If you frequently color your hair at home, you’re probably all too aware of the risks that come with DIY hair dye — sometimes it comes out too dark, sometimes it’s too light and sometimes, it’s a completely different color than you intended it to be. It’s a wild ride. When it comes to at-home hair-dye jobs, we’ve all experienced a nightmare or two (read: maybe five) but nevertheless, we’ve persisted and tried again. To help you navigate some of your most common at-home hair coloring questions, we spoke with George Papanikolas, Matrix Celebrity Colorist, to learn pro tips and tricks. Ahead, read his advice on what to do when your hair color comes out too dark.

Mistake #1: You Picked the Wrong Color

Although there are many factors that can contribute to your hair color coming out too dark, the most probable cause is the box color you selected. “Most likely, you picked a darker color than you desired,” says Papanikolas. “People might think they have black hair, but really they have medium brown hair. On the color spectrum chart, there are 10 shades, level 1 black to level 10 pale blonde. Levels 1-6 are all brunette shades, so picking the right color can be tricky when you aren’t a professional.” Luckily there are several apps that can help you select the right shade at home, including the Garnier Shade Selector Tool created with Modiface. This one lets you virtually try on different colors before you buy and dye.

Mistake #2: Your Application Technique is Wrong

“The second most likely factor is that you applied the same color from root to ends. This is a wrong approach, especially if you are using permanent color. Because the ends are more porous and have more color buildup, they can suck up more color and become inky and dark.”

Tip #1: Only Use Permanent Color on Gray Hair

To keep your hair color from coming out too dark next time around, only use permanent hair color to cover gray hair and on your regrowth. “Refresh the ends with a semi-permanent gloss 2-4 shades lighter than the root color,” advises Papanikolas. “You always want the ends to be a little lighter.”

Tip #2: Use a Clarifying Shampoo to Lighten Color That is Too Dark

Papanikolas explains there is a universal rule of hair color: A lighter color won’t lighten previously colored hair. “Use a clarifying shampoo, like Matrix Total Results Pro-Solutionist Alternate Action Clarifying Shampoo, hot water, say a prayer and be patient that the color hopefully fades over several weeks.”

Tip #3: Know When to See a Professional

“The only other way to quickly lighten the hair is by seeing a professional. It’s an expensive option as it’s a complicated and time-consuming color correction, which requires your colorist to strip it out, and then go back over with the desired color,” he says. “The process is too complicated to do at home and can be harsh and damaging to the hair.”



Box braids are a staple style for naturalistas everywhere, offering versatility, length and perhaps, most importantly, the ability to protect your ends and give your hair a break from manipulation and styling. There are drawbacks to this style though — like too-tight installs that can cause headaches and hair loss and too much added hair weighing down your natural strands. Although many of these issues have to do with your stylist and install technique, one way to avoid them altogether is to opt for knotless braids, which give you the look without the downsides.

Knotless box braids are, as the name implies, knotless. Traditional box braids have a knot at the base, and knotless braids create a more natural look, says natural hairstylist Kamilah of @mshairandhumor. Not only do they look more like your hair, but knotless box braids also create less tension and don’t hurt after install. This makes them the ideal style for anyone who wants versatility and to reduce stress on their natural hair. Although knotless braids can be done on most hair types, Kamilah cautions against knotless braids for anyone with thinner hair because they expose the scalp more than traditional braids and don’t add the same kind of thickness.

When it comes to caring for your knotless braids, the process is largely the same says Kamilah. You should be aware, however, that grow out will become apparent sooner because of the way the hair is styled. You can expect to get four to six weeks out of your knotless braids — which, according to Kamilah, is the ideal time for any protective style.

Although pricing varies by stylist, knotless braids tend to be a little more expensive than traditional ones — as it is a specialized technique. It’s well worth it though, especially for anyone who has fragile edges or wants to avoid putting lots of weight and tension on their hair.


overnight hairstyle hacks

There’s no greater struggle than having to compose a hairstyle in the morning — especially after snoozing your alarm a shameful number of times and then realizing you have to be out the door ASAP. The good news is that there’s a very efficient way to solve this problem, and it starts right before you go to bed. Ahead, discover five overnight hairstyle hacks from some of our favorite beauty vloggers to help you get yourself out the door faster than you ever imagined.

