So, I have never dyed my hair before (well, if you count Sun-In that I used in high school–and I’m not really sure if that’s made for black girls, I looked like a clown and my daddy kept calling me Dennis Rodman, LOL). Although I’ve often pondered it, I’m a slight chicken. It seems as though every time I get the balls enough to go for it, there is some wicked horror story–or some poor girl in a mall who looks so horrid that I just know she had to do it herself, LOL–what other explanation could there be?!
Yes, yes, yes–I could go to a professional. I have, however, had my fair share of horror stories with professionals too, and pretty much trust myself the best! I’ve recently chopped my healthy mid-back hair to a TWA (known in the natural hair community as a teenie weeny afro) and I want to dye that sucker honey blonde! I’ve always kept up with clothing and makeup trends, but realized a while ago that I had become stuck with the same hair FOREVER. So eff that ish and let’s change it up!
While I continue to dive into my detailed, in-depth research and education regarding this matter (youtube, youtube and youtube, Side note: why do people film youtube videos with shotty cameras/recording devices?! ) I have found the following tips online on Oprah’s site. I mean, she’s Oprah–she should know, right?
- Be Conservative: Don’t choose a color more than two to three shades lighter or darker than your natural color.
- Enlist a Friend to Help: She can ensure that you don’t miss a spot on the back of your head.
- Use Natural Light: The forgiving dimmer switch in your bathroom won’t do you any favors when you’re trying to gauge the intensity of a new haircolor.
- Always Condition: Most kits come with a tube of deep conditioner. Use it right after you rinse out the dye, then do a deep-conditioning treatment at least once a week after that. It will help preserve color and shine.
- After Your First Time, Dye Only Your Roots: Your hair will get brittle, and your color patchy, if you recolor your whole head every six weeks. When your roots start to show, apply dye only to the regrowth; comb it through the rest of your hair a few minutes before the processing time is up.
So what do you home-dye girls have to add to these tips? I would love to hear from you–how long you’ve been coloring your own hair, what brand you use, mishaps etc. Lmk!