Wondering how to dye your hair to a shade that inspires you? It can be daunting, but there’s no need to hesitate about colouring your hair at home. Follow this simple step-by-step to help you have a great at-home hair colouring experience!


TIP ONE: Pick the right shade & formula

From platinum blonde to jet black and everything in between, there are a multitude of options available when it comes to hair dye. Even if you have a general idea of the colour you want, it’s worth considering which precise shade would be best for you based on your skin tone and eye colour — for example, some blondes look great on those of us with blue eyes and pale skin, whereas others perfectly complement brown eyes and a darker complexion. Got your shade? Want to try before your dye? Our virtual try on tool can help you to ensure this is a perfect fit for you. Once you’ve chosen your shade, it’s also important to pick the right dye. There are some great at-home hair colour kits out there;  Olia’s oil-based formula is ammonia-free and powered by oils. There are 17 shades - choose the right Olia colour for you. The Nutrisse line is also enriched with natural oils.

TIP TWO: Preparation is Key

Don’t wash your hair for a couple days beforehand, as dye penetrates better into fibres with some oil. Have everything you might need to use on hand before you start - check that your gloves & colouring brush are within reach. Wear an old t-shirt or throw an old towel over your clothes, and protect your bathroom surfaces as well. If you have thick or longer than shoulder length hair, its a good idea to have at least two packs on hand. Better to have leftover rather than run out halfway through the process.

Garnier Olia - How to Apply Step 1 Read instructions and do patch test

TIP THREE: Play by the Rules

Most at home hair colour kits suggest you do a strand test, which is a great way to test how your unique hair will react to the dye. Remember to always do a patch test 48 hours in advance of using any colourants products. Visit https://www.becoloursafe.com/ for more information or watch our how to perform a patch test video below.
Once you’re ready to dive in, make sure to follow the instructions- if they say to leave the dye on for 20-25 minutes, believe it! Don’t leave it on for 40 minutes hoping for a richer colour, as this can damage your hair and even dye your scalp. It’s also important to apply the hair dye carefully for balanced coverage all over your head.

Garnier Olia How To Apply: Step 5 - Massage product through hair and leave on for 30 minutes

STEP 4: Care for Your Hair After Dyeing

Avoid shampooing for 2 or 3 days after dyeing your hair. This allows the dye to be locked into the hair fibres so the colour will last longer. Once you’ve started washing again, use products designed for coloured hair. If you’ve picked a colour that’s much lighter than your original shade, use a colour toner to avoid any unwanted orange or yellowy tints.

As you’ve seen, dyeing your own hair at home is nothing to be afraid of when you follow our simple steps. Armed with the right hair dye and some nourishing products to protect your locks afterwards, you’ll be ready to make the leap in no time!

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