From all of the brands and products I’ve tried I have definitely developed a favorite for my hair type – and that’s L’Oreal Garnier Nutrisse. I find that the colors are the truest to their claim and the conditioner and oils in it really make my hair feel lovely afterwards. It only takes 35 minutes to fully develop and covers grey hair perfectly.
Every brand has their own color codes on. As a general rule, the higher the first number, the lighter the color i.e. 3 is jet black and 9 is light blonde. The second number usually depicts the red-ness of the color i.e. 1 is ashy, 3 is warm/red, etc. So a code of 63 would be a light brown with a warm undertone.
3. Tools & Application
I would strongly recommend buying yourself a mixing bowl and dye brush to apply your dye (I got this cute pink set from Forever 21). This makes it much easier to mix and apply and also allows you to see how much of the product you have left (we’ve all done it – got half way through your hair using the squeezy bottle to apply it and then, *pffffff* no more dye left!). I also always buy two boxes so I don’t run out (if I’m doing just roots I only need one box – full hair color for my long hair requires two boxes). Mix the products and be ready to use them immediately. If it’s your first time, do a small skin sensitivity test on the back of your neck 24 hours prior to dyeing. The L’Oreal hair dye is applied to dry unwashed hair – read the instructions on yours carefully, some of them are for use on wet hair. Make sure you have an old top on or an old towel wrapped around you. You WILL get product on yourself.
After the development time is up I wash it out, and I do use shampoo for this first wash even though I’ve read you’re not supposed to. I feel it takes any residue off my scalp and gives an immediate natural look. I never leave the color on for longer than the developing time as it really is pointless. It’s a chemical reaction that takes a certain amount of time to complete and then it develops/reacts no further. After washing I use the little conditioner pack it comes with and then rinse, towel dry, blow dry, et voila! Hair dye job done, for 28 aed in the comfort of my own home. Love it!
Toodles for now!