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Haircolour Basics

Beginner’s tips & tricks

Tip 1

Wash your hair the day before, not the day of, colouring. Doing this enables the natural oils in your scalp to act as a buffer when you are applying haircolour or lightener.

Tip 2

For the most even end results, colour your hair when it is completely dry.

Tip 3

To prevent colour from dripping on your skin and to avoid tinting “baby” hair at the top of your forehead, apply a thin layer of moisturizer to the skin at your hairline. If your haircolour does drip, simply wipe the colour from your skin with a damp towel right away.

Tip 4

Generally, you will part hair into small sections and apply colour evenly from roots to ends. Make sure, however, to follow the application instructions included with the colour and adjust your technique for either a first-time application or a touch-up.

Tip 5

After colouring, wait the time indicated on the package and then thoroughly rinse your hair with warm water until the water runs clear. Squeeze out the excess water and apply the after-colour conditioner included with the product. Let conditioner sit for two minutes and rinse hair again with cool water. It is also important not to shampoo your newly coloured hair for a few days so that you don’t strip away the shine and brilliance of the new colour—unless the application instructions say otherwise.

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