How To Dye Your Own Hair At Home Using A Hair Colour Kit

Have you been thinking about dyeing your hair, but hesitating to take the plunge? There’s no need to be intimidated about colouring at home if you follow these simple steps! Read on for some tips on how to have a great at home hair colour experience.

Choose your dye wisely

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. 
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; Garnier’s Olia oil-based hair dye range comes in more than 30 shades, and Nutrisse dyes are enriched with a variety of natural oils. Dyes like these can do wonders for your hair, strengthening it and making it healthier while you colour it

Preparation is key

Try not to wash your hair for a couple days before dyeing your hair, as colour actually has an easier time “sticking” to fibres with a bit of oil on them. Before you start colouring, it’s also important to make sure you have everything you might need on hand. Double check that you have enough dye and that your gloves and colouring brush are within reach. Wear an old t-shirt or throw an old towel over your clothes and cover your bathroom surfaces to protect them as well. 

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. 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- if you’re worried about this part, then why not invite a friend to join the fun? You can double-check each other’s dye jobs and then keep each other company while waiting for the timer to go off.

Care for your hair

It’s equally important to take good care of your hair after dyeing. Most experts say that you should avoid shampooing for at least 2 or 3 days after dyeing your hair. This allows the dye to truly be locked into the hair fibres, leaving you with colour that will last longer. Once you’ve started washing again, use products designed for coloured hair, such as Garnier Fructis Colour Last line. If you’ve opted for a colour that’s much lighter than your original shade, consider using anti-brassiness shampoo or colour toner to avoid any unwanted yellow or orange tints.
As you’ve seen, if you follow the right steps, dyeing your own hair at home is nothing to be afraid of. 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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