Sure, our permanent Radiant Cream Color kit comes with goof-proof instructions from expert colorists—so know you’re in great hands—but we’ve dug up some additional tips and tricks to absolutely, positively make sure you get gorgeous color, no ifs, ands, or “oops” about it. Follow these simple DON’TS to ensure your hair color is a beautiful DO.
Don’t Start with Clean Hair
You’ve heard the saying “Start with a clean slate,” right? Well, not necessarily when it comes to hair color. Leaving your hair dirty before coloring is actually a natural way to help protect your scalp from possible potential irritants. That being said, a lot of product build-up on hair (especially at the roots) before you color could impede the efficacy of the color. We recommend washing hair a few days before you plan on coloring, and avoid using products like dry shampoo, mousse, or anything with heavy oils until after you color.
Don’t Forget the Details
When you’re in the thick of it, missing an essential item (or forgetting where you put it) could be a bit of an inconvenience. Cue the ready-for-anything at-home color salon you’ll be assembling after you read this. Stock your bathroom with extra gloves, a barrier cream like petroleum jelly or the one included in our Color Kit, cotton swabs or our Cleansing Wipes (also included in your kit) to wipe away excess color from hard to reach spots, dark towels, and a timer (in case your cell phone is about to die). To go total pro, complete your stash with our Professional Color Tool Kit—includes color application brush, mixing bowl, and hair clips—and our Salon Smock to make sure clothes stay stain-free.