Strand Test

Dye Diaries: All About Strand Tests and Why You Should Do Them

Strand testing is a standard as well as an essential procedure that needs to be practiced by all hair coloring professionals and at-home hair coloring experts alike. Although it seems like an unnecessary process that stands between you and achieving your ideal beautifully colored hair color, it is extremely crucial that you adhere to the rules of the process because this process will ensure the health and integrity of your hair and give you a chance to avoid the potential pitfalls of an at-home hair coloring disaster 101. To know more about strand tests and how you can do one at home on your hair, keep scrolling!

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What Is A Strand Test?

A strand test is dyeing a small strand or part of your hair which is usually a small strand from the hair pieces closer to the nape of your neck. This process is done a day or two before the day you decide to completely dye your hair. Some of you at-home hair coloring girlies who truly believe that you are an expert at all things hair coloring and are considering skipping this process I have got news for you; “Not every hair coloring day is the same as before” say it with us again “Not every hair coloring day is the same as before.”

While you are doing a strand test add a patch test to the list. Patch testing is dabbing a small amount of hair color to your skin 48 hours before your actual hair coloring session to see if you are allergic to any of the chemicals present in the hair color, the developer, or the bleach.

Why Do You Need To Perform A Strand Test?

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The hair coloring process just like a smoothening treatment or a perm treatment involves multiple chemical products and sometimes these hair chemicals might result in undesirable hair coloring experiences. It is sometimes possible that these chemicals in hair colors have the potential to damage your hair beyond repair.

In addition to that if your hair has already been color-treated before going ahead with a new hair color over the color-treated hair might not provide the hair color you expect it to provide. But don’t worry not all hair colors damage your hair There are colors like Colorisma that heals your hair but at the same time provide a vibrant hair color.

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How To Perform A Strand Test?

Step 1: Pick a small strand of hair closer to the nape of your neck or a strand that might not be visible from the outside.

Step 2: Mix your hair color with the recommended developer and apply the hair color to the strand with a brush. Remember to wear your gloves so that you can ensure that the whole strand is saturated with the hair color.

Step 3: Leave the hair color on for the recommended time and carefully rinse the strand off with water to remove the product.

Step 4: Observe the washed hair for inconsistencies in hair color, the texture of the hair, and any potential damage to hair because chewing gum hair is not fun.

Step 5: If you're satisfied with the results then you can proceed with your at-home hair coloring process.

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We understand that it is highly tempting to skip the strand testing process to get straight for that beautifully colored hair of your dreams! But, remember, it's no trouble to go a mile to take the precautionary step to ensure you have complete satisfaction with your hair color! Save yourself one expensive trip to the hair salon to get a salon stylist to fix your orange hair or worse, your damaged hair. Isn't it  always better to be safe than sorry? Have a great hair coloring experience!




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