Whether you’re enhancing your natural color or changing it completely, hair dye is nothing short of transformative. It doesn’t just change the way you look, it changes the way you feel. But if you color your hair yourself, you know that it comes with a whole hair dye of problems—or it did until now. That’s right: We’ve put together our ultimate list of hair-dye tips.
These brilliant hacks are going to change your color-loving life and take your hair game to the next level, guaranteed. Anyone living that bottle brunette life knows how annoying those dark dye stains left around your hairline and on your neck are. Sure, you could make a trip to the beauty supply store for those special makeup removing wipes—or you could mix a tablespoon of olive oil with a blob of whitening toothpaste, apply it to a cotton ball and rub away. Even the most tenacious dye stains don’t stand a chance against this gentle yet effective concoction. You know how hair professionals are always telling you not to use box dye to make a major hair change?
There’s a reason for that—and it’s because of the developer. Developer is a totally crucial element in the hair coloring process. Twenty volume developer will shift your hair one to two shades, while 30 volume developer will let you alter your hair 3 to 4 shades. You should never use anything stronger than this at home.
Box dyes come with developer and dye packaged together, but the developer is generally only 20 volume. So if you have dark brown hair that you want to dye a sunny blonde, you’re going to end up with a muddy mess if you use a box. That weak sauce developer can only do so much! Instead, if you’re looking to make a big change, get thee to a beauty supply store where you can buy dye and developer separately. This means that you’ll be able to get the developer strength that will actually work to give you your dream hair color. Bonus: the dyes sold in beauty supply stores are usually professional quality, which means you’ll also get a richer, longer-lasting color.
Get the right amount of product. Whether this means buying two boxes or mixing up a double batch of developer and dye, you just want to be sure you don’t run out halfway through. Having a half-dyed head is so not the look. We’ve all been there: life gets so busy that you don’t have enough time to redo your color, and crazy visible roots are the result. To hide them temporarily, blend those suckers in with eyeshadow. Take a powder eyeshadow the same shade as your roots and, using a fluffy, medium-sized eyeshadow brush, gently stroke the color about an inch out from your roots.