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How to dye your hair in a hostel [YQrtw Day 80 Jun 25]

Imagine that you are travelling. One day, you thought that your old hair color is kind of boring but you do not have extra cash to go to the saloon to get it colored.

What do you do? DIY (Do-It-Yourself), of course.

Step 1: Buy hair dye

How to die your hair in a hostel: Buy hair dye
How to die your hair in a hostel: Buy hair dye

This is the simplest part. Head to the nearest supermarket near you to pick up a bottle of hair dye.

Please note that the hair color displayed on the box will probably not be the result that appears on your hair, especially if you have ink black hair with the texture of iron string.

While you are at the supermarket, it’s good to pick up a few cheap towels for your post-dye hair drying.

Step 2: Read instructions

Read the instructions even if you don't know the language
Read the instructions even if you don’t know the language

This part is very important. If your instructions are in a foreign language, get your dictionary out. Or try interpreting the pictures on the instructions, they make sense most of the time.

Step 3: Test for allergic reaction

It’s best to test if you are allergic to the dye mixture. Do this by opening the mixtures and putting a few drops on the inside of your elbow.

If you get rashes, do not use the hair dye solution. Instead, get a new one or don’t dye your hair at all.

If no allergies appear, it’s probably safe for you to use the dye. Give about 24 hours before you start dying your hair to see if any allergic reaction occurs.

Step 4: Prepare your instruments

Towels
Towels

Besides the hair dye, you should have newspaper or plastic bags as well as dark colored towels around. The newspaper and plastic is to protect the floor from getting stained while the dark colored towel hides dye stains when you dry your hair.

Ask the hostel people if they have dark colored towels. If you are lucky, they might have discolored but clean towels for you to dry your hair with.

Lay the newspaper on the floor or on the sink to prevent the hair dye from coloring anything but your hair.

Use protection
Use protection

Step 5: Start the dye job

Follow the instructions in your manual for steps to dye your hair. You might need to shake the dye mixture together or gently slosh them around.

Cover your hair with the mixture and let it sit for as long as the instruction requires you to. During this time, you can read or play games on your smartphone.

Step 6: Rinse it out

When the time is up, rinse off the dye. Rinse until the water from your hair is clear. If the dye comes with conditioner, apply as instructed.

However, no matter how much water you splash on your head, some hairdye will cling to your strands. That is why you need dark colored towels.

Step 7: Admire the result

Since this is the first day of the dye job, you might see a darker color than what was depicted on the box. If you use your imagination enough, the hair color might look like what the box promised.

If that does not work, just let it be and be satisfied that you actually turned your hair from the same tone to the same tone but with dark lowlights.

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Have you ever dyed your hair in a hostel? How did it turn out?

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Yun Qing is a writer, improviser and curious person. She loves finding little adventures in life. In 2013, she went on a 130-day round-the-world trip. She wrote a book to help those who also want to go on a career break.

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