Pretend you're in the OR and lay out all of your tools like you're ready to operate. You won't have to stop and scramble mid_process, which could lead to accidents (as in leaving the dye on too long!). Read through the box's instructions beforehand, too, "to get your bearings," Hill suggests. Invest in a color brush. Squirting the dye out and spreading it all over your hair may be easy (and fun!), but this method can be messy and imprecise. Instead, play salon colorist : Mix color in a bowl and paint on with a color brush for the most even, professional finish, testers say.
Section, section, section. To avoid patchiness, create a middle part that runs to the back of your head and split the hair into four sections two in front of the ears and two in back. "Always apply the dye from back to front," says colorist Aura Friedman, of the Sally Hershberger Downtown salon in New York City. "That way the dye is sitting on the back of your hair the longest, which is naturally darker than the front anyway."