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You're a whiz in the kitchen and can mix up just about anything fun and unusual, so why not mix up some different hair colors at home to get a unique result for your hair? The fact is, you can mix together two different hair dye colors at home, as long as you follow some ground rules. And remember, when you mix two different colors together, you're going to end up with a color that's somewhere in between the two shades. If this is what you want, then let's get going.
Picking the Colors
Read the hair dye boxes carefully. One of the biggest rules when it comes to mixing different hair dyes is to make sure the hair dyes are the same kind of dye. Look for hair dye that says "Deposit Only Hair Color" on the box. Do not use or mix together hair dye that says "Lifting Color" on the box. Lifting color literally tries to pull the current color off your hair, which should spell disaster if you're mixing two different colors.
Check the ingredient list. You want to find dyes that have similar ingredients so that mixing the two won't have an unexpected chemical reaction. In addition, skip dye kits that are vegetable-based dyes, because this can affect the dye in the other kit.
Choose two colors that are in the same color family. Mixing two wildly different colors can have unexpected results, but picking two shades that are within the same color spectrum is much safer and more likely to leave you happy.
Pick two dye kits from the same company, if possible, so that the instructions are similar. This will reduce any guessing when it comes to mixing, processing and using the colors.
Using the Color
Prepare for your hair coloring adventure by putting a thin layer of petroleum jelly along your hairline. Don't forget to cover the tops of your ears and around the back of your neck.
Wear old clothes or cover your clothes with a towel that can get stained. Protect the floor too in case of drips, and wear gloves. After all, the only thing you want to dye is your hair.
Mix the two color dyes together in a plastic bowl and use plastic utensils to mix them, as metal items can affect the color. Follow the specific directions on the dye kit for coloring -- this is another reason why picking two dye kits from the same company is wise, as the instructions will be the same for both.
Lightly mist the ends of your hair with water. Don't soak them, just get them a little wet. This will help prevent the ends from soaking in more color than the rest of the hair, since the ends can be drier than the rest of the hair. Apply the mixed hair color to your hair and leave in according to the directions on the hair dye, usually between 15 and 30 minutes.
Rinse out the hair dye and then wash hair with a mild shampoo. Condition hair, and then relax and enjoy your new, individualized hair color.
If this is your first attempt at coloring your hair at home, don't go for a drastic change. Pick a color somewhat similar to your current color until you get the hang of the mixing and coloring process, and then you can get bolder with your choices.