How to Dye Your Hair at Home – 9 Expert Tips

Coloring your own hair at home may seem like an especially daunting task. You may even be scared to mess it up and not get the color you wanted. But in reality, coloring your own hair isn’t all that hard, and can even make for an extremely soothing spa day for you.

To be able to dye your hair evenly and ensure you get the shade you were looking for, here are some 9 essential tips. With the right equipment and these tips in mind, you won’t go wrong with dying your hair.

The main equipment that you will require includes the following:

  • 1-2 packs of hair color from the best hair color brands (such as Wella Koleston, Schwarzkopf, Paul Mitchell, and more.)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Plastic gloves
  • Clips
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Hair growth shampoo and conditioner
  • Applicator bottle
  • Brushes
  • Q-tips
  • Comb
  • Garbage bag

Let’s now get comfy in some old PJ’s and reinvent our hair!

1. Get the Right Type of Color for Your Hair

There are 4 types of hair color, namely Semi-permanent, Demi-permanent, Permanent, Bleach, in increasing order of how long they are visible. Semi-permanent hair color stays for about 10 shampoo washes, while bleach is permanent. 

Depending on whether you want to lighten or darken your hair, you should choose from the 4 types. While bleach is solely used for lightening, semi-permanent and demi-permanent color darken your hair. Permanent color can be used for either.

Semi-permanent hair colors do not have a developer, which leads to it getting darker the longer you leave it on your hair. Keep track of the time especially when you use such dyes so you don’t go over the required duration.

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2. Make Sure You Organise Everything You’ll Need Before You Start

Use our checklist to get all the tools you will need to color your hair before you actually start the process. You can avoid scrambling for brushes or clips with color on your hair which can mess up the duration that you are supposed to keep it for. 

Here’s a handy tip: Keep some snacks too, stuff you can eat out of a bag. Dig into the real spa experience!

3. Prepping the Color

The first thing you need to get right to prep the hair color is mixing bowls. Always use plastic mixing bowls. Using metallic ones can react with the color and change the tone. 

To prep your hair, apply coconut oil on your scalp if you only plan to touch up your roots. This blocks the color from dripping down to the rest of your hair. Additionally, remember to apply some petroleum jelly on your hairline so that the dye doesn’t stain any skin past the hairline or your scalp.

4. Read the Instructions Carefully

Some of us tend to ignore instruction manuals that are provided with items. But this can cause drastic mistakes while dying your hair. So, always read the instruction manual carefully and follow it to the T.

5. Strand Test

Always test out your color. Take a bit of it and apply it on a patch of your hair, about 2 inches, and see how it looks. This can help you decide if you really want that color or not. You can then choose to not do it if you don’t like the color.

This is always better than dying all your hair in a color you do not like and then having to pay for an expensive color-correction process.

6. Section your Hair

Use the back of your comb and some clips to divide your hair into sections. This way you can make sure that you color all the sections properly. It also helps avoid any confusion about any parts you may have missed, and the color is applied more evenly.

To section your hair, part it in the middle, and then again across that partition. This creates four sections. If you have thick or really long hair, you may want to make more sections to ensure that you color each section properly.

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7. Don’t Tie Your Hair Up

Many people put their hair up in a bun after they have finished applying the dye. The color becomes uneven because of this, and after you have rinsed it, there will be patches of light and dark shades of your dye.

Leave your hair down throughout the process. Wear a shirt that you don’t mind getting a little colored, and you can also drape a towel around your clothes.

8. Massage Before you Rinse

Once your coloring and resting time is done, sprinkle a little water on your hair and massage your hair so that the dye mixes around and gives a more even tone to your hair. It also moisturizes the color a bit which can help wash it down properly.

9. Remember to Condition!

Always condition your hair after you’ve rinsed it. This avoids the colour from getting darker, and you get the shade you were looking for. Use the conditioner you get with the color kit or a deep conditioner for this step.

Now that you know how experts color people’s hair, you can do yours too! Get that hair color that you have always wanted, and dye your hair at less than half the price you would have given at a salon, right from the comfort of your home.