Coloring your hair yourself is easy and economical. Look for a home coloring kit that includes ingredients to prevent your hair from becoming damaged and dry from the coloring process. L'Oréal Paris Excellence Creme includes Pro-Keratine Complex, which claims to reinforce the hair's internal structure. This coloring kit also includes a pre-color serum, which helps ensure even color, as well as a unique applicator comb.
Prepare to Color
Comb dry, unwashed hair to remove any tangles.
Put on the gloves included in the kit. Break off the applicator cap's plastic wing tip, then remove the cap from the bottle. Open the color creme tube by piercing its opening with the cap's inner point.
Squeeze the entire contents of the tube into the plastic developer creme bottle, and put the applicator cap back on the bottle tightly. Shake well to fully blend the color mixture, while keeping the applicator tip's opening covered with a gloved finger.
Drape a towel over your shoulders to protect your clothes and neck. Open the small round tube of pre-color serum by twisting the tip until it breaks off. Massage the serum into the ends of your hair, avoiding the root area. Let the serum soak into the hair for 2 minutes, and don't rinse it off.
The Coloring Process
Using the applicator tip, create parts in your hair, ¼ inch apart. While making the parts, gently squeeze the applicator bottle continuously to apply even lines of color along the root line. Working from front to back, keep applying color until you're reached every section on your head. This will ensure your roots are covered completely.
An alternate application method is to use the applicator comb. Remove the applicator tip from the bottle, replacing it with the applicator comb. Comb through the hair from front to back, while gently squeezing the bottle continuously.
Spread the color through your hair from the roots to the ends using your gloved fingers. Make sure all of your hair is completely coated with color.
For a root touch-up instead of all-over color, use your fingers to spread the color only through the root area. Make sure all of the hair closest to your scalp is completely covered, without coloring the ends of your hair. Save a little color to apply to your ends just before rinsing.
Pull your hair away from your face, but don't put it up while the color is developing. Leave the color on 30 minutes, or 40 minutes if you have gray hair.
For a root touch-up, leave the color on 20 minutes, or 30 minutes for gray hair. When time is up, apply color to the rest of your hair, working it through to the ends. Make sure all of your hair is completely covered. Let the color develop another 10 minutes.
With your gloves on, add some warm water to your hair, rubbing your scalp until the color lathers. This may be easiest to do in the shower. Don't use shampoo until the next time you wash your hair. Rinse until the water runs clear, then apply the protective conditioning treatment included in the kit. Leave the conditioner on your hair for two minutes before rinsing.