10 Tips For Succesfully Using Clairol Flare Me Hair Color

By Sharon R. Lee

If you're looking to update your hair color, Clairol is a great product. It's affordable and easy to use, which is why I always recommend it to my friends and family members who want to switch up their look.

However, there are some things that can go wrong when using this type of dye—which is why I wanted to share my tips for successfully coloring your hair with Flare Me by Clairol!

Apply to dry hair.

When it comes to applying Clairol Flare Me Hair Color, the first tip is that you should apply it to dry hair. This will make the process of dyeing your hair easier and more manageable.

When you're dyeing your hair on dry hair, there's less risk of getting dye in your eyes or mouth since it's not wet and slippery like when wet.

The only thing that can be messy is touching up areas that are missed after the first round of application or if you happen to spill some Clairol Flare Me Hair Color on a surface (but hopefully not yourself!).

Do not shampoo or condition your hair before coloring.

Shampooing and conditioning your hair prior to coloring can have an adverse effect on the color, dulling it and causing it to fade faster.

While shampooing is necessary to remove oil build-up on your scalp, avoid using a conditioner as well. If you must use a conditioner after coloring your hair, choose one made specifically for colored hair that doesn't contain any additives such as silicone or parabens (yes, there are products like this).

Always put on the provided gloves before beginning the coloring process.

Always put on the provided gloves before beginning the coloring process. The gloves are there for a reason: to protect your hands from dye, help you apply it more evenly, and keep your hands clean.

Section your hair.

Before you start applying the product, you need to section your hair. This will make sure that each section gets the right amount of product. It also helps you avoid getting too much color in certain spots and not enough in others.

You can use a clip or rubber band to section off your hair. If you have fine hair, there's no need to use anything other than a comb because it won't be heavy enough for those sections anyway.

Apply the dye.

  • Apply the dye to dry hair.

  • Use the brush provided to apply the dye, starting at your roots and working your way down to the ends of your hair.

  • Use a comb to work the color into your hair as you go along, making sure it’s evenly distributed and covering every strand of your locks from root to tip. If you have long or thick hair (or both), this might take a while!

Work the color in with a comb.

  • Work the color in with a comb. Separate some strands of hair and work the color into them with a comb, making sure that you get even coverage. The hair should be wet at this point so that it absorbs the color more easily.

  • Use a plastic-toothed comb to distribute evenly throughout your hair and make sure there aren’t any patches of leftover product on your scalp or face.

Leave the color on for 20 minutes minimum.

You want to make sure that you leave the color on for at least 20 minutes. The longer it's on, the deeper and more vibrant your results will be.

Your hair will start taking on some of that beautiful red or blonde color after a few minutes, but if you don't leave it in long enough, all the time and effort you put into applying this stuff won't amount to much.

There are no hard and fast rules about how long to keep the color in your hair before rinsing it out it depends on your hair type and length as well as personal preference but 20 minutes is a good place to start. The best way of knowing when enough is enough? Check the packaging for instructions!

Use an old towel to catch dye spills when rinsing out the color.

When rinsing out the color, use an old towel to catch dye spills. This way you won't have to worry about staining your best towels or drying them with a stained towel.

Use cold water to rinse out the color and shampoo.

After you have rinsed out the hair color, use cold water to rinse out the color and shampoo. If you are using a towel to dry your hair, replace it as soon as possible. If you have time, use a hair dryer on low heat to speed up the process.

Condition your hair after you finish rinsing out the dye and shampoo.

After you have rinsed out the dye and shampoo, it is important to condition your hair.

You can use any conditioner that is specifically for color-treated hair. Apply it evenly throughout all of your hair and leave it on for 5 minutes before rinsing out with cold water. Avoid hot showers or hot water when rinsing out this product because it may cause your newly dyed hair to fade faster than normal!

Be sure that you tube is completely empty once you finish applying color to your hair because you can't save any leftover product!

You can’t save any leftover product, so make sure you use it all. If you want to be extra careful, you can take a small sample of the colorant and put it in an empty container (like a pill bottle). That way, if you do happen to have leftovers, they won’t just dry up on the tube!


We hope that these tips have helped you get started with your Clairol Flare Me hair color. Remember, if at first it seems difficult, don't worry! You can always seek the help of a friend or family member who has experience with coloring their own hair.

Sharon R. Lee

About the author

Hi There! I'm Lee. Welcome to A Pretty Fix, a home DIY blog about making your home colorful, decorating, and helping colors ideas and fun. Here you'll find ideas, tips, and inspiration to live life more colorfully and beautifully. Hope you stick around!

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