Everyone’s hair is different
If your hair is porous it will be easy to dye and you can get away with shorter processing time whereas if your hair is resistant you will have to follow all the rules and tick all the boxes and possibly leave the colour on for a longer time.
The only way you can know beforehand how your hair will take to the colour is to strand test first.
1. Apply to clean dry hair. It is OK if your hair is bit damp as long as it is not too wet. If it is too wet it could dilute the colour.
2. There should not be any substance on your hair which may block or prevented the colour from bonding with the hair - e.g. residue of conditioner, styling product, oil, or serum.
Silicone based serums and styling products coat your hair like plastic and prevent hair dye from sticking to your hair. Silicone based products are often used to protect your hair from heat styling such as straightening irons or hair dryer styling. They are very difficult to remove and cannot be removed by ordinary shampoo. You need to use a special product, either a chemical based clarifying shampoo which can buy from a high street store or Logona Mineral Clay Pre-Treatment. Styling products from Suvarna are not silicone based.
3. Make sure your hair is thoroughly saturated with colour during application
4. To achieve a stronger colour leave the product on for a longer time up to them maximum allowed for the product.
5. If the colour is still not dark enough you can apply a 2nd coat either all over your hair or if there are patches of hair that are not coloured dark enough you could put the colour on again just in those areas without putting it all over your hair.
Please note that if you repeatedly put layers of colour on all over your hair it may build up too much colour on the ends of your hair and make them too dark.
6. If your hair is proving to be difficult to dye you can try applying heat whilst the hair colour is on your hair as this will help the colour to bond with your hair. This is because heat opens the hair follicle to give the colour something to stick to.
One way of gently warming your hair is to wrap your hair is cling wrap or plastic processing cap and then wrap in a towel round it to keep your head warm. For a more intense heat you could try sitting in the sun or applying a hair dryer over your hair for say 10 to 15 minutes. Before applying direct heat your hair colour should be protected by the processing cap on plastic cling wrap.
7. If you use part of a packet of hair colour powder and keep the rest of the packet for a later application, it is important to make sure it is very well sealed in an air-tight plastic bag or container and stored away from sunlight and heat. If not properly stored it could deteriorate.
Tips on applying powder dyes
You can apply the colour with an applicator brush but we prefer to use gloved fingers to apply it because it gives you more flexibility. If you do use gloves to apply it you may find the thicker gloves latex or nitrile better than the polythene gloves.
Tips on Using Pure Red Henna Powder and Indigo Powder
Indigo or any mixture containing indigo should be used immediately once mixed with water and not left to sit. It should not be mixed with water that is over 50 degrees.
After Care to enhance the longevity of your Hair Colour
The more you wash your hair to quicker the colour will wash out. We recommend using a mild organic shampoo without any sodium lauryl Sulphate or ammonium lauryl sulphate. You can see a guide to the shampoos we sell at Suvarna here: www.suvarna.co.uk/which-shampoo.html
The Logona Colour Shampoo is very good here because it is mild and contains a small amount of natural colouring that helps to top up the colour on your hair in between dying it: www.suvarna.co.uk/herbalshampoos/logona-natural-colour-care-shampoo.html
The Logona Colour Conditioner is specificially designed to help extend the life of your hair dye as it coats your hair to lock in the colour: www.suvarna.co.uk/conditioners/colourcondioner.html
Picking a Suitable Hair Dye
If you need any help with picking the right natural hair dye for you, or if you have any other natural hair dye technical questions drop me a line here