We’ve all been there! You want to play around and try something new with your hair but you’re not sure about committing to a new color just yet — plus, you’d prefer to avoid any hair lighteners or bleach in order to prevent potential damage, breakage, and frizz. Coloring your hair at home can be a fun and cost-effective way to switch up your look without the need for a trip to the salon, and there are a few ways to do it ensuring vibrant results without compromising on hair health.
Try Temporary Wash-Out Hair Color Makeup
Vivid temporary hair makeup is one of the easiest ways to experiment with a new hair color. Simply wash out when the night is over or when you want a new look to take center stage — no lightening necessary & no commitment required. Experiment with streaks, color blocking, dip dye, or a create-your-own color, switching it up by the day like you would with your makeup or your clothes.
Use Semi-Permanent Hair Dye to Color Hair Extensions
Using semi-permanent dye on extensions is the best way to play with pops of color without the commitment that comes with dying and maintaining a vibrant shade on your real hair. You can try a solid streak, a gradient, a raccoon stripe, or balayage depending on the look you’d like to create.
Touch Up Your Hair Color with a Color-Depositing Hair Mask
If you already have a vibrant hair color that you would love to touch up without lightening your hair again, or if you are looking for a subtle switch in your shade, try a color-depositing hair mask that will hydrate and nourish your hair while boosting vibrancy and shine. Blend different shades to create a color of your own
Tips to Avoid Hair Damage When Lightening Your Hair
Because lightening and coloring your hair doesn’t have to mean damage!
- Use the right hair lightener! The magic number to look out for is Volume 25.
- Prep your hair properly. Start by washing your hair with a clarifying shampoo to remove any buildup or residue. This will help the dye penetrate evenly and result in a more vibrant color.
- Avoid using conditioner, as it can create a barrier that prevents the dye from adhering to your hair effectively.
- Ingredients to avoid: Formaldehyde, 4-ABP, Parabens, Phthalates, PPD’s, Persulfates, MEA, Nickel, & Resorcinol
- Rinse your hair thoroughly with cool water until the water runs clear. Follow up with a moisturizing conditioner to help seal in the color and keep your hair hydrated. Avoid washing your hair with shampoo for at least 24 to 48 hours after dyeing to allow the color to set properly.