If you have yet to dye your hair for the first time, (highlight or full on)? Save the money to have it done at the salon the first time. If you can’t afford a full dye job, go for highlights, they’re fun. This is how I started. I had my hair highlighted red.
To start, I highly suggest doing any hair dying in the months you spend the least amount of time in the sun. Likely October or November – February or march. The reason for this is if you get it done in the summer and do not properly care for it, you will lose the color fast.
Care & Maintenance
Sitting in the sun bleaches your hair, so if you are gardening, tanning or playing outdoor sports or workouts you need a hat or scarf. Otherwise if you can’t be bothered by the hat or scarf, (or like my father have a hard time finding hats that fit your head) use a high grade sublock with UVA/UVB protection not only on your body but brush or finger it through your tresses.
You MUST change Shampoo & conditioner to color safe/defying. Buy the same Brand etc. they are made to work together. I came across 3 Good House keeping tested, and you will find them in the link on how to make your color last.
First off Do not wash your hair a day or 2 before dying (doesn’t matter if its in the salon or in a box at home. Your scalp/hair’s natural oils will protect your hair from the chemicals of the bleach and dye.
Highlight or Dying
When I first had my hair colored I got it highlighted. They put the highlighting cap on my head, it fits tight.
They pull the hair out with what looks like a crochet needle then bleach.
Man did I look funny when my hair was bleached. Now i know somewhat what I would look like as a blonde so I don’t think I’d even get highlights of that. Light browns, red or bright colors (I do want to try purple and green! but not enough of money to get it professionally done, plus I would need bleaching for those colors for sure.
Once your hair is dyed (even if they don’t style it) DO NOT WASH IT when you go home. Water and most (even color safe) shampoos are enemy. I’ve covered this in the ” How to make your color last” post linked below. I looked up a few links to help you out:
Just please Do not use the noted shampoos the 3 links mention. The posts are at least a year old or more, so the shampoos are not the newest tested, and may strip the color. I’ve covered shampoos and colored hair enemies in MAKE YOUR COLOR LAST post. This includes 3 color defying shampoos and conditioners tested by Good Housekeeping in 2018.