Thinking about coloring your hair? If so, and if you have shorter hair, then there are some specific tips and considerations worth keeping in mind to ensure you end up with the best results at home. After all, there are some unique challenges that can come along with coloring shorter hair.
1. Know Your Options
Start by considering your options for different types of hair color. If this is your first time coloring your hair and you are nervous to make a full commitment, you may want to choose a type of color that is less permanent and will gradually fade after several washes. This is known as a semi-permanent hair color and will typically last between 10 to 15 shampoos. A semi- or demi-permanent hair color is a great way to make sure you actually like the color you’ve selected before you decide to go with a more permanent option of men’s hair coloring.
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2. Protect Your Skin
Protecting your skin is always a must when coloring hair, but this is especially true when you have shorter hair. Specifically, it’s a good idea to apply a small amount of the stain barrier crème to the areas around your hairline; this will help reduce the chances of your skin becoming stained while you color. Furthermore, be sure to wear gloves while handling any type of hair color (regardless of whether it’s permanent or semi/demi-permanent). After your hair color is set, you should also use a warm wash cloth or tissue to wipe away any excess product that may have gotten on your skin so that it doesn’t end up staining.
3. Don’t Expect to Use It All
When you have shorter hair or are doing a root touch-up, you typically won’t need very much product. Therefore, if you are mixing your own hair color according to the directions for medium-length hair, then you should not expect to use it all.
4. Use the Right Tools
Speaking of avoiding scalp staining, this is where using the right tools to color your hair really comes into play. It is highly recommended that you invest in a quality hair coloring kit, which will include a mixing bowl, brushes, gloves, and everything else you need for successful and professional-looking hair color application. Specifically, using a coloring brush to apply product will make it easier to avoid applying color to the scalp, which will in-turn help you achieve better and more natural looking results.
5. Avoid Damage With a Deep Conditioner
Finally, remember that protecting and nourishing your hair after coloring it is extremely important, especially if you may have left your hair color in for a little longer than recommended or had damaged hair to begin with. One of the best ways to nourish your hair after coloring is to use a deep conditioning product, which can restore moisture to your hair and even protect your new color from fading. It is recommended that you use a deep conditioning treatment on your color-treated hair about once a week after coloring it for the best results.
Coloring shorter men’s hair does require a bit of special care and consideration, especially if this will be your first time coloring your own hair. Still, by keeping these tips in mind as you prepare, you can achieve great results in the comfort and convenience of your own home.