Home Hair Coloring

Any tips on home hair coloring? How do I do the back of my head?

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Annie - October 22, 2010

I generally get my partner to help me, but it can be done by yourself. If you rub it all in really thoroughly and then comb through, you’ll ensure even coverage.

Diane - October 23, 2010

Someone told me to sit on the edge of the tub, lean over and start coloring at the nape of the neck. Then work forward. Have a second box of the same color handy if you have long hair and are coloring all over. One box is enough for me when I just do my roots.

Heather - October 24, 2010

I just make sure I can feel it saturated and have never had a problem. When I had long hair, I added about 1/4 cup conditioner to the hair dye to make sure I had enough. I also smear shortening or oil around my hair line to make sure that I didn’t dye my skin…

Deborah - October 24, 2010

I am a Cosmetologist and I do my own hair. I know it can be difficult. But if you use the kind you get from the store and not Sallys Beauty Supply (if there is one near you). You do the front and sides first and do the roots first and then the ends. get as much of the back as you can on the roots. If you cant then do the whole back of the head. Leave on as directed. If you have someone to help you please do. Have fun!

Stacy Cornwell - October 24, 2010

I am dirty blonde….ok mousy brown and I like to “streak” my hair heavily with blonde…it kinda looks like highlights or naturally blonde because there is still some brown underneath….I comb my hair back while it’s dry (like a helmut) and wipe the hair color on some times I will work on my roots a little where I usually part my hair….hope this helps you, if not, it may help someone else!

Lydia B. - October 25, 2010

I got tired of spending so much at the salon and could no longer afford to do so. I buy a $6 highlighting lot from walmart every few months and highlight. I also use a pair of shears and a comb to give myself a quick trim.I save a lot by doing this!

gerrie l - October 26, 2010

the store coloring fades so much faster after so many washing. you are better off to fo to a beauty supply house for coloring its only a few bucks more but last longer. if you want you can get permanent hair coloring. i get a mirror and sit at table ant part hair do roots first. then i put it on the rest of hair after root timing. then i save a small amout and add about a teas of shampoo then do whole head. this is called a soap cap and evens out color. just takes longer doing roots by yourself but you save alot of money. good luck, hope this helps. for those of you who uses conditioner buy icon at sallys. it is great.

Mrs_Koehn - October 27, 2010

I use a natural permanent dye I order online and an 8 oz plastic squeeze bottle I found in my mom’s old hair coloring things from back in the day. Similar to the $4 bottle for doing your roots at Walmart, but this has only one tip like a mustard bottle. I just put on an OLD outfit I don’t care if I get hair color on, and mix it up and start at the front. I do the sides, the top, then the back roots. If I’m doing my whole head, then I do the length. My hair’s mid back and not very thick. Then I pin it up with bobby pins until it’s time to wash it out. Some people use a little lotion or oil around their skin to keep it from dying, but I’ve never had a problem with the Herbatint doing that, and it’s nice and permanent for me. I’ve used it for going on 6 years now with no problems. : )

deanna - October 31, 2010

This is the procedure I use with a permanent color that takes 25 minutes to develop.

I have dirty blond hair and have used this technique with both blond and brown hair colors.

I get a very natural look on my hair by making “hi light” style stripes with the hair color- roots to ends – front to back. I clip the top layer of my hair up and do the same stripes again. Clip up hair and repeat 3rd time. Wait 10 minutes.I put the remaining color all over my entire head and wait 15 minutes. Rinse and condition.

Jen - November 3, 2010

I have done my own coloring for a long time. I went to a new beautician for a hair cut and she asked who did my color. I said I had and she said, “Wow, I’d hire you.” So with that being my resume *wink*, I say it isn’t hard but use all the color you have and as someone else said, have a second if you have long hair. Also, I have fine hair which may make a difference in my application. 1-Saturate you hair with the coloring, starting at the roots. I find the big globs at the roots work out to the ends very nicely. so saturate those roots! 2-I actually put stripes down my head, starting at the front and going all the way back and down to the nap of my neck, about every inch or half inch. and I do an extra zigzag pattern at the back. This seems to cover it all. 3- This is not a time to be stingy with the color and like someone else mentioned, work it through thoroughly. I would say a good guide to know you have enough color on your head would be if you can get your hair to lump together. I have shoulder length hair and after my coloring is in, I can pull it up on top my head, pat it down and it won’t move.

Best of luck!

Janis Hill - November 3, 2010

I don’t cover all of my hair at once. That gives it a ‘bottled’ look. I pick up sections about 1/4 of an inch wide color it then move to the next section. When I get to the back I pick up sections again. Once I have pretty much finished sectioning all I can i let it sit for about 5 mins, then go back and put color all over. I use hair clips as I go to hold one large segment of hair up while I do the next area. Of course this means it all gets somewhat smushed together, but I have found this method gives hi and low lights so it looks natural instead of colored.

Theresa - November 3, 2010

I have resorted to coloring my own hair since the costs at the hairdresser have become so outrageous! I buy my color at WalMart with a coupon. I keep an old housecoat just for this purpose and one particular towel and washcloth. My hair is styled short so I need to do this the day before my next cut (5-6wk). I follow the directions and keep the color wet…..and use it all. I think the real key for good color is using the conditioner thats included,and to recondition each wk. to keep the shine. It takes about 45mins. start to finish and saves ALOT of money!

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