It's a myth that coloring is a complex procedure that you shouldn't take on yourself. Of course, many techniques are best left to professionals, but transformation is possible without going to the salon. You just need to know a few nuances

Home coloring requires some preparation, including theoretical. Some shades may not "take" on dark hair, do not fit the color type. Much depends on the technique of staining. Let's try to clarify all these issues.

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Whose style do you like more?

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Types of coloring strands

Dyeing with strands has many advantages. Among them are the variety of options that can be obtained at the output. There are really a lot of them, considering how many techniques and shades of dyes exist.

The most difficult thing is to decide on the choice of shade that will give the desired result and look harmonious. The process of transformation itself does not cause difficulties.

One wide strand

An easy way to add a noticeable accent to your look is to highlight one large strand with color. Choose which one to take: near the face, so that the beauty experiment attracts maximum attention, in the middle layer or, for example, from below.

As for the shade, it is better to decide on something bright and contrasting; Colorista Washout in Blue Hair by L’Oréal Paris works well.

Thin colored strands

Take classic highlights as a basis. This is a technique in which many thin strands are dyed from root to tip.

As a rule, it is made with a lighter dye, but you can also take an unusual shade - pink, turquoise, blue.

Or use them all at once - on different strands.

Ombre on strands

The ombre effect on the hair is a smooth transition from one shade to another, a "stretch" of color. Most often it starts from the middle of the length.

But, of course, the color change border can be shifted. The level can be different on different strands: this creates the effect of additional volume.

Contrast Color

There are different ways to create visible contrast with strand coloring. Much depends on the choice of shade, but the method of coloring also matters.

Try instead of small strands, select a few large ones - on different layers of hair. Another interesting option is to dye several strands side by side in different colors so that they contrast with each other.

Making colored strands: choosing a paint and shade for coloring

For blondes

Blonde hair takes color well, so you can choose anything from pastels to neon. Blondes are very gentle shades: pink, blue, mint, lavender.

If you use them on thin strands, you get a barely noticeable overflow; the image will remain light.

If you want to attract attention and surprise, then the shades can be brighter. Even if you emphasize thin or medium strands with them, the transformation will be noticeable.

Dyeing your own white hair can be tricky. Therefore, if you are not yet sure which shade is right for you, try products with a temporary effect. Check out the Colorista Spray in Fuchsia Hair by L’Oréal Paris for example.

For brunettes

Brunettes will not be as easy as blondes: on dark hair, many colors are "eaten up" . Coloring is not as bright as I would like. Therefore, the choice of dye is especially important. For temporary coloring for a couple of days, a spray like Colorista Spray from L'Oréal Paris is suitable.

He will cover the hair with color from above. The tint will not absorb and will therefore be as saturated as it is on the label.

If you want the effect to be longer-lasting, then the strands will first have to be lightened. As for colors, brunettes are rich and deep shades of burgundy, purple, blue, emerald.

Neon is also a good choice. You just need to be prepared for the fact that the result will be catchy due to the contrast. We talked about what other shades look advantageous in combination with dark hair here.

For brown-haired women

Brown-haired women have the same situation as brunettes. But dark shades are more acceptable for them than for girls with black or, for example, dark brown hair. They will not merge with the natural hair color. Therefore, you can safely take noble wine tones, a fashionable shade of denim, plum and eggplant shades.

As a rule, warm shades suit brown-haired women more than cold ones. But in general, the choice depends on the color type.

For redheads

Redhead girls have bright hair color. Therefore, colored strands in their case may even be superfluous. But refreshing the image with coloring is not forbidden. Only the number of shades that can suit them is much less than that of blondes and brunettes.

We'll have to give up cold colors. Warm variations of red, burgundy, raspberry will work well. They will emphasize the expressiveness of the redhead.

What do you need for self-coloring at home?

  1. Paint

    The choice is quite rich. And not only for long-term staining, but also for experiments for a day or a week.

    Often, complete with "home" paint, they sell everything that may be needed in the process. For example, gloves and a brush.

  2. Brush

    Many paints can also be applied by hand. If you need a more accurate and accurate result without blots, use a brush - wide, to evenly distribute the color along the length.

  3. Comb

    If it is not in the set, then choose the option with frequent cloves and a separator at the other end. With the help of such a comb, it will be most convenient to separate strands from the total mass of hair.

  4. Towel

    Put it on your shoulders so you don't accidentally stain your clothes while you dye your hair.

Important detail: if you are going to color the strands with a short-term effect, shampoo and conditioner are not needed. This paint is washed off simply with water, and then the hair is dried to see the result.


How to color the strands yourself: step by step photo instructions

  1. Preparation

    Before dyeing, the strands must be clean, so you may have to wash and dry your hair beforehand.

  2. Coloring

    Separate a few strands that you will dye; should move from the lower layers of hair to the upper.Apply paint according to the manufacturer's instructions. Depending on the format and composition, you will have to act differently. For example, the Colorista Spray from L'Oréal Paris only needs to be sprayed onto the strands.

    And Colorista Washout jelly is applied to the hair and held for up to 30 minutes to “seize” the color.

    If you choose Colorista Hair Makeup, we recommend watching the tutorial video first.

    So that the dyed strands do not “stain” the bulk of the hair of the original color, roll them up with bundles and secure them with hairpins at the roots.


  3. End

    After you have spread the color over the strands and kept the product on your hair for the time indicated in the instructions, rinse it off with water. It remains only to dry and style your hair.

Overview of coloring products

What products will help you get a rich color and definitely not disappoint? These, according to the editors, you can rely on.

  • Colorista Spray, L'Oréal Paris

    One of the most suitable for home coloring in express mode. With Colorista Spray, you will get the result in just a few minutes, because it does not need to be washed off. Even if you have already styled your hair, for example, in curls, you can select a few strands from the hairstyle and sprinkle them with a spray. This L'Oréal Paris product will stay on the strands until the next shampooing. If you need a one-time transformation for a short time, the spray is the best for this.

    Check out what our readers think of this product here.


  • Jelly Colorista Hair Makeup, L'Oréal Paris

    Like a spray, Colorista Hair Makeup will stay on your hair until you wash your hair again. But there are a couple of significant differences.

    First of all, this jelly doesn't just wrap the hair on top. Thanks to its gel texture, it is absorbed. Sometimes because of this, the color is "eaten" . For example, lavender on dark hair will not fully manifest itself - at best, you will see only a hint of shade. But the blond will be the perfect background for him. So the choice of color will need to be given more attention.

    Secondly, the gel texture implies precision and accuracy in application. Spray often captures the bulk of the hair. The gel helps to avoid this.

    Check out what our readers think of this product here.


  • Colorista Washout Balm, L'Oréal Paris

    With the Colorista Washout balm, you will keep your look with colored strands for a couple of weeks - you will have to use shampoo about five times to completely “wash out” the color. Using the tool is as simple as Colorista Hair Makeup jelly, but the process will take a little longer: the balm needs to be kept on the hair from 15 to 30 minutes. The time depends on how intense the color you want.

    Check out what our readers think of this product here.


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