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Revlon Colorsilk hair dye will transform your boring locks into something fabulous. This permanent hair color provides a long-lasting shade with minimal damage to your hair. But just like with any other at-home hair color, it’s important to follow the instructions for applying it so your new hue lives up to your expectations.
The last thing you want for your hair is a color that is way off target, or for your skin to have an allergic reaction to the dye. So do an allergy and strand test with the dye before spreading it throughout your whole head of hair. Do the tests about 48 hours before applying the color. Mix a teaspoon of the colorant and a teaspoon of the developer into a glass container. Cut a piece of hair about ¼-inch wide from a hidden area. Tape the hair at one end to hold the strands together and soak it in the mixture for 25 minutes. If you’re using an ultra blonde shade, soak for 45 minutes. Rinse the hair swatch and let it dry thoroughly to check out the hue. To do the allergy test, apply a small amount of the mixed solution to the area of skin on the inside of your elbow. Wait 48 hours before washing it off. If your skin doesn’t become red, irritated or swollen, it’s safe to proceed with coloring your hair.
Mixing the Color Solution
Slap on the gloves from the box of dye and cut the tip off the developer applicator bottle. Remove the cap from the bottle and pour the entire bottle of colorant into the bottle of developer. Put the cap back on the developer bottle tightly, then put one of your gloved fingers over the tip. Shake the bottle vigorously for a minute or two until it’s completely mixed.
Applying the Dye
Separate your hair into four equal sections and hold each section up on your head with a clip. Let down one section of hair at a time. Start at the root of the section and squeeze the bottle to apply the dye. Work the dye throughout your strands with your gloved fingers so the hair is thoroughly coated. Repeat this process until all four sections are coated with dye.
Let the Dye Do Its Job
Rinsing your hair too soon can result in a lighter shade, and leaving the dye in for too long can make the color too dark. If this is a brand new color, wait 25 minutes before rinsing out the dye. If you are trying to cover gray, leave the dye in for 30 minutes. If using an ultra blonde shade, leave it in for 45 minutes. If you’re recoloring your hair the same shade, or just touching up your roots, leave it on for 20 minutes. For covering gray, wait 25 minutes and for ultra blond recolors or touch-ups, wait 40 minutes.
Rinsing and Conditioning
Set the water temperature to warm for rinsing out the dye. Don’t make it too hot because hot water can weaken the color. Get your hair damp with the warm water, then massage the color all throughout your hair for a minute or two. Put your hair back under the warm water and rinse well until no more color is coming out. Apply the entire packet of after-color conditioner to your hair. Leave it in your hair for two minutes before rinsing it out thoroughly with warm water.