First of all, gather all the necessary supplies: if your hair is past your shoulders use TWO boxes of Olia, shower caps (2), at least two towels you don't mind ruining, a product called 'protein filler' (you can get this at any beauty supply store, get TWO bottles in a tint closest to the color of your Olia dye (two bottles of filler if your hair is long.) Protein filler only comes in a few choices, neutral, gold, red, and a blue or purple to put more "ash" tone on brassy or red hair. A large application squeeze bottle (larger than the one that comes with the Olia) You'll also need a wide tooth comb. Bring your laptop, book, magazine, phone ect in the bathroom because you'll be camped out for a couple hours doing this right, but hey, you'll save a $100 over going to the salon and hoping THEY get it right. Now, disregard the part in the hair dye instructions that says "apply on unwashed hair," that's a lie. It's an oil based product. So say you have conditioner, silicone smoothing products, ect in your hair, well the dye won't absorb properly in these areas of your hair. WASH your hair--DO NOT condition. Towel dry it. Then to even out the tone and porosity of your hair generously apply the protein filler, comb it through. Clip up your hair and shower cap it. Place a towel around your shoulders because this stuff will drip and run all over. Now entertain yourself in the bathroom for a solid half hour. Rinse your hair in cool tap water and blow dry it. DO NOT wash the filler out. Now mix both bottles of dye and activator in the larger squeeze bottle and shake vigorously. Saturate your hair and repeat the process of combing, clipping it up, and putting on the shower cap. This part doesn't drip and run as much. Leave it on for 50 minutes. Rinse out, blow dry, and soak up the compliments! Now, this product won't lighten your hair, if you have black hair it won't lift to blonde. Red shades are notorious for rinsing out quickly, even if you get it done professionally, you'll have to re-tint soon after. Olia is a better product for your hair and scalp, less damaging and drying. It's worth the time and effort. I went from platinum to light auburn and everyone says how "natural" it looks. What?? They didn't believe I was a natural blonde??
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