Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Dying Your Hair At Home Successfully

Dying Your Hair At Home Successfully |

I change my hair colour A LOT. It probably doesn't seem like it because for some reason I never change my display pictures, I think the one I currently have everywhere is about a year and a half old. Since that picture was taken, I've been blonde, cut it all off and dyed it brunette, dyed it red, bleached the ends, dyed the ends pink, went back dark, added more of a reddy brown, and currently it's black and blue. And that's in just a year a half. So though I am NOT a professional hairdresser, I have acquired quite a few tips to make dying your hair at home a more successful experience and to avoid a disaster.

Dying Your Hair At Home Successfully |

Start simple

If you've decided you want to dye your hair at home and it's never been coloured before (aka virgin hair), don't start with a drastic change or a technically complicated colour. Pick a colour that's one or two shades lighter/darker and go from there. Don't attempt natural looking balayage or rainbow hair for the first time, it's never gonna turn out right. Stick to something simple, see how it turns out, if you found it really difficult it might be worth sticking to the hairdressers, but there's not a lot that can really go wrong with a natural colour full head box dye.

Conditioner is everything

Dying your hair will have implications on the condition of your hair, it's inevitable. Especially where bleach is involved. Make sure your hair is in good condition before you consider colouring it, and condition A LOT afterwards. Coconut oil can work wonders - pop some on your hair (I usually just put it on the ends), wrap it in a towel and wash it off after a few hours. Buy colour protecting conditioner if you can as it will make your hair colour last a lot longer so you can go longer between refreshing your hair colour.

Moisturiser is also everything

This might sound like a weird one, but mask your face/hairline and neck and ears with a cheapy moisturiser if you want to avoid stained skin. I've only had this problem with red dye but it's just a lot easier to whap some moisturiser or vaseline on than scrub the hair dye off your skin! Likewise, USE GLOVES. Stained hands and nails is not a great look either. 

Avoid rain

Yeah, for real. I've still not managed to rinse out every last bit of dye after dying it, I'm sure it's not achievable. But that does mean that the next time you get your hair wet, the colour might run a little. My worst memory of this was when I was 14/15 and got caught in heavy rain, just after dying my hair bright red, while wearing a white top. RIP white top.

Strand Tests 

This is especially important if you're bleaching. A strand test is wise if you're using a new colour, it will give you a good indication of how the colour will turn out, and if you're bleaching, you can test how long to leave the mixture on for and the condition afterwards.

Buy more than enough dye

The last thing you want is to run out of hair dye halfway through dying your hair. I always have two boxes on hand, and if you don't end up needing the second box, at least you have one spare in case you've missed a patch and need to fix it or want to refresh/top up your colour in the next few weeks. Make a note of what colour you use so you can buy the same colour next time!

Have you ever dyed your hair at home? Do you have any tips you'd add? 

Hannah Lane

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