How to Color Your Hair Like a Pro

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The mirror reflects a harsh truth. Those strands of grey multiplied over night to form a halo around your face. You look older than you ever thought you would be and you can feel your self-esteem withering at the stranger in the mirror. This is totally unacceptable and you know the time has come for you to join the ranks of the hundred million Americans who color their hair at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Comb
  • Hair Color
  • Highlight Kit
  • Old Towels
  • Plastic Cap
  • Olive Oil
  • Grapefruit Oil

Select the color that is right for you. Take years off by going about two shades lighter. A hair color with undertones that compliment your skin tone softens your face and reduces the appearance of fine lines and age spots. Staying close to your natural shade also helps minimize mistakes and makes ugly root growth less noticeable.

Buy a multi-tonal hair color. Word like shimmering, tone-on-tone and blended in the product name indicate a multi-dimensional dye. Achieve a more modern and striking contrast by framing your face with a few highlights. Choose product with the words amber, honey or golden in the name to ensure a face-warming glow.

Take time to do the allergy and strand tests. These are the most important and most often skipped steps to achieving professional and natural looking hair color. Ignoring these crucial steps can result in embarrassing green hair or severe chemical burns and serious infection; both require expensive and time-consuming professional attention to correct.

Apply your hair color according to enclosed instruction. Start at your roots and comb the color almost to your ends. Young hair is lighter on the tips then at the roots; wait until the last 5 minutes to pull your color through to your ends. Wrap your hair with a towel warmed in the microwave and cover it with a plastic cap to penetrate stubborn gray more thoroughly. Add those highlights they make your eyes look brighter and give your hair color a contemporary and professional finish.

Extend the life of your hair color by keeping shampooing to a minimum and using products formulated for chemically treated hair when your do shampoo. Flaunt your revitalized look and revel in knowing the pro that did your fabulous hair color is you.

Tips & Warnings

  • With highlights, less is more; start slow. Follow the package directions Start 1/4 inch from the front and add four or five streaks, spaced 1/2 inch to 3/8 inches apart, on both sides of your face.
  • A tablespoon of olive oil added to your highlighter for smoother more even color application, and a couple drops of grapefruit or orange oil added to your conditioner seals that healthy shine.
  • Skipping the strand and allergy tests can have painful and expensive consequences; carefully perform both tests according to hair color manufacturer’s directions.
  • Do not shampoo for at least 24 hours after coloring.

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