For Medium-Length Hair

Overnight sock curls are officially a thing and we promise it’s worth testing out. Hair and beauty vlogger Lysss Ryan created the look in the following steps:

STEP 1: Split your hair into two sections and out of those sections, split them into two more. In total, you should have four sections.

STEP 2: Take your first sock and wrap your hair around it, rolling it upwards towards the top of your head.

STEP 3: Tie your hair into a knot. Tie it as tightly as possible and consider bobby pinning the sock if it begins to fall loose.

STEP 4: Repeat the same process with the next three sections.

STEP 5: In the morning, gently roll the socks of your hair.

Optional: Add dry shampoo to your roots to add some volume and rub a small amount of styling cream through the curls.

For Short, Natural Hair

Hair vlogger Jaleesa Moses shares how she wears her natural hair by sleeping in four simple bantu knots:

STEP 1: Split hair into two sections and then split them into two sections again. Secure each section with a hair elastic.

STEP 2: For the two front sections, twist your hair towards the back of your head as high up as possible twisting around the base.

STEP 3: Keep twisting until you can create a mini bun and then tuck the ends very securely.

STEP 4: Secure the knot with a hair elastic. Repeat with the second front hair section.

STEP 5: In the back, bring your hair high up and twist facing towards the front of your head.

STEP 6: Repeat the same process as the front pieces and then secure.

STEP 7: Use a stocking or silk scarf to protect your hair while you sleep.

STEP 8: In the morning, carefully untwist the four knots. Take a comb and tease your hair, paying the most attention to the back of your hair. Finish with hairspray.



For Medium-Length Thin and Thick Hair


Using a normal fabric headband you can create soft, pretty waves overnight. Mimi from Luxy Hair demonstrates the process:

STEP 1: Split your hair into two sections and place two headbands (to keep hairstyle secure) over the top of your hair. If a bump occurs, pull your hair down to ensure that it’s flat.

STEP 2: Spray the area below the headband with a bottle of water to make your hair damp.

STEP 3: Twist the first section of your hair and then wrap this section around the headband – starting behind your ear.

STEP 4: Repeat the same process for the second section of your hair.

STEP 5: Spray the back, wrapped portion of your hair with hairspray before bed.

STEP 6: In the morning, slowly unwrap the two sections, with the headband on. Take the headband off after the curls are out.

STEP 7: Style curls by scrunching waves with a small amount of texturizing cream.


For Long, Thin Hair

Hair donuts can be used for more than just perfectly shaped hair buns. Hair vlogger Nee from Bebexo demonstrates how to sleep on a hair donut (or a DIY one using a sock, of course) for voluminous morning curls:

STEP 1: Tie your dry hair into a high ponytail, situating it right above your head.

STEP 2: Using a hair donut or a sock, put your ponytail through the hole as if it were a hair elastic.

STEP 3: Divide your hair into two equal sections (or three or more for more volume).

STEP 4: Put your thumb and index finger through the top of the hole and pull the first section through.

STEP 5: Then repeat the same steps until all of your hair is wrapped around the donut.

STEP 6: Repeat with all of the same sections.

STEP 7:When you get to the tip of the hair, just tuck it under the sock bun.

STEP 8: In the morning, gently unravel the sock and carefully take out the hair elastic.

STEP 9: Apply your favorite hairspray to finish.

For Long, Thick Hair

Here’s how beauty vlogger Vivian V creates a wavy hair look with a twist braid style that is actually cute enough to wear outside of your bedroom:

STEP 1: Starting with slightly damp hair, split your hair into two sections.

STEP 2:Starting with the front layer of your hair, twist one section of hair over the other. After you’ve twisted one section of hair over the other, add more hair to one section and twist it over.

STEP 3: Keep repeating this process until you reach the base of your neck. Make sure you get all of the hair from the back of your head to complete the braid on one side.

STEP 4: When there aren’t any layers left to add, twist the braid into a bun and secure with a hair elastic. Be sure that the bun is very night.

