It may be easy to follow the instructions you get with whatever hair dye you have, but there are trade secrets that the hair dye manufacturers don’t tell you.
- If the hair dye is ammonia free (usually semi-permanent and demi-permanent dyes are ammonia free), do not be afraid to leave the dye in your hair longer than the instructions say! For example, Manic Panic says to leave the dye in for 35 minutes but it’s a minimum of 35 minutes. You can leave Manic Panic in over night! For permanent dyes, I wouldn’t go longer than double the amount of time put in the instructions, as the chemicals may harm your scalp.
- Before applying the hair dye, cover your ears and forehead in vaseline! This will prevent the hair dye from staining your skin. If you don’t have Vaseline, after you dye your hair, scrub your skin gently with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol to get the remaining dye off. Make sure to moisturize after using rubbing alcohol, as it will dry out your skin.
- While the hair dye sits, most products suggest applying heat. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to sit with a hair dryer to my hair for a half hour or more, and I don’t have one of those fancy heat chairs that solons have! I suggest using a shower cap since you can get them from the dollar store, or a plastic bag. Wrap the plastic bag around your head, then secure with a hair-tie. This will keep the heat in and will allow you to lay down without worrying about getting hair dye all over your furniture.
- After rinsing your hair out, do a quick shampoo. This will ensure all the dye is out and will secure your dye in place. From here on out, if you want to keep the color in as long as possible, wash your hair with cooler water than you would your body. I suggest washing your hair first, throwing it up in a ponytail if you have long hair, then washing your body so you’re not torturing yourself with cold showers (unless cold showers are your thing). I especially recommend this if you are using a hair color that is red or red based. With dark colors (black or with a black base) it won’t matter as much since it takes forever for black to fade.