While locked down at home, our daily lives have become full of stress and anxiety. We have a COVID-19 contingency plan and also a schedule for our kiddos to help manage and enhance their emotional well-being. I need to manage my own feelings too because I’m also stressed, irritable, or anxious! I’m a better parent when I’m a happier parent. One of the things that have been very helpful in managing my emotional well-being is to treat myself like doing my own manicure, hair treatments, facials, and even try a new makeup palette.
If you are also looking to treat yourself while #shelterinplace, I highly recommend some pampering me-time like COLORING your roots – you want to look fabulous when this is all said and done! I have been using the @zotosprofessional AGEbeautiful products to keep my hair looking healthy and glossy, which I have been able to save over $1,000 a year.
Yes, I have been saving over $1,000 a year in hair coloring. If you are following me then you know that I have been dying my hair at home and getting salon-quality color for over 10 years. My hair grows exponentially fast making my gray roots very obvious. Although I don’t mind going to work or hanging out with friends and family when my roots are showing, there are certain situations when I feel self-conscious about it. So I dye my hair every few weeks and in between hair coloring, I follow a hair routine maintenance to take good care of my hair.
For years now I have been following these tips to get the glossy, healthy, and salon-quality hair color after each dye. I have not had any split ends and only see my hairstylist every 14 weeks for a trim.
SELECTING THE RIGHT SHADE FOR YOUR HAIR
Whatever you do, do not make drastic changes to your hair color. If you want to alter your color to more than 3 shades, I highly recommend getting it done by a professional hair colorist. Choosing the right shade is so important because you want the color to match and blend in with your natural hair color. I have naturally black color hair but I want to go a tad lighter so it’s not harsh looking. The shade that I use on my hair is dark to darkest brown. Many hair color brands offer several shades within the tone so choose one that closely matches your hair color. I love Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Permanent Hair Color in Darkest Brown 3N because it completely covers my stubborn grays especially the hairline and temple areas.
GATHER THE RIGHT TOOLS
Having the right tools ready is so important to get your hair colored without wasting time searching for them. You would need the following: plastic gloves to prevent staining on your hands, petroleum jelly to rub around your hairline to prevent staining your skin, plastic cap to cover your hair, a hairdresser clip to section hair for better application, Argan hair oils (add a drop of two to the mix for the extra gloss), and a box of hair color along with the toner.
PREP YOUR HAIR
The best time to color my hair is when it’s been at least 2 days after shampooing. The main reason is because dirty hair lacks the slippery conditioner that freshly washed hair has. I usually wear an old t-shirt so that I don’t have to worry about the stain getting on my clothes.
DO A STRAND TEST
Everyone’s skin reacts differently. If you have never used the product before I would highly recommend a strand test to see if you have any allergic reaction.
APPLY THE COLOR
So here’s the trick to prevent my hair from getting brittle and dry due to coloring. Since the Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Permanent Hair Color lasts so long on my hair strand, I would only color my roots. and color my entire hair every so often. The best news is that I can use the same tube for two separate applications thus saving me even more on cost
RINSE AND CONDITION
The average wait time for the color to deposit into your hair is 45 minutes. During this time, I would do my laundry, clean up my house, and even prep food for the family. When it’s time to rinse make sure you wash it without using any shampoo. Don’t forget to have your gloves on to prevent staining on your hands. If your hands and/or skin is stained, you can use an exfoliating cream and it should come right off. After the rinse, use a paraben-free conditioner to finish up the process. I usually don’t shampoo my hair until a few days after so the color stays longer.
I hope these tips will help you attain beautiful salon-quality hair color and save a lot of money as they have for me.
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