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At-home hair colouring has long been synonymous with disaster. Not anymore! With the right method and good products, anyone can get the colour of their dreams! Simply follow these six steps.
Before colouring your hair for the first time, you need to make sure you aren’t allergic to hair colours. Mix a small drop of the colour and apply it behind your ear. Wait as long as the instructions tell you to, rinse and wait 24 hours. That way you’ll find out if your skin has a negative reaction to the product (eczema, hives, swelling).
Make sure you choose the right shade and the right kind of colour by consulting a cosmetician to assess the state of your hair (percentage of grey hair, colour of hair and tips, etc.). Next, pick the colour that suits you best: platinum blond, chestnut with copper highlights, chocolate brown… the choices are endless as long as you pick a colour that’s one or two shades darker or lighter than your natural colour. Can’t decide between two shades? Go with the lightest one. It’s always easier to make your hair darker next time than the other way around (a new colour doesn’t make another one lighter).
If you have long or thick hair, it’s probably best to purchase two kits. Running out of colour mid-dye is no fun!
It’s important that you read the instructions carefully and follow them to the letter. To get the right shade, always make sure you wait the amount of time listed in the instructions and respect the quantities you need to mix.
-1 or 2 hair colour kits
-1 old shirt
-1 old towel
-1 bowl and 1 applicator brush (optional)
Hair colouring stains! It’s best if you wear an old shirt and wrap an old towel around your neck. To avoid staining your skin, take a few moments to apply petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline) on your ears and near the hairline around your face and at your nape.
Carefully following the instructions, mix the ingredients in the bottle provided in the package, or in a bowl. Don’t forget to wear gloves. That way, you’ll avoid having to walk around for a few days with stains on your hands.
To make it easier, you can separate your hair into four sections. Start with the back of the head to avoid making the front part too dark as you finish colouring your entire head. Apply the colour to your visible roots first, then work your way to the tips. Make sure the colour is evenly spread out and reapply the product on any strands of hair you’ve overlooked. If needed, ask a friend or family member to help you out.
Once the time listed on the instructions is up, rinse your hair. This step is essential. Take the time to rinse your hair thoroughly to get rid of the product. You’ll know you’ve done so when the water draining away is transparent again. To finish, apply the conditioner that usually comes in the kit.
To make sure your colour lasts as long as possible, use a shampoo and conditioner specifically designed for coloured hair.
Schwarzkopf Color ULTIME 4.1Rich Brown
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