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    22 Hair Dye Tips I Wish I Had Known The First Time I Colored My Hair

    Please do not use box dye.

    Alright, guys. It's time for me to talk to you about something near and dear to my heart.

    And that is HAIR. Since many of us are still not able to go out and get our hair colored, I thought I'd share my knowledge with you. Here is everything I wish I knew before I started dyeing my hair:

    Disclaimer: I am not a professional hairstylist, BUT my roommate, Jaya, is (follow her at @hair_by_lovely_loo), and I had her look over this post when I was done.

    1. Color does not lift color.

    2. Natural lighteners and products like Sun In work only if you have natural hair that has not been colored.

    3. So how do you lighten hair that's had dye used on it before? The only option, really, is bleach.

    4. Leave your roots for last.

    5. You've probably heard that bleach is damaging. So if you're going to bleach your hair, please, for the love of good, do not do it more than once.

    6. Which brings me to my next point: YOU NEED TONER.

    7. And it's a good idea to continue to tone with tinted products.

    8. Many of these products (including the hair dye you buy) should be coming from a beauty store, NOT a drugstore.

    9. Don't forget to buy developer!

    10. You should ALWAYS strand-test.

    11. Hair dye expires and must be kept in a cool, dark place.

    12. Be careful when dyeing your hair darker, especially if you've dyed it lighter before. Your hair's texture and damage level could cause a color to come out very differently from how it's supposed to.

    13. There is cream and liquid dye. If you're dyeing light hair darker (even just the roots), be very careful with liquid dye because it'll easily bleed down.

    14. If you're dyeing your hair an unnatural color, you have to bleach it first.

    15. Unless your hair is white, keep in mind that colored dye will mix with the color of your hair. So if your hair has a yellow or gold tint, that blue dye is going to come out green/teal. (Which is totally fine if that's the color you want!)

    16. You will not be able to achieve a pastel color without very light blonde hair.

    17. It can often be difficult to get colors out of your hair.

    18. You can add heat for more extreme results...but that doesn't mean you should.

    19. Highlights are VERY difficult to do yourself, and there are a ton of methods. Don't get a box dye that comes with one of those weird scalp covers.

    20. If your highlights look way too light, you can use a demi-permanent color that is somewhere between your base color and the color of the highlights and use it on your whole head. Since it's only demi-permanent and contains no bleach, it will not affect the color of hair that's darker than it; it will only affect the highlights.

    21. Remember that things take time!

    22. And finally, don't let anyone tell you that you can't pull off a color! You can pull off anything!

    That's all! Have fun, and don't kill your hair!