6 tips to master
your at-home colour


Whether you’re thinking about dramatically changing your hair colour or just wanting to refresh your roots, spring is the best time to experiment and transition out of your winter hues. While colouring your hair in the comfort of your home is both cheaper than a trip to the salon and much more time efficient, it sometimes can be a little intimidating knowing that you’re not a hairdresser. Don’t fear though, I’ve rounded up the best tips to ensure you colour your hair perfectly.

Hannah Pownall
The Guide Editor

Hannah is our resident Editor of The Guide. Having worked across various beauty brands, as well as 7 years experience as a makeup artist, she brings a mix of journalism with real beauty knowledge.

"Feeling inspired to break up with your locks? Try these 6 tricks to master your at-home application!"

1. Choose a shade

There are endless shades to choose from when colouring your hair yourself. My tip is to pick your ideal hair colour according to people who have a similar skin tone and eye colour as you. Skin tones can alter the way a colour will look on every person as the shade will throw off different tones in the skin and hair. You also want to think about your natural colour – as a rule of thumb, you should go either two tones lighter or darker for the most natural look. Nutrisse have a really helpful ‘shade finder’ here. They ask you some simple questions about your hair history, then recommend the perfect Nutrisse shade for you! It’s super helpful and easy.

2: Choose a dye

Permanent dyes are best for full coverage colour – meaning you can completely change your hair colour and cover those greys. If you’re looking for a significant change, I’d recommend going there gradually to ensure you get the best result. Going just one tone either side of your current colour is a great start if you’d like to brighten your colour or add a fresh new tint and don’t want to plunge into a completely new shade.

3: Prep hair properly

For the best results, you want to prep your hair so you give the colour the best chance to process and shine. Believe it or not, this means skipping the shower and letting your scalp’s natural oils work in for a couple of days. It’s much easier to section and manage, and the scalp is likely to be less aggravated.

4: Create a salon experience

There’s nothing worse than ruining your favourite top or spilling dye on a perfectly clean bathroom. Create a salon space at home by setting up a station on top of an old towel that includes everything you need like gloves, a comb and another towel to wipe up spills. Remember to throw on an old t-shirt too.

5: Divide and conquer

Properly sectioning off your hair before colouring is the most crucial key to an even and full coverage. You want to divide your hair into four quadrants and secure the sections with large clips. If you’re going darker, make sure you add a barrier cream like vaseline cream to your hair line so you don’t colour your skin.

6: Applying the colour

Focus on one section of your hair at a time, and work the colour into each small section. Make sure you pay more attention around your face, part-line, and at the roots as you always want the roots a little deeper than the ends.


Don’t forget to apply the conditioner to your hair provided to you in the box after washing out the colour! The conditioner will not only make your locks smooth and shiny, it’ll make your hair smell delicious!

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