Should you comb through hair dye? Coloring techniques that anyone can follow

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  • If you want to distribute the hair dye evenly, do the shadow root technique or highlights, you should use a comb. You should choose the correct comb for each technique.
  • The correct comb to distribute the hair dye evenly or do the shadow root technique should have fine teeth.
  • For subtle highlighting, you should use a comb with medium-sized teeth Finally, for highlights, you should use a wide-tooth comb.

 

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You are about to dye your hair and you have an almost crucial question: will it look better if I comb the hair dye through the hair to distribute it?

 

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If you’re not an experienced colorist, or you’re used to using the applicator included in the kit, the comb can be one of your greatest allies.

If you use it correctly,  it can help you distribute the hair dye evenly 

Also, it’s ideal if you want to achieve highlights or dark strands.

 

As I always say, the important thing apart from the product is the person who uses it. If you don’t use it correctly, the coloring result won’t be what you expect.

Do you know why?

 

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 There’s a huge difference between applying and styling the hair dye. 

What do I mean?

 

  • You can’t apply the hair dye directly to the hair with the comb.
  • The idea is to comb through the hair dye from root to tip.

 

If you apply the hair dye directly with the comb, you run the risk of getting too much product in the first few centimeters of the hair.

In that case, the color will be uneven or the shadow roots will look awful.

 

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You should always prepare the hair dye in a container, apply it with a brush, and then comb it through the hair.

 You must choose the right size of the teeth according to what you want to achieve.  The bigger separation, the bigger the colored strands will be.

 

Stay with me because today I’ll tell you:

  • How to style hair dye for full coverage or shadow root.
  • How to style hair color for a highlight

 

How to style hair color for full coverage or shadow root

to comb through hair dye

You’ll use a tail comb or fine-tooth comb. As its teeth are less spaced apart, it’ll evenly distribute the color, which is what you want to achieve.

We’ll start with a total color renewal.

 

Full coverage

after bleaching

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  • Separate your hair into four sections from forehead to nape and ear to ear, holding each section with clips.
  • Prepare the developer and hair dye mixture in a plastic container. Mix until all the elements are integrated.
  • Release one of the sections. Apply all the hair dye from roots to ends. Then, start combing until all the hair is covered with the mixture. Repeat the procedure on each section.
  • After 45 minutes, rinse your hair with plenty of warm water. You can use your usual shampoo and conditioner.
  • Dry and style as usual

 

The result?

Even color and no color saturation.

 

Shadow roots

bob cut or medium length cut

This technique allows you to achieve a modern effect: darker roots and lighter lengths and ends.

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To achieve this, in addition to choosing a tail comb, you must  make sure your hair is well detangled to comb through it easily. 

 

  • Comb your hair with a middle parting to expose your root and visualize where to apply the dye.
  • Mix the developer and hair dye until you get a homogeneous consistency. In this case, you can use the applicator bottle that comes in the kit because it eases the application.
  • Apply the hair dye to the roots using the applicator tip of the bottle. Then, comb the hair dye 2 or 3 centimeters. When you finish applying and combing the hair dye into all the roots, leave the mixture on for 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Finally, rinse your hair with plenty of water.

 

If your hair is blonde and you want to refresh your look, a shadow root will give a new dimension to your color.

 

How to comb through hair dye for light highlights

for highlights

Do you want to brighten your color easily and with more noticeable highlights?

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You can try some strands or more noticeable highlights. The only difference is the comb-type you use to style the hair color.

 

If you want a very subtle highlight, use a medium-tooth comb.  When you comb through the hair dye, some sections will be more saturated than others with resulting slight lighter tones. 

If you’re looking for highlights, you should use a wide-tooth comb.

 

Lighting with a medium comb

  • Separate your hair into four sections from forehead to nape and ear to ear, and hold each section with clips.
  • Prepare the developer and hair dye mixture included in the kit in a plastic container.
  • Release one of the sections. Apply all of the hair dye to the roots. Then, begin to comb through to the ends to achieve the highlight you are looking for. Repeat this on each section and make sure the entire surface is covered with the mixture.
  • Finally, rinse your hair with plenty of warm water.

 

The result?

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You’ll notice a difference of at least ½ tone in your hair and your face will look brighter.

 

Strands or more noticeable highlights with a wide comb

  • Separate your hair into two sections from ear to ear and hold each section with clips.
  • Prepare the developer and hair dye mixture in a plastic container.
  • You should start with the lower section and apply all the hair dye to the roots. Then, start combing through to the ends so that the highlights are marked. Continue with the top of your head. Apply hair dye at the roots and comb through to the ends, covering the entire surface.
  • After 45 minutes, rinse your hair with plenty of warm water

 

Now, wait for your hair to dry. At this point, you’ll be able to notice the difference in tone due to the saturation of the hair dye in some sections.

 

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Conclusions

If you don’t have a large coloring experience, combing through the hair dye will allow you to distribute it evenly.

You’ll also be able to achieve some color effects such as shadow roots or highlights. You just need to choose the right comb size to achieve your goal.

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