Coloring Hair

July 7, 2011 by Rynell Chavez  
Published in Hair

Easy Hair Color Application.

Even a little gray can make a woman, or even a man for that matter, question their looks a bit.  This is not to say that vanity is ever a good thing.  But, with a little touch up on the color or a good gray cover up, self esteem can get a boost. 

I began to see gray hair on my head at the age of sixteen.  This was a horrifying experience to a teenager in the first place, but stick that same teenager on the football field as a cheerleader and the normal feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt mount exponentially.  Vanity is a 

The home color kits that are offered now are surprisingly affordabel and simple to apply as long as you adhere to the instructions and wear the gloves provided.  Even the kits sold in dollar stores are easy to use and cover gray well, although if you chose one on the red end of the color spectrum, you should use a red or purple colored shampoo so that the color doesn’t turn brassy.  The instruction below are intended for kits made with “colorant” and “color developer” or a two-liquid chemical mixing process for a first time or all over coloring.  Root area touchups involve only slightly different instructions.

The first part of coloring hair is the test.  Some people are extremely allergic to the chemicals, so testing an area of hair and scalp is incredibly important.  The instructions for this test are included in each kit and are very basic.  Normally, the test should take place 48 hours before you plan to begin the coloring process.  You must use a small amount of each liquid and mix them together.  Using a cotton ball, pat a small amount on the cleaned and dried inside soft skin of your elbow.  Leave it there without washing for 48 hours.  Once you determine that there is no bad reaction, you can proceed with coloring your hair.

The instructions will tell you that the first thing you should do is put the gloves on and then cut the tip off of the squirt bottle.  My first step is always to make sure I have my coloring towels (red and blue) clean and handy.  White or light towels shouldn’t be used for the first few days after coloring hair, especially in the red and purple spectrum because they bleed.  After you have your towels and work area stocked with all of the equipment you’ll be using, you’re ready to begin.  Now you can put the gloves on and snip the end off the squirt bottle.  Next, pour the contents of the other liquid into the squirt bottle and then, placing your gloved fingertip over the end of the squirt bottle, shake until well mixed.  You cannot stop the process after you’ve done this.  The chemical is now ready to use and is NOT storable. 

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One Response to “Coloring Hair”
  1. Jerry Says:

    For those of you who wish to dye their hair and save money doing it, here is a tip. And it does work. You can get 4 to 8 uses from one package of hair color. You are actually diluting a darker color to get a lighter color.
    Some medium brown hair dyes end up with too much red in them. Dark brown does not seem to give a red tinge. Someone I know does this:
    For medium brown hair use a dark brown hair color. Use only a small portion of the dye and developer in proportionate amounts. Remember that left over mixed hair colorant will not work after a few hours or so. Keep the remaining ingredients in their original containers.
    If you have very short hair, you can get by with 1/4 oz hair color, 1/4 oz developer or proportionate amount, 1/4 oz hair gel, and about 1/8 oz to 1/4 oz water (more or less for useable consistency). Additional hair gel & water will ensure that you don’t get it too dark. You may need to experiment to get exactly the right lightness/darkness you want. Keep records of your attempts including proportions and time left in before and after combing the color in.

    Use an old transparent or semi-transparent “bottle” with a long tip on it, perhaps an empty developer bottle from a previous use, to apply to hair. Mark the bottle in 1/4 oz gradients — or 3/8 oz or 1/2 oz depending on how much you need. ( Obtain a 1 oz disposable plastic measuring ‘cup’ and use water to measure and mark your gradient marks, 1/4 oz at a time. That way you don’t waste ingredients by having some left in a small measuring ‘cups’.)
    Add each ingredient before shaking to mix, so that you can see which level each total is at. Once you shake it up some will remain on the inside wall of the bottle, and the gradient marks won’t show accurate measurements.
    Follow the hair color application directions.
    Using a small brush (even old toothbrush) will help at the hairline.

    I imagine only a few odd people like me will try this method. Let us know how it works out for you.

    Any other tips from others?

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