We all know someone who wouldn’t dare color their own hair—or maybe you’re one of those people yourself—certain that you’ll mess it up. Well fear no more, because straight from professional colorists, we have the 6 tips you need to know if you think you can’t color your own hair at home. Hint: YOU CAN.
- HAVE REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS WHEN CHOOSING YOUR COLOR
The first step is finding the right shade for your hair. If you’re hesitant to do this on your own, use resources that have professional advice and consultations. The professionals will help you understand what can be achieved and how to switch to at home coloring. Check out our online Color Quiz, or call our Color Crew for help—you can send them a photo and they will talk you through until you find “the one”.
- WATCH TUTORIALS
Application videos are a pretty powerful tool, and you can watch them as you’re going through the application process. On top of that, read all the instructions before you start coloring. Sometimes there may have a couple different options when applying, and it’s best to know what route to take before you dive in.
- ONLY TOUCH UP YOUR ROOTS
This is probably the most important tip. If your hair is already colored, pulling color through your ends each time can result in over darkening, color buildup, and damaged ends. You really only need to touch up your roots and new growth. The only time you need to apply color all over is if it's your first time coloring, or you are switching to a new color. If you're not, only apply color to roots and new growth. Which leads to...
- USE GLOSS ON MID-LENGTHS TO ENDS WHILE YOU TOUCH UP YOUR ROOTS
Glosses are a professional colorists best friend (and yours, too). Gloss is a salon secret, really, as it's how colorists apply color in a salon. We like to call it The Perfect Pair: Color + Gloss. That is, you apply permanent color to your roots only, and gloss to your mid-lengths and ends. The gloss refreshes your color, adds shine, and is gentle for your ends, causing virtually no damage.
- BOWL + BRUSH
Most professionals use a mixing bowl and brush to apply hair color, and there’s a reason for that—they help with saturation, accuracy of placement, and creating clean easy partings. So play colorist for the day and use a bowl and brush if you’re nervous about application.
- CLIP YOUR HAIR INTO SECTIONS
Maybe a head full of hair seems daunting. Try clipping it into sections, and work one section at a time. Sectioning makes for easier (and quicker) application.
And there you have it—6 tips to help you color your hair (even if you’re sure you can’t). Now all you have to do is share your gorgeous color with us on Instagram with #MadisonReedColor.