The Ultimate DIY Hair Color Guide

This is an educational guest-post from Patrick Lenhoff, who reached out to me a few months back about contributing to HTHG. I said ” YES! we are about due for another post about safer ways to color your own hair at home!.”

This is a topic that I get asked about a lot, both from the perspective of chemical safety and our health, and for those on the pursuit of great results with home hair color, without spending a fortune or risking hair disaster.

As usual, my go-to recommended at-home color line is Madison Reed I absolutely love their color and their philosophy, as far as traditional hair color is concerned. Their formulations are made in Italy, where safety standards are much higher and they offer a lot of very easy to access support for choosing the right color, as well as a subscription service for people who want their shade sent to them in the mail as needed.

They also offer a great Color Gloss Treatment for reviving color in between dye sessions.

Madison Reed is a Bay Area based women-run company who is committed to safety, and great results for the DIY woman. Check them out through the links above or by clicking the add on my sidebar!

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The Ultimate DIY Hair Color Guide

Using the right hair color can help transform your looks by adding sparkle to your eyes, cover grays and enliven your skin tone. However, it may be quite expensive to get it done at the salon as this can run upwards. If you are looking to know more about how you can do this beauty routine at home, then you need to follow this Ultimate DIY Hair Coloring Guide. It presents easy and effective ways of performing home hair coloring that will match professional hands.

There is no reason why you can’t touch up your hair right from the comfort of your home unless you plan on taking black hair to platinum blonde. Apart from its relative cost effectiveness, it presents a great means of enhancing beauty and creating a gorgeous look. However, it is important to note that you could end up making a very costly mistake especially if you don’t know what you are doing. So ensure to follow this laid down principles to avoid ruining your hair.

Choose The Right Box Of Hair Dye

img_4900Your ability to rightly choose the box of hair dye is obviously the first step. In order to avoid creating excessive breakage and dryness, it is best you pick a hair dye that contains a limited amount of harmful ingredients like alcohol, peroxide, and ammonia. Unlike permanent dyes, most semi and demi-permanent variants can make the hair far less rough due to their inability to lift even after depositing color.

 

Choose The Right Shade

Your ability to select the right shade will determine how natural you want your hair to look. The picture on the box can be misleading so you can’t just rely on that. The best thing to do is to focus more on the numbers that represent the relative shade and the words used to describe them. If you are looking to combat brassiness, those colors described as “ash” will be suitable for you since they contain more green tones. Remember, there’s only so much you can do about that. Combating brassy hair after being chemically altered is one of the myths of at home hair dyeing.

Please note that “neutral” which often applies a blue base to the shade can also mean several different things. Expect to have purple tones when you use shades with violet in them while you stand to incorporate more yellow tones with “golden” which is a great option for concealing gray hair.

If you want to know how the color will work on your hair, the guide on the side of the box can serve as an estimate. Numbers are used to represent how dark the dye will be on a scale of 1 to 12 – the higher the number, the lighter the shade. While 4 is quite dark, 1 is black, and 12 is platinum blonde. This will help you know how the color will work on your hair.

FYI  Madison Reed takes a lot of the guess work out of choosing your shade!img_4589

Ensure To Read Instructions On The Box

Take time to carefully read all the instructions on the box before you even start dyeing your hair. Do not skip any step as they are all very important. Especially in dark dyes, there are certain ingredients that can cause peculiar skin reactions.

In order to ensure you will avoid them, it is best you protect your skin and nails by using the recommended gloves. Also, a head full of color can really get anyone woozy. So, ensure to dye your hair in an area that is well-ventilated. These and many more are part of the DIY hair coloring guide you will find on the box.

Make Olive Oil And Vaseline Your Best Companions

When dying your hair, it is good to always have a tub of Vaseline on hand. You really need a generous dab of Vaseline especially if you are going with a dark color. In order to keep the hair dye from staining your skin, you need to apply the petroleum-based moisturizer, gel, Vaseline or any thick solution along your ears, neck, hairline and temples.

This presents a cheap and effective solution to having blotchy dye stains on your skin. After, you can get rid of them by dabbing the affected area with a cotton ball soaked in olive oil.

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A recently washed hair does not dye well like an unwashed hair. This is because the hair’s natural oils which help to provide strands with full protection have all been removed. Although this practice is highly recommended, no one would really enjoy showing up at the salon with dirty hair. This explains the advantage of doing your hair at home.

