Dyeing hair & its hacks
DYEING TO DYE?
Dyeing hair is more than just than simply coating your entire head with store-bought hair dye and drying it.
For a safe and professional-looking dye job, follow these tips.
Hair Care Before Dyeing hair
A week before dyeing hair, deep condition it. Dry hair doesn’t color well. Before applying hair color, make sure your hair is clean. While you should shampoo to remove any dirt, oil or debris, don’t condition it just hours before applying hair dye. Also, remove tangles.
If you have split ends, trim them, or this will create messy, uneven hair coloring.
Wear the gloves that come with your box of dye preparation. If there are no gloves, it is a sign that the hair product isn’t worth the purchase. Protect skin along the hairline from getting colored by coating it with thick cream.
Do the spot test for allergies – apply a tiny bit of dye on your wrist, or near your neck to see if you have an allergic reaction (irritation, redness, inflammation, allergy, hair loss) Do this two days before dyeing the hair.
And to ensure if you’ve got the right color, try the color out on a few strands.
For your clothes, you want to wear a towel around your neck. Color may dribble under a T-shirt and irritate your skin. Avoid straining your neck and ears by coating liberally with petroleum jelly or cream. Any accidental dyeing stains can be wiped off with rubbing alcohol.
Divide, Conquer and Color
For men with long hair, get hair clips. Separate your hair into quadrants (four parts), color each section individually using a small amount of color preparation and thin stripes of color over the entire area. Now clip the colored part.
Go through the other sections, and repeat once more with a leftover color mix.
Hair Care After Dyeing
Wash with cold or tepid water to avoid hair fall.
Don’t color your eyebrows to match – that’s stupid! And instead of over-dyeing hair, use a few touch-ups once every few weeks instead.
Create a Cohesive Look
The best way to go about choosing a hair color is to consider what fits your overall style. Skin tone and coloring are clues, but a good colorist can help you pull off a variety of shades. Thoughts about your personal style and aesthetic—for example, how you like to dress—should inform your color choice. If you are a bit more edgy with your style, you can be a bit more edgy with your hair color. But if you’ve got a suit-and-tie, white-collar type of job, colorful hair isn’t something I’d recommend. Stick to natural colors and err on the side of caution with going blonde, unless you’re blonde, to begin with. Style and hair should meld together.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Gray
Hair dyeing isn’t and shouldn’t be just about covering up gray hair. Men look great with gray hair. It’s distinguished and elegant and earned embrace it. But if your grays are something that you do want to downplay, it’s better to approach as camouflage than as a total cover-up. Less is more and it should look effortless, not intentional. Gray roots on dark hair look terrible and ages you even more than gray hair would on its own.
You should plan ahead for your bleach or dye. For three or four days prior to your dyeing, stay out of the shower. This allows natural oils to build upon the hair and scalp, which serves as a natural barrier against chemicals used during the bleaching and dyeing processes.
Protect Your Mane
Coloring can come at the cost of some extra damage and dryness. If you have thinning hair, you’re going to want to stay away from a heavy coloring job. I definitely wouldn’t recommend double processing (bleaching and toning to very light blonde) to guys with concerns about hair loss—bleach is a harsh chemical that can cause breakage. And for guys of any hair type, it’s good to follow up your salon visit with a regular conditioning treatment, at least once a week.
Take Your Color on the Road
Once you’ve got a perfectly colored mane, you’re going to want it to last as long as possible. A good dyeing requires proper at-home care to maintain its hue. You’ll need to use a shampoo that’s specifically designed for color-treated hair—one that will maintain the vibrancy of your color and protect against dulling and fading. And make sure it’s sulfate-free.
For a bleach, purple toning shampoo is necessary to fight brassiness (i.e. yellow/orange tones). As its natural opposite on the color wheel, purple works against potential yellowy pitfalls.
There’s no reason not to try dyeing your hair out and experiment with your look. It’s not ‘girly’ to look your best, and coloring your hair can really do wonders for a guy. That’s not to say that getting colored isn’t a weighty decision. It’s an investment that takes time, effort, and attention.
Read about ways to protect your hair here.