Book Report: DIY DYE

Every hair salon in the United States is booked with appointments for people who want to get highlights, low lights, bleaching, you name it!

And some salons are so overbooked that we need an alternative:

DIY DYE: By Loren Lankford

The author an industry veteran and beauty credits such as Cosmo, Entertainment Weekly, and MTV to name a few gives her unique perspective of getting salon quality color without the wait.

This book is packed with helpful information, clear easy to use steps, pictures of products and what you need to wear for your in home hair coloring experience.

Did you know that blond, light hair and gray hair is the easiest in terms of hitting the hair dye jackpot- because any color will absorb the pigment if your hair is light to  begin with, it will also match your current palette after using a toner.

What is a toner you ask?
According to Loren a hair toner is applied after the color and puts tons of nourishment right into your strands, it works to correct and heal damaged hair, good to know the author also informs us that toners help with split ends, brittle strands, and any scalp itchiness.

Of course Loren details what the difference between hair rinses, permanent rinses, and bleaching are; and what really stands out of the crowd in this book is her explanation of the color wheel.

Red/Pink:
Pink hair color fades very fast, so unless you are totally in love with the color and it looks great on you, then you have to dye it every few weeks, same with red dyes.

Blue/Purple:
Many celebrities have made these colors acceptable and on some women it looks great. However, in order to maintain this color you must deep condition your hair every 3 days and use a color refreshing shampoo a few times a week, especially for dry hair.

Green:
Green is such a hard color to maintain during the summer, because you have to avoid pools and high sun exposure or this will drain the color.

Yellow/Orange:
In order to get that blond look, according to the author you must bleach it white and then put color on top of that.

She also offers another alternative to chemical hair dyes, which is chalking. Chalking is great for the summer weddings where you want a pop of color for your outfit.

Since this is DIY DYE:
The author's instructions for chalking are:
1. Buying chalk from an art supply store
2. Saturate your hair wet with water.
3. You want to support the piece of hair you want to chalk in the palm of your hand really rub the chalk into the strands.
4. Once the color is saturated use a comb to brush through the hair from top to bottom (repeat steps)
5. Set the color by using heat either a blow dryer and then a flat iron to seal in the chalk pigment.

Yes there are other great tips such as Kool-Aid dyeing your hair, dyeing your hair with food coloring.

Again the reason why I love this book is it easy to use, the steps are clear and precise, and they have pictures showing you the materials that you would need as well as it is written in simple and easy to understand language.

You can purchase this book through amazon.com for 16.95.

Cheers to skipping the hair salon and doing your hair with DIY DYE!

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