Braving an at-home colour job? No problem! The success of a DIY hair dye lies in the preparation, but many of us are guilty of not reading the instructions or forgetting to do a strand and allergy test at least 48 hours beforehand. And how do you know if your hair will actually survive the process? Well, if you’re changing your colour by more than three shades, are adding highlights to very dark hair, or have hair that’s already damaged, then it might be better to visit a salon. But if all you need is a quick refresh or a slight change, read on for our top tips on going it alone.
How to use DIY hair dye at home:
Know your tone
The biggest mistake many of us make when choosing a box colour is not matching the shade to our skin undertone. If you feel that you might have cool-toned, select colourants that contain an ashy undertone such as blue or violet to neutralise warmth. If you think you’re warm-toned, golden-undertoned colourants, such as yellow or red, are your best bet. If you’re unsure, visit your nearest beauty counter as a consultant will easily be able to tell you what undertone you have.
A clean sweep
Wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo the day before you use the DIY hair dye to remove any build-up of styling products and oils that might act as a barrier to the colour developing. But don’t wash your hair on the day you plan to colour it as the natural oils on your scalp will help prevent the colour chemicals from sensitising your skin.
Hair colour – especially if it’s dark – will stain your skin as it develops. Stop this from happening by applying a thick layer of face cream or Vaseline around your hairline before you apply the DIY hair dye.
Paint by numbers
Dampen and comb your hair, then section into quadrants parted down the middle and from ear to ear. Pull on the gloves provided in the kit and mix your colour – a long-handled tinting brush will make application easier. Focus on one section at a time and coat the hair from root to tip.
Wait a while
Leave the dye on for the specified time, and a few minutes extra if you’re covering greys. Rinse out until the water runs clear, but don’t use shampoo. Follow with a conditioning treatment; lastly, dab on a little micellar water to tidy up any remaining stains on your hairline and parting.