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Warning: 7 Common Hair Color Mistakes to Avoid

DIY hair color can give you the salon look without the price tag, but it pays to do your research before you start. There are some common mistakes that amateur colorists make, and understanding these pitfalls can help you create beautiful, professional-looking results.

Choosing the Wrong Color Shade

One of the most common hair color errors is choosing the wrong tone. When you’re shopping for a coloring kit, take extra time to ensure that you select a shade that will suit you best. Always refer to the swatch chart on the box, which features light and dark choices in increments of shades and tones. Don't be afraid to ask your hairdresser or professional stylist if they recommend a specific shade before committing.

Applying color to the scalp

Hair coloring specialists often advise against coloring your scalp. Unless you are attempting to cover grey hair, it is not recommended to color your scalp for it can cause irritation and other side-effects. When coloring your hair, be sure to keep a gap of an inch from your scalp. The color should only be applied on the strands of hair and not come in contact with the scalp. Bear in mind that hair dyes are merely strong solutions of chemicals.

Keeping the hair color for too long

Whenever you buy a hair color box, it will always include key instructions to follow. Typically, home hair colors should be left on the head for 25-30 minutes, though this could vary depending on your specific type. Exceeding the recommended time when dying your hair can have serious consequences. It can cause severe damage to your hair and even lead to hair loss. To avoid this, you should always read the instructions on the dye packet and use a timer/alarm to remind yourself of when it's time to wash it out.

Not Using hair products specifically meant for colored hair

Color Protect shampoos and conditioners can do wonders for your hair. Not only do they add shine, but also protect from breakage and damage. Furthermore, these products help you maintain your hair color for a much more extended period of time.

Choosing a shade that does not match your skin tone

Playing around with different hairstyles is totally alright, but you need to be careful when it comes to hair color. Your makeup and skin tone should be taken into consideration before deciding what shade of dye to use on your hair. When selecting makeup shades, it is important to consider the tone of your skin. Consultation with a professional can help you find the most suitable shades that highlight your features and look natural on you.

Going overboard with Hair styling

Coloring your hair alters its porosity, making it more vulnerable to damage. To prevent hair from being excessively broken or fried, limit the use of heated styling tools such as blow-dryers and straightening irons. Unless absolutely necessary, refrain from styling colored hair on a daily basis to keep it well-nourished and looking healthier.

Mixing the components in wrong proportion

Hair coloring requires two essential components - "the developer" & "the colorant". Home hair color packages usually come with instructions on how to mix both elements together and use it all in one go. To create the perfect hair color, it is necessary to mix the components in the right proportion. This means that if you're looking to add only a splash of color, you should use 1 part color and 2 parts developer. Otherwise, you may risk not achieving your desired results.

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