Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful

One empowered woman's struggle against the world
Saturday December 15th 2018

Time to Color

Supplies you need:

an old towel you can toss in the trash if need be
an old large t-shirt you can toss in the trash afterwards
Vaseline
a comb
a few hair clips
a timer (I use my microwave or stove timer)
your coloring kit

Don’t skip the prep work

Don’t rush in and give yourself plenty of time.  Like all things you need to follow the directions.  Don’t assume you know the directions because you may have colored your hair before, read the directions.

You have conditioned, you have your hair coloring kit and you are ready to go.  The first thing you are going to do is apply a thing layer of Vaseline around your hair line to keep the color off your skin.  Put some behind the ears an on the tip of your ears as well, yes color gets on there too.

Next you want to use a little water and moisten the ends of your hair.  The ends of your hair are fragile and have seen the most abuse from styling products, washings, drying and nature so you want to give them a little extra help.  The ends are usually the driest as well and will soak up more color.  I use a mister bottle for this purpose, it works best.

Rip open that little color kit box and start following the directions to mix up your color.  All of the kits recommend doing a test strand first.  I am disappointed in myself to say I have never done a strand test.  Most women don’t do the strand test.  If this is your first time coloring or the change you are making is dramatic do the test strand first.  It is not that much extra time and you do want it to come out right.

Put on the old t-shirt and place the old towel under your feet to catch any drops that may fall.

Start coloring

You have by now followed the directions and have your color mixed and ready.  The most efficeint way to color is to follow a system.

Grab your comb and divide you hair into quadrants:
Make one part down the middle from your forehead to the nape of your neck splitting your hair into two sections.  Clip on side.

On the unclipped side make a part from right behind your ear up to the middle of your scalp.  Clip those two sections then unclip the other side and do the same.

You know have your hair divided into 4 small quadrants.

Work with each section and apply the color.  Start at the roots and work down to the ends of each section.  I reclip each section after I am finished but some people don’t that is your personal preference.

Once you have applied the color to all 4 sections set your timer for the amount of time listed in the directions.  Do set a timer because it is easy to get distracted and lose track of time.

Rinsing out the color

This is where a good deal of women make mistakes.  You want to rinse out the color not shampoo out the color you just put in.  The coloring process opens up the cuticles of your hair and you want to give them time to close before you start shampooing.  I recommend not shampooing for 3 days after coloring whether it is salon done or you do it at home.  Every time you shampoo before those cuticles have closed back up you lose some of the color.

So you are rinsing and using cool water not hot water.  Cool water helps close up those cuticles whereas hot water helps open them up.  You will rinse until you see clear water.  Then you will apply the condition that comes with the coloring kit.  You will rinse again and you will use cool water and you will rinse until the water runs clear.

That is all there is to it.  You have now finished and colored your own hair at home for a fraction of the cost of the salon.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.