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2nd-Oct-2011 07:45 pm
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I'm about to color my gray for the first time ever and I need some advice. Is there anything I should know? Any little tricks or tips?

Most importantly, is there a time period after I use it that I can't wash my hair?

I'm using L'Oreal Paris.
3rd-Oct-2011 03:27 am (UTC)
Nope. You can wash it right after. Some do to get all the dye out, especially when the hair is long.

Do all your roots first, especially around your face. You want the dye there the longest cause that's where you grey.
5th-Oct-2011 01:19 am (UTC)
I totally zeroed in on the hair around my face. I'll know for next time to maybe be a lighter touch, though. I think I concentrated a bit too much there. :)
3rd-Oct-2011 09:31 am (UTC)
Hmm, let's see... Pat a visible (as in, slightly thick) line of cream on your face, along the hairline. You minimise the chances of staining your skin in case of less steady hands.

In theory, you can wash your hair right as soon as the waiting period is done. Most people do shampoo their hair right off, to get the dye out. But, and I'm going by what I've been told by hairdressers, commercial hair dye is really less strong than the professional stuff; not shampooing helps the pigments stick better, because the detergents in the shampoo could lift them off the hair strands if they haven't adhered all the way. Best to wait about 24 hours.

Start with the comb applicator and do the roots around your face first; then, do the roots around the crown of your head. By the time you're done with those, you'll have given the extra sitting time to the dye around the face. Then, squeeze out the dye over your hair and massage it in like it's a deep conditioner. Easiest way to cover the strands.

Do your thing for however many minutes you have to wait, but keep an eye on the clock. Best to rinse it out as soon as time's up: dye oxidises really fast, and the more you wait, the darker the colour.

Rinse with lukewarm water until it runs completely clear, then finger-comb your hair and rinse a few minutes more. A good trick is to add a quarter-cup of apple cider vinegar to the last rinse.
5th-Oct-2011 01:22 am (UTC)
You minimise the chances of staining your skin in case of less steady hands.

I tried but that creme stuff was so thick, I ended up getting stained around my right jawline and neck. It took a couple of showers to get it to wash away. Now I'll know for next time. Thanks! :)
3rd-Oct-2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
Best hair-color tip to cover the gray: go 1-2 shades lighter. Never, ever, go darker; never go the same color as the existing hair.

3rd-Oct-2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
Why is this? I can understand a kind of highlights appearance and possibly less visible roots once it starts growing out if you go lighter, but why not go same color or darker? I mean is there a chemistry-related reason?
5th-Oct-2011 01:25 am (UTC)
It looks weird. The color is off when you look at my hair compared to my eyebrows compared to my eyes. It looks fake.

Pretty much gonna be sporting the ponytail for the next couple of months until it fades away.
5th-Oct-2011 02:09 am (UTC)
Did you go darker? I always just pick my own hair color and it's never looked weird - at least to me. Maybe others think it. LOL!

But I haven't used permanent hair color in a long time. I always just get the ones that last like 16 weeks or something.

ETA: I saw your comment below. Why reddish brown? Your hair doesn't look like it has any red tint. I never get red tint. It always, always, always turns out brassy and fake. I always get an "ash" color and that seems to work great for me.

Edited at 2011-10-05 02:11 am (UTC)
5th-Oct-2011 02:28 am (UTC)
I think I got the red tint because this is only the second time ever I've colored my hair. I think if I had been doing it a while, it would turn sort of brassy too. I don't know.

I used to have a deep, healthy brown colored hair with red tints back in my '20s, before childbirth and motherhood sucked the life out of my body and hair, LOL. I should send you a pic of me in my younger days. :D
5th-Oct-2011 01:23 am (UTC)
Damn! I went darker - reddish brown. Now it looks...weird. But trial and error. I know better for next time. Thanks!
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