I dye my hair often. I have dyed it purple, red , rainbow, blue, purple and pink, and currently it is white and blue. Dying my hair is one of my ways of expressing myself and feeling confident.
Even though hair dye is a fun thing, it can be dangerous. Not only can it damage your hair but if it is not used properly you could get chemical burns, dye your scalp, get it in your eyes or mouth, and more. Trust me when I say that getting it in your mouth, it does not taste good at all and if I had ingested more of it than it could have been more hazardous. So if you are planning to dye your hair, be very careful. If it is your first time, try to visit a salon or hairdresser for tips, tricks, and possibly get your hair done by them.
Here are some things you should do before dying your hair (learned from my past):
See a hairdresser if you have dyed/bleached your hair before
They can tell you if your hair is too damaged to use dye or bleach. When you damage your hair, it can be harmful. For example, you hair could thin and fall out if it is too damaged. Luckily, I always caught if my hair was damaged or not before dying it again. If your hair is damaged, use coconut oil on your hair. Massage it in, then leave it in over night and rinse it out the next morning. If you do this twice a week for a month your hair will be super healthy again.
Check the credibility of the dye you are using.
I bought a dye for $20 CDN once without checking it. I just wanted purple hair. Well the bleach that came with the dye turned my brown hair to a dark orange. Once my hair finally lightened enough to put the purple in, the purple did not stick at all. It made me more orange. I always check my dyes now to avoid that situation.
Read ALL of the instructions.
Even if you think you know what you’re doing, always check the instructions. They will explain the hazards linked to using this dye and how to apply it without chemical burns, dying of the scalp, or extremely damaging your hair.
Make sure you have disposable gloves (vinyl is best).
Having gloves can help you avoid getting dye all over your hands or getting chemical burns. Chemical burns are not likely but completely possible if the dye is not mixed correctly.
Double check you don’t have an allergy to ingredients in the dye.
A lot of people are allergic to certain chemicals found in hair dyes. Reactions can include; itchiness, irritation, redness, soreness, burning, swelling, extreme pain in exposed area, and anaphylactic shock if left untreated. If you have any concerns, see your doctor. They can do a allergy test before you dye your hair to avoid any of these symptoms.
These are only things to do before dying your hair. But what about after?
Only wash your hair in cold water unless instructions or hairdressers say otherwise.
This helps the colour lock into your hair and stay in your hair for longer. The first time I got my hair coloured blue, I did not wash in cold water I washed it in warm water. It stayed in for half the time it should have. The second time I dyed my hair blue I washed it in cold water and it stayed in for a bit longer than it should have. It looked better for longer.
Do coconut oil treatments.
As mentioned before, this will help heal your hair. It will not remove any of the hair dye it will only help heal your hair. Follow the same steps as mentioned before.
Wash your hair with sulphate free shampoo.
This also helps keep your hair healthier. It also helps your hair look better for longer.
These steps are ones I follow every time. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. Or contact your local hairdresser with any questions. Don’t forget when dying your hair to not only be safe, but have some fun with it!
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