When It’s Okay to Color Your Hair at Home
Coloring hair at home can be a tricky thing, but it’s not always serious or unsafe, as long as you go into the experience with a little knowledge…
Covering Gray Strands
When you just want to cover the gray and not your natural hair color, most pro-stylist will give their clients the green light for coloring at home. However, women with a lot of gray may find it harder to get a nice result. So, if you own more than 25% gray tresses, you may want to consider professional help, and for those with over 50% gray hair, color at home at your own risk.
Warming Up Hair Tone
At-home coloring is simple and pretty easy to do when you only need to warm up brown or blond tones. Also, if you prefer to go just a bit darker or lighter, changing your hues up or down two tones is a fairly safe home coloring task.
Going Ruby Red
Now, we’re not talking about changing from a medium brown to a light strawberry blond here. Going red at home can be fun and safe, only if your hair’s color-level is about the same, and always remember to choose a semi-permanent color, at least when going red for the first time.
When To Seek Professional Advice
Pro-stylists possess vast knowledge on how to achieve proper color tones and hue levels. Hair coloring is almost a science; we study every possible situation that can make hair color look fantastic, and we also learn how to fix hair color that didn’t work out the first time around…
Tons of Gray
Locks that are 50% or more gray really call for professional color service. The reason for this is to make sure that you get the same gray coverage and that every strand possesses even tone.
Any big hair color change will need a professional to execute it perfectly. For example, blond to brunette can easily produce a moldy green hue, if it’s done at home incorrectly; likewise, shifting your tresses from dark brown to blond can head you on a path to orange hair.
Highlights or Lowlights
Bleaching (highlighting) hair carries a high risk of cuticle damage, breakage, spotting, and hue disparity. This is why highlighting and lowlighting needs to be performed at a pro-salon, since the technique is both complicated to execute properly and time consuming. Also, a bad at-home highlighting job can be very difficult and quite expensive to repair.
Unknown Multi-Colors In Hair
Permanent hair tones fade and stay inside the hair’s shaft until it is cut. This means that long tresses can be several years dull at the ends but hue-enriched at the base, which is why you may want to seek a professional’s help before adding more color on top. Just remember that it’s not always clear how your new color will react with older, hidden tones.