You will need
- A hair coloring kit that includes:
- Plastic gloves
- Old clothes and a towel
- Petroleum jelly
Step 1 Choose shade and product Choose a shade and product. Try to stay in the same basic color family as your current color.
Permanent color can fade but it won’t wash out. Semi-permanent color washes out after six to 12 shampoos.
Step 2 Wear old clothes or use towel Colorants can stain. Wear old clothes, and use a towel you don’t mind getting dirty. Wipe up any floor drips immediately; the solution can stain ceramic tiles.
Wait at least one day after shampooing before coloring your hair, and always apply color to dry hair.
Step 3 Mix colorant Put on the kit’s plastic gloves, mix the colorant with the developing solution, and shake vigorously.
If you have long hair, you may need to purchase two kits to ensure you have enough product.
Step 4 Apply petroleum jelly
along neck and hairline Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly along the neck and hairline before coloring to prevent skin from staining.
Step 5 Apply color mixture Apply the color mixture according to package directions. Use smooth strokes and work from the front toward the back of the head.
Step 6 Wait Leave the mixture on your hair for as long as the package directs. If re-coloring, apply color to the root area and wait 20 minutes. Then apply the remaining mixture to the rest of the hair, and let process for five minutes.
Step 7 Rinse Rinse your hair thoroughly with cool or lukewarm water.
Step 8 Apply conditioner Apply the conditioner that came with the coloring kit, and rinse according to directions.
Step 9 Shampoo less To maintain your new color, limit shampooing to every three days and use cool water, which keeps hair cuticles smooth and locks in color.
Assyrian hair dye recipes dating to 2177 B.C. included cassia, a member of the cinnamon family, and leeks.