If you need to do your own hair color at home, you need to be careful. Over-the-counter products can be stronger than salon ones, and not only may they be harsher on your hair, but the color of the box may not match the final result you are left with. Follow this advice …

1. Use only semi-permanent color, if you make a mistake, you can always wash it again.

2. Always choose a shade lighter than your target shade, manufacturers’ indications are always darker than they say.

3. Choose carefully, consider skin tone, never go more than 2 shades darker or lighter.

4. Read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully twice and follow them strictly.

5. Always do a test strand, you could be 1 in 100 allergic to hair dyes, which are used in many hair color products.

6. Make sure you set the correct timing, timing is important with these products.

7. Ask a friend or someone to help you, that way you get even coverage.

8. Rub petroleum jelly around your hairline to protect your skin from blemishes.

9. Do not wash your hair the day you dye your hair, the natural oils of the scalp protect it from the products. If your hair has product build-up, simply rinse with water, do not have hair freshly washed.

10. Wash with a mild shampoo and condition after applying color and waiting for processing time.

If your color does not come out as you expected, do not try to fix it, visit your stylist for help.