Dip your feet into a DIY dye job If your hair isn't chemically straightened and you're just looking for a nice wash of color, you can dabble in dyeing at home. Willhite and Dellinger both suggest looking for semi-permanent dyes that are ammonia and PPD-free, like Lush Henna Hair Dye, $29.95, a natural option that also deep conditions. "Relaxers dramatically increase porosity, so if you've relaxed your hair, it's best to use ammonia free products like demi-permanent color (which lasts a little longer than semi-permanent) and wait two weeks between chemical treatments and color," says Estelle Baumhauer, color director of at-home color specialist eSalon. You can also try a gloss to boost color or a temporary treatment like eSalon Tinted Love Color Enhancing Treatment, $12.45.
For the best results (and to minimize the chances of royally screwing up), experts suggest staying within one level of your natural hair color and using a gel or liquid formula, which do a better job coating curly and thick hair. The most common mistakes experts see with at-home application? Baumhauer says women often botch their dye job by overlapping new color onto previous colored ends (a big no-no) or pick the wrong color altogether. Others apply color to hair without treating dryness first, causing the color to absorb unevenly. If you're not confident in your at-home know how, it's time to book an appointment.
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