Hair Colouring

How To Color Hair At Home

How many times have you gone to a salon for hair color and actually felt satisfied with the results?

The chances of your expectations meeting reality are rare, unless you go to someone you actually trust.

Well, what if we told you that there was a better way for you to get the hair of your dreams, right at home?

With the right techniques and precautions, you can easily dye your hair at home and get the exact results you want.

All that you need is some patience and you’re sure to end up with great hair.

Here’s a guide to help you out.


Picking The Right Color For Your Hair

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There are some factors that ensure great results. One of them is choosing the right color for yourself. Just because something looks good on another person, doesn’t mean it will complement your skin too.

• Your Skin Color

The one thing you need to consider is your undertone. Warm shades will compliment warm skin tones and cold colors will compliment cold undertones. People with neutral undertones are blessed because both warm and cold colors can look good on them.

• Your Eye Color

Experts often recommend choosing a contrasting hair color with your eyes. This can make your hair and eye color pop even more. For instance, if you have dark brown or black eyes, lighter highlights and colors will make your eye color pop even more.

• Temporary Vs. Permanent Vs. Semi-Permanent

Consider what type of hair dye you want. Temporary hair colors cause the least amount of damage and completely fade away after 1-2 hair washes.

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Semi-permanent hair dyes will only damage your hair when used in excess. They can last for as many as 10-15 hair washes but start fading away after 3-6 washes.

Permanent hair color is more damaging but lasts for months at an end.

After considering these factors, you can pick and choose a color that matches your personal style and simply go ahead with coloring your hair. Don’t overthink the color, sometimes confidence is all that you need to pull it off.

How To Dye Your Hair

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Now that you know which hair color you want, it’s time to get started with the dyeing.

Step 1: Wash Your Hair

Most hairstylists and experts suggest that you must wash your hair 2-3 days before coloring them. This ensures that your hair has the natural oils which are essential for the process. The color binds with the hair in a better way when they’re slightly oily.

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If your hair is generally dry, you can also condition it. If they’re not, you can skip this step.

Step 2: Prep Your Skin

Apply vaseline around your ears and neck to protect the area. This will ensure that the staining is reserved for your hair. Don’t forget to change into clothes you can get rid of in case any accidental stains occur. You can also place a towel around your shoulders for added protection.

Step 3: Detangle Your Hair

Brush your hair out thoroughly and remove all the knots and tangles. This step is important if you want uniform color throughout your hair. After all, patchy hair coloring is the worst.

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Step 4: Mix The Color

Every brand has its own shades that you can pick from. All you have to do is follow the mixing instructions to get the dye ready.

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Step 5: Test On Hidden Strands

Like we said, if you want the best results, you have to be patient. If you’re doing this for the first time, it’s best to try some of the hair color on some hidden strands. Once you’re sure of the results, you can apply the same color on the rest of your hair.

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Step 6: Split Your Hair Into Sections

Depending on the length of your hair, you now have to split your hair into four equal sections. Start by making a center part and divide your hair into four equal halves. Now start dyeing your hair from the roots.

Step 7: Add Water

Right before washing your hair, add some water and massage your hair a little bit. Some experts recommend this step to emulsify the hair dye and avoid landing with streaks.

Step 8: Wash & Condition

Use a shampoo that’s meant for colored hair to wash your hair. Even though there’s no guarantee for how long your hair color will last, you can use sulphate-free shampoos since they’re known to slow down color loss.

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Dos & Don’ts Of Hair Dyeing

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Coloring your hair at home may be affordable, but it’s not easy. Here are some dos and don’ts that you should know about before starting.

• Bleaching your hair isn’t always necessary. Avoid bleaching altogether if your hair is dry, damaged and frizzy.

• Always condition your hair when you have colored hair.

• Minimize sun exposure for long lasting results.

• Dry hair texture soaks up color faster than oily hair texture. Therefore, you need to leave the hair dye in your hair according to your hair type.

• Hair color will look cooler toned on dry or coarse hair textures and warmer toned on oily hair texture.

• Buy two boxes of hair dye just in case you run out.

• If going for permanent hair dye, choose a color that’s a shade darker than what you want.

• If going for semi-permanent hair dye, choose a color that’s a shade lighter than what you want.

• Keep your expectations in check. The results will rarely be what you expect, especially if you’re going for the exact color shown on the box.

• You can always touch up the hair color if you’re not happy. If the color is too bright, you can deep condition your damp hair to tone it down.

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The Bottomline

Boxed hair colors have a uniform formula that’s suitable for all hair types. However, if your hair is dry and damaged already, it’s better to visit the salon. Professional hairstylists will create a custom formulation to minimize damage for your specific hair type. More so, if you’re going for highlights or a specific type of hair color, you’ll need a professional’s help.

If you’re willing to give it a try at home, do follow these tips and you’re sure to get great results.