Tips On How To Dye Hair Gray
Your hair turning gray is mostly considered a sign of entering old age to most people but some young people see gray hair as stylish and trendy. You can easily transform your black or colored hair to gray in order to achieve an edgy look.
However, dyeing your hair to gray requires some skills and you may even have to consult a professional hair stylist in order to get extra help on how to turn hair gray.
So, below are some of the steps that you can follow in order to turn your hair gray while at home;
How to prepare hair for the dyeing process
Go for a deep-conditioning treatment before dyeing hair gray:
You will need to get a deep-conditioning treatment for about a week or 2-weeks before dyeing it gray, you can have this treatment done at any local hair salon in case you don’t have the time to do it at home. The treatment will help to ensure that your hair doesn’t get very dry or get damaged after bleaching and dyeing it.
Stop washing hair a few days before dyeing it gray:
You will need to stop washing your hair just a few days before dyeing it in order to allow the natural oils within the hair to build up. These natural oils will actually help to protect the scalp and hair from getting irritated or damaged by bleach and dyes.
Trim your hair before dyeing it:
Prepare to cut off some broken or damaged hair in order to achieve effective dyeing results. However, make sure your hair is kept at a length that makes you feel comfortable.
Stop dyeing hair with other colors 6 months before:
You will need to stop dyeing your hair with other colors 6 months before you plan on dyeing your hair gray. This will actually help to give your hair time to grow and get rid of any previous colors thus making the process of dyeing hair gray easier. However, if you didn’t currently dye hair then consider skipping this step.
How to bleach your hair before dyeing it
Buy a bleach kit:
In order to turn your hair to gray, you will need to first acquire a 40-volume bleach kit and which can be found in different hair-product shops locally or online. You should invest in a high-quality hair bleach kit in order to achieve the best bleaching results.
Apply some Vaseline along the hairline:
you will actually need to start applying the Vaseline at the forehead while working your way down to the nape section of the neck. The Vaseline will actually help to protect your scalp from the bleach and dye thus saving you a lot of effort that you would have wasted cleaning off the bleach or dye.
Put on rubber gloves:
Putting on rubber (latex) gloves will actually help to protect your hands from any bleach and dye. So, invest in a good pair of gloves in order to achieve a less-messy bleaching process by protecting your hands from any stains.
Section-up your hair:
You will have to part your hair into 4-to-6 sections depending on your hair thickness. Afterward, you will need to secure each section using hair clips and then start applying the bleach to each section while a hair-color brush after taking down the hair clips.
Follow the provided instructions while applying the bleach:
Every bleach kit is provided with different application instructions and this implies that you will need to follow the instructions provided on the bleach-kit box.
However, all bleaches require waiting for about 30 minutes to an hour after application, the time you wait depends on the length and thickness of your hair.
Rinse out the bleach from hair:
After waiting for the bleach to set into the hair, use cool water to rinse it out until the water running from the hair turns clear, and then wring out any excess water.
However, if your hair has a shade of orange or light brown then you will have to bleach it again in order to achieve effective dyeing results.
How to apply the gray dye or toner
Buy a white or purple toner/dye:
You will need to buy a purple or white toner in order to achieve the gray look you desire within your hair. In fact, the white and purple toner almost works like bleach except that it can cancel out any orange or yellow tones within hair thus giving your hair a great gray or silver tone.
So, you can get the white and purple toner from any local beauty store, pharmacy, or online beauty store.
Put on your rubber gloves and section-up hair:
Wear your latex gloves and then start dividing your hair into 4 or 6 sections depending on your hair thickness and length. Additionally, the latex gloves will prevent your hands from getting stained with dye during the dyeing process.
Coat your hairline and ears with Vaseline:
Coating your hairline and ears with vaseline will actually help to stop the dye from sticking to your skin during the dyeing process. Never forget this step because it will save you a lot of effort after dyeing your hair.
Apply the dye throughout your hair:
Start applying the dye throughout the hair beginning from the hair roots while working all the way up to the hair tips. Make sure that every section of hair is evenly coated with the dye from the roots to tips for the best results.
Afterward, leave the dye within the hair for about 30 minutes or more depending on your hair type. On the other hand, you can use a dye brush for a more precise motion or your fingers during the dye application process.
Rinse hair to remove the dye:
After waiting for 30 minutes for the dye to set in, rinse your hair using cool water in order to remove any excess dye. Afterward, rinse your hair with a color-safe shampoo coupled with a color-safe conditioner in order to make your gray hair look shiny and healthy throughout.
Re-dye hair if necessary:
You will have to re-dye your hair after 3-to-4 weeks because your hair would have grown out and the roots will be losing the gray shade. So, you will need to re-dye the hair roots mostly in order to maintain the gray shade throughout your hair.
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