How to Color Chunks of Hair

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While a plain hairstyle might suit some, color makes a style statement. Adding chunks of color to your hair is relatively simple, and even if you are short on budget you don't have to sacrifice expressing yourself. Whether you decide to go lighter, darker or brightly colored, thinking through the process ahead of time will help to ensure that your do-it-yourself beauty venture is a success.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic bowl
  • Hair color
  • Hair color brush
  • Hair clips
  • Aluminum foil
  • Scissors
  • Timer

Mix your hair color in your plastic bowl, according to the manufacturer's directions. Some hair coloring products require that you mix two or three elements together, while others only need to be shaken and poured. Make sure that the product you choose is intended for your hair type and color.

Choose the chunks of hair you would like to color, using the pointy end of your hair color brush to help you evenly section them. Secure each section using a hair clip. Sectioning the hair first will speed up the coloring process and help ensure that you color the intended chunks of hair.

Cut your foil into strips measuring 4 inches wide by 12 inches long. All of the foil strips should be the same size so they are easier to work with.

Fold down the top of one of the narrow edges of your foil strip so that the raw edge is facing inward. Position the foil underneath one of the chunks of hair toward the bottom of your head. Comb the hair and pull it tightly so that it is lying flat on the foil.

Brush color evenly onto the chunk of hair using the brush end of your hair color brush. Fold the foil up, squeezing from left to right to ensure that the color remains evenly distributed in the foil. Never squeeze in an upward motion, as this will cause the hair color to squirt out the top and color hair that you do not want to color. Fold the sides of the foil in about an inch on either side of the foil strip.

Repeat this process for each chunk of hair you sectioned off on your head. Then, follow the package instructions regarding how long the color needs to process before being complete. Set a timer so that you do not forget the time. After the color is done processing, carefully remove the foil strips and then shampoo and style your hair normally.

Tips & Warnings

  • Get someone to help with the back of your head, if possible. It can be tricky to ensure that your color is even without an extra pair of hands.

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