Color Your Hair at Home with Confidence

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STEP 2: Apply Like a Pro

  • If your hair is very thick or long, you might need two boxes of color. Don't be caught off guard with only half of your head dyed!
  • Don't skip any steps in the interest of saving time. "You definitely don't want to speed up the process," warns Brad Johns, Clairol's global color director and a top colorist at the Avon Salon & Spa, in New York City. "It's like making a cake. If you speed that up, you will ruin that, too." One example: Shake the color mixture for the full length of time listed in the product's instructions to be sure that all of the ingredients are activated and ready to do their job.
  • Distribute the mixture over your hair as if you were shampooing, but don't rub it into your scalp.
  • If your hair is already colored, apply the formula to your roots only (where the hair is not dyed), wait 20 minutes and distribute it to your ends so you're not overcoloring. Wait five more minutes before shampooing.

Continued on page 3:  STEP 3: Keep Color Bright


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