I dye my hair since… Forever! I think I was 15 or 16 when I started with a simple dye that was gone with a few showers, until I started with a permanent dye. First I let my mother do it, I sometimes let hairdressers do it (didn’t had a good experience with that), and later on, I decided to do it myself. That in case it went wrong, I could blame myself. That’s why I always have a plan B hair colour. In case the current colour goes wrong, I can re-dye it. I don’t know a lot about hairdye, but I do know that I did a lot of times, and after a while you find out certain tricks. I guess it makes me pretty creative when you’ve got dried hair-dye all over your face…
Vaseline works miracles! It’s good for your skin, and when you apply it around your entire face/head by your hairline (back, front, sides, ears, everything!), it’s easier to get the hair-dye off your face. Of course, you leave it there, and wipe it off afterwards.
I use medical alcohol (with 90% of alcohol), to get hair-dye off off my arms and/or face, where I haven’t applied Vaseline. Do know that it dries out your skin. They say tonic works too, but I never tried that.
I use elastic bands to keep the plastic gloves from slipping off my fingers. The gloves are always way too big for my small hands. Make sure they are not too tight tho, you don’t want to stop your blood flow to your fingers.
Place newspapers on the floor. I’m a messy someone, and I often work a bit too enthusiastic and I end up with hair-dye on the floor, in stead of on my hair.
An old comb
Use an old comb, a comb you don’t use anymore and don’t mind getting dirty for your hair.
When you’re done. Tie your hair in a bon on top of your head. Wait around 30 minutes, before rinsing it out.
Don’t Wash Your Hair
They say it’s bad to wash your hair before dyeing it. This has to do with the layer of sebum (is this the right word?) on your head. When you wash your hair, you also wash that layer off. While that layer of sebum protects your head-skin against the chemicals in the hair-dye. I usually dye my hair when it’s getting a bit greasy.
High Quality Hair Products
Use high quality shampoos and conditioners that are specially for dyed hair. The high quality ones might be expensive, but they take good care of your hair.
Put on old clothes. Yes, they are going to get dirty.
Long and Thick Hair?
That means two packs of hair-dye. It’s a bit awkward if you’re halfway dyeing your hair and you don’t have enough.
No Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Those shampoos are known of ruining your colour.