Hair days can be daunting. It didn’t feel any different when I decided I was tired of trying to pluck my gray hairs. It also didn’t help that in the back of my mind, I hear some old lady telling me not to pluck them because two or three more grow back in it’s place. I’m still trying to figure out the science behind that 🤔. Behold! I’ve successfully dyed my own hair at home and it came out the way I wanted it to! Huzzah! And it’s all thanks to Wella Color Charm Permanent Hair Color.
I knew I needed something to get rid of my stubborn grays — it seems like every part I make in my head, there are three or four or six gray hairs having a good ol time. I also knew I wanted to color it a bit — switch it up if you will. I considered going to a salon, but I remembered Wella having some great options so that’s what I went with. I scoured the internets looking for images that showed what the color 4N looked like and could find nothing. So you’re welcome!
Here’s what I used to color my hair at home.:
- Wella Color Charm Permanent Hair Color in shades 4N and 4NW. I mixed half of each together.
- Clairol 20 Developer
- Spatula for mixing
- Shower cap (not shown)
- Hair dye brush (not shown)
- Mixing bowl
Below is a look at what I was working with. Just a random part in my hair and you can see the grays trying to live their lives. You can also see a flaky scalp due to psoriasis, but more on that later.
To start, I separated my hair into four sections, focusing first on the bangs. I mixed the hair dye and developer together using a 2:1 ratio: 50ml of dye and 100 ml of the developer. I used the hair dye brush to carefully apply the mixture to the front of my hair including my bangs and edges. After that, I used my gloved hands to apply the rest of they dye to my hair, making sure to saturate my hair from the ends to roots. I put on the shower cap and processed for 45 minutes.
After 45 minutes, I washed the dye out and shampooed with Shea Moisture Intensive Hydration Shampoo twice. I towel- dried my hair and applied Luster’s S-Curl Activator Moisturizer, Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Hair Oil and blow dried my hair with the T3 Hair Dryer, which dries my hair in 10 minutes.
You can see in the before and after photos that there’s not a gray hair in sight. I was really pleased with the results.
You can see the difference in color under the artificial light in my bathroom and in the direct sunlight. It appears darker in the natural light but I am happy with the subtle color. After a few days, I will follow up with a deep conditioner to counteract the dryness the developer causes.
And there you have it! I am a happy camper. The whole process took a little over an hour and was painless. It’s so easy, anyone can dye their hair from the comfort of their own home.