10 ways you're dying your hair wrong
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10 Ways You’re Dying Your Hair Wrong & What to do Instead

How To Dye Your Hair The Right Way!

Dying hair isn’t always the most straightforward task. When I was younger, I wanted to get my hair dyed so severely. At first, my mom didn’t allow me, so I had looked up ways to dye my hair on my own.

After all the research I did, I realized that dying hair isn’t easy, primarily depending on the color that is chosen. After a while, my mother finally allowed me to dye my hair, and I chose the most vibrant color possible.

I wanted my hair to be a Burgundy red, and my mom was not having it. After some nagging, she finally said yes, and I headed to the salon. When I got there, I assumed I would be in and out. I was ridiculously wrong. I was in the salon for about 2 hours before finally getting the color I enjoyed. During one part of the process, my hair was entirely blonde.

I was shocked at how much my hair had to go through to get a vibrant color. After my first coloring session, I never for my hair dyed professionally again.

However, when I want to color my hair again, I want to make sure that I do it right!

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Are You Dying Your Hair Correctly?

There are so many different factors to consider when it comes to dying hair correctly. It’s important to know how to dye hair successfully, especially if you plan on doing it by yourself. Going to a salon is expensive, and most people opt to do it themselves. So, how do you know when you’re not coloring your hair correctly?

There are ten critical indicators that you’re not coloring your hair the right way. Before we get into all ten ways, it’s vital to know what color you desire, and if it’s a color, you’d like to keep for a long time. If so, you’ll have to ensure that you color correct for the sake of maintenance. Think about all the reasons why you want to dye your hair before taking the first step.

Be sure to gather all the necessary supplies so that you’re well prepared. Also, don’t be afraid to consult with a hair professional before coloring.

Usually, you can get a consult without having to pay too much. After you’ve prepared yourself, take a look at these ten ways you may be dying your hair incorrectly.

Choosing A Difficult Color

One of the most important rules when it comes to dying hair is to never go for a color that is darker than your eyebrows. Trying to do this problematic color on your own is never recommended.

If you do go darker than natural and it doesn’t come out how you expect, you’ll need to use a clarifying shampoo. This kind of shampoo will help you strip your hair of its new color.

You’ll have to do this a few times before you see your natural color again.

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Bleaching At Home?

Bleaching at home is one of the most challenging tasks when it comes to coloring hair. Everyone loves to think about going blond or platinum, but that requires you to lift your hair color more than a few shades.

Any color lift should be done by a professional, mainly because bleaching can be harmful to hair. Bleaching to become blond or platinum will require that you use salon-grade bleach and a lot of heat.

Bleaching is the one service I would suggest using a professional for.

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Using Inappropriate Products

Sometimes, people want to experience color without using actual dye. Dy has been said to be harmful and damaging to hair, which is right in some cases. However, using alternative products may not be safe either.

There have been people that use Henna on hair rather than actual dye products. Henna has dye that penetrates the hair, but the issue lies in the removal of it.

Since henna isn’t a product that should be used professionally on hair, it is challenging to remove from hair once applied. It also comes out much darker than expected.

It’s best not to use anything that’s not specified for dying hair so that you don’t risk damaging it.

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At Home Highlights?

Highlighting hair is another problematic process to do at home. When you think of highlights, you should be thinking about how natural you want them to look.

When you opt to do a highlight at home, it can become brassy and turn into an off-color of the original color.

To prevent this from happening, use a toner or gloss two weeks after you’ve highlighted your hair.

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You Haven’t Decided On A Color

This is extremely important! Deciding on a color before you make the first steps of coloring is essential to be satisfied with the outcome. Hair dye isn’t easy to remove so you’ll want to make sure you’ve thought about all the possible colors possible.

When you choose one that you’re satisfied with, you should get started on the next steps. Even if you have no idea and trust your stylist, it’s still not recommended to go into an appointment without a clue.

In most cases, unless you enjoy randomness, you won’t like what they come up with.

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You Haven’t Thought About Your Color History

Your color history is essential to the health of your hair. You’ll need to consider any time that you’ve glazed, colored, or glossed your hair.

The reason for this is that color remnants stay in hair, even after a long time.

The more color you’ve had in your hair, the more difficult it can be to add a new color.

You Didn’t Choose The Right Colorist

Choosing the right colorist is essential to having the perfect dye experience for your hair.

Of course, you’ll need to try out each stylist before deciding on a longterm one.

Not everyone will be right for you, and it’s okay to acknowledge that. If you used a colorist and they still couldn’t deliver, it’s time to find a new one!

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You’re Not Seeking A Stylist After Mess-ups!

Okay, so you’ve tried to color your hair, and it didn’t go as expected. The biggest mostly that you can make is not seeing a professional after you’ve nearly ruined your hair.

Color is no joke, so it’s important to know when it’s time to get help.

It’s okay that it didn’t come out as expected and with the right stylist, you can get back on track.

You’re Scared To Admit You Don’t Like It

This seems silly, but some people are afraid of admitting when they don’t like their hair color, especially when that hair color is something they chose.

When you don’t say something, especially when you’re using a hair professional, you risk being stuck with something that you don’t prefer. Don’t be afraid to speak up.

You’ll have to go through the process again, but it’ll be worth it.

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Did You Choose The Right Color?

The spectrum of hair dyes has expanded over the years and there a bunch of different colors to choose from.

Whether you’re going to a salon or doing your color at home, you’ll need to make sure you select the perfect color. Ensure that you know the name of the color that you want or the number!

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Dye Your Hair the Right Way!

Dying your hair can be a lengthy process, but it’s essential that you get it right.

Once you read and keep these tips in mind, you should be set to have the best color of your life!

Dying your hair can be a fun process as long as you don’t let these mess ups get you down!

About Simi Muhumuza

Simi is an undergraduate student at GSU. She is studying psychology, and is an avid black mental health advocate. She is also a poet, and is working on a book that will be released next year. She DJ’s on her spare time, and can be reached on all social outlets as @simimoonlight.

2 thoughts on “10 Ways You’re Dying Your Hair Wrong & What to do Instead

  1. estelle Ahou goli says:

    Great article! I find that it’s hard for me to dye my natural hair the right way. I’m pretty good at dying hair extensions without worrying about the damaging it but I guess the process is different for natural hair.

  2. Tiffany Halll says:

    Yes, this is very helpful because I’ll admit I’ve been bleaching to go lighter and for some reason, I can never get the colors I want, these are great tips.

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