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What Comes Inside a Hair Color Kit

You’ll want to read this before you get started.
June 03, 2022

Dyeing your hair at home can be intimidating. Aside from making sure your hair doesn’t come out orange — or worse, cause breakage — simply not knowing what to expect from an at-home hair color kit can be overwhelming. 

After all, it can be difficult to color your strands yourself without knowing what hair color products you’ll be equipped with. But, that’s where we come in. Instead of jumping into the unknown, we’re sharing exactly what’s inside one of our favorite at-home hair color kits, the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color.

1. Developer

The first thing you’re likely to pull out of the box is the developer. The developer, also known as the Color Optimizing Crème, is labeled with a large number one. It’s the only clear bottle in the hair color kit, and will be mostly empty. This is where your color will be mixed and created, and what you will eventually use to apply your color.

2. Hair Color

Next up, we have the hair color — or, more specifically, the Color Gel. Labeled with a large number two, this gold bottle contains the dye to match the hair color you’ve chosen. When you start the dyeing process, this will be combined with your developer in bottle one to create your hair color formula.

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3. Hair Color Conditioner

After coloring your strands, it’s important to give them some extra TLC. That’s where the third item in your hair color kit comes in. Labeled with a large number three, the included hair color conditioner, more specifically known as the Color & Shine Conditioner, is raved about for a reason. Formulated with camelina oil, vitamin E, and a UV filter, the conditioner will help preserve your color and boost shine for gorgeous, healthy-looking strands.

4. Instructions

Debatably the second most important item in your box after the hair dye, you’ll want to make sure you take the time to read your instructions carefully. They will explain in detail how to mix your color, how to apply it based on if you want an all-over color or a root touch-up, and how long to leave the color on your hair.

5. Gloves

Inside your instruction packet, you’ll find a pair of gloves. You’ll want to wear these while coloring your hair to avoid getting dye on your fingers and palms.

Next: Is It Safe to Dye Your Hair While Pregnant?

Edited by: Shannon Stubbs, Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn

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