Beware Of Dyeing Pre-Dyed Hair

If you have an already-colored hair, it is recommended you proceed with caution. Getting an even, undamaged result requires a much more complicated process that can better be handled by a professional. There are greater risks of overprocessing-related chemical haircuts, hot roots, and striped or patchy color. Whether you are using the same color of your recently dyed hair or not, it is best you consider your options before making an attempt to dye over it.

Do Your Upkeep

7u6a5842Even after dyeing your hair successfully (i.e. without any major mishaps), it is important not to overlook the need for an upkeep, so as not to ruin your hard work. This process is just as important as the dyeing process itself. As long as you want it to last, it is important to avoid frequent washing. Condition your hair well, limit heat-styling, use spray-on sunscreen and color-protecting products and always use hats to protect it from the sun.

This ultimate DIY hair coloring guide can help build in you the confidence you need to safely dye your hair at home.

About the author:

Patrick Lenhoff is a freelance writer with a great interest in everything related to hair. On his website, ShavingSolution ,He loves writing articles about grooming. “Our look reflects our personality. We should keep that in mind!”, says Patrick.

THANK YOU PATRICK for sharing this post with us!

xo, HTHG

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As a DIY hair blogger who is committed to quality information and tips for better hair care, I am a proud affiliate of Madison Reed as well as many other companies who’s ethics and goods I personally use and believe in.

for more on DIY Hair Color, check out Do’s and Don’ts of DIY Color.

Hydrangea Hair

Hey babes. Wanted to share these shots of a recent hair color I did on my sister Brook, inspired inspired by one of my favorite flowers ever, the Hydrangea. 7U6A8717 7U6A8724 7U6A8684  7U6A8781

When Brookie left, I handed her a bottle of New Wash, because if you want to extend the life of your brilliantly flower colored hair, it is The Way. Keep your color bright with New Wash and tell them How-to Hair Girl Referred you when you go to buy your first bottle. New Wash is FullSizeRenderHair Color Salvation in a Bottle, and you know I don’t recommend products lightly;)

Brook has been a daily shampoo/conditioner user for her entire life. My very own sister. I have tried to get her to see the light of weaning from the suds, but until the New Wash, she has been very skeptical and resistant to straying from her tried and true routine. Another reason why New Wash is awesome…….For those who are skeptical of going Shampoo-Free altogether, it is a great first step. When she got home and used her New Wash for the first time, she texted me this:IMG_9540

That hair wash was the best thing ever.

Have you tried New Wash yet? Also, what is your favorite flower?

xo, HTHG

Hair Color Mist!

IMG_5920Hi Darlings. I want to share today a technique that I have played around a bit with recently, beginning here……. The concept is adding a pop or kind of a watercolor wash of color in the hair by mixing your direct veggie color ( I used Manic Panic for this:) with water and applying it in the hair with a spray bottle. Hair Color Misting!

What I have found is that it creates a great marble-y sort of effect, and is a perfect DIY for either brightening up your existing color on the fly, or  just adding some fun temporary shade to rock for a few weeks.

As I have been experimenting with color recently, I have found that the veggie dyes, when applied to pre-lightened hair, really lock in nicely to the hair, in many cases rinsing almost clear as if the hair has swallowed up all the pigment and left only conditioner behind. This, to me, shows that we have come a long way in formulating color that lasts longer without bleeding!IMG_5903

This technique works best on pre-lightened or very light natural hair, but can be used on darker hair too, to create more of a cast of color and less of a pop:) I found that the pinks and purples show up much more than the blues, when sprayed in.

As you can see, I used this technique on level 8 natural hair, with slightly lighter ends.

IMG_5892-1I encourage all to experiment with the Color Mist technique and make it your own!

How To Color Mist

 

  • For this DIY, I mixed a tablespoon of pure color (Manic Panic Cleo Rose, Pimpin Purple and Bad Boy Blue.) to each 5 oz spray bottle, and then added about 2 oz of water, and shook the hell out of it.
  • Then, I sectioned off a rectangle of hair on top of my models heads, just isolating the hair around their natural parts, about 3 inches wide, from the front hairline to the back of the head, so that their natural color would fall evenly over their misted color.
  • Brush the rest of the hair straight down into natural fall, and make sure to have a cape or towel over your/your model’s shoulders:)
  • Begin to spray your selected color directly into the hair, starting with you mister a good 6 inches back  to get the feel for the amount/distribution of color that each mist gives.
  • Continue spraying the color into the hair with one hand, using the other hand to work that pigment into the hair. Use your artistic eye and intuition to lead you in continuing to spray in color where and how you want it.

