Dyeing your hair is no simple task, and there is a lot of room for error. That's why we've laid out a few common mistakes to help ensure that you get just the look you want!
1. You try to bleach your hair yourself.
Going blonde, especially if you have very dark hair, is a big deal. It requires just the right tools and experience to get it done right. This is especially true for anyone wanting to go more than two shades lighter than their natural color – have your stylist do it.
2. You dye your hair with henna.
As effective as henna can be in dyeing hair, it is very difficult to remove. This will create a problem if you want to lighten your hair after darkening it with henna. Also, if you use henna frequently, it may look too dark. Use a semi- or demi-permanent dye instead – it will fade faster so that you can change the color if you aren’t happy with it.
3. You pick the wrong color.
When choosing a DIY dyeing kit, it’s easy to go darker than your natural color. To keep this from happening, just steer clear of any shades that are darker than your brows. If you do end up picking a color that’s too dark, just follow it up with a clarifying shampoo. This will help lighten the tone. We like Kenra's Professional Clarifying Shampoo.
4. Your highlights look brassy.
If your DIY highlights are starting to look more orange than natural, you can help correct it with a violet shampoo like PRAVANA's The Perfect Blonde Shampoo. Just use it every other time you wash.
5. You try to fix mistakes by yourself.
Not only is layering your hair with dye damaging, but it also makes things more difficult for your stylist in correcting any mistakes. Instead, use a color-stripping product. If that doesn’t work, set up a visit with your stylist to have your color corrected.
6. Your stylist doesn’t know your hair’s past.
Product residue stays in your hair for a very long time. If you have done anything to your hair over the last year that involved coloring (even if that just means highlights), your stylist should know about it in order to give your hair the best treatment.
7. You walk in not knowing what you want.
Don’t wait until you get to the salon to figure out what color you want, and don’t leave it up to your stylist to figure it out. If you don’t know exactly what you want, you risk winding up with something you don’t like at all. Do some research and bring pictures of what you like to your stylist. Make sure they know exactly what you want (after all his or her idea of a certain color may be different from your own).
8. You don’t ask to have what you don’t like corrected.
If your hair doesn’t turn out like you wanted, chances are something just went awry in communication. Call up your stylist and (kindly) tell him or her what you were going for to get it fixed. More often than not, they'll be happy to help!
If you know anyone else who could use these tips, please share them!