|Should You Color Your Own Hair?|
First of all you need a place to do the coloring. The best would be a utility room. You don't need anything but a mirror, but you will splash colorant everywhere. No sense messing up your bathroom walls, woodwork, and flooring. It will also get on a sink and fixtures, but these tend to clean up well. As I've said before, I'm
Guidelines? Remove everything you can from the bathroom. Take your glasses off and put them in another room. Wear really old clothes that you don't care if they get stained. You could wear a plastic cape or plastic poncho to protect your clothing. I'm more comfortable in old clothes. Follow the directions that come inside the box of hair color. They are pretty straightforward. ALWAYS aim the nozzle of the hair care bottle AWAY from your eyes and face.
|DIY Hair Coloring|
When my hair is totally covered and saturated, I wrap my head in wide plastic food wrap. I wrap several times to be sure it's all secure and all the hair is covered. I put my glasses on after the first wrap to keep them on. That completes the Martian look! Set your timer for the wait time.
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During the wait time you can't really sit on any upholstered furniture for fear you might stain it. As far as I know colorant is a permanent stain. Also you will get drips coming from your covered hair from time to time. Just use a paper napkin or more toilet tissue to mop it up. I prefer paper napkins for this. You can also add another layer of plastic wrap, making it a little tighter. Don't worry about any dye that gets on your skin, even on your face, because it washes off easily with soap and water.
Set out one or two old towels to use for your shower. I've never gotten dye on these towels, but I don't want to take a chance with better towels. I might have some odd situation where I need to wipe dye from getting too close to my eyes. When the waiting time is up, take your shower, following the directions on the instruction sheet. Basically you rinse out the colorant and apply the special conditioner that came with the kit. You do not use your regular shampoo at this time. Save that for your next shower.
After the shower I recheck the bathroom for drips and stains I missed before. They seem to appear and places I already cleaned now show more of a stain than before. Double check the faucet area, mirror frame and towel racks. You are done! I wait for the dye to dry on my "dyeing clothes" before washing them in the washing machine with a load of whites or jeans. I've never had any dye come off onto other clothes this way.
Still afraid to try it? Ask a friend who colors her hair to color your hair for the first time so you can learn from her and get over your fear of it.
Click here for Part 2 with some extra tips for DIY hair coloring.