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8 Ways to Avoid At-Home Color Mishaps

For some, the idea of coloring your own hair may seem daunting. But, coloring your hair yourself is actually easier than you think. Here are ways to avoid at-home color mishaps and instead enjoy salon-quality hair without the salon prices.

Know Your Skin

While you don’t necessarily have to stick to conventional rules that certain hair colors look better with certain skin tones, just know that warm hair colors against a cool skin tone may look overwhelming and cool hair colors against a warm skin tone can make you look washed out.

Know the Color

Just like with any product, images or example swatches of hair color are a good indicator of the results you’ll get. However, it doesn’t always mean that your hair will come out the exact same shade. Your original hair color influences your hair color results. For example, brunettes have underlying warm pigments that are typically not exposed until a lighter color is applied. (Ash hair color shades can mask this for a cooler more muted result.) So just a heads up: You can expect results close to what’s advertised, but it might not be an exact match.

Do A Strand Test

To see how a color will look on your own hair before committing to it, do a strand test. This will allow you to test out the formula on a small amount of your real hair to see how it reacts before trying it on your whole head of hair. It also lets you know if you need to adjust the processing time, so that you can get the color just right.

Don’t Start With Permanent

If you’re using professional at-home hair color for the first time, opt for a semi-permanent or demi-permanent hair color. Once you feel comfortable with coloring your own hair and find a color you love, you can use the formula that best suits your lifestyle. Just remember semi- and demi-permanent hair color will not give you a lighter result, however they are perfect for adding rich tones adding both shine and dimension.

Customize Your Processing Time

Hair color formulas come with a recommended processing time. However, the texture of your hair is important to keep in mind when coloring your hair. When the hair is coarse, gray, or resistant, it takes more time to absorb color, so it requires a longer processing time. When hair is fine, it takes less time to absorb color, so it requires a shorter processing time. Dry and permed hair may absorb color quickly, too. Because of the many variables that can affect timing, always do a strand test first.

Give Hair A Good Rinse

After coloring your hair, always follow with a cool rinse in the shower. The water pressure from the shower head is ideal for completely cleaning your locks, so no leftover formula remains.

Use An After Color Treatment

To lock your new color in, always use an after color treatment, like Ion Color Brilliance After Color Treatment.

Cleanse and Condition With Color-Safe Formulas

To prolong your color for longer, always make sure that you use specialized shampoos and conditioners that are meant for color-treated hair. Our Ion Color Solutions collection has options for lathering up, styling, and more.


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