How to Prepare Hair Before Coloring

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You don’t really need to be a hair professional before you can color your hair. With the right tools and instructions, you can get really great results without paying a lot. Proper preparation counts as well and that’s why we’ll be sharing with you some tips on how to prepare hair before coloring.

Perform a skin-allergy test

Your dye kit is likely to come with a set of instructions on how you can perform a skin allergy test. For convenience, however, we’ll share the steps with you.

  1. Clean an area of your skin. It can be the back of your hand or the bend of your elbow.
  2. Take a quarter-sized amount of your dye and apply it to the area.
  3. Leave it for about 48 hours and examine the area for the next 2 days.
  4. If you don’t see any signs of allergies, you can continue coloring your hair.

Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to protect the skin

To avoid staining your skin, apply petroleum jelly on the top of your ears and along your hairline. In case you still end up with some dye on your skin, simply wipe it off right away to prevent it from setting.

Make sure to dry your hair

You’ll get the best results with dry hair. If you can, try to refrain from washing it 1 to 2 days before coloring it. If that’s inevitable, use a microfiber towel when drying your hair.