To some men and women, dying their own hair is a new concept, but the method has actually been around for centuries. In fact, the ancient Egyptians are known as the pioneers of hair coloring since they used a mildly poisonous mixture of slaked lime and lead oxide to dye their hair black. Fortunately, technology has improved since then, and you should be taking advantage of these improvements with hair dye products.
But before buying any coloring products, consider the tone, texture, and health of your hair. If you’re trying to achieve a stylish new hair color, not just any brand or color is going to give you a glamorous look. Also remember that hair dye brands aren’t typically gender specific – even if many boxes use female models to advertise on the front – so most brands that women use will also work well for men.
One more thing to keep in mind is that you don’t want to choose the most expensive hair coloring kit just because it appears to be the best one on the shelf. Some of the less costly home hair dyes are just as good as the products that cost a small fortune. With all of this being said, let’s look at a couple more aspects of choosing hair dyes before getting into the top brands.
You can cause a lot of damage to your hair if you don’t properly use hair dye, so it’s important to understand your options and read the instructions first. Semi-permanent and demi-permanent hair color can be bought at most drugstores, and they’re usually priced at the low end of hair coloring products. These types of hair color fade over several washes, and are less noticeable when your roots grow out; however, if you’re wanting to cover up grays, you’ll need to use permanent hair dyes because they are stronger and last longer without fading.
Consider your skin tone, eye color, and natural hair color before attempting an at-home hair dye job. The last thing you want to do is choose a color that washes your skin tone out, and becomes an eyesore for everybody who sees you. The best rule is to never dye your hair three shades darker or lighter than your natural hair color.
If your hair is already brittle, dry or damaged, dying it with a box of hair dye isn’t such a good idea.