These tips and tricks will make sure it looks like you've just come from the salon every time
Not all of us have a good three hours to sit in a salon and get our hair dyed. So if you’re resorting to a DIY job, you need to know a few things about how to dye your own hair first.
There’s a reason why being a ‘hair colourist’ is an actual profession. And if you’re ever thinking about drastically changing your colour, we’d recommend visiting a specialist with a few hair colour ideas in hand.
But, if you’re thinking about going a few shades lighter or adding blonde highlights to frame your face, a few tips and tricks will help you get salon results at home. Read on to avoid a DIY hair disaster…
How to dye your own hair at home
1. Buy two boxes. The last thing you want to do is get half way through dying your hair a different shade and run out of the actual colour. If your hair length is past your shoulders, or short and thick, you will need two boxes to cover your full head.
2. Do a strand test. We know you’re excited about change, but if the change resembles something more like swamp water, you won’t be so happy. Do a strand test on a section of hair about 1/4 inch thick (choose from underneath so you can hide it) to see if your hair will pick up the colour you’re aiming for.
3. Keep your hairline clean. Swipe some lip balm along your hairline where you don’t want any dye to go. This will stop it from dying your actual skin, which can take days to get off. It’s one of the biggest tips on how to dye your hair.
4. Brush your hair. Make sure your hair is untangled before you begin, even the smallest knot can cause a big problem.
5. Section your hair. Professionals always section hair into four parts – down the middle, and then from ear to ear across the crown. Dye the front sections first because these are the most visible, so need the full processing time.
6. Don’t use the bottle. Yes, that’s what’s normally provided in the box, but squeezing dye straight onto your hair won’t give you a salon finish. Instead, play colourist and use a mixing bowl and a colour brush to apply the dye.
7. If you just want to add some highlights, use a clean toothbrush or mascara wand and apply where the sun would normally lighten your hair (i.e, around your face and on the tips). This will give you natural looking highlights.
8. Start from the top. Always start at your roots when dyeing your whole head a different colour – this area will need longer to develop the colour – then comb through to the ends.
9. Wash your hair properly. Don’t shampoo immediately after dyeing your hair, just rinse out with water initially. When you do shampoo your hair, make sure it doesn’t contain sulphates, because they swell your hair shaft and encourage the colour to leach out.
How to dye your hair blonde
It’s a lot easier to go a darker colour because you’re adding pigment to your hair. But, it’s quite difficult to dye your hair blonde because you’re taking pigment out. Firstly, you should have an idea of the blonde hairstyles you like the look of. Secondly, read up on everything you need to know about going blonde.
The key to getting a great blonde shade is to work with the natural colour on the parting to allow for an organic texture that doesn’t look stripy. If your hair is naturally a more ashy tone, go for an ashy blonde. Similarly if your roots have a touch of redness, go for a champagne hue.
And remember, you might have to dye your hair more than once to get the blonde you want. The best thing you can do for your hair is have an Olaplex hair treatment to improve the quality of hair in between these sessions, as this will stop it form going brittle, and to use one of the best purple shampoos when washing your hair.
How to dye your hair silver
Many of the same rules apply to dyeing your hair silver, or any other lighter colours like pink and blue. The key is to ensure your hair is bleached beforehand. Once this is done, you can then apply your silver rinse.
First, don’t wash your hair for 48 hours. The natural oil will help protect your scalp against any bleaching irritation. Apply a purple toner first to take out any yellowness from your bleached hair. Then, apply your dye as per the steps above. Once you have the desired colour, maintain it by shampooing with the best sulphate-free shampoo.
How to do a strand test
You may have heard of a strand test, but still be asking yourself, what the heck is it? A strand test is a preliminary test of the hair. It determines its suitability for processing, aka dyeing. Here’s how to do a strand test:
1. Put on protective gloves.
2. Choose a strand of hair to test.
3. Separate the rest of your hair away using plastic clips so that the strand does not touch the rest of the hair after the hair colour is applied. Then dye that strand.
4. Wait 24 hours to make sure you are happy with the hair colour results.
5. If you are happy with the colour, go forth and dye away.