For this tutorial, after working in the color with my hands, I allowed it to dry naturally in the hair without rinsing. Because there wasn’t much actual saturation with the color in the hair, just a light misting, it didn’t seem necessary to rinse the color out.

The end result was lovely, and it was so easy to do. I totally encourage you brave hair color DIY-ers to try this option out this Summer when you want a little low maintenance/commitment color in your hair. I was so pleased with this fun process!!!!!

And, because the color it watered down, it’s really hard to botch it, so great for color experimenters.

Also, I posted a quick video of the Color Misting technique on my Instagram, so check it out for a visual:) It is under the hashtag #colormist

May your hair be bright and colorful!

xo, HTHG

Impressionist Garden Hair with Flora.Forager

IMG_2486Hi babes. I am really excited to introduce you to a woman who’s creative work I admire in a big way…….I had the pleasure of connecting with Bridget Beth Collins AKA Flora.Forager through Instagram, after swooning over her insanely beautiful floral art for months. Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 1.54.50 PMScreen Shot 2016-03-09 at 1.55.08 PM

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The timing of our IG connection was perfect…….She had been wanting to experiment with color in her hair having never done it before, and I was dying for a reason to paint flowers into someones hair! PNW female artists and floral enthusiasts unite!

I asked her to send me photo inspiration for her Colorprint color scheme. Here is what she sent.IMG_2497

An Impressionist Hair Garden? I couldn’t wait to experiment. I spent a few hours playing with extension swatches and a color scheme, painting flowers into hair.IMG_2234

IMG_2292She came over a week later, and walked in my door with a beautiful smile and fresh flowers from her garden in hand. IMG_2475She was a little nervous, as a first time color-er. She wanted to be sure that her Colorprint would be both colorful and subtle. Perfect! That is the beauty of the Colorprint technique. It is perfect for artists and first-time colorers.

We spent the next few hours together, chatting about art and business and our children and playing with hair. We found that we have so much in common. We were born 2 weeks apart! Both creative Capricorn mamas who forge our own paths. And, as it turns out, we live a mile away from each other. It was really a true delight getting to know her. I highly recommend checking out her work, at Flora Forager.…..I would describe it as brilliant, organic, creative, completely unique and highly inspired. A true delight.

IMG_2490IMG_2483Bridget left that day with an Impressionist Garden in her hair, and a smile on her face. It had been such a pleasure to get to know her a bit, and do some art in her hair. IMG_2480

IMG_2545She sent me a photo a few days later, of her hair color subtly blending into her natural hair like the underwings of a butterfly.

Thanks you, Bridget for being such an inspiration and sharing your beautiful art with the world. We can’t wait to see what you do next! It will undoubtedly be incredible.

Are you interested in your own one-of-a-kind Colorprint Hair design? I am now taking orders for custom hand painted clip in extensions, and also appointments for Colorprint custom hair color design.

xo, HTHG

Colorprint Hair Dreams

DSC09464 (1)Babes, I have spent the last 2 months in the studio, playing with color and hair and
paintbrushes. I developed a technique, based on ideas and dreams of hair color concepts that have been percolating in my head since I was a kid playing with my My Little Ponies, and finally took the time to experiment.
I am thrilled to share the HTHG Colorprint technique, which involves pre-lightening a panel of hair which becomes the canvas, somewhere on the head where it will peek through, and creating original inspired art within that canvas using conceptual color schemes, a variety of small paintbrushes, veggie dye and stencils. This technique is a great option for people who don’t want to dye all their hair, but want a colorful pop of something special and unique within the layers of their hair, whether it is curly or straight, long or short.DSC07315 (1) DSC08961 (1) DSC09019 (2) DSC07422 (1) DSC07489 (1) DSC09125 (1) DSC07278 (1) DSC07493 (1)
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I am now offering salon education on this technique, as well as custom work on both clip-in extension hair for those who want the option of wearing their colors when they want, as well as a full service for all hair types. Contact me at howtohairgirl@gmail.com for inquiries and bookings. Send me photos ofyour favorite flowers, prints, color schemes, and we can discuss your custom Colorprint hair design.

Consider this technique part of a hair craft revolution, where hair becomes art and inspiration is limitless.

xo, HTHG

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