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Jackie, NYC, "Can you put hair color on wet hair? Or does your hair always have to be dry when you color it?"

Dear Jackie,

          In general, hair dye should be applied to DRY hair. Dyeing wet hair will only dilute the hair color mixture although there are some exceptions because some brands explicitly say wet hair. You should always read the directions thoroughly before dyeing your hair. Each brand and each box of hair dye is different. 

Helpful Suggestions for Hair Color at Home
Looking to stretch your budget for hair coloring or root touchup in-between salon appointments? If dyeing your own hair at home seems scary to you, do not fret. Here are some do-it-yourself tips for home hair coloring.

According to Women’s Health Magazine, the first step to coloring your hair at home starts before you even enter the drugstore to purchase your dye. You must first decide which formula you would like to use in your hair.  There are three different levels of hair dye: semi-permanent (or non-permanent), demi-permanent, and permanent.

Non-permanent is the least harsh for your hair, and usually does not contain some of the harsh chemicals that demi-permanent and permanent hair dyes possess. Also, a semi-permanent hair dye will  last approximately six to twelve shampoos. If you are looking for a no-strings attached relationship with your hair color or you just simply like change frequently, then this is the type you would want to choose.  Non-permanent deposits color and cannot lighten hair, but will gently cover grays.  

If you are looking for a longer lasting color, but do not want it to last forever, then go with a demi-permanent hair dye. These usually last approximately 25 shampoos. These are more commitment than the semi-permanent, but not as much as the permanent hair colors.

Finally, if you are looking to go the whole nine-yards and are fully committed to the color or wish to lighten your natural color, then choose a permanent hair dye. This will last until you cut your hair or it grows out completely. Permanent hair dye is also the best bet when trying to cover grays; however, keep in mind that with permanent hair dye, you will want to ensure that you don’t miss any spots and that the dye is completely even. The thicker your hair, the more difficult this will be. If you want to be sure to have full and even coverage, maybe ask a friend to assist you when dying.

Now that you have picked your formula, you need to pick a color. Marie Claire Magazine suggests that you stay within a range of three shades either lighter or darker.  According to Rita Hazan of Rita Hazan Salon in NYC, “When in doubt, stay lighter.” It is always easier to darken your hair if it comes out light than vice versa.   

When picking your color, if you are unsure of your natural hair color hues, then refer back to older pictures of yourself from before you ever dyed your hair in the first place. See if you have either a warm, honey color versus a cool, ash color and go from there.

Now you’ve finally made it to the final step of the process—it’s time to dye your hair. When coloring your hair at home—after you read the directions, of course—divide your hair into sections before applying the color. This will help make sure that you don’t miss any spots. Also, rather than using the applicator provided for you in the box, run to a local beauty supply store and purchase a mixing bowl and brush for the application. This will also help you maximize coverage.

Always be sure to Care For Your Hair! After dying your hair, make sure you keep up with deep conditioning in order to optimize your results and keep your hair healthy!
Written By Deena H. 

Women love to dye their hair, but what happens when they become pregnant? This controversial topic has left pregnant women puzzled and filled with questions. We wanted to explore this topic and do some research of our own to give you some insight on the facts and risks of dyeing your hair while you are pregnant.

According to Roger W. Harms, M.D., obstetrician and medical editor-in-chief of Mayo Clinic, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), small amounts of hair dye CAN penetrate your skin, but it is too small to cause any harm to the developing baby. Even though there have been numerous studies over the past few years and evidence suggests it is safe, doctors advocate that women wait until after their first trimester to dye their hair because the first trimester is when the baby’s major organs are forming. Justmommies says, so far, there has been no evidence proving birth defects from hair dyes, but we are still not 110% sure of its safety.

American Pregnancy Association says that one concern they have is not the absorption of the dye through the skin, but the strong chemical fumes that mothers will be inhaling while dyeing their hair. They recommend avoiding hair dyes with any ammonia because it is a dangerous chemical fume. Also, NHS Choices reminds us that pregnancy can affect your normal hair condition. For instance, your hair could have a different reaction to coloring than before you were pregnant and/or your hair could have become more or less absorbent, frizzy, or unpredictable.

If you do decide to dye your hair while pregnant, here are some guidelines and precautions to consider from the FDA and the American Pregnancy Association:

  1. Follow package directions explicitly and carefully.
  2. Always wear gloves when applying chemicals.
  3. Leave the dye on your hair no longer than directed.
  4. Rinse your scalp and hair thoroughly with water after the treatment.
  5. Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area.
  6. Test the hair dye for allergic reactions before applying it to your entire scalp and hair.

Some safety tips and alternative solutions Justmommies suggests is to pick a hair dye that will stay on your scalp for the least amount of time as possible, try highlighting or frosting your hair instead because the chemicals are not applied directly to your scalp which means less hair dye will be absorbed through your scalp/skin, and use natural hair dyes such as henna. Because henna is a vegetable dye, it is considered to be safer to use during pregnancy.

The bottom line is, we have limited data and there have not been enough studies regarding pregnant women and hair dyes to be completely convinced on its safety. So far, there have been no signs of dangers related to hair dyes and baby development, but just because there have been no errors, does not mean they can’t show up in future studies.

If you are still concerned and uncertain about the use of hair dye during pregnancy, please discuss this with your health care provider for a medical opinion. At the end of the day, dyeing your hair while you are pregnant is a personal choice; just make sure you know the facts and risks! 

Sources: eSalon, Alphamom, Pregnancy.org, Babble, Pregnancy Birth & Beyond
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Anyone who's colored their own hair has heard about this. It’s one of the most common problems we come across. It’s that annoying line of residue that gets left around your hairline. Here are our 5 tips to avoid getting this line in the first place...

1. Wear plastic gloves: This will keep your fingers and hands stain free.

2. Wrap a towel around your neck. Use a clip so it stays nice and tight: This prevents the dye  from running down your neck, causing unpleasant stains.

3. Apply a thick cream or petroleum jelly and coat the hairline. Imagine it as a wall of protection or barrier. Don’t forget to go around your ears too!

4. Wear a long sleeve shirt. You are better off covering as much skin as possible: This will protect your shoulders and arms.

5. If dye does drip onto your skin wipe it off IMMEDIATELY with hydrogen peroxide to prevent staining.

Source: Hairfinder
Image: Healthy Hair Stylist


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