Tools you’ll need (other than your hair dye!):
You got the goods? Good! Now it’s time to get your area ready for some serious color.
Prep Your Station: Hair coloring at home is fun, but can definitely get messy! To prevent your entire bathroom from looking like a modern art piece, we recommend you put away anything nearby that’s made of fabric and can potentially be stained. This includes bath towels, bathmats, cute headbands, etc.
Also, we’d recommend using a dark towel or rag towel as your designated ‘hair towel’ for the day (Avoid using mom’s nice ones!). Next, line your area with either paper towels or newspaper—sort of what you would do if you were painting, because technically you are!
LC TIP: Keep a surface cleaner on-hand in case the dye decides to drop right on your white ivory sink. Usually dye may be removed with rubbing alcohol, too!
While you dye, wear a comfy shirt you don’t mind getting messed up. For no-fuss, salon-like coverage, you can also buy a hair dye cape.
Prep Your Hair : For all dyes, including our Unicorn Hair Collection, we highly recommend doing a strand test at least 48 hours before your dyeing session. A strand test shows how the color will actually look on your hair, as well as uncover any surprise allergic reactions you definitely want to avoid.
LC TIP: Make sure your hair is clean, unconditioned, and dry. While wearing protective gloves and clothing, add dye to a 1-inch strand of hair that’s in a less-visible area (try 2 inches above the ear, toward the back). Leave dye in for the recommended amount of time, then rinse. If you’re not happy with the results, or just want to tone down the color, try one of our hair mixers to nail your desired hue! Our Unicorn Hair Mixer in Dilute will provide lighter results, while On Mute will make the color instantly smokey.
Before dyeing, we also recommend to thoroughly brush hair to get rid of any knots and ensure the color is applied more evenly.
Before you start full-fledge dyeing, split your dry and unwashed hair into 4 even sections (left and right sections, 2 in the front and 2 in the back), securing with hair clips.