I decided to start a series of posts on stuff that you should learn to do.  In case that wasn’t evident from the title ^^ .

First thing you should learn?  To dye your hair.  Or someone else’s, should someone ever ask you to do it for them.  It’s not very difficult, and you can save a ton of $$ doing it yourself instead of going to a salon.

I’m no professional, I’m just a girl who likes my hair dyed.  When I started to color my hair, I couldn’t find much info online about how to do it, so now I’m making my own little instruction manual!  For all you first time hair-dyers out there: relax, do the allergy test, and don’t you dare try to lighten your hair by yourself.  It won’t turn out well.

Ok, here goes:

1. First, you need to buy a box of hair dye.  I strongly recommend Clairol Natural Instincts Rich Color Creme.  I’m allergic to pretty much everything, but I’m not allergic to this.  So you probably won’t be either.  Find it in any drugstore for around $8.

This is the color I use, and it’s awesome.

2. Do the allergy test.  Instructions should be included with the dye, but if they’re not, here’s what you need to do.  Mix the dye, then rub a little bit of it on the inside of your forearm.  Let it dry, then put a bandaid over it.  If you don’t experience any allergic reaction symptoms for 48 hours, you’re good.  If you do experience symptoms, go see a doctor.  And don’t you dare use that hair dye.  Promise?

3. Don’t wash your hair.  For at least a day.  This allows natural oils to build up in your scalp, which will protect it from damage when you dye your hair.

4. Time to dye!  Set up your space before you do anything else.  Make sure your hair is dry and free of styling products.  You’ll need…

  • A washcloth
  • Vaseline
  • Sink
  • Rubber gloves (should be included with the dye)
  • A t-shirt that can get messy
  • Hair elastics
  • The dye itself

5. Rub Vaseline onto your hairline and ears.  This ensures that the dye won’t stain your skin.  Put on the gloves, and open up the dye.  If it’s your first time coloring your hair, the dye should already be open.  Because you did the allergy test.  Didn’t you?!?

6. Squirt some dye onto the top of your head and rub it in.  You DON’T want to forget to dye your roots, so you might as well do them first.

7. Squirt some dye onto your fingertips and gently rub it into the rest of your hair.  Don’t lather it in like you would shampoo; smooth it in like conditioner.  It helps me if I start on one side of my head, then do the back, then do the other side.

8. Pay careful attention to the hair that frames your face.  It’s the first thing people notice, so make sure you don’t miss a spot!

9. You’re done when your hair is damp with dye.  Not soaked, but not dry either.  You’ll probably have some dye left over, and that’s okay.  Throw it away.

10. Pull your hair into a messy bun at the crown of your head.  Wait at least 10 minutes, but no longer than 20.  If your hair is thin, then 10 minutes should be fine.  Mine’s thick, and I usually wait 12-15 minutes.  If your head starts to feel tingly and burning, rinse the dye out immediately, then go see a doctor.  Promise??

11. Get in the shower, undo the messy bun, and rinse until the water runs clear.  Don’t shampoo your hair for another 24 hours, but it’s fine to condition it with a conditioner for colored hair.  Blow dry it to see your new color!