September 14, 2011 Andrea Arterbery Hair

The Dos And Don’ts Of At-Home Hair Color

Fall is upon us, and what better way to ring it in than with a new hair hue? But before you get to coloring, heed these simple strategies so you don’t end up with the shade that’s no where near close to the color on the box. Nightmare!
If you want to go blonde…
DO: Try really hard to avoid going blonde at home if your natural hair color is medium brown or darker because you'll have to lift the color from your strands to get a vibrant blonde. If you’re going to be stubborn and do it anyways (*slowly raises hand*), always opt for a temporary or semi-permanent formula for a more natural (and reversible) finish.
DON’T: Forget to prep your hair weeks in advance to minimize any damage with regular hot oil treatments. Try: Alberto V05 Hot Oil Moisturizing Shower Works.
If you want to be a brunette….
DO: Always go with a semi-permanent color in a neutral tone, says Paul Cucinello, Creative Director & Color Expert at Chris Chase Salon. “Permanent colors tend to pull through too much red even if you choose an ash shade because the peroxide in the product brings out the natural warmth in your hair.” Try: L’Oreal Sublime Mousse.
DON’T: Overprocess your hair color (i.e. don't make it look too dark) when trying to refresh the hue.  Use two boxes of color, and mix the included deep conditioning treatment into the color developer mixture. This will dilute the color so it stays sheer and deposits just enough to refine the tone. Apply this to new growth and leave it on for up to 10 minutes.
If you want to go black….
DO: Keep the color from looking dull by using a demi permanent glaze once every two weeks to refresh your ends.
DON’T: Use shampoos and conditioners that contain sulfates. It can dry out your scalp and strip your hair of essential oils, which can quickly fade your hair color. (Hot water will do the same, so also avoid using too much of it when washing your colored tresses.)  Try: L’Oreal EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System Intense Smoothing Shampoo.
If you want to be a redhead…..
DO: Use a color safe shampoo and conditioner after applying this color when washing your hair as this shade tends to fade the fastest.
DON’T: Choose a red shade that’s lighter than your natural hair color. “For example, if you’re a medium brown, then you should pick a medium auburn color,” Chuck Hezekiah, Garnier Haircolor Expert, says.  Also, reds should be somewhat uniform, so don’t be tempted to try adding highlights to a rich red base. “It looks tacky,” Cucinello says.
What new hair hue do you want to try for Fall?


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