage.
Do: Take extra measures to take care of your hair. If you’ve bleached it, do a hair mask every once in awhile. If you don’t have the money to buy a hair mask, there’s about a million of them on pinterest that you can make with household items.
Don’t: Decide against protecting your hair because you think it looks ugly or embarrassing. Wear a swim cap if you’ve dyed it blonde and are going in chlorinated water. Use a scrunchie or hair tie that is not elastic if your hair is feeling brittle. If you’re using an elastic, tie it loosely so that it doesn’t cause breakage (because it does and it will). Even just swapping out your hair elastics for scrunchies can make a big difference. Use a silk pillowcase even if it doesn’t match your bedding (cause silk bedding is EXPENSIVE). Even the cheap kind of silk is way better on your hair and face than regular cotton pillow cases.
At the end of the day, take time to learn more about your hair and how you can help it deal with hair dye. Dying your hair can be fun and liberating, but you don’t want to end up with inches upon inches of split ends. Take time to find a colour that you will really like, even try one of those silly internet things where you upload a selfie and they apply different hair colours to see what it would look like. Having a tight budget should not mean that you have bad hair, it’s all about how much time and effort you put into it!
I hope this was at least a bit helpful for those of you looking for some hair-dying tips or advice. For those of you who have never dyed your hair, aren’t you glad you haven’t gone through all this trouble?! Sigh. I just love dying my hair and now all this talk is making my itch for another dye job. Let me know if you have any recommendations for colours and which of my past hair colours was your favourite! Thanks for reading,