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Changing hair color is something many women do quite regularly. When you're up for a change, a different hair color may be all that you need. If you've decided that the shade you'd like is the color of a penny, that's no problem. Go with a permanent shade if you want your color to last, or semi-permanent if you want it to come out after a few washes -- and get ready to rock it!
To achieve the color of a penny, you'll have to combine brown and red hair color. If you plan to color your hair yourself, purchase a warm medium brown shade and a deep red with golden undertones.
Before you go anywhere near that hair dye, make sure you're ready. That means getting yourself set up somewhere where you're comfortable and where you have access to a sink and mirror.
Prepare the brown dye and pour it into a hair coloring bowl. You may need to mix an applicator and color creme together, or it may come premixed.
Prepare the red hair dye. Again, if it's premixed, that's just one less step for you. If not, prepare it in a separate bowl first. Add a small amount of the red dye in with the brown dye -- a couple drops will do, don't worry about precise measurements -- and blend the two colors together well with a hair coloring brush. Add a couple more drops and blend again.
Cut off a small piece of your hair and dip it into the mixture. Make sure it's more than just a couple of strands, so you will actually be able to tell what color it turns out. Just don't go overboard; you don't want any bald spots. Use the coloring brush to cover the piece of hair with dye until it's saturated. Wait the recommended amount of time; this is between 10 and 20 minutes for most home coloring kits. Rinse the piece of hair with cool water and allow it to dry. Now you can see the color your hair is going to turn out and can add a couple more drops of the red dye into the mix if needed.
Looking in the mirror if that helps you, start applying the color onto your hair using the coloring brush. It's best to start at the front of your head and work toward the back, coloring over smaller sections of about one-half-inch wide at a time. This helps you avoid mistakenly leaving any dry spots. Continue applying dye over your hair like this until all of your hair is saturated with the dye.
With a close eye on the clock, let the dye soak into your hair for the given amount of time; refer to the instructions again to be sure. Paint the nails on your tootsies, flip through a magazine, watch a movie -- well, the previews before the movie maybe -- and then rinse the dye out. You're done! Now go out and dazzle your friends with your gorgeous new hair color.
If you're having trouble figuring out exactly how to get that perfect penny shade, or are just uber-nervous about coloring your hair and want to be extra sure, talk to your stylist first. They can look at your starting hair color and offer detailed advice specific to you and your situation.