Coloring your hair at the salon can not only be quite pricy but also very time consuming. Once I spent about 6 hours in the salon just because I wanted to achieve that natural sun kissed hair look with blond strands poking trough. Results were great but the thought of repeating this costly exercise in about two months really put me off of ever doing it again or at least for good while.
If you tend to color your hair in a single block color that is not blond I strongly suggest looking into at home DIY box dye type alternates. I am not hair expert and more like a hair snob so when choosing box dye, brand and quality were very important. I did some research and Clairol Nice’n Easy hair color came highly recommended and many positive experiences pained out to great lasting results. From the drugstore I chose Clairol Nice’n Easy No Ammonia Hair Dye Medium Golden Brown 78 because it contained no damaging ingredients such as ammonia or peroxide. Here are a few tips how to dye your hair at home.
How to apply and get even hair tone?
First rule of thumb is to buy more than you need. For my mid length hair I got two boxes of hair dye. I end up using one and half, but it was good to have extra product, rather than not enough (one opened you cannot use again what’s left in the tube). I started from the front of my head, making sure the most visible parts were well covered. Application was easy, using the bottle nosle to deposit the product and shampoo type of motion to evenly distribute it. If you are coloring your hair alone, covering the roots at the back of the hair can be quite tricky. Great tip is to flip your hair down and massage the hair dye section by section that way. In the end I made sure there are no dry parches or arias that are not generously covered. It took me about 15 minutes and one full bottle of hair dye to cover all hair roots. Then I quickly apply another half a bottle at the full length of my hair and let it rest for about 10 more minutes. After about 25-30 minutes, counting from the start of application I rinse the color off.
Key tip: get more product than you need, use your hands instead of application brush, be quick but thorough, using shampoo like hand motion; make sure you cover all roots first and then move on to the full hair length.
Shade of color and overall results:
Clairol Nice’n Easy No Ammonia Hair Dye Medium Golden Brown 78 color developed exactly as shown on the packaging. For the record my base color was a tone lighter. The Medium Golden Brown shade gives quite prominent coppery tones that add more dimension to a regular dark chocolate brown color. Normally coppery tones are not as easy to maintain, since after a few washes they become more vibrant and with a hint of orange. Four weeks after I colored my hair the richness of the shade was gone and my hair turned light brown with strong copper undertones. In general this hair dye delivered good coverage but after about three weeks the corlor it started to fade quite qickly. The color I chose was very similar to my usual shade, which potentially did effect the longevity and overall results. Overall Clairol Nice’n Easy delivered good coverage and i felt that it was not as damaging as a normal hair dye. After coloring my hair did feel a bit dry but nothing that a good hair mask could not fix (in my experience my hair always feels a bit dry after coloring).
Tip: Clairol Nice’n Easy shade numbering works out a bit different than the professional color ranges. It is best to use the picture guide on the back of the box since it is pretty accurate. Also pay attention how each color is described since it really helps give accurate idea of expected results.
My experience with Clairol Nice’n Easy No Ammonia Hair Dye was positive and most probably it will lead to repeated purchase sometime in the feature. It did not damage my hair but at the same time the results ware not not as long lasting i would wish to be. One other thing that I would do differently is not to apply it myself! If you color your hair at home which brand do you use? Let me know in the comments below and application tips are always welcome!