STEP 5: Repeat the same steps for the second section of hair.

STEP 6: The next morning, gently take the twist braids out and use your hands to separate the waves.


A courageous story of inspiration


Hi Friends!

I am the proud owner of Hairmingo!  Thank you for all that have shown interest and liked my posts:)  I appreciate every one of you and hope you have found some inspiration in my blog and FB posts.

I’m just a woman in my 30’s that was greatly inspired by a local hairdresser one day.  The inspiration was so vast that it prompted me to open Hairmingo.

Courageous move?  Yes!  I quit a high paying marketing job with the purpose of driving business to an industry I feel deserves it most.  YEAP…the beauty industry!  Please check out and let me know if you feel I’m accomplishing that goal.

Beauty professionals are literally the most talented, kind, humble individuals I have ever met.  Thank you for all you do and for the many ways you help our lives!  My mission is to give back to you all through

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What is a blow dry bar?

Blowout bars are becoming more and more ubiquitous. For now, you’ll find them in major metropolitan areas and they are sprouting up with more regularity and the trend is sure to catch on. One of the biggest blow dry salons is Drybar.

How Drybar Works

The mantra of Drybar is: No cuts. No color. Just blowouts. The blowouts cost $35 outside of New York City and $40 in NYC, regardless of how short or long your hair is and if you use additional styling products or tools, including a flat iron or curling iron.

When you go into the salon, once you meet your stylist, he or she will present you with a flip book of photos of the various styles:

  • The Manhattan is sleek and smooth
  • Straight Up is simple and straight
  • Mai Tai is messy and beachy
  • Cosmopolitan is loose curls
  • Southern Comfort is big hair and volume
  • Old Fashioned invokes old Hollywood.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? The stylists are very amenable to customizing your look. A Cosmo-Tai, combo of loose and messy curls is a popular option, for example. In addition, updos are available for $80 and Shirley Temples (blowouts for girls under 10 are $28).

Once you’ve decided on a style, your stylist will wash your hair for you. He or she will ask what type of products you like (volumizing, straightening, etc.) and if you want one shampoo or two. Drybar offers a range of products and you may be able to request them by brand name. I’ve seen L’Oreal professional and Moroccan Oilproducts with regularity.

Feel free to give direction about how you like your hair washed and conditioned.

From there, it’s back to the styling stations. Your stylist will start by asking if styling products are OK and what type you like. They have everything you can think of: mousse, volumizing spray, straightening cream, and gel, etc.

From there, your stylist will work his or her magic.

Two of my many favorite parts about a trip to Drybar is they have a wonderful selection of current magazines and are always showing fun chick flicks on the wide screen TVs that are visible from all the styling stations in the salon. I’ve caught Bride Wars, Something Borrowed and Mean Girls while there. One of my other favorite parts is that there are iPhone charging stations by every chair in the salon, so if your phone is running low, you can juice it up.

Your stylist will check in with you along the way to see if you are happy with the way your hair is turning out (Are your curls too tight or too loose? Do you want more volume?) If you are unhappy at any point in the way, feel free to speak up and point it out.

The blowout takes about 40-45 minutes from start to finish, depending on how long and how thick your hair is. At the end, your stylist will ask if you want a spritz of hairspray.

My other favorite parts are the staff; everyone from the front desk staff to the stylists is unfailingly polite and friendly; the spa water and complimentary champagne that is always on offer; and the décor, it’s white and grey with touches of yellow at all the locations.​


I have two complaints about Drybar. While all the stylists I’ve had are talented and lovely, I’ve never had the same one twice. You can request a stylist, but whenever I find one who I think has done a particularly impressive job with my hair, he or she has moved on by my next trip back.

I also really wish they offered manicures. I love to multitask and get my nails done while I’m getting my hair done, especially if I have a special occasion coming up.

Is Drybar Right for You?

Personally, I’m a huge proponent of weekly blowouts. Depending on the time of year and my activity level, I can make a blowout last for up to a week. It’s a major timesaver on a daily basis.

If you find yourself spending more time than you would like styling your hair every day, I encourage you to check it out.