After going a solid 19 years without dying my hair I went a nice rusty auburn last year and defeated my inner commitment-phobia. After experiencing a bit of grow out I retreated to my birth color of rich chocolate-y brown, but with a brand new year coming, and a need for change out came a brand new color, and a brand new look.
I’ve never been one to spend money on my hair, I’ve cut it myself for years, and have always colored it myself also. I figure I eat well, it grows quickly, and I’ve got some sexy Japanese genes (Thanks mom!) that keep it shiny and smooth so what else can I ask for?
The only way to go I decided… was darker!
I choose the same box brand I always choose, out of all the fumes it seems to offend me the least so in my world that made it a winner!
There are a few tricks to keep your hair healthy when dying from a box.
1-Make sure you test your hair, it is bothersome and can take the excitement out of dying your hair, but once you’ve done it once you’ll never have to do it again… it’ll be worth it when you don’t go bald!
2-Condition baby! After a quick rinse after you dye condition like you have never conditioned before! I usually deny the next day’s wash as well by swapping in a rinse, and condition, followed by a leave in conditioner and a braid.
4- Air dry on your off days- Because you have inflicted a bit of damage on your crowning glory, keep the heat off of it for the days when you don’t really need it. For days off of school and work, let your locks air dry with a great leave in conditioner. The next time you blow dry and iron it your locks will know the difference!
5- Last but not least, hit it with some cold water! To lock in the post dye shine, make sure that you keep your locks out of the hot water! Shower like normal, but finish your hair with a bit of cold water, it will not only help wake you up, but will also lock up your strands with all the yummy conditioning proteins!