Pro Color Tips

Use gloves and wear an old T-shirt that you don't mind getting stained or buy a salon cape. Apply petroleum jelly or a stain barrier cream to prevent hair color from staining your skin. To clean up any mishaps, use a hair color stain remover.

Use the dedicated developer for the hair color you choose. Mix the color with the developer according to package directions.

Apply permanent color to dry hair that has not been shampooed for a day or two. Carefully follow the recommended processing time.

For complete coverage, apply color—especially crème color—to 1/4-inch sections of hair. For best results, enlist the help of a friend.

When touching up permanent color, apply color to the new growth. Five minutes before the processing time is over, comb the color through the rest of your hair.

After processing, rinse hair thoroughly and apply a deep conditioner or an after color sealing treatment to lock in color.


While professional hair color can be used at home, there is an exception. If your natural color is brown or black and you want to change your color to blonde, visit your salon. This two-step process is best done by a professional because it is a much more complicated than adding color and covering gray.

Step Up to Brilliant Gray Coverage
Looking for 100% gray coverage? Professional hair color may be your answer!

What if your hair color looked richer, more vibrant and covered gray better than it ever has before? What if your hair color outshined, outlasted and outperformed any hair color you've used before? What if you could get professional-looking results at home?

Well, you can! Professional hair color produces more professional-looking results! With professional, permanent hair color, you can get 100% gray coverage with brilliant shine, conditioning, body and volume. And you can do it at home!

Okay, let's face it, you'll always get the best results from an experienced professional colorist. Professional hair color is also a bit trickier to use at home than drugstore hair color kits. However, if the result you're looking for is rich, vibrant color with better gray coverage than a boxed kit can deliver, then using professional hair color may be right for you. To learn more about what you need, read below, then visit your nearby Sally store or shop at

All You Need

At Sally, you'll find everything required for a professional color service at home, including helpful advice from knowledgeable sales associates.

Professional Color either a liquid of crème formula:

Ion Color Brilliance Liquid Permanent Hair Color

> Liquid permanent hair color is easier to apply yourself, but is a little messier and slightly less conditioning than crème color. Liquid color is recommended for thick, long, coarse hair.

Ion Color Brilliance Crème Hair Color

> Crème permanent hair color takes more time to apply, but is less messy and more conditioning than liquid color. Crème color is recommended for fine or delicate hair.

Professional Developer one of four strengths:

Ion Color Brilliance Developer

> The developer—10, 20, 30 or 40 volume—you use will depend upon your natural hair color and the new shade you want to achieve. If you are unsure what strength (volume) to use, ask your Sally sales associate for help.

You'll also need:

Ion Color Brilliance Color Applying Tools
Pro Treatments


To ensure consistent color results from scalp to ends, use a pre-color treatment that evens out the porosity of your hair and prevents hair from absorbing more color in drier areas, such as ends.

Try: Ion Color Brilliance Pre-Color Treatment


Use an after-color treatment to restore your hair's natual pH level, eliminate traces of remaining oxidizing agents and to close the hair cuticle and lock in your new or touched up color.

Try: Ion Color Brilliance After Color Treatment

Pro Color Care


To keep your hair color vibrant while maintaining its essential hydration, use a sulfate free, moisturizing shampoo formulated to gently cleanse without stripping hair color. Follow with a vitamin and protein enhanced conditioner. Use a lighter, detangling, leave-in conditioner for a daily dose of moisture.

Try: Coloresse Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner


To keep color-treated hair resilient and strong, to add moisture, softness and shine and to repair damage, use a deep conditioner once a week.

Try: Biotera Color Care Intensive Reconstructor