SO, NOW THAT I DECIDED
TO COLOR MY HAIR,
WHAT SHOULD I DO FIRST?
So, you finally did it: you bought your very first box of Koleston and you’re all set up and ready to change things up. Now what? Coloring at home isn’t rocket science, but there’s a definite science (and art) to it. And you can master them both. All you have to do is follow...KolorSquad Rule
Time and again, we fear “DIY” coloring going awry. The top reason why an attempt at a shade change turned into drama? Not reading the instructions. Here’s the thing: the instructions aren’t there for fun. They’re there for a reason –– and serious one at that: to show you how it’s done. So, whether you’re new to coloring (like you) or a veteran of Level 3 permanent color, you should always read them –– and carefully. Doing so is the best (and wisest) first step you can take in your coloring journey.KolorSquad Rule
ARE YOU ALLERGIC TO COLOR? TAKE THE TEST. We can’t stress enough how important it is that you take the allergy test before coloring your own hair. It is possible that you might be allergic to hair color, in which case you definitely want to know that before setting out to color. That goes for both first-timers and coloring aficionadas: many women think that, if they didn’t have an allergic reaction the first time they colored their hair, they’re in the clear for life. That’s so not the case. Each time you color, different reasons can contribute to or cause allergic reactions. So, don’t take any chances and just carry out that simple test 48 hours before you color.KolorSquad Rule
LET THE GRID GUIDE YOU. Getting that shade right ––especially when you color for the very first time–– is crucial. Coloring your hair too dark or too light can compromise your natural color. It doesn’t happen often but it can happen. To prevent such mishaps, make sure to use the Koleston-exclusive Shade Grid on the side of the box as a guide to what your color will look like. And of course, you can always watch the Koleston KolorSquad’s “How-To” webisode here for more tips on choosing the right color for you.KolorSquad Rule
PUT YOUR STRANDS TO THE TEST. Here’s a test you’re hoping will come out positive. Strand tests are like crystal balls: they let you see what things will look like in the future –– in this case, your color end result. Choose a strand of hair about half a centimeter wide from your roots, from an area that’s not visible, and cut it (any area that’s NOT along the part line, the temples, or the hair line works). Tape the strand on a flat surface, leaving the root-end exposed. Put on the gloves in the box, then apply. Apply the mixture of the color (you may have already some left from the allergy test) on the root-end and cover it completely. The result will show you what your dream shade will look like in real life. Additionally, it’ll determine how long you need to leave the color in your hair. Timing is the linchpin of the entire process, so you cannot set out to color without knowing your coloring time. Another thing to keep in mind: since this is your first time coloring, you should start timing after you’ve applied product all over your hair.KolorSquad Rule
KNOW YOUR WIGGLE ROOM. Since you’ll be coloring at home, it’s super-important for the shade you’re using to match your hair. For any color aside from black, you should know it’s difficult to achieve your desired shade if you’ve previously dyed your hair darker.