Preparing to color your hair and the coloring process

What is the patch test?

It is a test for allergic reactions to ingredients contained in the hair dye solution.

The patch test is a skin allergy test. In the same way that some people break out in hives due to food items or cosmetic products, this is also the case for hair coloring products. 2 days before coloring your hair, please carry out the patch test to check whether there are any adverse effects resulting from the application, before actually dyeing your hair.

How much hair can I dye with one box of hair color?

It depends on the product that you choose, so it is best to consult the stipulation on the box itself.

It depends on the product chosen. There are some products that will provide only enough coverage for short hair, while others have enough for medium length hair. If the amount applied is too little, there is a chance of unevenness in the result, so those with long hair are advised to use two boxes.

I would like to perm and color my hair to have a new look. Can I do both on the same day, or is it better to do one before the other?

Please perm your hair 1 week prior to coloring your hair.

Please perm your hair 1 week prior to coloring your hair. Hair color tends to fade, if it is done before a perm. If you are coloring your hair after a perm, you may lose some curl, so please exercise caution when doing so.

Can I apply hair color to wet hair?

Please apply dye to dry hair only.

If the dye solution is applied to wet hair, the water might dilute the solution, making it susceptible to dripping. There is also the possibility that the solution might accidentally drip into your eyes. As this can be quite dangerous, please only use hair colorant with dry hair only.

If I’m going to color my hair, when should I shampoo it?

You generally shouldn’t shampoo immediately before coloring because this will remove the natural oils that protect your scalp during the coloring process. If there is a little dirt or product buildup in your hair, it’s fine.

You can shampoo your hair the day before you plan to color it. After that, it’s better to abstain from other hair products until after the coloring process is completed. A small amount of dirt or residue will not affect the outcome. Should there be a large amount of wax residue or oil from hair products present in the hair, it is best to wash it all off, taking care not to damage or scratch the scalp in the process. After washing it off, leave your hair alone for a while.

How can I properly dye long hair or hard to reach areas like the nape and the back of the head?

It is advisable to use the ‘color blocking’ technique.

For cases where you want to dye long hair, or the back of the head/nape, color blocking will make it easier to apply dye to the hair. To do this, put your hair up and work on the nape first. After which, proceed with dyeing the back of the head, starting from the bottom and working your way upwards, applying a little bit of the solution at a time.

What should I do to obtain the best results when dyeing new, gray hair?

Apply the solution well to the new gray hair, taking careful to match the tones between the new hair and hair that has been dyed before.

To dye newly grown gray hair well, you should pay careful attention to matching the tones between previously dyed hair and new gray hair.

There is a tendency for previously dyed hair to be easier to dye. After properly applying the hair color to the roots of the new gray hairs, leaving the hair for some time will allow the dye solution to flow towards the hair ends. This results in a clean, beautiful finish.

What is the best way to dye areas where gray hair is concentrated?

Ensure that the hair dye is thoroughly applied to these areas.

It is important that the hair dye solution is thoroughly applied to the areas where gray hair is concentrated. For this to be done, it is recommended that you use the cream-based dye, as it makes it easier to apply the dye in these areas.

How can I color thick, firm hair well?

Allow the hair colorant to sit for a longer time than usual.

As thick hair is naturally hard to dye, it is best to leave the hair color to sit for longer than usual. Extend the standard timing (10-15 minutes), by another 5-20 minutes, depending on the thickness of your hair. These are only approximate timings.