Every girl loves a day at the salon for pampering, but due to time, your budget or maybe you haven’t found a salon professional you trust just yet, sometimes we have to take matters into our own hands. Just because you’re coloring your hair at home, doesn’t mean you have to settle for box hair dye and dull fading color. You don’t even have to spend a small fortune to get salon results at home, either. All you need is a Sally Beauty Supply store and if you don’t have a store near you, you can order everything you need from their website.
The best hair color I have ever used, including salon professional hair color from the salon, is Wella Color Charm Demi Permanent Haircolor which you can purchase from your local Sally Beauty Supply store for $5.99 ($4.99 if you are a Sally Beauty Club Card holder). I recommend this hair color to everyone except those trying to cover more than 50% of gray hair (this demi hair color only blends and covers up to 50% gray hair). I would, however, recommend Wella Color Charm Gel Permanent Haircolor for those who need over 50% gray coverage as Wella’s permanent hair line is just as great as their demi hair color.
You might be wondering why you should use demi hair color instead of semi-permanent or permanent hair color. It is because demi color is excellent for damaged hair and it will not damage your hair any further when using this dye. It is longer lasting than semi-permanent and less damaging than permanent hair color. Demi-permanent hair color is a growing hair color category that combines some of the best advantages of both. It is ammonia-free, so it cannot lighten hair, but it is a versatile hair color solution that meets real-world needs and expectations—it is easy to use, long lasting, non-damaging and delivers beautiful results! You can use demi-permanent hair color to enhance your color, blend and cover up to 50% gray hair, refresh permanent color, and it can also add amazing shine to your hair with or without color.
Wella’s Color Charm Demi Permanent Haircolor lasts four-five weeks without fading on my fine, long hair. And because my hair is the color I want it, I now only color my roots. If this is your first time using this hair dye, I would recommend coloring all of your hair, after you decide what color is best for you (doing a strand test first), and then only coloring your roots going forward. Wella’s Color Charm Demi Permanent Haircolor should be applied to clean dry hair.
CAUTION: This hair color tends to deposit color two shades darker so I would use a color that is two-three shades lighter than your goal and always do a strand test on your hair if this is your first time using this hair dye. For reference, I use 4N Medium Natural Brown and my hair always looks like I used 3N Dark Natural brown to almost black (my hair definitely isn’t black, but it is the darkest brown color which can look almost black in pictures and videos).
REMEMBER: Color does not lift color. If you have previously colored your hair and wish to go lighter, you will need to remove or pre-lighten the existing color using a lightener or color remover (I highly recommend a salon professional for this).
Now that all of the details are out of the way, this is what you will need to color your hair at home (everything can be purchased from Sally Beauty Supply):
– One tube of Wella Color Charm Demi Permanent Haircolor (buy two tubes if you have really thick or long hair becuase you want to make sure you have enough, so more is better than less in this case and you can always use the extra tube next time if you do not need it this time around):
– One bottle of Wella Color Charm Activating Lotion (you will get a couple of uses out of this bottle for the next time you color your hair):
– Any kind of Latex Gloves:
– One applicator bottle (you can reuse this bottle each time you color your hair):
– Hair clips which will be used for sectioning off your hair and holding your hair up together while you wait to shampoo the color out. Sectioning your hair allows you to apply color to each strand with more precision, as well as get the best coverage at your roots:
– Wipe off color remover – these little wipes come in handy if you get any color on your skin:
– Salon cape or you can just wear an old tee-shirt:
– Deep conditioning mask of your choice (don’t skip this step) and if you don’t have a hair mask at home already and want to pick a conditioning mask up from Sally’s while you’re there, I like the Feria Color Moisturizing Treatment by L’Oreal:
Let’s get started! 🙂
Step one: Make sure you’re wearing an old shirt that you do not mind getting hair coloring on or put on a Salon cape over your clothes to protect them.
Step two: Put on your Latex Gloves and add 1:2 mixing ratio – Add part 1 Wella Color Charm Demi Permanent Haircolor and 2 parts Wella Color Charm Activating Lotion into your applicator bottle and shake it up until it is mixed well in the bottle.
Step three: Use a comb to separate your hair into four different sections. Use your Hair clips to hold the sections apart which will ensure that you don’t miss a patch of hair when coloring.
Step-by-step hair sectioning:
– Take a medium triangular section on top of your head and clip this section. This section should be at an angle and set back slightly from the hairline.
– Take a large triangular section at the back of your head around the occipital bone and clip this section.
– Take a small triangular section above each ear and clip both sections.
Apply the hair color to your hair in sections. Break each section up into smaller subsections as you work to make sure your color is more thorough throughout this process. Always begin at your roots to get the most uniform color. Work the hair color well into your hair strands, working from your roots to your ends. Use the Wipe off color remover
if you get any unwanted hair color on your skin.
Set a timer for the amount of time is says on the tube. Wella Color Charm Demi Permanent Haircolor
directions say to leave the coloring in your hair for 20 minutes. If you want a really rich looking color, it is OK to leave the color on longer, up to 30-40 minutes.
Step six: Rinse your hair until the water runs clear using shampoo and conditioner. After you rinse your hair with shampoo and conditioner, apply your deep conditioner and leave it in your hair 5-minutes longer than the directions recommend before rinsing it out, giving your hair a really good conditioning treatment after you color it.
Step seven: You’re done! Style your hair as you normally would. I always recommend adding a little hair oil or other heat protectant products before styling your hair, when adding heat, to protect it.
The finished product: beautiful shiny hair with long-lasting hair color you will love!
If you have any questions about coloring your hair with Wella’s Color Charm Demi Permanent Haircolor, please leave me a comment.
Thank you so much for reading, loves!
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