Playing around with your hair colour is a lot of fun, right? We can reinvent ourselves to match any look with the right hair colours or shades and on top of that, you can tell a lot from a woman by the way she takes care of or colours her hair. It’s just one of the things we can use to make ourselves more individual and unique just like our clothes, shoes and accessories.
With so many brands of hair colours out there, and hundreds of shades too, from permanent to semi permanent hair colour, it can be hard to know where to start, especially if you’ve been using a hairdresser or stylist for many years and just want to give it a go at home to save yourself a few pennies.
Luckily, we are here to lend a helping hand! Here are the top 6 tips for hair colouring at home!
- When it comes to hair colours, you are going to want to do a strand test first. Not only will this give you a great idea of what your hair colour actually will be once you have finished the dye-job, but you will also be able to sense whether or not you can actually use the dye. Some people could be allergic to some of the ingredients and the last thing you’re going to want is a puffed-up face! You should do your strand test around 24 hours before you plan to dye your hair and this might mean buying more than one box to complete the job.
- Permanent hair colour is a major step and will be a pain in the backside to get rid of if you’re not happy with the finished look. This is why it’s always recommended to go with a semi permanent colour first to see what the finished effect will be, and also whether or not you like it. By doing this you can wash the hair colour out after so many washes (it will usually say on the side of the box). Its simple a matter of washing it out (with repeated washes) rather than relying on a stripper or bleach to remove the colour. If you are happy with the finished look, you can then move onto the “big-girl” dyes — the permanent hair colours.
- Make sure you have a pair of gloves and a tub of petroleum jelly to hand. Hair dye, permanent or not, will colour EVERYTHING that it touches. The jelly is to be used around the hair line to prevent the dye from colouring your skin (something that’s actually very difficult to get off) and the gloves are for obvious reasons — preventing your hands becoming a funny colour! A little tip for you — makeup remover wipes are very hand at removing semi-permanent hair dye from skin, and it goes some way to removing even permanent stuff too.
- If this is the first time you’re dying your hair and you’re using a hair colour at home, its well worth having a friend come over to give you a hand. You can’t see the back of your head and you won’t be able to tell if you’ve missed a spot. You’ll also need a hand to make sure that you have rinsed it all out and to get any leftover dye from your skin which will leave an odd looking stain. I once dyed my hair a bright purple colour and people thought I’d been attacked because of the purple and seemingly dark brown stains which looked very much like bruises!
- Remember – just because the model looks good on the front of the box doesn’t mean your hair will look like that. Your hair might take to the dye slightly differently and your original colour will make a massive difference to how it all turns out in the end. If you’re going three or more shades darker or lighter than your natural hair colour, you should probably seek out expert help and perhaps consider lowlights and highlights instead of a complete overhaul. Set your expectations to a realistic level and you won’t be as disappointed at the end if it doesn’t come out quite as you had intended. I’ve had many times where it could have been a #hairdyedisaster but I rock it anyway. I just call it a “fashion trend” like this rainbow beauty (that should have been silver…?!)
- Finally, we come to the most important tip of all — know what to do if it all goes wrong! If you have a plan, you have backup in case things don’t go according to that plan. There are remover kits that you can do at home to remove hair colour if it all ends badly — we have tried these and at least two of the brands that we tried left the hair pretty much how it was before it was dyed. On top of this, you may want to consider having another shade that you will be able to put on as backup if you don’t like the finished look! I like to keep a dark brown shade at home in the back of the cupboard somewhere to “cover up” any dodgy look hair reinventions. I also make sure I have a box of Colour B4 to hand too. You can find this in Superdrug and Boots and I’ve had the best of luck with it!