3. Follow the directions exactly.
Whether it’s your first or 10th time to color your hair, don’t forget to read the directions twice to make sure you’re following the right steps before you start mixing and coloring. It also helps if you do a test run without actually opening the bottles (just pretend you’re a little kid playing make-believe) to prevent any slip-ups along the way.
4. Have a DIY pal.
It’s always fun to do at-home treatments with a friend, isn’t it? The best part is, he or she can also help you apply dye in those hard-to-reach places and point out if you missed a spot by your nape. P.S. It’s also a great opportunity to post fab selfies and hilarious videos on Snapchat!
5. Don’t be in a rush.
If you’re coloring your hair for a party or special occasion, you’ll want to do this at least a few days before the big event. This way, you have time to adjust to your new hue and will feel more confident when you rock it later on.
6. Skip washing for 48 hours.
Try not to get too sweaty, because it helps if you ditch washing your hair for the next two days. This gives your strand’s pH level enough time to go back to normal and allows the color to really settle into your hair (read: less bleeding in the shower). Bonus tip: Wash with cold water, too—it helps boost shine and closes the cuticle to prevent your hue from fading prematurely.
7. Go sulfate-free.
When it comes to your shampoo and conditioner, you’ll need to make sure that it’s specifically formulated for color-treated hair. The reason? Regular sudsers can strip the dye from your hair and make it fade a lot faster. Beauty extra: Add a weekly treatment if you can. Deep conditioning can help replenish any moisture you lost during the coloring process and can amp up your hair’s shine.
8. Tweak your makeup.
When you change your ’do’s hue, this means you need to adjust the colors of your makeup, too. Rule of thumb: Your brows should be one to two shades lighter than your hair color if you have dark tresses. Going blonde? Pick an eyebrow product that's one to two shades darker than your hair.
9. Adjust your wardrobe.
It’s time to experiment! A new hair hue can make you feel like a new person, so scroll through Pinterest and look for fashion inspo that matches the vibe you want to send out. Feeling cool and edgy? Look for tailored pieces that Kendall Jenner or Victoria Beckham would wear. Feminine and flirty? Then flowy dresses and light fabrics (think: Lauren Conrad or Taylor Swift) are the way to go.
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