The Secret To Successful DIY Hair Coloring

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Feeling intrigued by the latest at-home dye kits on the market but too chicken to test one out for yourself? Fear not, Zoe Reporters, in an exclusive interview with expert hair colorist Rita Hazan, we learned DIY hair coloring isn’t as tricky as it seems, and can actually yield salon-quality results! With a little advice from the experts and all the right tools, you’re that much closer to scoring a game-changing mane in the comfort of your own home.

Tips For At-Home Hair Coloring

Prep For DIY Coloring Accordingly

Threshold Hand Towels, $6 and Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, $3

Don't DIY your 'do without Rita's at-home essentials: a timer, dark towels and petroleum jelly or cream. Dark towels are great for protecting the neck, shoulders and floor while petroleum jelly should be used around the hairline to prevent hair dye from staining the skin. Your timer will keep track of how long you're processing color so that you don't overdo it.

Always set your timer when you start applying color, not when you're finished for best results.

The Do's And Don'ts

L'Oreal Wild Ombre, $13 and All Over Color + Highlights At-Home Kits, $14

Only resort to at-home coloring for highlights, touching up greys, transitioning 2-3 shades darker or testing out an ombre-effect on your mane. If you're trying to go from light to dark or crave a more drastic outcome, Rita suggests seeking a professional colorist instead.

If you part your hair a certain way, be sure to style it before DIY-ing so that highlights match up with your daily hairstyle.

Try This Trend For Spring

Burberry Spring/Summer 2014

According to Rita, it's all about natural, lighter shades this season. If you're light, go even lighter! If you're dark, try out a rich, warm shade for spring.

Dare To Chop It All Off

Rachel Comey Backstage

When asking Rita for the best way to give our locks an edgy update, she said going short is the way to do it. Chopping it all off, whether you're pining for a pixie or a sexy shoulder-length style is a great way to revamp your look and freshen up your strands.

Make It Last

Rita Hazan Ultimate Shine Gloss, $26

This lightweight foam prevents fading and doses locks with a gorgeous, glossy shine. Basically, this product is a must-buy for the at-home colorist.

Prevent Damage

Alterna Caviar Repair RX Treatment Masque, $42

For anyone with color treated tresses, a conditioning treatment 1-2 times per week is a must to prevent breakage and maintain the overall health of your hair.

Last Minute Advice

Lastly, always follow instructions! If you're in a pinch, you can always contact the 800 number on the back of your at-home dye kit with any questions or concerns you may have—they’re here to help!