How to dye your hair at home?

A change of hair colour is a fantastic way to sport a new look. Dyeing also covers up grey areas giving you more self-confidence. Thanks to technology, hair products are now easy to use and less damaging on the skin and hair. Learning how to dye your hair saves precious time and valuable money. There are some pointers though to keep in mind for best results and to avoid destroying the quality of your hair.

Choosing the right colour and products

Ask yourself what your purpose is when you change the colour of your hair. If you’re covering grey streaks, go for permanent dyes that will last longer. When you want to change your looks just for the heck of it, you can use permanent or semi-permanent dyes depending on how long you want the colour to last. As a rule, you should not go for shades that are 3 times lighter or darker than your natural hair and skin colouring. Doing so, will give undesirable effects such as too pale, orangey or simply fake looks.

Assemble your tools and gadgets

Most dye kits include essential items such as a pair of plastic hand gloves, shower cap, and conditioner. However, for convenience, get a paint brush to make it easy to apply the dye, a bowl for mixing the product, and a rat-tail comb. In addition, get 2 old towels to put on your neck for protection and to wipe spills on the floor.

How to dye your hair step by step

  1. Test the dye on a patch of your hair first to see if it is, indeed the shade you want. There is no sense in going through the whole process if the colour seems odd or off to you.
  2. Once you are happy with the results, start dyeing your hair. It’s also a good idea to ask someone to help you to make sure you cover all the areas of your head especially those hard to reach parts such as the back and top.
  3. Separate clumps of hair and start painting your hair. Use clips to segregate those patches that have been already painted. Do this until the entire area is done. Paint your hair using the brush starting at the roots and working your way down.
  4. Cover the head using the cap provided. Leave the product to work on your head based on the recommended time on the leaflet insert. A good hour is usually sufficient.
  5. Wash and rinse the hair thoroughly with the conditioner provided and presto, you’re ready to go.

Benefits of hair dyeing

Remember, learning how to dye your hair not only saves you time and money from going to expensive salons. It is convenient, because you can change your hair colour anytime and anywhere. However, it’s important to note that changing hair colour too often or more than 3-4 times a year can cause damage to the scalp and produce brittle hair. Once your hair roots grow, use highlights instead of applying a fresh dye.

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