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  • Writer's pictureDanny Pierce

10 Common Mistakes People Make When Coloring Hair

Angelina Jolie in "Salt."
Angelina Jolie in "Salt."

Coloring hair can be a daunting task if you’re not familiar with the process. Many people make common mistakes when coloring their hair, resulting in less than satisfactory results. It's always best to see a professional to color your hair. Here are 10 common mistakes people make when coloring hair.

1. Skipping the strand test: One of the biggest mistakes people make when coloring their hair is skipping the strand test. This test determines how the color reacts to your hair and helps you avoid any surprises or unwanted shades.

2. Not using enough product: Gray hair tends to be coarser and more resistant to color, so make sure you’re using enough product to cover all of your gray hair evenly.

3. Choosing the wrong shade: Selecting the right shade is crucial when coloring gray hair. Make sure to choose a shade that complements your skin tone and matches your desired look.

4. Overprocessing the hair: Overprocessing can lead to damaged and weakened hair. Make sure to follow the recommended processing times and avoid leaving the color on for too long.

5. Overlapping prior applications: Continually coloring the hair with permanent color over previously permanently colored hair can cause the pigment to build up and progressively get darker each application.

6. Ignoring root touch-ups: Gray hair grows quickly, so make sure to touch up your roots regularly to maintain a consistent color and avoid any noticeable regrowth. The more contrast between the natural hair and artificially colored hair makes the grow out more noticeable.

7. Using the wrong type of hair dye: Different hair dyes are designed for different purposes, so make sure you’re using a dye specifically formulated for what you want to achieve.

8. Applying color unevenly: To ensure an even color result, make sure to apply the dye evenly throughout your hair and pay extra attention to gray areas.

9. Not protecting your hair: Coloring your hair can be damaging, so make sure to protect your hair with a deep conditioning treatment before and after coloring.

10. Not seeking professional help: It’s always best to seek the help of a professional colorist. We can help you achieve the desired result and provide expert advice on maintaining your hair.

In conclusion, coloring hair doesn’t have to be a daunting task, but it does require precision which is why it is always best to have a professional color your hair.


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