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I have spent a lot of time dying hair. Whether it was my own or it was someone close to me, I can recall that ammonia smell at a moment’s notice. It has burned itself into my nostrils and my memory. I am going to give you my best tips for making the whole process a little easier.
Buy a set of nurses scrubs and wear them whenever dealing with dye or bleach of any kind. I use a set of scrubs for all of my messy chores and hobbies, but I originally stumbled upon this idea when I was dealing with hair dye. My old roommate was a certified nurse and she offered me a pair of old scrubs when I asked for a shirt that she didn’t mind getting dye on. Nursing scrubs have been a part of my hair dying routine ever since. Cheap, easy to strip off and easily disposable; there is a reason that salon workers wear scrubs.
Add a line of Vaseline around your hairline. This will help to prevent the dreaded clues of hair dying that are all too common. How many times have you seen someone with their skin dyed red or black at their hairline? The Vaseline will help to prevent the dye from setting on your skin.
Clean up with cotton balls and alcohol. Once you have the dye in your hair and have made sure that everything is coated, it is time for the rest. Take this time to clean up your edges and ears. Just wet a cotton ball with some isopropyl alcohol and wipe and dye away. You may want to have someone else check the back of your head and your hairline there. This is not as big of a deal if you have long hair, but those of us with short hair have to be extra careful.
My best tip is simple. Have a friend around to help. They can see parts of your head that are impossible for you to check. There is nothing that is annoying in quite the same way as dying your hair only to realize you missed a whole chunk of hair.