Dying hair at home… Share your tips!

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

What colour is your hair? Dark brown? I box dye mine but the only time I ever went lighter on my own I just used L’oreal “Les True Brunettes”. I’ve heard buying developer is the best way to go, just don’t buy 40 vol because it’s more damaging. I think people recommend 20 or 30. As far as I know all you need is the developer and dye… maybe get some purple shampoo in case it turns out overly brassy. I’ve seen tons of YouTube videos when I was looking into it, you might find them helpful.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@legenwaitforitdary:  Oh, darker! You won’t have a problem at all no matter what you do then, it can only get better with professional dye! Good luck, I’m sure it will look great 🙂

Post # 7
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328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@legenwaitforitdary:  I have been doing my hair at home for like 13 years. To be fair, my FI has  been doing it for almost all of them!  I have blonde hair naturally and we dye it a BRIGHT red color.  I have used everything from the crappy semi-permanet manic panic to the box dyes at the store to finally settling on the color+developer from Sally’s.  It’s a well oiled machine at this point.  

 

How do you generally do with the box dye?  Why are you changing? color? money? what?  Do you do it yourself?  Most of the box dyes come in a squeeze bottle?  Is that what you generally use?  Do you get even coverage (no missed spots)?

 

 

 

If the bottle has worked for you in the past than I would suggest getting one of those at Sally’s as well.  We use a bowl and a brush, but it all depends on what works for you.

 

 

 

Aside from accessories like the bottle, if you’re going darker, yes the color and developer are all you need. I would get a level 20 developer if you’re trying to add some red, and I personally stick to permanet dyes because I love my hair color and want it to last as long as possible and have had poor experience with semi-permanent.

 

As far as brands, it really doesn’t matter too much– whichever has your color!  I used to use the Clairol Complements and only stopped because they ditched my color.  Now I use Ion.  I’ve been happy with both (and both brands of developer).  The more important issue is the liquid or creme, which depends more on HOW you apply it: bottle or brush.

 

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

@legenwaitforitdary:  I use professional dye to do my hair. I have friends that are licensed so they can pick up product for me, and after years of watching them do my hair and a few “recipes” and tips, I’ve mastered “at home hair.” It’s pretty easy to go dark, you just need to pick a “tone” or a secondary undertone that you want your color to be. Do you want it warm (red), neutral (beige), or ash (blue) in the undertone. This will mainly depend on your skin tone, and there are guides to help you online. The products I recommend the most are Redken colors and developers/processors with Purology hair care products. Youtube is full of good tutorials too! I do think going dark is much easier, so a box dye would be fine too … just decide on a tone right for you 😀

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@legenwaitforitdary:  If you like using the bottle, I’d suggest considering the liquid rather than the creme color.  I use the Ion cream and LOVE it, but it is REAAAAALLY thick, which is perfect for painting on with the brush, but would be TOUGH to squeeze through the bottle.  The developer is NOT as thick as the creme, so adding the liquid to the thick but not super thick developer, it is pretty thin… which is good for the bottle… but can be drippy! So be careful of your surroudings!

And, while I am of course VERY biased to red, I do think the red tones will help keep you away from ashy.

Also, and some of this might be personal preference, you already said you wanted to avoid ashy, but with just a little red you might get a little coppery– which might be desired, or might be too much. 

If you want the red to be subtle, I might stick to something that says “warm” and not “red” — the warm has the red tones subtly, the red ones are what I used with a 20 developer and got pretty bright color (mind you, I’m going for FAKE looking); I recently upped to 30 developer because it wasn’t quite bright enough for me, but Ion has so vibrant colors, so if that’s not want.

So to revise my previous statment because the reds can get tricky, if you pick a “red” labeld one, and ou think it might be a little too bright, or just wnat to be safe, I’d stick to a 10 developer to start and then if you want it brighter next time up to 20.  If you pick a “warm” labeled one, you could cuse the 20 to enhance that color or also try sticking to the 10 at first. 

 

Maye like A product thumbnail of Ion Demi 7WR Medium Warm Red Blonde#7WR Medium Warm Red Blonde

Post # 13
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Helper bee

@legenwaitforitdary:  Any –Warm–or–Golden– brown tone, will automatically give some type of slight auburn undertone to the color. I have very long, thick hair and I’ve dyed my hair tons of times. I’ve tried Revlon (great color but very drying), Garnier (not always true to color, fades fast), Ferria (Difficult to blend, not a natural look) and Loreal (My favorite!). I’ve had my hair dyed professionally and the Loreal is JUST AS GOOD! Stylists can’t tell thats it’s an out of box dye, whereas with others its evident.  I use the Excellence cream, and I have to buy 2 bottles (my hair is past my rib cadge) and it covers very well.

My advice is to have someone help you do it. You’ll need:

  •  hair clips
  •  a wide tooth comb
  •  a timer
  • An oversized shirt or smock
  • Gloves (they come with the kit)

 My fiance helps me with mine, which I’m so so happy about. The best technique is to divide your hair into front and back sections–you take the front, and the person helping you takes the back. (Of course, like I said–I use two bottles, so if your only using one, I suppose just start on one section and work your way back.) As you go along, use the wide toothed comb to brush through your hair, in that section, to make sure you have even coverage. Once everything is fully covered, do one more comb through,  start your timer and wait. Rince, condition (the box conditioners are soo nice) and enjoy your new color! 🙂

 

 

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